i'm amazed at all of the talk on sports radio and tv that the yankees threw the game just to screw boston. (there's no just about it. it's a legitimate pursuit...
but really, the yanks were prepping for the playoffs. the game meant nothing to them. why not rest your starters if you have the chance? there's precedence in everyday baseball where a base is allowed to be stolen uncontested, or a good hitter is intentionally walked when it wouldn't matter if those players scored if your team had a large enough lead in the 9th. easing up on a team for the betterment of your own has a long history in baseball replete with recorded stats.
besides, boston had to lose it's own game to complete their collapse.
the only thing is i hope the yanks haven't helped create a monster in tampa bay.