Three Games Up With Five To Go!
Yes, that's right! The Boston Red Sox beat the visiting Oakland A's by a score of 7-3. Curt Schilling proved that he's back, all back, going 6 innings and giving up only 1 run on 6 hits while walking none. I think he should be our number two starter behind Beckett for the postseason. What a one-two punch that would be! But Tito has other ideas, and it looks like he will start Matsuzaka second and Schilling third. Why gamble when the chances are excellent to win the first two with Beckett and Schill? I don't know. But now only an utter collapse would prevent the Sox from being the AL Eastern Division champions. The Yankees blew a 5 run lead and lost to the mighty Tampa Bay Devil Rays 7-6 in 10 innings. They also had to shut down Roger Clemens until the postseason, too. Poor babies.
Big Papi put the finishing touch on the A's with his 8th inning home run. Manny started, batting second, and looked good, stroking a first inning line single. Kevin Youkilis came into the game for defensive purposes and will start on Wednesday. He said this about his wrist.....
"It felt all right, " Youkilis said. "Definitely not 100 percent, but hopefully I'll go out there each day and get better. I can swing, so that's a good thing. It'll progress. Hopefully, over the next five days, it gets better and stronger. Right now, it's a little weak."
So after a productive Tuesday evening, the Red Sox are sitting in the catbird seat. And that's just where I like it. For those of you who've asked me which team I'd rather see the Sox play in the opening round of the playoffs, here's your answer...the Cleveland Indians. Why? Travel distance, nothing more, nothing less.
Click on the title of this post for the Globe's Amalie Benjamin's piece on last night's game, with an emphasis on Curt Schilling and the returns of Manny Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis, both of whom we'll see more and more of as the week progresses. And go Tampa Bay, beat dem bums again! Thanks for being here, and I'd love to read and respond to your comments, as always. Thanks.