Baltimore also won, so our lead remains at 11.5 games. New York was swept by the Angels and is 12.5 games off the pace -- and only one game ahead of the cellar-dwelling Devil Rays.
Julian Tavarez (5.27, 84 ERA+) / Kameron Loe (6.38, 71 ERA+)
Lineup (with EQA and EQA rank on team):
Ortiz -- out today with "barking" hamstrings and the lingering effects of a cold -- is 1st at .332.Lugo, SS .236 9th
Crisp, CF .231 11th
Youkilis, 1B .323 2nd
Ramirez, LF .270 5th
Drew, RF .238 10th
Lowell, 3B .309 3rd
Varitek, C .274 4th
Hinske, DH .227 12th
Pedroia, 2B .253 7th
Sexy Lips's last two starts (against the Tigers and Yankees) have produced these totals: 12.2 IP, 7 hits, 3 runs, 8 walks and 5 strikeouts. Very nice, except for the walks. He has lowered his season ERA by almost 2.5 runs since the end of April.
Loe gave up one run on two hits in .1 IP out to Boston (16 pitches) back on April 7.
Meanwhile, way back somewhere in our dust cloud: The fourth-place Yankees (a mere 1.5 GA of the cellar) try to avoid the Angels' broom at 1 PM (Lackey/Mussina).
The second-place Blue Jays visit the Twins (Burnett/Silva) at 2 PM.