Tempers flare; Yankees keep winning

The benches cleared twice, and when the game was over Roger Clemens was ejected after throwing 6 shutout innings and picking up his 4th victory of the season. On Clemens’ 90th pitch of the ballgame, he resorted to retaliation to plunk Alex Rios in the back with a 92 mph fastball.

This was in response to Alex Rodriguez getting nailed in the knee by Toronto pitcher Josh Towers (who wears #7 awkwardly on his back??). This nailing was in response to A-Rod making a play last time the two teams met months ago on the basepaths.

The Yankees won their 5th game in a row, paced on offense by Bobby Abreu’s 4 RBI, and Jorge Posada’s 3 hits, along with the efforts of Clemens. The Yankees are now just 5 games out of the AL East lead behind Boston, and are 63-50 on the season.

Rodriguez is hit, Clemens retaliates (New York Times)

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