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Yankees vs. Red Sox: From brawls to Bucky ‘Bleeping’ Dent, a history of their October battles

The Yankees wound up winning that game, 4-3, then split the next two games in Boston. Back in New York, the Red Sox pounded Andy Pettitte in a 9-6 Game 6 win that tied the series at 3-3 and appeared on the verge of finally breaking the “Curse of the Bambino” when they knocked Clemens out after three innings of Game 7 and led 4-0 after four and 5-2 in the eighth. That was when Pedro again began to implode, surrendering a one-out double to Jeter, an RBI single to Williams and a two-run double to Posada that tied the game at 5-5. All the while, Red Sox manager Grady Little hesitated to remove a clearly spent Martinez until it was too late. Tensions mounted as the game went into extra innings with Yankee manager Joe Torre staying with his indomitable closer, Mariano Rivera, for three innings into the 11th. At that point, Little, perhaps anticipating an even more extended game, brought on knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, his Game 4 starter. But on Wakefield’s first knuckleball, Boone, who’d been 2-for-16 in the series to that point, connected on a home run to left and it was shades of Bucky Dent.

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