(hit a game winning homer, get a scalp massage. That’s how it works in the big leagues.)

After grooving one to Kevin Millar, Oakland’s Octavio Dotel was tagged with his 3rd blown save of the season, Millar’s 2 run HR in the bottom of the 9th sealing a 3-2 Boston win. Previously, a pair of A’s pitchers with Texas roots, Kirk Saaloos (ex-Round Rock Express) and UT grad Huston Street combined for 7 and a third innings of one run, 4 hit ball.

Millar, who was also charged with two errors at 1B, has now smacked a HR in consecutive nights after having previously failed to hit a round tripper since the end of the ’04 postseason.

More details on this evening’s sitdown between Jason Giambi, Brian Cashman and Joe Torre, courtesy of the New York Times’ Jack Curry.

Jason Giambi’s status with the Yankees took an interesting and odd twist yesterday. General Manager Brian Cashman and Manager Joe Torre initiated a meeting with Giambi, the incredibly shrinking hitter, to discuss ways to help him return to his previous form. But, in the end, nothing changed. For now, anyway.

Although Torre acknowledged before the meeting that sending Giambi to the minor leagues was a possibility and added that it was crucial for the Yankees to devise a plan to help Giambi, confusion followed instead. Cashman emerged from the meeting, called it routine and said Giambi would remain with the Yankees.

Since Giambi, 34, has more than five years of major league service time, he has the right to veto a demotion to the minors. When Cashman was asked if the Yankees had tried to convince Giambi of the potential positive of sending him to the minors, and if Giambi had resisted, Cashman declined to comment.

“I’m not going to discuss what we discussed, but, again, the main purpose of the meeting was to discuss where he is at on this date,” Cashman said. “And, you know, how we got here and how we’re going to hit higher ground at a later date and what we need to do to get there, collectively.”