A Kazmir KO
Scott Kazmir of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays traded zeros with Daisuke Matsuzaka of the Boston Red Sox for six and a half innings, both pitchers in and out of trouble. And then came the bottom of the seventh. After a solo home run by Dioner Navarro and another single off Daisuke, on came the usually dependable Manny Delcarmen. Well, to put it kindly, it wasn't his day. Two home runs later, the Rays had a 5-0 lead, and even after two home runs by the Red Sox (Manny and Youk), the final score was 5-2 home team.
So the Red Sox return to Boston after a 5-2 road trip with a lead over the Yankees of 8 games. They are 64-41 and will face the Orioles at Fenway Park for three games starting Tuesday night before going to the west coast to face the Mariners. That left coast trip will feature the return of Curt Schilling, and he should provide quite a shot in the arm for the team. And with the trading deadline tomorrow at 4pm, who knows what will happen in the next 34 hours.
Click on the title of this post for an article by the Boston Globe's Nick Carfado. He comments on what might happen before the trading deadline and discusses the Red Sox bullpen. Enjoy your Monday, everyone.