Did anyone really think we were going to lose that game? Ha!
David Ortiz did it again. ... Of course. ... Sometimes, it feels like he does this about once a week. ... An absolute bomb on an inside fastball. Deep and high to right field. HR #38. Game Over.
Tim Wakefield pitched nine tough innings -- and it was good to see him get credit for the victory. He allowed eight hits: five doubles, two singles, and a home run. ... He was also helped by some great fielding: Bill Mueller, John Olerud, and several plays (catching and throwing) by Manny Ramirez. ... It was the 9th time in 12 games that the Angels have failed to score more than three runs.
And with Rivera giving up a ninth-inning run (thanks to a Cano error) in New York, and Jeter grounding into a game-ending double play, the Yankees are now four games out. ... Wouldn't it be great to go into the Bronx with a six-game lead?
One announcer comment: While John Lackey was busy walking three consecutive Sox in the fifth inning, Remy and Orsillo were talking about Nolan Ryan. "Was he nasty?" Orsillo asked. "Oh, yeah," said Remy, "he was nasty." Remy went on to tell a story about Ryan pitching to Bert Campaneris. After getting brushed back by an inside pitch, Campy pointed to the plate with his bat, as if to say "throw the ball over the plate." Ryan's response? His next pitch drilled Campy in the knee. Remy was laughing as he said this.
A few things: For Remy, who has had about 3,000 knee operations, to joke about a player getting hit in the knee by a Ryan fastball, is pretty bizarre. ... Also, what would his reaction be to a pitcher doing that now?
Forget about it happening to a Red Sox batter -- how about any hitter? Would he be chuckling? Would he think it was cute? I don't think so. ... Yet let enough time go by, and incidents that would have been condemned are recounted as cuddly clues into a gamer's mentality.
Arroyo / Santana at 7:00.