Yanks win as feud with Jays boils over

Posted: August 08, 2007

The bad blood between the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays remains.

Alex Rodriguez, who stirred up trouble in May when he appeared to distract a Toronto fielder while running the bases, got hit by a pitch, and Roger Clemens was ejected after making sure the hit on A-Rod didn't go unanswered.

Ultimately, the visiting Yankees took care of business, defeating the Blue Jays, 9-2, last night.

Rodriguez was hit by a pitch from Toronto's Josh Towers in the third inning, leading to both benches and bullpens emptying onto the field twice.

"It got me pretty good," said Rodriguez, who was still limping after the game. "We'll see how I wake up in the morning."

Clemens hit Alex Rios in the middle of the back with his first pitch of the seventh, appearing to retaliate for A-Rod getting hit. Clemens and Yankees manager Joe Torre were ejected by plate umpire Angel Hernandez.

Torre came out of the dugout and the Yankees infielders surrounded the entire umpiring crew as Clemens argued with Hernandez before leaving the field.

Several Blue Jays were angry at Rodriguez after he distracted former Toronto infielder Howie Clark on a key popup late in a game on May 30, yelling at Clark as he approached third base.

Towers plunked the Yankees slugger on the knee in the top of the third and Rodriguez immediately took a few steps toward the mound before he was cut off by Hernandez. Jesse Litsch threw behind Rodriguez' legs in A-Rod's first at-bat Monday.

In other games:

* At Detroit, rookie Ryan Raburn and Magglio Ordonez each had two RBI to help the Tigers beat Tampa Bay, 9-6.

* At Anaheim, Gary Matthews Jr. singled, doubled, homered and drove in four runs as the Angels routed the Boston Red Sox, 10-4.

* At Baltimore, Raul Ibanez had two homers and four RBI to lead Seattle over the Orioles, 10-3.

* At Kansas City, Mark Teahen had four hits for his third straight multihit game and Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins, 5-1.

* At Chicago, Grady Sizemore hit a go-ahead two-run single in the fifth to lead the Cleveland Indians, 2-1, over the White Sox.

* At Arlington, Texas, Jarrod Saltalamacchia drove in the tiebreaking run with a sixth-inning double, leading the Rangers, 8-6, over the Oakland Athletics.

Noteworthy

* The Boston Red Sox signed former Oakland outfielder Bobby Kielty to a minor league contract, giving them a potential backup for their playoff run. *

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