Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Reid Brignac (who?) homered in the 11th to give Tampa Bay a 1-0 win over the Yankees Monday night.
Does that give Boston a chance? Um, well, you see, maybe ... why not dream? What else are Boston sports fans to do on weekdays, except analyze Randy Moss. I'd rather dream.
The AL East: Tampa Bay 87-56; New York 87-57 (1/2-game back); Boston 80-64 (7.5 back).
Of New York's 18 games, 6 are against the Rays, 6 against the Red Sox, 3 at Baltimore and 3 at Toronto.
Jon Lester pitched a gem Monday (8 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 12 K), making him the THIRD BEST left-hander in the American League Monday night.
Tampa Bay's David Price: 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K
New York's C.C. Sabathia: 8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K.
Speaking of lefties, Red Sox rookies Ryan Kalish, Josh Reddick, Daniel Nava and Lars Anderson combined for all five of Boston's RBI on Monday, with Kalish hitting his fourth home run. (I know Nava is a switch-hitter, but he hits better left [.269] than right [.167]).
One more lefty: reliever Rich Hill was added to the major league roster. Hill, 30, was released by the Cardinals organization and joined Pawtucket in July, recording a 3.74 ERA with 55 strikeouts in 53 innings.
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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