Tigers - 000 010 100 - 2 3 1Beckett (7-3-2-1-6, 97) retired the first 11 Tigers and had no trouble at all with the Detroit bats. He allowed solo home runs to Carlos Guillen and Marcus Thames, but they both elicted a "so what?" response.
Red Sox - 012 050 00x - 8 11 0
Jason Bay (two-run home run, two doubles, two walks) and Mike Lowell (home run, two singles, two RBI) continued their torrid hitting, each mashing taters for the second night in a row. In the fifth, the first two batters were retired before the next seven Boston batters reached base against Miner and Freddy Dolsi.
The Red Sox remained 5.5 GB the Yankees and 1.5 GA of the Rangers (who beat Cleveland 5-0) in the Wild Card.
Surprise: Jerry Remy was in the NESN booth with Orsillo and Eckersley for the entire second inning. He says he wants to return to the booth this season (SoSH). He looked great, was quite funny and deeply appreciative of all the cards, emails and letters. He got a huge standing ovation between half-innings. From his comments, it sounds like he's doing well physically but has been dealing with depression. It was really great to see him again.
Pedro (5-7-3-1-5, 99) picked up his first win of 2009 as the Phillies routed the Cubs.
Zack Miner (4.60, 99 ERA+) / Josh Beckett (3.12, 152 ERA+)
Career-high 17 consecutive starts of at least six innings (2.15 ERA)MLB.com notes Galarraga's recent "inability to attack hitters" and "nibbling at the fringes of the strike zone". Sounds like a recipe for another Boston win.
1.85 ERA since May 23 (14 starts)
7-0, 2.58 in 10 home starts
Seven shutout innings in each of his last two starts, including last Friday in New York
A no-hitter through 6.2 innings against the Tigers on June 3
[UPDATE: Galarraga (5.23, 87 ERA+) has been scratched because of a "severe sore throat". Zach Miner will start. He pitched two innings on Monday and warmed up last night.]
Two other games of note: The Yankees beat the Blue Jays 4-3 in 11 innings this afternoon. ... Pedro Martinez makes his Phillies debut at 8 PM at Wrigley Field.
Kevin Youkilis has been suspended for five games. He will begin serving the suspension tonight.