After winning yesterday afternoon’s game 12-4, the Yankees completed the day by beating the Red Sox 14-11 in Game Two of a rare Friday doubleheader. And, as is usual for the two historic rivals, they did it in historic style:
BOSTON (AP) — 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 3 1/2-game lead in the division. At 4 hours, 45 minutes, the nightcap was the longest nine-inning game in major league history, and it came on top of a relatively speedy 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 Johnson’s first pitch at 1:10 p.m. until Mariano Rivera covered first to retire Wily Mo Pena at 12:52 a.m.
And, they’ll be back it at in a mere 6 hours when Randy Johnson takes the mound against Josh Beckett.
And, oh yeah, Go Yankees !