Yankees catcher Jorge Posada's acting job wasn't anywhere near the performance of teammate Derek Jeter last week, but Posada did enough last night to get a free pass to first base.
Rays pitcher James Shields' 0-2 pitch in the third inning was low and inside, and hit the dirt in between Posada's feet before bouncing up toward Posada's back leg. Posada did a little hop-step move and grimaced, and that was enough to make umpire Mike Everitt think he'd been hit by the pitch and award him first base.
Last week, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter faked his way to first when his reaction after a pitch hit the knob of his bat was enough to convince umpire Lance Barksdale he'd been hit by the pitch.
Both times, the Yankees were playing the Rays. The differences this time? For one, Rays manager Joe Maddon didn't get tossed after discussing the situation with Everitt, and for another, Posada didn't score.
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