Blue Jays - 000 010 000 - 1 5 1Wakefield was strong (8-5-1-2-3, 97), making a two-run second inning stand up against the AL East leaders. Boston is now 2.5 GB. (The Yankee beat Baltimore 9-1, so they are 3.5 GB.)
Red Sox - 020 000 00x - 2 6 1
Mike Lowell started the second inning with a single to left and J.D Drew worked an eight-pitch walk. After Julio Lugo popped out, Jeff Bailey singled to left center. Lowell scored on the hit, Drew went to third, and Gumball took second on Adam Lind's throwing error. George Kottaras then lofted a sac fly to left.
Cabin Mirror opened the top of the fifth with a dong to left, but that was Toronto's only run. Only two other Blue Jay runners reached second base.
The Fenway crowd was solidly behind David Ortiz, but Flo went 0-for-3, walking in the first, but then: K, 4-3, K. Jacoby Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a fifth-inning single; he also doubled in the eighth.
Brian Tallet (4.68, 99 ERA+) / Tim Wakefield (4.03, 124 ERA+)
W L PCT GB RS RA DIFFDavid Ortiz (.208/.318/.300) is expected to be back in the Red Sox lineup tonight. Will he batting in his customary third spot in the order?
Blue Jays 27 14 .659 -- 234 174 + 60
Red Sox 22 16 .579 3.5 208 190 + 18
Yankees 21 17 .553 4.5 205 218 - 13
Rays 20 20 .500 6.5 221 196 + 25
Orioles 16 22 .421 9.5 192 225 - 33
I don't know. I want to talk to him. And I haven't wanted to talk to him yet, because I've wanted to give him some room.SoSHer Carl Everetts Therapist relayed some information "from someone who interviewed [Vice President of Player Personnel] Ben Cherington" last Friday morning:
Papi's struggles are a combination of mental physical and emotional. He also has been withdrawn and silent in the clubhouse. ... There will be a closed door meeting ASAP that includes Magaden, Tito, Theo, Henry and the training staff. A decision will be made as far as how to approach this thing ...SoSHer normstalls:
Suggestions have been made about possible options that include ... Moving Ortiz down in the order ...
For what its worth (and maybe not much) Ortiz looked really good during BP on Saturday. He hit a groove and was really driving some balls well. I think he hit about 5 out. Now this was only BP and normally is nothing to be encouraged about, but given his current condition I took it as a glimmer of hope.John Hickey, MLB.com:
Hitting coach Dave Magadan said Ortiz's mechanics are back where they are supposed to be, so all the slugger needs now is to regain his confidence.Wily Mo Pena, currently with the Buffalo Bisons, on not hitting home runs in 2006:
[Bronson] Arroyo had two [with the Reds] and I had nothing. [Fans] were jumping all over me every time I came to the plate. I was thinking too much, but once I hit that first one, I was able to breathe and starting hitting. That's going to be the same for Ortiz. ...Julio Lugo is also expected back in the lineup.
He's not swinging the same. I don't know if he's hurt, or if something is bothering him, or if he's thinking about something. I wish I could know something.