Touch 'Em All: Yankees and Red Sox need to read the rules

The Yankees' Eduardo Nunez is out at second as the Red Sox' Dustin Pedroia relays the ball to first too late to double up Derek Jeter. New York held off Boston to take sole possession of first.
The Yankees' Eduardo Nunez is out at second as the Red Sox' Dustin Pedroia relays the ball to first too late to double up Derek Jeter. New York held off Boston to take sole possession of first. (ELSA / Getty Images)
Posted: August 10, 2011

If you think Yankees-Red Sox games are interminable, you're not alone.

SI.com and the MLB Network broke down Sunday night's glacial 10-inning Red Sox victory and confirmed what everybody knew.

SI.com found that, in selected innings, Boston's Josh Beckett averaged 23 seconds between pitches with nobody on and 43 seconds with runners. He once took 59 seconds between pitches to Eric Chavez.

The rules say a pitcher must deliver a pitch within 12 seconds with no one on, or a ball is added to the count.

But, as Tom Verducci of SI.com pointed out, no umpire has enforced that rule in two years, since Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon was targeted in 2009.

Noteworthy

Nationals righthander Stephen Strasburg will make his second rehabilitation start Friday night for single-A Potomac. . . . The Cardinals altered their rotation to start ace Chris Carpenter on Thursday in the finale of a three-game series against NL Central-leading Milwaukee. Kyle Lohse will be moved back to Friday. . . . Cincinnati placed righthanded pitcher Logan Ondrusek on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right forearm. . . . Minnesota placed righthander Scott Baker on the DL (strained elbow).


Contact staff writer Don McKee at dmckee@phillynews.com.

Read his blog, "Incites,"

at www.philly.com/incites.

This article contains information from the Associated Press.

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