Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Chicago White Sox lefty John Danks (12-9, 3.65) has had his rough moments lately (8 runs vs. the Yankees in his last start). But he is still a good pitcher, and the Red Sox lineup can vanish quickly.
Danks goes against Boston and Clay Buchholz (15-5, 2.21 ERA) tonight (hurricane pending) ... Besides the obvious importance for the Red Sox to win every game they can, Buchholz has a shot at the Cy Young. He has six starts left. Winning five gives him 20 wins, which would look nice alongside his league-low ERA.
The Rays begins a 9-game road trip - to Baltimore, Boston, then Toronto. Tampa Bay has Matt Garza (13-7, 3.53) against the Orioles' Kevin Millwood (3-14, 5.34). Millwood won for the first time since June in his last start.
AL East: Yankees 84-50; Rays 82-51 (1.5 back); Red Sox 76-58 (8 back).
Manny Delcarmen made his Rockies debut Thursday. Jason Werth homered, then a flyout, then three singles. Delcarmen left. All the baserunners scored. That's 1/3 of an inning, 4 runs.
In Pawtucket, Josh Reddick (.267) hit his 17th home run as he prepares for his call-up to Boston ... Kris Johnson (6-13, 4.88) pitched five scoreless innings (5 H, 1 BB, 1 K) ... Robert Coello faced 8 batters: single, walk, six strikeouts.
The three Cubans on the Sea Dogs - Jose Iglesias, Jorge Padron and Juan Carlos Linares - all had two hits. Linares hit his first pro home run.Tweet
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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