Rodriguez, Jeter, Contraras; Photo: NY Post

Entering the weekend series with the Red Sox last night, Yankee coaches thought they would see a new José Contreras. They were wrong. Contraras, worked on his delivery with pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre, but still picked up the loss, giving up 5 runs in barely 3 innings of work. The Yankees went on to lose, 11-2 (box score).

While Contraras pitched poorly, the offense was no better. Derek Jeter, Jason Giambi and Bernie Williams went a combined 1-11, and the Yankees amassed a miniscule 7 hits over 9 innings. There were defensive miscues as well by Bubba Crosby in the 7th and by Gary Sheffield in the 8th, but the game was well over by the time they made their mistakes.

Currently, the Yankees are a team with a losing record (8-9) that has gone 1-4 this season against their biggest rivals. That's some quality playing from a team making $185 million. The Red Sox and Yankees play again this afternoon, as Kevin Brown pitches against Bronson Arroyo.