Manny's sac fly made it 5-1 after two innings. Toronto got a run in the fifth and back-to-back home runs from Stairs and Rios in the sixth -- Buffy and Pat Tabler got all excited that "we got us a ball game now!" -- but a few minutes later, Boston shut them up with two runs in their sixth after two were already out (Pedroia single, Tizzle RBI double, Manny RBI single).
After Wakefield (6-9-4-0-2, 95), MDC, Jeemer and Bot swept up. ... Down in Tampa, the MFY beat the Rays 7-4 to move into second place (10 GB), while the Jays slipped to third (11 GB).
After three hours of Buffyvision, it's time for another episode of "Things I Heard":
1. In spring training, Papelbon "finally came to his senses and realized that he could have a great career as a closer in Boston" and quit being a starter (according to Buffy).
2. When Youkilis missed games in Detroit, Boston got some help at first base from "Fred Bailey" (according to Tabler).
3. The Yankees have a great chance to catch the Red Sox because they play so many games against crappy ol' Baltimore and Tampa Bay in the second half (according to Tabler).
Games after ASG v Tampa Bay and BaltimoreSo it's actually Boston that will play more games (28 to 27) against Tampa Bay and Baltimore in the second half.
Yankees 14 13*
Red Sox 15 13
*: includes completion of one suspended game
There's nothin' like checking your facts before you speak!
But, hey, what do I know? Tabler's a big shot TV guy and I'm typing this in my basement.
Roy Halladay (4.46, 102 ERA+) / Tim Wakefield (4.39, 102 ERA+)
Baseball is back ... and it's back big!
I'll be watching on Buffyvision.Drew, RF