Just when I thought I was out...
They pull me back in. The Red Sox still refuse to go quietly into that good night, and beat the Orioles again last night, 6-4. New York won again (I am paying as a little attention to them as possible these days), but Tampa Bay was idle, so the Red Sox gained a half-game, and are 6 1/2 games back in the Wild Card race.
Adrian Beltre continued to be the Red Sox MVP, blasting a home run to open up a 5-run second inning, and Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched five good innings before faltering in the sixth, as the O's tagged him for 4 runs.
But Scott Atchison came to his rescue and retired all six hitters he faced. Jonathan Papelbon gave up a single and a double to open the ninth, but got out of it without further damage in getting his 35th save.
Old friend Manny Delcarmen made his Colorado Rockies debut last night against the Phillies in Denver last night, but got hammered for four runs on four hits in one-third of an inning, which included a two-run home run hit by Jayson Werth. New home, same act.
Speaking of old friends, Manny Ramirez makes another stop in Boston tonight, as he comes in with his new club, the Chicago White Sox. (Rumors have it he's coming in with his barber as well.) Not so much hubbub about it as last June, but Hurricane Earl may put a damper on the game tonight. Clay Buchholz, tonight's scheduled starter, was chosen as AL Pitcher of the Month for August, as he went 4-0 with a 1.03 ERA in the month just gone by.
28 games to go. It's not over. Well, not yet anyway.