Perfect Pen gives The Red Sox A Baker's Dozen Over Birds.
Once again, Curt Schilling was not his usual dominating self, wasting a 4-0 lead before his team came back with 2 runs in the 6th to give him a victory. Manny and Trot hit home runs in the 2nd and Mikey Lowell and Kevin Youklis pounded doubles in the 4th to account for the 4 runs. But the O's came back and took a 5-4 lead off Schill in the 5th. After regaining the lead in the 6th, Schilling was yanked with 2 outs in the O's half of the 6th. Mike Holtz got the last out of that inning, Mike Timlin pitched 2 beautiful innings leading into another perfect 9th for Jonathon Papelbon, who earned his 14th save. Mark Loretta is red hot, having gone 17 for 33 in his last 7 games. Yet another one of our players who has woken up offensively. And that can only lead to good things.
In other news, Josh Beckett has no blister. Phew! It seems he checks his finger between innings on a regular basis, leading to wild speculation by so many people, BDD being one of the main culprits.
So the Sox go 9 over .500, the sun is shining from a near cloudless sky, and all is right with the baseball world, even though the Yankees came back from a 9 run deficit to beat woeful Texas pitching. Hey, we'll take care of our business. A Yanks' win in no way diminishes this morning. Or any.