Recap - the rivalry is back!

Jim Monaghan
Contributing writer

If you like your baseball with more than just a little drama...if you think the Yankees and Red Sox have been playing too nice with each other lately...last night's 9-6 Boston loss had everything you wanted...and more.

Following remarks by John Lackey, Jon Lester and even David Ortiz, Sox starting pitcher Ryan Dempster was the one who didn't say a word but managed to speak volumes. In the top of the second inning with the Red Sox leading 2-0, Dempster drilled Alex Rodriguez with a 3-0 pitch that prompted warnings to be issued to both teams, and led to the ejection of Yankees manager Joe Girardi.

Rodrgiuez (pictured) responded four innings later with a home run to deep centerfield that sparked a four-run sixth inning for the Yankees giving them a 7-6 lead.

Did Dempster intentionally throw at Rodriguez, currently appealing a 211-game suspension by Major League Baseball for his involvement with the Biogenesis scandal? The answer to that question more than likely depends upon which team you root for.

Boston's first two runs were courtesy of a Jonny Gomes sacrifice fly and an RBI double by Jarrod Saltalamacchia. After the Yankees took a 3-2 lead in the top of the third, the Red Sox scored runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to take 6-3 lead.

Dempster may be a folk hero to some this morning but the bottom line is that he didn't get out of the sixth inning and gave up seven runs on nine hits and one walk. His career record against the Yankees dropped to 0-6.

Shane Victorino, Ortiz, Saltalamaccia, and Will Middlebrooks each had two hits for the Red Sox. Middlebrooks hit his tenth home run of the season and is hitting .435 since returning from AAA Pawtucket.

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