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August 31, 2007

Ten things we learned from Bronx sweep

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9. David Ortiz needs support.

While he is a perennial MVP candidate, David Ortiz seemed naked this series without Ramirez hitting behind him the last two games.

The Yankees had their way with Ortiz, throwing him junk all over the plate | inside and outside. While he had a few decent at-bats against Clemens, he came up too many times in this series with nobody on base.

With Dustin Pedroia, Crisp and Lugo sleepwalking for much of the last three days | though Pedroia had a nice double off Joba Chamberlain in the eighth inning | Ortiz never got comfortable. He needs men on base.

Ramirez had better get better. And soon.



10. Chamberlain deserves a 'thank you.'

The Yankees were two outs away from sending the Sox home quietly, with their collective tails between their legs, but then Chamberlain threw two pitches over Youkilis' head for a reason only he knows.

The bad blood between these rivals hasn't been there this season, probably because of the way the Yankees. But this might spark it.

Chamberlain is not only very good, but he's cocky and pretty demonstrative for a guy who has spent less than a month in the major leagues.

Beckett was on the top step after Chamberlain was tossed, tossing many expletives of his own.

No matter what happens the next two weeks, before these teams play again at Fenway Park (Sept. 14-16), there will be tension in the air.



Bill Burt is executive sports editor of Eagle-Tribune Publishing. E-mail him at bburt@eagletribune.com.



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