Seven days, seven more days that are connectedThe Red Sox are home. MVPapi: "It's going be good, bro. I like being home."
Just like I expected ...
Seven more days, all I gotta do is survive
David Wells tweaked his knee when he halted his delivery in the seventh inning on a pitch to Eric Byrnes. Plate umpire Jerry Crawford called time very late and Wells ended up flipping the ball away in anger.
Wells: "I'm not 100 percent out there ... [T]hey have to be a little more verbal out there. They have to scream it out. I didn't hear nothing. So that's kind of why I was a little ticked off." ... Francona: "He was already at that point in the game where we were going to go to the bullpen if anything happened, anyway. When we got out [to the mound], he said [his knee] was burning."
Re the thousands of Red Sox fans in Baltimore: the AP noted "the only things missing from Boston's final road series were the Green Monster and Pesky Pole" and at one point the Orioles announcers quipped that perhaps the victory should be included in the Sox's home record! (Since 1999, the Red Sox are 41-18 at Camden Yards.)
Kevin Youkilis tried to swing a bat yesterday, but could not. Yook: I'm hoping [to return] later in the week. Right now, it's still a little tender." ... Trot Nixon hit .500 (10-for-20) on the road trip. ... Who came up with the phrase "Red Sox Nation"? Former Globe writer Nathan Cobb learns, nearly twenty years after the fact, that he did.
Jack (in comments) points out this Johnny Damon quote about Dale Sveum:
Dale is always going to take a beating because we've got the slowest team on the face of the planet. We do not run bases worth a crap, so that's why Dale takes a beating. He's not afraid of it. Dale's been awesome for us.That is not why Dale takes a beating. He takes a beating because even though Boston may have the slowest team in MLB, Sveum oftentimes thinks they are all Carl Crawford or Ichiro. If they are slow, then you have to remember they are slow and do your job accordingly.
The nine Red Sox that have batted against tonight's starter, David Bush, are hitting a combined .421 (16-for-38).
Red Sox: Schilling / Bush at 7:00.
Yankees: Johnson / Lopez in Baltimore at 7:00.
Cleveland: Off. Hosts Tampa tomorrow.