Thursday, May 23, 2013
With a doubleheader Monday against the Orioles and then Erik Bedard going Tuesday on a likely tight pitch count, the Boston Red Sox have to be concerned about taxing the bullpen (even if there is a mob out there with all the call-ups from Pawtucket).
Kyle Weiland starts Game 1. Weiland (0-2, 7.58 ERA) has had some rocky outings, but he did have his best start in Baltimore (6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 2 K).
John Lackey starts Game 2.
Baltimore is 62-88, but the Orioles have been playing tough lately, going 7-4 in their past 11 games, and winning 3 of their last 4 series (against the Yankees, Rays and Angels).
The Rays are off today. The Yankees have a home make-up game against the Twins, at 1 p.m. New York is throwing A.J. Burnett
Here are the standings:
New York 91-40
Boston 87-65 (4.5 back)
Tampa Bay 85-67 (6.5)
Tampa Bay 85-67 (2 back)
LA Angels 83-69 (4)
New York's magic number to clinch the division: 7.
Boston's magic number to clinch the wild card: 9.
NEW YORK (11): Minnesota (1), Tampa Bay (4), Boston (3), at Tampa Bay (3).
BOSTON (10): Baltimore (4), at New York (3), at Baltimore (3).
TAMPA BAY (10): at New York (4), Toronto (3), New York (3).
The playoff seeds at the moment:
1. New York 91-60
2. Detroit 89-64
3. Texas 88-65
4. Boston (wild card)
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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