Peep Show

Updated: October 14, 2003, 8:33 AM ET
By Jim Baker

American League
Boston Red Sox: When you start a fire, you should stick around to take the heat. Unfortunately for the rest of the Red Sox, instigators Pedro Martinez and Manny Ramirez did no such thing on Saturday. In fact, they often make themselves off-limits to the press and it's getting to be a problem in their clubhouse, writes Scott Carter of the Tampa Tribune. "There is a lot of discussion about that in our clubhouse and hopefully in the future we can get that rectified,'' Boston skipper Grady Little told Carter on Monday. "It's a shame that that happens, but that's the way it is right now. We've got to deal with it.''

New York Yankees: The bad news for the Yankees is that Nick Johnson is only hitting .200 in the LCS. The worse news is that is above the team average of .192 for the series. Just because Ruben Sierra launched a homer in the ninth last night is no reason to put him in the lineup ahead of Johnson or Jason Giambi (.154), write Mark Hale and George King of the New York Post. Said manager Joe Torre, "We will look at things and see if they jump out at you, but I think Ruben does a good job where we use him. Being a switch-hitter, I like him as a strategy guy on the bench." ...How injured is this afternoon's starter, David Wells? The 40-year old pitcher claims to have hurt his groin climbing the steps on the way to the fracas on Saturday (I'm going to admit here that when I first saw a round, bald man thrown to the ground by Pedro Martinez, I assumed it to be Wells). Jon Heyman of Newsday posits that Wells' injury can't be all that bad since he was out carousing with " ...a friend, Grade-B TV actor Judd Nelson" long after the game was over.

Jim Baker is an author at Baseball Prospectus and a frequent contributor to Page 2. You can e-mail Jim at bottlebat@gmail.com.

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