Yankees C Jorge Posada was out of the starting lineup yesterday, a day after he was knocked over by Red Sox C Jason Varitek in a home-plate collision.

"He had a jammed shoulder last night," New York Manager Joe Torre said. "He tried swinging the bat, got treatment this morning and it just didn't respond enough for him to be a player today. He was able to do all the motions, but it just wasn't going to happen today."

Posada said through Yankees spokesman Rick Cerrone that he could have been in the lineup if the team needed him. Torre thought Varitek made a clean play on Posada, who was trying to get a good grip on SS Derek Jeter's relay throw in the third inning.

"If he had the ball, he could have sort of sidestepped him or tagged him or put himself in better position," Torre said.

New York OF Gary Sheffield was out of the starting lineup for the third straight game with a tight left thigh. Torre said Sheffield would first return as a pinch hitter, then a designated hitter before going back to right field.

* RAMIREZ BREAKS SLUMP: Red Sox OF Manny Ramirez snapped out of a rare slump with a home run and three RBI in a win over the Yankees. Ramirez's homer, his 34th of the season, was his first since Aug. 21 and broke a stretch of 17 games and 63 at-bats without one.

"About time," teammate David Ortiz said. "We need him."

* COLON IGNORES PAIN: Despite being questionable because of tightness in his lower back, Angels RHP Bartolo Colon won his eighth straight decision.

"I saw the effort yesterday by the guys in the bullpen and I knew I needed to push myself a little more," Colon said through an interpreter. "I feel a lot better right now just by making this start. I will make the next start."

* KAZMIR'S K-RATIONS: Devil Rays LHP Scott Kazmir has 160 strikeouts this season, the most by an AL rookie since the Indians' C.C. Sabathia had 171 in 2001. He has struck out 10 or more three times this season.

-- From News Services

Yankees catcher Jorge Posada, left, suffers a jammed shoulder in this hit Friday by incoming runner Jason Varitek of Boston.