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Protest denied


      "Shocked!" Brian Cashmen said, with a smile when he informed the media that the Yankees protest against the Red Sox Tuesday had been denied by Major League Baseball.

        The Yankees had played the game under protest, arguing that there had been no indication that Josh Beckett had been injured before he was lifted for reliever Manny Delcarmen in the fifth inning. Delcarmen was allowed to warm up as long as he liked on the mound on the field. At the time the Yankees led 5-0 in a game that ended in a 7-6 Boston win.

         "I don't know of any protest--other than the George Brett [pine tar] one--that worked. But it doesn't mean you don't go through the process," Cashman said.

         Beckett was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a back injury


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