Sexy Lips pitched great (6-2-2-2-2, 87), but his rough start -- two singles and a walk to start the game -- put him in a 2-0 hole. The bats did next to nothing.
Gagne allowed two hits in the ninth, but struck out the side to a huge ovation. Kielty went 2-for-3, Ortiz 2-for-4, Lowell got a single and a walk and Manny walked twice.
MFY beat the Tigers 9-3 -- they are 4 GB. The Angels go home to host the Yankees, while we go to Tampa, where the wins come in bunches.
Joe Saunders (3.50, 122 ERA+) / Julian Tavarez (5.12, 88 ERA+)
Saunders beat the Red Sox in Anaheim on August 7, allowing eight hits and four runs over 5.1 innings. Final score: LAA 10-4.
With Sexy Lips starting today, Tim Wakefield will pitch in Tropicana Field tomorrow night. Jon Lester goes on Tuesday (on two extra days rest) and Daisuke Matsuzaka gets one extra day and pitches Wednesday.
That means Matsuzaka would start the opening game at Yankee Stadium on August 28. He would be followed by Josh Beckett and Curt Schilling. It also means that Boston would have those guys pitching in the September 14-15-16 Yankees series at Fenway.
Terry Francona said Kevin Cash will catch Tavarez today and Wakefield Monday. In addition, new outfielder Bobby Kielty (#32) would likely start today and Monday.