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Scott Proctor Returns To Big Leagues With Yankees

The promotion to the big leagues of prized prospect Jesus Montero is getting much of the attention today around the New York Yankees. Justifiable, especially since the 21-year-old could be a significant piece to the team’s postseason puzzle.

Montero, though, is not the only player being added to the Yankee roster today as active rosters can officially expand to as many as 40 players. Three other players, pitcher Scott Proctor, third baseman Brandon Laird and outfielder Chris Dickerson were also added.

Proctor is the best story and, to be honest one that just feels right. You remember Proctor, right? The guy then-Yankee manager Joe Torre used almost every day for a season and a half in 2006 and 2007 before Brian Cashman took away Torre’s favorite toy, dealing him to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Well, Torre might as well have driven a truck over Proctor’s right arm.

Proctor pitched badly in 2008, compiling a 6.05 ERA before undergoing elbow surgery and missing nearly two full seasons. He pitched six meaningless games at the end of last season for Atlanta.

This season Proctor made the Braves roster, but compiled a not-so-pretty 6.44 ERA in 31 games before being released. Cashman signed him to a minor-league contract, possibly feeling he owed him the chance to continue his career.

Proctor did pitch well at Scranton Wilkes-Barre, though, compiling a 1.50 ERA in 20 appearances over 24 innings. This might be no more than Cashman allowing Proctor to compile some additional big-league service time — it’s doubtful the 34-year-old would find a big role in the Yankee bullpen.

Regardless, it feel right. Welcome back to the pinstripes, Scott!

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Yankees-Red Sox Score: Phil Hughes Falters In 9-5 Loss

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - With the Red Sox teetering on falling into second place in the AL East, Jacoby Ellsbury took matters into his own hands Wednesday night and helped keep Josh Beckett undefeated this season against the Yankees.

Ellsbury blasted the go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning, and the Red Sox also got long balls from Jason Varitek and David Ortiz in a 9-5 victory over New York to remain atop the division.

Beckett (12-5) gave up four runs in the top of the sixth, but managed to stay unbeaten this season against the Yankees. The right-hander, who had eight strikeouts over seven innings, is 4-0 this season against rival New York. He's the first Red Sox pitcher to win four games vs. the Yankees in a single season since Al Nipper in 1987.

"All spring, whether it's been a chip on his shoulder or something to prove, he's certainly done that, and then some," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said of Beckett.

Varitek tied the game with an RBI double in the sixth inning, as Boston bounced back from a 5-2 loss Tuesday and moved 1 1/2 games ahead of New York. The Red Sox have won six of their last eight games overall and moved to 11-3 this season vs. the Yankees.

Ortiz expanded his season-high hitting streak to 14 games. He's batting .509 (27-for-53) during the stretch with seven homers and 16 RBI.

Phil Hughes (4-5) was charged with eight hits and six runs, as New York had its three-game winning streak snapped.

The Red Sox send 14-game winner Jon Lester to the mound for the finale of this three-game series Thursday night. The Yankees will go with A.J. Burnett, who is 1-5 over his last 10 appearances.

Josh Reddick walked with one out in the sixth. Varitek then reached for a low offering and cued a ball over third base and on the chalk, down the left field line. It nearly bounced into the stands, but caromed by left fielder Brett Gardner to the corner, allowing Reddick to come home.

Boone Logan relieved Hughes with two outs, but Ellsbury homered over the Green Monster to boost Boston to a 7-5 lead.

"He just got behind him and Ellsbury has been a dangerous hitter all year," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He got a 3-1 pitch he liked and hit it out of the ballpark. He's hit a lot of homer runs this year."

Reddick led off the eighth with a ground-rule double to left and Varitek then slammed a first offering into the bullpen in right-center.

New York's offense was nonexistent in the final three innings. In fact, the final 12 hitters were retired in order, with Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon each tossing a frame.

"I think when it comes down to making pitches I think that's what always what separates good seasons from mediocre seasons or mediocre seasons from bad seasons," Beckett said. "You're making pitches when you need to."

Ellsbury failed to make a sliding catch on Derek Jeter's sinking line drive single into center field in the third inning. The hit scored Eduardo Nunez.

Dustin Pedroia had an RBI groundout and Jed Lowrie a run-scoring single in the bottom half, and Ortiz homered to center in the fifth for a 4-1 margin.

Beckett had allowed four runs in his first 32 innings this year against the Yankees before giving up four in the sixth. Robinson Cano's double plated Mark Teixeira, who was hit by a pitch to lead off. After Nick Swisher walked, Eric Chavez doubled to right field with the ball taking an odd carom by Reddick, allowing both runners to score. A sacrifice fly by Nunez to center gave the Yankees the 5-4 edge.

Game Notes

Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew, who is on the disabled list with a left shoulder impingement, suffered a mild setback in his rehab Tuesday night by spraining his right, middle finger while playing for Triple-A Pawtucket...Boston has gone deep in each of its last eight games...Hughes is 2-5 lifetime vs. Boston, while Beckett is 14-7 vs. the Yankees...New York third baseman Alex Rodriguez sat out again with a thumb injury...After the game, the Red Sox acquired first baseman/outfielder Conor Jackson and cash from Oakland in exchange for pitcher Jason Rice.


Final - 8.31.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 0 0 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 5 6 0
Boston Red Sox 0 0 2 0 2 3 0 2 X 9 12 1
WP: Josh Beckett (12 - 5)
LP: Phil Hughes (4 - 5)

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Jesus Montero Time Arrives For New York Yankees

Jesus Montero, the top prospect in the New York Yankees minor-league system, will be called up by the Yankees when rosters are allowed to expand on Thursday.

When the Yankees would bring the 21-year-old catching prospect to the big leagues has been a source of discussion all season. It is a move I have been calling for since mid-July when the Yankees lost slugger Alex Rodriguez for six weeks due to knee surgery.

Montero is hitting .290 with 18 home runs and 67 RBIs for the Yankees Triple-A affiliate in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and has hit five home runs in his last seven games. Montero has 40 RBIs since July 1.

The thrilled folks at SB Nation’s Yankees website, Pinstripe Alley, have dubbed Thursday Jesus Montero Day.

No word on how the Yankees plan to use the right-handed hitting slugger, but a logical expectation could be that he will be the designated hitter against left-handed pitching and possibly catch a little during the final month of the season.

Montero would be eligible for the playoff roster since he has been on the 40-man roster all season. It will be interesting to see if he can hit his way into the Yankees’ postseason plans.

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Yankees-Red Sox Score: New York Takes Tense Game, 5-2

The New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox, 5-2, Tuesday night in a game worthy of rivalry between the two teams. A bench-clearing incident, four hit batter overall, the ejection of Yankee manager Joe Girardi in the ninth inning for arguing after closer Mariano Rivera hit Jarrod Saltalamacchia with a pitch and a tense ninth-inning closed out by Mariano Rivera.

Boston, which left 16 men on base, saw its lead in the AL East reduced to a half-game over the Yankees.

CC Sabathia (18-7), who had been 0-4 with a 7.20 ERA in four previous starts against the Red Sox this year, battled through six difficult innings to get the victory. He allowed 10 hits, but only two runs. He also had 10 strikeouts. The big left-hander is unbeaten in his last three starts.

“I was just trying to battle, make pitches,” Sabathia said. “They put some good at-bats together and made me throw a lot of pitches, really early in the game and the whole game. I was just trying to make sure I got some length and help these guys.”

The Yankees, who won their third in a row, are just 3-10 against Boston this year.

Benches cleared after Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli, who homered in the fifth, was hit in the back by a John Lackey pitch in the seventh inning.

Lackey (12-10) was charged with seven hits and five runs — four earned — and departed after seven innings.

The Red Sox worked Sabathia hard, as he threw 128 pitches before being relieved by Cory Wade.

“We’ve done a really good job of making him work for everything he gets, but tonight his stuff was tremendous,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. “His fastball had some life to it, changeup, breaking ball. As a hitter you almost have to pick a pitch because he can command everything.”

Lackey made 119 pitches, but he had control problems in the fourth inning.

Curtis Granderson walked and, one out later, Robinson Cano doubled to left field for a 2-0 difference. After Nick Swisher walked, Eric Chavez singled under Lackey’s glove to center for his second RBI of the night.

Carl Crawford homered to right in the bottom of the frame and Marco Scutaro doubled to left to drive in Saltalamacchia. But with two runners in scoring position, Adrian Gonzalez went down swinging to cap the inning.

Cervelli went deep to left to begin the fifth and Boston stranded two more in scoring position in the bottom half.

Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild was ejected in the seventh after Cervelli was hit and the benches cleared.

“I was definitely not trying to hit him,” Lackey said. “I was trying to knock him down for sure. See where he stands in the box, you’ve got to get him off the plate a little bit. I threw a 3-1 pitch that he hit out and, yeah, I was definitely not trying to hit him but I was definitely trying to move him back. You don’t want to put a runner on base in a two-run ball game.”

Derek Jeter, who returned to the lineup after a two-game absence due to a bruised right knee, later hit into a double play to score a run.

Boston filled the bases with one out in the bottom half, but Boone Logan fanned Saltalamacchia, and Darnell McDonald swung through a high 3-2 offering to end the threat.

Jorge Posada was hit by a Matt Albers pitch that scraped his uniform just above the belt with two outs in the eighth, loading the bases before Cervelli grounded out.

Rivera secured his 35th save, but not before placing two men on base, one in which Boston’s starting catcher was hit on the hand. Pinch-hitter Josh Reddick flied out to end the game.

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