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Gammons Watches Game at Fenway Park

Sunday, August 20, 2006

ESPN baseball analyst Peter Gammons was at Fenway Park yesterday, his first visit to a major league stadium since his brain aneurysm in June.

Gammons visited both clubhouses before the game between the Yankees and Boston Red Sox. The 61-year-old former newspaperman was speaking with New York Manager Joe Torre in the visitors' clubhouse when hitting coach Don Mattingly came up to say hello.

Gammons and his wife, Gloria , watched the game from owner John Henry 's box. A note welcoming him to the game was posted on the scoreboard during the sixth inning, drawing an ovation, while a recording of Gammons singing the Chuck Berry song "Carol" was played over the loudspeaker.

Gammons was stricken June 27 at his Cape Cod home and was airlifted to a Boston hospital. He was released on July 17.

· YANKEES UNLOAD PONSON: New York removed RHP Sidney Ponson from their roster, one day after he gave up seven runs in three innings against Boston.

The Yankees have 10 days to trade, release or assign Ponson to one of their minor league affiliates. He was 0-1 with a 10.47 ERA in five games, including three starts, with New York.

Ponson, 29, was 4-4 with a 5.24 ERA in 14 games for the Cardinals this year before he was released.

He has an 80-96 record and 4.89 ERA over nine major league seasons with the Orioles, Giants, Cardinals and Yankees.

· OUT OF CONTROL: Red Sox RHP Josh Beckett walked a career-high nine batters in 5 2/3 innings, allowing nine runs on seven hits and striking out two to remain winless in his last five starts. He threw 121 pitches.

The last Boston pitcher to walk as many as nine batters in a game was Roger Moret , who walked nine in a complete game victory over the White Sox on Aug. 22, 1975.

-- From News Services

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