Now that I think about it, a split of this series would be fine as well. It would keep the Rays at bay, even if there’s only 1.5 games of breathing room left.
- Guess who learned not to throw cutters in 0-2 counts yesterday? Yep, Jon Lester did! And it worked very well against a dangerous Rays lineup. (Lester pitches Red Sox to 6-2 win over Rays)
- The Rays are always a challenging opponent. Now, they’re being propelled by an influx of great young talent, and Tampa Bay is becoming a serious threat to the Red Sox in 2013. (Why Red Sox Should Really Fear Rays)
- Dustin Pedroia is pretty much set to be in a Red Sox uniform for life. The Red Sox didn’t even break the bank, either – it was a solid extension for both sides. (Dustin Pedroia’s seven-year extension perfect for Red Sox and Pedroia)
- Sure, the bullpen has been thinned out, but it’s guys like Junichi Tazawa and his new approach that still make it a good all-around unit in the end. (Junichi Tazawa boosts bullpen)
- After a reassuring visit to Dr. James Andrews, Clay Buchholz will take his time with his shoulder. He’ll know when he’s ready. (Buchholz will return when “comfortable”)
- Now that’s he’s past a disappointing start, bearded assassin Jonny Gomes is finally doing what he does best – crushing left-handed pitching. (Against lefties, Gomes has been Jonny on the spot)
- Cross another reliever off the market: the Baltimore Orioles traded for Francisco Rodriguez last night, whittling down the trade options for relief pitching. (Brewers send Francisco Rodriguez to the Orioles)
So you’re telling me Lester finally learned how not to use his cutter? What?