Bad news: Everything else.
Matt Clement (6.14 ERA since the ASG) had absolutely nothing working for him, giving up hits to the first five Oakland batters and lasting only 1.1 innings. The A's held a 7-0 lead when he left.
Oakland has some good arms, but scoring only 10 runs in four games -- at Fenway -- is unacceptable. If this keeps up, it will also mean the Yankees will erase the slim East lead of 1.5 games. Thankfully, New York lost to Toronto yesterday -- Derek Jeter ended yet another game with the tying run on base when he looked at strike three.
Three of the deadest bats:
No NESN for me yesterday. The Fox Sports guys -- Glen Kuiper and Ray Fosse -- were innocuous, but I was surprised at their blatant homophobia in the late innings. For some reason, FSN showed clips of the Sox's Queer Eye appearance. Both announcers were laughing, saying how horrible it was that the five players were on the show -- as if they had been forced to appear. Both men said -- more than once -- that they'd rather not win a World Series if it meant going on the show. And perhaps the Sox now felt the same way.AVG OBP SLG
Varitek 6-for-49 .122 .218 .143
Renteria 11-for-65 .169 .197 .200
Nixon 9-for-49 .184 .310 .224
I wasn't sure exactly what it was that they found so objectionable, until Kuiper said, "Just the thought of the name of the show."
Besides the outright bigotry -- and from announcers calling games for a Bay Area team, no less -- they also failed to mention that the players were raising money for charity. But I guess helping rebuild a hurricane-destroyed Little League field in Florida still isn't enough of a reason to stand so close to a bunch of fags.
The Red Sox go to Tampa while the Yankees host Baltimore.
Wells / Hendrickson at 7:00.