Get Out Your Six Shooters
One bullet in each chamber, the Red Sox are ready to roll into the final 6 games of the regular season. They'll have 2 with Oakland and 4 with Minnesota (shades of that final series of the always magic year 1967!), every one of them at Fenway Park. Their pitching plans will go as follows, from the Hartford Courant......
"Each starting pitcher will take his normal turn, although the length of their outings is subject to the manager's discretion. Curt Schilling will go tonight and Sunday, Jon Lester Wednesday, Josh Beckett Thursday, Daisuke Matsuzaka Friday, and Tim Wakefield Saturday.
Rookie Clay Buchholz, who is a strong candidate for a postseason bullpen role, is expected to piggyback Lester Wednesday, although Francona would not confirm that Sunday, citing competitive advantage.
Probable starters for the Oakland series: Chad Gaudin (11-12, 4.52 ERA) vs. Schilling (8-8, 3.97) tonight; Joe Blanton (14-10, 3.84) vs. Lester (4-0, 4.45) Wednesday."
Manny and Youk, two of the top guns of the Sox offense, took batting practice Monday for an extended period of time. We'll see both of them in the lineup at some point this week, but not until they're ready. And they'll be ready! We all will!
Schill and Gaudin tonight, while the Yankees take on Tampa Bay in the first of 3 in Florida. Toronto and AJ Burnett beat those Yanks yesterday 4-1, so the lead is a solid 2 games in the AL East. Let's hope it stays there! Oh, click on the title of this post for the latest on Curt Schilling and his thoughts on the post season. And go Sox....let's win 6! STRAIGHT!!!