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Al makes NY's deficit Leiter
Leiter dazzles in debut
Al Leiter allowed one run on three hits and struck out eight over 6 1/3 innings in his Yankees debut as the Bombers won three of four from the Red Sox. Jorge Posada and Gary Sheffield hit two-run homers while Alex Rodriguez added a solo shot to aid the cause.
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Yankees 5, Red Sox 3
Al Leiter earned the win after throwing 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball. (Brita Meng Outzen/MLB.com)
Series at a glance:
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Red Sox get Wake up call
Tim Wakefield was touched for five runs -- courtesy of homers by Jorge Posada, Gary Sheffield and Alex Rodriguez -- and the Boston bats had no answer for Al Leiter as the Yankees pulled within a half-game of the Sox.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: July 17, 2005
NYY
NY Yankees (49-41)
Won 2
NY Yankees 5, Boston 3   BOS
Boston (50-41)
Lost 2
July 17, 2005
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
NY Yankees
0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0   5 5 1
Boston
0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2   3 7 0
Standings through 7/17/05  |  Gameday  |  Yankees Stats  |  Red Sox Stats
NY YankeesABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jeter, SS4000010.301
Cano, 2B4110000.300
Sheffield, RF4112000.308
Rodriguez, 3B4111000.315
Matsui, LF3110110.309
Posada, C3112101.260
Giambi, DH3000111.279
Williams, CF4000011.252
Martinez, 1B3000011.212
Totals32555354 

BATTING
2B: Matsui (26, Wakefield), Cano (18, Wakefield).
HR: Posada (11, 2nd inning off Wakefield, 1 on, 1 out), Sheffield (19, 3rd inning off Wakefield, 1 on, 1 out), Rodriguez (26, 8th inning off Wakefield, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Cano 2; Sheffield 4; Rodriguez 4; Matsui 2; Posada 4.
RBI: Posada 2 (41), Sheffield 2 (73), Rodriguez (77).
2-out RBI: Rodriguez.
Team LOB: 3.

FIELDING
E: Cano (11, throw).
DP: 2 (Cano-Jeter-Martinez, Rodriguez-Posada-Martinez).

 
BostonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Damon, CF5010022.342
Renteria, SS2100201.272
Ortiz, DH4011012.307
Ramirez, M, LF4121002.278
Millar, 1B3110121.274
Nixon, RF4000002.295
Mirabelli, C2000121.217
a-Varitek, PH1011000.301
Mueller, 3B4010002.281
Bellhorn, 2B2000010.216
Cora, 2B2000003.199
Totals333734816 

a-Singled for Mirabelli in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Ortiz (25, Leiter), Damon (26, Sturtze).
HR: Ramirez, M (24, 9th inning off Gordon, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Damon 2; Ortiz 2; Ramirez, M 5; Millar; Varitek; Mueller.
RBI: Ortiz (83), Ramirez, M (84), Varitek (39).
2-out RBI: Ortiz.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ramirez, M; Ortiz; Damon 2.
GIDP: Mueller; Cora.
Team LOB: 7.

 
NY YankeesIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Leiter (W, 4-7)6.13113806.25
Sturtze (H, 11)1.01000003.93
Gordon 0.21211012.78
Rivera (S, 23)1.02000000.93
 
BostonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wakefield (L, 8-8)9.05553534.12

Gordon pitched to 2 batters in the 9th.

Pitches-strikes: Leiter 102-59, Sturtze 11-7, Gordon 15-10, Rivera 15-10, Wakefield 109-73.
Ground outs-fly outs: Leiter 5-6, Sturtze 2-1, Gordon 0-2, Rivera 3-0, Wakefield 13-9.
Batters faced: Leiter 25, Sturtze 3, Gordon 4, Rivera 5, Wakefield 35.
Inherited runners-scored: Sturtze 1-0, Gordon 1-0, Rivera 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Jerry Meals. 1B: Hunter Wendelstedt. 2B: Mike Winters. 3B: Bruce Froemming.
Weather: 82 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 6 mph, Out to LF.
T: 2:42.
Att: 34,802.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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