* Picture from the Boston Globe*
If a picture tells a thousand words what does this one say? Eyechart hits a slow roller down the first base line, Julian grabs it, and instead of stepping on first, he stops. Mientkiewicz looks shocked, Youk looks peeved, and Tavarez looks like a phsycopath.
Thankfully, Julian's knee did not collapse and Youk didn't deck Minky, which from his words and eyecharts reaction, was a very real possibility.
Bottom line? Red Sox win 7-4, led by home runs from Papi, Manny, and lil' Alex Cora, who added a triple for good measure. Tito has a real dilemma on playing Cora or Pedroia: obviously Munchkin is the future and the only way he'll get better is by playing everyday. But Cora has been great at the plate this year and is a heady, steady glove in the field.
As for Tavarez, he is now 1-2 for the year, and the way he pitched today has probably given him at least one more start and a little more time for Jon Lester to get back to full strength.
Pitching box score for the Sox today:
Tavarez: 5IP, 3H, 3ER, 2BB, 2K
Okajima: 2IP, 1H, 0ER, 0BB, 4K
Timlin: 1IP, 2H, 1ER, 0BB, 1K
Paps: 1IP, 1H, 0ER, 0BB, 1K
Plus, Papelbon gets his 8th save in as many chances. He's getting close to Rivera territory, where you pretty much can take it to the bank: last one out hit the lights please. If the Red Sox continue to get pitching like this, they are going to be very tough to beat.
AL East Standings as of today:
Toronto 12-12 4GB
Baltimore 12-13 4.5 GB
Tampa Bay 10-14 6.0 GB
NY Yankees 9-14 6.5 GB
I know, I know: it won't stay that way I'm sure.
But isn't it pretty to look at.