Orioles - Red Sox -Zach Britton / Tim Wakefield
Daisuke Matsuzaka had an MRI on his right elbow today and it looks like he will going on the disabled list. Reliever Michael Bowden is on his way to Boston from Pawtucket. Alfredo Aceves may take Dice's spot in the rotation.
AL EAST W L PCT GB RS RA DIFF Rays 24 17 .585 --- 178 149 + 29 Yankees 20 19 .513 3.0 195 172 + 23 Red Sox 21 20 .512 3.0 181 186 - 5 Blue Jays 21 20 .512 3.0 189 176 + 13 Orioles 19 21 .475 4.5 163 184 - 21AL East: Yankees/Rays at 6:30 PM and Blue Jays/Tigers at 7 PM.
Harmon Clayton Killebrew died this morning at the age of 74. At Baseball Reference, Dr. Doom shared this story:
My wife and I attended a (free) speaking engagement he gave in a local Catholic church last year in St. Peter, MN, with about 300 people in the audience. He was slated to talk for an hour, so, of course, he went about 15 minutes over. Then, he signed autographs for the next hour and a half. This is not because people were bringing too much stuff (there was a limit of one item per person), but because he insisted on talking to everyone and asking about their personal lives. My wife and I each had something - a "Twins Fan Parking Only" sign for ourselves (my wife is a Twins fan, I a Brewers fan), and a Twins pennant for her dad - a baby-boomer Twins fan. I really wanted something for my dad, and as we were among the last in line, I called him on the phone. When we got to the front of the line, I asked if Harmon wouldn't mind saying "hello." I told him he absolutely could decline, but he thought it would be fun. I hadn't told my dad who it was, merely that someone famous wanted to talk to him. I'll never forget Harmon saying, "Hi, Bob! This is Harmon Killebrew." It was a great moment, and even the people around us in line laughed. The man just exuded joy, and it is too, too bad he has to go. He will be sorely missed. And in our household, he will always be remembered for his kindness.