Master Of The Devil Rays
Tim Wakefield, continuing his dominance of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, whitewashed the team, going seven scoreless innings. He allowed only four hits and struck out five enemy hitters. Overall, Wakes is 19-2 against them, the second best record of any pitcher in the big leagues. And he's two wins away from his career high of seventeen. Not bad for 40 something years old! Manny Delcarmen and Mike Timlin finished the shutout with scoreless 8th and 9th innings. Now the bullpen is rested and ready for anything.
The big hits of the game were a Mike Lowell home run and a Manny Ramirez bases loaded single. And all this joyful mayhem came against a tough pitcher who usually gives the Red Sox fits-Scott Kazmir. Coupled with the Angels' win over the hated Yankees, the lead is back to five games. They have Mussina going today. He's been shaky. The Angels counter with Kelvin Escobar, who will be going for his fourteenth win of the season. Look for another Halo's win. Go for it, Kelvin!
Click on the title of this post for The Globe's Nick Carfados' in-depth analysis of all the leading teams of MLB. Required reading, to say the least. And enjoy your Tuesday. Tonight down in Tama Bay, it's Lester versus Sonnastine. Go Jon. Go Sox. Forever.