Scutaro: 'I just made a bad throw'

April, 7, 2010
This was not a night to bring up UZR ratings and Runs Saved.

Marco Scutaro, the Red Sox's new shortstop, made a two-out throwing error that prolonged a Yankees rally in the eighth and became the focal point of Tuesday’s 6-4 loss when Hideki Okajima walked Nick Johnson to force in what proved to be the winning run.

“I just made a bad throw, that’s it,’’ said Scutaro, who short-hopped first baseman Kevin Youkilis on Derek Jeter’s ground ball to his left. “I don’t really have an excuse. A good throw, he’s out.’’

Manager Terry Francona thought Scutaro might have hurried his throw when he saw Jeter hustling down the line, but Scutaro said that was not the case. Youkilis, meanwhile, lamented that he wasn’t able to spare Scutaro the error with a clean pickup.

“It hopped up quick and hit the top of my glove,’’ Youkilis said. “It didn’t get in the webbing. Those plays I blame myself. I thought I could have made it, but it took a bad bounce.

“One play doesn’t screw up the game. There were tons of stuff we could have done better.’’

Mike Cameron was at the other end of the clubhouse when a swarm of reporters closed in around Scutaro. “Don’t mess up,’’ he said to lockermate Bill Hall. “Reminds me of when I was in New York.’’

Scutaro made just 10 errors last year for the Toronto Blue Jays, his first full season of playing shortstop in the big leagues, and only three of those came on throws. This one would not have received the attention it got, of course, if Okajima had been able to stop the bleeding, but he walked Johnson on five pitches, his 3-and-1 pitch running well inside.

“It’s always hard to make an error that costs you the game,’’ Scutaro said. “But you turn the page, come back tomorrow and try to win the series.’’

Double trouble:

Whether or not the Yankees' Mark Teixeira was actually out on an attempted double play by the Red Sox in the fifth inning, the play proved costly for Boston.

With no outs and the bases loaded, Red Sox starter Jon Lester got Teixeira to hit a ground ball to the left side of the infield. Scutaro made the play and a good feed to second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who quickly got the ball out of his glove and made a strong throw to first base.

Youkilis stretched for the throw and appeared to complete the double play. First-base umpire Paul Schrieber called Teixeira safe, allowing the Yankees' second run to score.

On the replay Teixeira appeared to be out by a big toe.

"He was out," said Pedroia.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona called it a big play.

"It was close," he said. "I'd like to think they're always out. That's the way the game goes."

The play took on added importance because Alex Rodriguez followed with an RBI double and Robinson Cano added a sacrifice fly to give New York a 4-3 lead.

"Yeah, I thought he was out," said Lester. "Everybody on the Red Sox side thought he was out, and everybody on the Yankees side thought he was safe. It was a bang-bang play and they did a good job trying to turn that. The ball wasn't hit very hard and we had a couple of bang-bang plays go our way earlier in the game, so obviously we would have liked to have had that. It just didn't go our way at that time."

V-Mart goes deep:

Victor Martinez hit his first home run of the season in the third inning, crushing a 0-1 offering from Yankees starter A.J. Burnett and depositing it into the Red Sox bullpen to give Boston a 3-1 lead.

"What a nice swing," said Francona. "He's a good hitter."

The blast was the 11th of Martinez's career against New York, his highest total against any team outside the AL Central.

Many players have trouble producing in the early months of the season. Not Martinez. He's batting .321 with 19 homers and 77 RBIs in 126 career games in April.

Buchholz to throw Wednesday:

Clay Buchholz will throw a simulated game Wednesday afternoon at Fenway. With three off days to start the season, the right-hander isn't scheduled to make his debut until April 11 in Kansas City. In order to stay sharp, he'll work tomorrow.

"Whatever he needs, but it won't be huge," said Francona. "That will get the rust off going into his start."

It will be a total of nine days between his last spring start and his season debut. Buchholz said he doesn't know how many pitches he's going to throw in the simulated game, but he'll get up and down three times.

He tossed a bullpen session on Tuesday and said he felt a little awkward, so he threw another pen session on Wednesday with pitching coach John Farrell acting as a batter.

"I don't think it's going to be a huge awkward feeling tomorrow, but my body feels refreshed and that was the key thing," Buchholz said.

Gordon Edes

ESPN Staff Writer

Joe McDonald

ESPN Staff Writer



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