Yankees lose game, Matsui

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer Published:

NEW YORK (AP) Hideki Matsuis attempt for a sliding catch went very wrong, with the New York Yankees left fielder landing hard on his left wrist.

He grimaced as the ball rolled away, and when he walked off the field a few minutes later, his wrist was limp. His consecutive games streak was over at 518, and perhaps his season, too.

Matsui broke his wrist two batters into the New York Yankees 5-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night. He left Yankee Stadium in an ambulance, still in uniform, his arm in a sling. He was scheduled for surgery Friday, and Yankees manager Joe Torre estimated Matsui will be sidelined about three months.

After looking at Matsuis swollen wrist, New York center fielder Johnny Damon said its possible Matsui might not play again until next season.

Hes like the Rock of Gibraltar, Torre said. You dont even think about anything thats going to keep him down.

Matsui, a 31-year-old who is Japans most famous baseball star, took pride in his consecutive games streak. Before coming to the major leagues, he played in 1,250 consecutive games with the Yomiuri Giants of Japans Central League from Aug. 22, 1993, through 2002, then in every game since joining the Yankees the following year.

He plays hard. He plays with reckless abandon, and hes still able to go out there and play every single day, Damon said. Its crushing.

Mark Lorettas first hit sent Matsui to a hospital and his fourth turned into a go-ahead, two-run infield single.

Loretta hit a ground ball to the shortstop hole with runners on second and third, and the Red Sox trailing 3-2 in the seventh inning. Derek Jeter went to the ground and threw from his knees to first.

His throw was high and on the home-plate side of the bag, and the ball popped out of Miguel Cairos glove as he jumped and tagged Loretta, allowing two runs to score.

In the only other AL game, Toronto beat Oakland 8-3. Detroit was rained out at Baltimore and the Los Angeles Angels were washed out at the Chicago White Sox.

Boston took two of three in the series, opened a one-game AL East lead and has won three of four against New York this year.

New York was already missing a starting outfielder: Right fielder Gary Sheffield hurt his left wrist in a collision at first base on April 29 and went on the disabled list this week.

Tim Wakefield (3-4) struck out nine, allowing three runs and six hits. Jorge Posada hit a two-run single through the knuckleballers legs in the first inning, and Jeter had an RBI single in the fourth.

Blue Jays 8, Athletics 3: Troy Glaus hit a three-run homer off Kirk Saarloos (1-1) in the third inning and a solo shot in the fifth for his third multihomer game this season and the 21st of his career. Acquired from Arizona in the offseason, Glaus has 12 home runs and 30 RBIs.

Gregg Zaun also homered at Toronto as the new-look Blue Jays (19-15) moved four games over .500 for the first time this season. Ted Lilly (4-2) allowed three runs and five hits in 7 2-3 innings against his former team. Nick Swisher homered twice for the As.

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