The decision to pitch to Sox killer Evan Longoria with the first base open Tuesday gave sports radio callers hours of fodder after the Rays' star crushed a game-winning two-run homer in the 13th inning. But that was at least somewhat justified given that the next batter was Ben Zobrist, who was third in AL in OPS at the time, and walking him would have loaded the bases, a situation probably not suited for Saito. But last night's decision to leave in Smoltz when the Yankees were treating him like their favorite batting-practice pitcher was curious . . . at least up until the point we painfully discovered that Billy Traber was the alternative. Which brings us to . . .