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NEW STADIUM, SAME OLD RIVALRY


NEW STADIUM, SAME OLD RIVALRY
The Yankees and Red Sox will begin a new chapter in their historic rivalry tonight, as the first game between the two will be played in the palatial new Yankee Stadium. Here are five of the most memorable moments between the two that took place in the House That Ruth Built:

- 1. October 20, 2004: Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS

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The Red Sox complete a historic comeback, becoming the first team to overcome a three-games-to-none postseason deficit and winning their first American League pennant since 1986. David Ortiz's two-run home run and Johnny Damon's grand slam gave the Sox an early 6-0 lead. Derek Lowe pitched six innings of one-run ball for the Sox. Lowe handed the ball to Pedro Martinez in the 7th, who made things interesting by yielding two runs amid a chorus of "Who's Your Daddy?" chants from the stands. It wasn't enough, as Mike Timlin and Alan Embree combined to close the game. The Red Sox would go on to sweep the St. Louis Cardinals and capture their first World Series title in 86 years.

- 2. October 16, 2003: Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS

Yankees 6, Red Sox 5

The last game of this epic series featured a rematch between staff aces Pedro Martinez and Roger Clemens. The two squared off in Game 3 at Fenway Park, a game in which Clemens got the victory but saw Martinez claim the headlines by throwing 72-year-old Yankees bench coach Don Zimmer to the ground during a benches-clearing brawl. In the rematch, David Ortiz would hit a solo home run in the top of the 8th, giving the Sox a 5-2 lead. Next, then-Red Sox manager Grady Little infamously let Martinez stay in to pitch the bottom of the inning. The Yankees would score three runs on four consecutive hits off Martinez, tying the game at five before Martinez was removed for Alan Embree. Still tied at five in the bottom of the 11th, Tim Wakefield let a knuckleball hang over the middle of the plate and Yankees third baseman Aaron Boone launched it into the left-field bleachers, giving the Yankees a 6-5 win. The Yanks would go on to lose the World Series to the Florida Marlins in six games.

- 3. October 1, 1961: Maris breaks the Bambino's single-season home run mark

Yankees 1, Red Sox 0

A game not remembered for its significance in the scope of the season, as the Sox would finish a dismal 76-86, but only for what happened in the fourth inning. It was the last game of the regular season and Roger Maris had only a handful of at-bats left to break Babe Ruth's then-record of 60 home runs in a season. With Ruth's widow sitting in the front row, Maris stepped to the plate against Red Sox second-year pitcher Tracy Stallard and sent one into the right-field stands, breaking Ruth's seemingly unattainable record.

- 4. July 1, 2004: Jeter's dive into the stands

Yankees 5, Red Sox 4

A dramatic back-and-forth 13-inning classic that would go down as one of the all-time best in the Yankees -Red Sox rivalry. Tied at three in the top of the 12th, Red Sox outfielder Trot Nixon hit a ball into foul territory down the third-base line. With runners on second and third and two outs, Jeter dove headfirst into the stands, emerging bloody and bruised, but with the ball in his glove to end the inning. Manny Ramirez would hit his second home run in the top of the 13th, giving the Sox a 4-3 lead. But, after Miguel Cairo doubled to tie the game, reserve catcher John Flaherty would get a pinch-hit single in the bottom of the 13th, giving the Yankees a 5-4 win.

- 5. July 4, 1983: Righetti's no-hitter

Yankees 4, Red Sox 0

Yankees southpaw Dave Righetti became the first Yankee to throw a no-hitter since Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series. Righetti also became the first Yankees' lefty to throw a no-hitter since 1917, when George Mogridge accomplished the feat (coincidentally, Mogridge's no-hitter also was the first in Fenway Park). The Yankees would finish the 1983 season 91-71, third in the AL East. The Sox were 78-84, sixth in the division.

Bryan Fitzgerald can be reached at 454-5452 or by e-mail at bfitzgerald@timesunion.com


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 5, 2009

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