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N.Y. Yankees
W: M. Myers (1-0) L: M. Timlin (5-3)
HR: NYY - J. Damon (20)   BOS - D. Ortiz (43)

Jeter leads seven-run seventh as Yankees claim nightcap

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

BOSTON -- The New York Yankees had to work extra long to extend their lead in the AL East.

The Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 14-11 to complete a sweep of Friday's day-night doubleheader and give New York a season-high 3½-game lead in the division. At four hours, 45 minutes, the nightcap was the longest nine-inning game in major league history, and it came on top of a 3:55 afternoon contest.

"We kept looking up and it kept being the fourth inning. It was nuts," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "I'm proud of it, especially in this ballpark, where every game seems like it's the longest game in history."

The teams combined for 41 runs and 61 hits. Twenty pitchers -- that's counting Mike Myers and Scott Proctor twice - threw 783 pitches. In all, the teams played 8:40 minutes of baseball, from Jason M. Johnson's first pitch at 1:10 p.m. until Mariano Rivera covered first to retire Wily Mo Pena at 12:52 a.m.

"I don't even remember half of it," said Derek Jeter, who hit a bases-clearing double in a seven-run seventh inning to give New York an 11-10 lead.

"It feels great," Jeter said sarcastically, "especially when we have another one in a few hours."

Johnny Damon had six of New York's 34 hits on the day, including a pair of two-run homers. Bobby Abreu had four hits in the early game, then added two more in the sequel as the Yankees guaranteed that they will leave town after the five-game series with the division lead.

"It was a long, frustrating day," said Red Sox second baseman Mark Loretta, who had three doubles in the first game and went 3-for-6 with four RBI in the second for Boston, which has lost nine of 13. "We have our work cut out for us in this series."

The night game surpassed the 4:27 it took the Dodgers and Giants to play on Oct. 5, 2001. Because the park was cleared between games, the Elias Sports Bureau does not count it as a doubleheader. The longest doubleheader, between the Rangers and White Sox on May 24, 1995, took 7:39.

Jeter had three hits in the opener but was hitless in the second until lining one down the right-field line against Mike Timlin (5-3) to give New York the lead for good. Mike Myers (1-0) got just two outs -- David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez -- but had the good fortune of being in the game when the Yankees broke out.

Ortiz hit his major league-leading 43rd homer in the ninth to cut the deficit to three runs against Rivera. Alex Rodriguez then botched Ramirez's grounder for his 22nd error, tied for the major league lead.

Boston trailed 5-1 and 7-5 in the night game before taking a 10-7 lead in the fifth. But the Yankees sent 11 batters to the plate in the seventh against Craig Hansen and Timlin.

Timlin came in with one out and the bases loaded and a three-run lead before giving up an RBI single to Melky Cabrera. He got Damon to pop out, then Jeter made it 11-10.

Abreu was intentionally walked before Rodriguez doubled in another run and Robinson Cano singled in two more.

Ramirez hit his 33rd homer of the season -- but his first since Aug. 9 -- and then went 4-for-6 in the nightcap.


  • A logo for the Jimmy Fund was added to the Green Monster in honor of the cancer charity's annual telethon.
  • Bernie Williams tied Lou Gehrig for first on the Yankees' list with his 1,531st single.
  • Kyle Farnsworth left after being struck on the right leg by Wily Mo Pena's liner in the seventh in the night game. He was diagnosed with a bruise, and X-rays were negative.
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Despite going 1-for-6 in the nightcap, Derek Jeter hits a bases-clearing double in the seventh.  (Getty Images)
Despite going 1-for-6 in the nightcap, Derek Jeter hits a bases-clearing double in the seventh. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
New York

M. Cabrera
AB 3
R 3
H 3
HR 0

M. Ramirez
AB 6
R 1
H 4
HR 0

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New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, CF6133017 .294
Derek Jeter, SS6113025 .338
Bobby Abreu, DH4122210 .298
Alex Rodriguez, 3B5221103 .287
Robinson Cano, 2B6023013 .327
Craig Wilson, 1B2100100 .266
   a- Jason Giambi, PH-1B2100102 .255
    Nick Green, 1B0000000 .187
Bernie Williams, RF4220110 .283
Sal Fasano, C3100014 .227
   b- Jorge Posada, PH-C2120000 .271
Melky Cabrera, LF3332200 .294
a-walked for C. Wilson in the 7th
b-singled for Fasano in the 7th
2B - Derek Jeter (28, Timlin), Bobby Abreu (31, Lester), Alex Rodriguez (21, Timlin), Robinson Cano (23, Lester), Bernie Williams (24, Tavarez), Jorge Posada (18, Foulke)
HR - Johnny Damon (20, Lester)
RBI - Johnny Damon 3 (66), Derek Jeter 3 (75), Bobby Abreu 2 (73), Alex Rodriguez (89), Robinson Cano 3 (39), Melky Cabrera 2 (40)
2-OUT RBI - Derek Jeter 3 (28), Bobby Abreu 2 (20), Alex Rodriguez (31), Robinson Cano 2 (14)
CS - Johnny Damon (8, 2nd base by Lester/Mirabelli)
Team LOB - 10
Outfield Assists - Melky Cabrera 1
E - Derek Jeter (11, ), Alex Rodriguez (22, ), Craig Wilson (2, )
New York Yankees
Sidney Ponson 3976140 6.25
Ron Villone 1333110 2.79
Brian Bruney 1.2200330 0.00
Mike Myers (W,1-0) 0.2100000 2.45
Kyle Farnsworth 0.1100000 4.08
Scott Proctor (H,17) 1.1000000 3.55
Mariano Rivera 1111001 1.94
Pitches-Strikes - Sidney Ponson 78-50, Ron Villone 32-19, Brian Bruney 56-34, Mike Myers 11-8, Kyle Farnsworth 6-5, Scott Proctor 18-13, Mariano Rivera 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sidney Ponson 2-4, Ron Villone 2-0, Brian Bruney 2-0, Mike Myers 1-1, Kyle Farnsworth 1-0, Scott Proctor 2-2, Mariano Rivera 2-2
Batters Faced - Sidney Ponson 20, Ron Villone 7, Brian Bruney 10, Mike Myers 3, Kyle Farnsworth 2, Scott Proctor 4, Mariano Rivera 5
Boston Red Sox
Kevin Youkilis, 3B-1B5221100 .294
Mark Loretta, 2B6034012 .308
David Ortiz, DH5222111 .285
Manny Ramirez, LF6142002 .325
Eric Hinske, 1B3000124 .270
   a- Mike Lowell, PH-3B2010001 .284
Wily Mo Pena, RF6000017 .302
Coco Crisp, CF4210112 .276
Doug Mirabelli, C5110022 .197
Alex Cora, SS4331100 .291
a-singled for Hinske in the 7th
2B - Kevin Youkilis (33, Ponson), Mark Loretta (29, Ponson), David Ortiz (23, Ponson), Manny Ramirez (25, Ponson)
HR - David Ortiz (43, M. Rivera)
RBI - Kevin Youkilis (62), Mark Loretta 4 (50), David Ortiz 2 (115), Manny Ramirez 2 (96), Alex Cora (14)
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Youkilis (28), Mark Loretta 2 (32), Manny Ramirez (36)
SB - Alex Cora (6, 2nd base off Bruney/Fasano)
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Boston Red Sox
Jon Lester 3.2877341 4.72
Julian Tavarez 2.1200120 4.79
Craig Hansen (H,8) 0.1233100 5.90
Mike Timlin (BS,5; L,5-3) 0.2444100 3.86
Keith Foulke 2100210 5.29
IBB - Abreu by Mike Timlin
WP - Jon Lester (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lester 95-58, Julian Tavarez 32-22, Craig Hansen 21-11, Mike Timlin 32-19, Keith Foulke 42-27
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lester 4-2, Julian Tavarez 3-2, Craig Hansen 1-0, Keith Foulke 1-4
Batters Faced - Jon Lester 21, Julian Tavarez 10, Craig Hansen 4, Mike Timlin 7, Keith Foulke 9
Game Information
Attendance - 36071
Game Time - 4:45
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - James Hoye