Archive for Friday, May 12, 2006

Matsui’s streak ends at 518

Yankees outfielder breaks wrist; Red Sox win, 5-3

May 12, 2006

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— Hideki Matsui's broken wrist left the Yankees without another power-hitting outfielder, and the Boston Red Sox rallied past New York, 5-3, Thursday night on Mark Loretta's two-run infield single.

Loretta finished with four hits. His first sent Matsui to a hospital, and his last put the Red Sox ahead in the seventh.

Boston's No. 2 hitter sent a blooper into left field in the first inning, and Matsui landed hard on his wrist in an unsuccessful bid to make a diving catch. He immediately left the game, was put in an ambulance while still in uniform and was to have surgery today. The Yankees did not say when he would be able to return, and a lengthy absence appears likely.

New York already was missing a starting outfielder. Right fielder Gary Sheffield hurt his left wrist in a collision at first base April 29 and went on the disabled list this week. He can't come off the DL until May 21, and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Sheffield might go to Tampa, Fla., for rehabilitation.

Boston took two of three in the series, opened a one-game AL East lead and has won three of four against New York this year.

Because Matsui did not play a full half inning, his consecutive-games streak ended at 518 when the game became official. Baseball rule 10.24 (c) states: "A consecutive game playing streak shall be extended if the player plays one half inning on defense, or if he completes a time at bat by reaching base or being put out."

If Matsui had been ejected in the top of the first, his streak would have continued, according to the rule.

Matsui played 1,250 consecutive games with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan from 1994 to 2002, and in every game with the Yankees since joining the team in 2003. He holds the major-league record to start a career, surpassing Ernie Banks' run of 424 consecutive games played for the Chicago Cubs from 1953 to '56.

Blue Jays 8, Athletics 3

Toronto - Troy Glaus homered twice and drove in four runs, Ted Lilly pitched effectively into the eighth inning to beat his former team, and Toronto defeated Oakland.

Glaus hit a three-run homer off Kirk Saarloos (1-1) in the third inning and a solo shot in the fifth for his third multihomer game of the season and the 21st of his career.

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