Red Sox - 000 000 100 - 1 9 0 Yankees - 062 001 00x - 9 9 0
Russell Martin's bloop single to left glanced off Carl Crawford's glove for two runs, as he tried to make a diving catch. Then Derek Jeter hit a first-pitch, opposite-field, three-run homer.
Amid the underachievers and out-of-their-leaguers that Boston has been sending to the hill this month (Lackey, Weiland, Miller, Wakefield, Bedard), Lester was supposed to have been someone we could depend on.
Instead, his last three outings have been horrific: 13.2 innings, 21 hits, 16 runs, 8 walks, 10 strikeouts, 10.54 ERA.
Jon Lester / Freddy Garcia
Terry Francona asked for input on today's lineup from his coaches and a few players, and made some changes:
We didn't swing the bat very well last night. Spoke to Demarlo and some of the players [including Pedroia] ... I asked for their opinions. ... When I got let go in Philadelphia I told myself that if I ever got another chance I'd be true to myself. Whether people agree with me or not, that's the way I feel bout it and that's important for me.Theo Epstein:
We had a rough April and we played close to .700 ball for four months and now we're having a real rough September. ... I don't think there's a sense of doom of inevitability at all because this isn't inevitable. If we score more runs than the other team tonight, we'll win. If we do it the next night, we'll win two in a row and we're back. ... Everyone gets knocked on their ass sooner or later. It's what happens afterwards that matters. ... I will say this. Win a game or two in a row here, I do think this team could feel unburdened a little bit and get dangerous in a hurry. It starts with winning one game.Meanwhile, the Daily News is making a fool of itself:
Red Sox 88 68 --- Magic# Rays 86 71 2.5 4 Angels 85 72 3.5 3Remaining Games
Red Sox - 3 at MFY, 3 at BAL Rays - 2 vs TOR, 3 vs MFY Angels - 2 vs OAK, 3 vs TEXCool Standings has the up-to-date wild card chances: Red Sox (95.2%), Rays (3.7%), Angels (1.1%).
Blue Jays/Rays at 7 PM and Athletics/Angels at 9 PM.