Before the season, Major League Baseball warned the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox to play faster.

Now, umpire Joe West, who worked the opening series between the teams, is adding his thoughts on the matter.

Before Wednesday night's Yankees at Red Sox game, West told the Record, of Bergen County, N.J., that the teams play at a pace that is "embarrassing" and "a disgrace to baseball."

Sunday's night's season opener took 3:46 to play. Games played Tuesday (3:48) and Wednesday (3:21 in 10 innings), were also longer than average.

Last season, the Yankees averaged 3:08 per game and the Red Sox 3:04. Both were longer than the 30-team average of 2:52, according to Stats LLC.

"They're the two clubs that don't try to pick up the pace," West told the Record. "They're two of the best teams in baseball. Why are they playing the slowest?

"It's pathetic and embarrassing. They take too long to play."

Yesterday, the New York Post asked Yankees closer Mariano Rivera about West's comments

"It's incredible," Rivera told the Post. "If he has places to go, let him do something else. What does he want us to do, swing at balls?"


* Last month, Jose Canseco announced on Twitter that he had been subpoenaed to testify yesterday before the grand jury investigating whether Roger Clemens lied to Congress about performance-enhancing drugs. But, reporters covering the story in Washington did not see Canseco arrive or leave yesterday. His appearance might have been rescheduled for another date. The grand jury process is secretive, and witnesses are not announced. His lawyer did not return a call seeking comment.

* Boston righthander Boof Bonser allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings during a rehabilitation start for Triple A Pawtucket. He is on the disabled list because of a right groin strain.

In games yesterday:

* At Kansas City, Miguel Cabrera homered and drove in four runs and Dontrelle Willis turned in six solid innings in his first regular-season start in almost 10 months, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 7-3 victory over the Royals.

It was Willis' first start since issuing a career-high eight walks last June 14 and then going on the disabled list for the rest of the season with social anxiety.

* At Oakland, Brett Anderson (1-0) pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning of a strong season debut, Daric Barton drove in a career-high four runs and the Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners, 6-2, to take three of the first four in the AL West rivalry.

* At Arlington, Texas, Vernon Wells hit his fourth homer in three games and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied for three runs in the ninth against closer Frank Francisco to beat the Rangers, 3-1.

* At St. Petersburg, Fla., Garrett Atkins hit a two-run single in the sixth as the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Tampa Bay Rays, 5-4, to avoid a season-opening three-game sweep.

* At Chicago, Asdrubal Cabrera hit a tiebreaking, two-out single in the 11th inning, and Grady Sizemore drove in three runs, to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 5-3 victory over the White Sox.