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Yankees Finally Get Angry

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New York wins three straight after embarrassing Red Sox series.

Yankees Finally Get Angry

Historically, the New York Yankees don't retaliate when one of their stars gets hit. It's just not the Yankee way. But the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians finally pushed the Bronx Bombers over the edge.

Jon Lester hit two Yankees and David Ortiz danced around in the batters box and flipped his bat on Tuesday. Still, it wasn't enough. When Ortiz came up to the plate on Wednesday, rather than brushing him back, A.J. Burnett gave up another bomb to Big Papi, and the Red Sox continued to own New York in the New Yankee Stadium. Thursday, Josh Beckett hit Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez before C.C. Sabathia and the Yankees had enough. In the fourth inning, Sabathia's first pitch drilled Oritz; it was just the first time Oritz had been hit by the Yankees in 161 career games. Although the Yankees would lose the game and Boston would complete the sweep, New York showed the Red Sox, and the rest of baseball, that they would not tolerate being on the receiving end of all those hit by pitches anymore.

Apparently the Indians didn't get the message. Cleveland came into New York and tried to pick up where Boston left off. After a Curtis Granderson home run, Mark Teixeira was drilled up high by the sinker baller, Fausto Carmona.

Via MLB.com:

The plunking had suspicious timing, coming immediately after a Granderson homer gave the Yankees a four-run lead. Teixeira spiked his helmet and started toward the infield grass before being intercepted.

"It's disappointing when you have a guy who gives up a long home run and is getting hit around a little bit and decides to throw one close to your head," Teixeira said.

The benches cleared, and managers Joe Girardi and Manny Acta screamed at each other before being separated. No one was ejected; the Yankees decided to let their play handle the rest. They went on to win 11-7 and followed up that performance with two more victories against the American League Central leaders, 4-0 and 9-1. New York will look to complete the four game sweep tonight when A.J. Burnett faces off against Carlos Carrasco.

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The Yankees begin a three-game series against the Texas Rangers at home on Tuesday. The Indians, once 30-15, have lost 14 of their last 18 games.


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