- The Washington Times - Friday, June 12, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) - Yankees manager Joe Girardi accused Boston’s Brad Penny of deliberately hitting Alex Rodriguez with a pitch.

Rodriguez was hit in the back in the first inning Thursday night at Fenway Park, prompting umpires to warn both teams. The Red Sox went on to win 4-3 and improved to 8-0 against the Yankees this season.

In the sixth inning on Tuesday night, Yankees reliever Jose Veras hit Boston’s Jason Bay with a pitch.

“Penny’s control was pretty good, and I thought it was on purpose,” Girardi said Friday. “You know, that’s all part of baseball, I guess. You know, we hit Bay, and I know Jose did not hit him on purpose. I mean, Jose has struggled with his control. But things like that happen. You know, you expect something could happen in return.”

Rodriguez declined comment before the Yankees played the Mets on Friday night.

Boston manager Terry Francona didn’t want to address Girardi’s accusation.

“I thought Brad Penny pitched very well. That’s my comment,” Francona said before the Red Sox played the Phillies.


AP Sports Writer Rob Maaddi in Philadelphia contributed to this report.

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