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One Inning. Six Outs. Six Pitchers

Those in attendance at Fenway Park tonight can say they saw something that will never be surpassed for as long as baseball exists.*

I don’t know how many times it has been matched, but never surpassed. For in the seventh inning of tonight’s Yankees-Red Sox filibuster game, Bobby Valentine and Joe Girardi used one pitcher each to get one out.

Andrew Miller comes in from the pen to begin the top of the seventh with Boston leading, 7-6. After allowing a walk and a single, Miller strikes out Robinson Cano looking. His night: done.

Vicente Padilla is greeted by Mark Teixeira, who triples into the left-center field triangle to give the Yankees an 8-7 lead. It was Teixeira’s first triple since August 2011.

After Padilla gets a strike out and gives up an RBI double, he gets the hook in favor of Scott Atchison. He gives up an RBI hit to Eric Chavez and finally gets the third out by K’ing Russell Martin.

So, four runs on four hits off of three pitchers. But they struck out the side, so that’s lovely.

To the bottom of the seventh. Boone Logan, who completed the sixth, starts off with a pitch that was mashed by Cody Ross. 10-8, Yankees. A single, then a strikeout, and Cody Eppley replaces Logan.

Eppley allows a single and gets a force out.

And then … he is replaced by David Robertson, who strikes out Nick Punto to end the seventh. All of it.

I haven’t looked to see how many minutes this one inning lasted, but I’m sure some cranky fans thought they could have fit in the new Spider-Man movie and make it home in time for the ninth.

But hey, it’s the Yankees and the Red Sox. If these games don’t require four hours to finish, partial refunds should be handed out.

*Let’s just not even consider the possibility of a dropped third strike/wild pitch representing a pitcher’s only recorded “out.”

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