June 2, 2007


Torre fires up Yankees at Fenway

Gets booted in 9-5 win over Bosox


Associated Press/Winslow Townson
New York Yankees skipper Joe Torre (right) continues to argue after being tossed out of the game by third base umpire Jerry Crawford (left), during the fifth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park Friday. Yankees were 9-5 winners.

By The Associated Press
Joe Torre certainly has no problem leading by example.
The Yankees manager, calling on his club to “be a little more fiery,” got himself tossed for arguing a caught stealing in the fifth inning and New York beat the Boston Red Sox 9-5 Friday night to climb out of the AL East cellar.
Torre was joined by reliever Scott Proctor, whose errant pitch in the ninth dusted Kevin Youkilis and cleared the benches and bullpens. Proctor was ejected, and the fans who remained began their traditional anti-Yankees chant.
“I think we showed fight tonight. We need to assert ourselves ... just get that determination back,” Torre said. “I hope we can build on this because we’re good. We’re much better than we’ve been playing, but obviously the results haven’t shown.”
Jorge Posada’s three-run double capped a six-run rally that broke a fourth-inning tie. Alex Rodriguez reached base three times and scored twice despite the constant mockery of the Fenway crowd.
Chien-Ming Wang (4-4) scattered 10 hits and two walks over 5 2-3 innings, allowing three runs while striking out one to win for the third time in four starts.
Tim Wakefield (5-6) lasted 3 2-3 innings — the shortest outing for a Red Sox starter this year — and saw his ERA balloon from 3.36 to 4.24. He gave up eight runs and five hits with six walks, a wild pitch and a hit batsman.
No longer tied for last in the division with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, New York still trails Boston by 12 1/2 games.
“I don’t think the New York Yankees are ever a last-place team,” Youkilis said. “They have too much potential.”
Manny Ramirez had four hits and Dustin Pedroia three for Boston, which lost both third baseman Mike Lowell and right-fielder J.D. Drew to apparently minor injuries during the game.
A-Rod dealt with heckling throughout the game, including barbs lobbed by a contingent of a few dozen in the seats near the New York dugout that pulled on masks of a woman with blonde hair, a reference to the woman photographed with Rodriguez last weekend at a Toronto hotel. In a front-page story on Friday, the New York Post reported she is a former Las Vegas stripper.
“The fans thought about what they were going to do all day instead of enjoying the beautiful weather,” Yankees outfielder Johnny Damon said. “If that floats their boat, so be it.”
The fans also mocked A-Rod’s antics in Toronto, when he yelled — “Mine!” or “Hah!” depending on whom you believe — at Blue Jays third baseman Howie Clark on an easy popup that dropped in for a hit.
Rodriguez was not available for comment after the game.
Indians 12, Tigers 11: At Detroit, David Dellucci singled home the winning run with two outs to cap a five-run ninth as Cleveland rallied to get the win.
Detroit closer Todd Jones (1-3) blew his second straight save opportunity as the Tigers lost for the seventh time in eight games.
Roberto Hernandez (3-1) got one out for the win and the Indians improved baseball’s best home record to 19-4. They are off to their best start at home in 107 years in the American League.
Royals 4, Devil Rays 1: Brian Bannister allowed two hits in eight innings to help visiting Kansas City snap a seven-game losing streak.
Bannister (1-3) won for the first time since the Royals obtained him in an offseason trade. Octavio Dotel worked the ninth for his first save in two years.
Scott Kazmir (3-3) allowed eight hits in seven innings for Tampa Bay, and has not won at home since pitching a two-hit, complete-game shutout against Boston last July 3.
White Sox 3, Blue Jays 0: Javier Vazquez pitched eight shutout innings and Chicago ended a five-game skid.
Vazquez (3-3) gave up six hits and struck out five to give visiting Chicago its first victory by a starter in the past eight games. Bobby Jenks pitched the ninth for his 15th save in 16 chances.
Toronto’s A.J. Burnett (5-5) struck out a season-high 12 but still lost his second straight start. He gave up three runs and six hits.
Angels 3, Orioles 2: At Anaheim, Calif., Gary Matthews Jr. drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning for Los Angeles.
John Lackey (9-3) became the major league’s first nine-game winner, allowing two runs and five hits in 7 1-3 innings. He struck out four to win his career-best fifth consecutive start.
Francisco Rodriguez picked up his 19th save in 20 attempts, ending Baltimore’s six-game winning streak.
Daniel Cabrera (4-6) gave up three runs and nine hits in 6 2-3 innings for the Orioles.
Rangers 9, Mariners 8: At Seattle, Kenny Lofton took a home run away from Adrian Beltre in the seventh and drove in the go-ahead run in the next inning to help Texas get the win.
Texas ace Kevin Millwood, starting for just the second time in five weeks because of a strained hamstring, allowed seven runs — four earned — in five innings.
Joaquin Benoit (2-1) gave up Richie Sexson’s eighth home run but picked up the win.
Eric Gagne pitched the ninth for his fourth save in four opportunities.
Sean Green (0-1) recorded just one out and got the loss.
Ichiro Suzuki went 2-for-5 and extended his career-best hitting streak to 25 games, a Seattle record. The longest hitting streak in the majors this season broke the Mariners’ previous mark set by Joey Cora in 1997.
Twins 3, Athletics 2, 10 innings: At Oakland, Calif., Jeff Cirillo and Mike Redmond had RBI singles in the 10th inning and Minnesota won its fifth straight.
Luis Castillo doubled leading off the 10th against Kiko Calero (0-4) and Cirillo followed with a base hit to center. Redmond’s single drove in the needed insurance run.
Pat Neshek (3-0) pitched 1 1-3 innings for the win and Joe Nathan got his 12th save despite giving up a run as the Twins won for the eighth time in nine games.
Nathan walked Travis Buck leading off the 10th, and Milton Bradley singled one out later, setting up Dan Johnson’s sacrifice fly. After a walk to Eric Chavez, Nathan struck out Bobby Crosby to end the game.



Van Ingen grabs second victory at Section 4 meet

ENDICOTT — Erik Van Ingen added to an already impressive performance as the Section 4 Track and Field State Qualifier resumed Friday at Union-Endicott High School.
The Marathon Central senior won the 800-meters in 1:54.06 to become a double winner at the meet, which was suspended Thursday because of lightning.
He captured the 1,600-meter run in a school-record time 4:19.59 on the first day and will compete in both events in the state meet this coming weekend in Kingston.
Van Ingen also joined Nick Compton, Matt Robinson and Kasey Bush to take eighth in the 1,600m relay in 3:34.01, also a school-record clocking.
Dryden High senior Matt Trevits was second in the 800m but first among Division II runners in 22.61 and earned a state meet berth in that event as well as the 400m relay, where he teamed with Taylan Allmendinger, David Pargh and Rex Hollenbeck to take third (first in Division II) in 43.25 to set both school and IAC records.
The Dryden 1,600m relay team of Tim Scheftic, Dale Riley, Allmendinger and Hollenbeck was second in 3:26.70 and also set school and IAC records in the process. Jesse McConnell was fifth in the 800m in a school-record 1:59.14 after setting a school record in the 1,600m (4:26.31) Thursday. Groton’s David Saroka took eighth in the high jump at 5-8.
For the girls, Lindsay McCutcheon, who is headed to the state meet in the long jump (third in 16-4.75 after meeting the qualifying standard Thursday), was second in the triple jump in 34-4.5. Tara Brenner was third in the pole vault Thursday at 10-0, also meeting the state meet standard. In addition, Beth Schwab was seventh overall (fifth in Div. 20 in the 1,600m in 4:46.70 and the 3,200m relay squad was ninth (fifth in Division II) in 10:17.63.
“This was a great meet for our athletes,” Dryden coach Lee Stuttle said. “We had eight personal bests, four school records and two IAC records. We were fast the past two days. Jesse McConnell now owns all the distance records at Dryden, and Rex Hollenbeck has four IAC records on his resume. This was a terrific culmination for this outstanding senior class of student-athletes. The six who qualified for states are excited and ready to compete, as we are peaking at the right time.”



Baldarotta new Dragons coach

Joe Baldarotta, who has a national title on his resume, has been named the men’s ice hockey head coach at SUNY Cortland.
Cortland director of athletics Joan Sitterly announced the hiring of_Baldarotta. He replaces Tom Cranfield, who stepped down in April after six seasons to accept an Assistant Director of Athletics position at the College.
Baldarotta brings 16 years of collegiate head coaching experience to Cortland, all at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He posted  the most wins in Wisconsin-Stevens Point history and his overall record stands at 265-171-38 and includes 10 consecutive campaigns with a .500 or better record and 14 in total.
His 265 wins rank 21st all-time among Division III coaches. Baldarotta led the Pointers to the 1993 NCAA Division III national championship, earning American Hockey Coaches Association National Coach of the Year honors.
The program also finished as national runner-up in 1992 and 1998 and captured three Northern Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season titles and two playoff crowns under Baldarotta, who was a four-time NCHA Coach of the Year.
“I’m extremely happy and feel it’s an unbelievable opportunity at SUNY Cortland,” Baldarotta said. “It’s an honor and a privilege to step in and lead this program. I’m very excited and anticipate a great relationship between myself and Cortland.”
Prior to accepting the head coaching position at Wisconsin-Stevens  Point, Baldarotta was an assistant for the Pointers for five seasons, helping the team to three straight Division III national titles.