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Proctor Torches Equipment in Bonfire on Yankee Stadium Infield

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Yankees' frustrations boil over

Proctor takes out aggression on equipment as slide continues

By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com

NEW YORK -- His temper already smoldering, Scott Proctor set off an inferno near the Yankee Stadium infield following Saturday's 7-0 loss to the A's, torching various items of his equipment in a smoky blaze.

Perhaps the hot-tempered Proctor hoped to excise some of his recent struggles, lighting a small bonfire a few feet from the top step of the Yankees dugout. He then watched from the railing for several minutes as the contents grew charred and unrecognizable.

Saturday marked the latest of Proctor's continuing struggles, and that of the entire Yankees club as a whole. New York managed just one hit in the defeat, which featured Proctor allowing three runs -- including a two-run double to Nick Swisher -- in one-third of an inning of relief behind starter Kei Igawa, leaving the field to boos.

"I'm just throwing like [junk]," Proctor said after the game in an expletive-laced rant. "I can't expect to throw the ball over the middle and expect to get an out of it."


I have always liked Proctor. It sucks that Torre's inability to manage a bullpen has killed his arm for two years in a row. At least he is intense and cares about winning, unlike some of the other guys on the team that seem to be "going through the motions" as an angry Posada said today. Hopefully this can ignite the Yankees to turn their season around.

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