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Saturday, June 2, 2007

Scott Proctor was both right and very wrong

Since I was not around to watch the game, I can't really recap it. The Yankees won 9-5, but the end was rather eventful.

What I did see was what transpired in the ninth inning, involving Scott Proctor and Kevin Youkilis. Three Yankees, Robinson Cano, Josh Phelps, and Alex Rodriguez were all hit by pitches, although Phelps' HBP was by a Tim Wakefield knuckleball. One Red Sox, Mike Lowell, was hit by Chien-Ming Wang.

Now, I don't know the exact numbers, but Yankee hitters always seem to get hit by Red Sox pitchers and the Yankee pitchers never seem to retaliate.

Proctor claims that he was pitching inside and the pitch got away from him (it hit Youkilis' shoulder). With three hitters hit earlier, it obviously seemed as if he was throwing inside on purpose to protect his teammates. I see nothing wrong with retaliating if your hitters were being hit, but no one should ever pitch high and inside like that.

Proctor pitching inside was obvious, and I believe what he said about him not aiming at his head. It still doesn't look good. Proctor will probably be suspended for this, and this would be the second time he has faced a suspension for an on-field incident.

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