The Boston Rasputins simply refuse to die, and they won in Chicago, 6-1, last night. With New York's 7-5 loss to Toronto (with A. J. Burnett giving yet another quality performance), the Sox continue to breathe another day.
Clay Buchholz made his Cy Young candidacy all the more stronger, pitching eight innings and allowing just one run in getting his 17th win. He will pitch one more time, this weekend against New York at Fenway.
I never would have believed after Dustin Pedroia went on the DL for the second time that on the final Tuesday the Red Sox would still be mathematically alive. It's a tribute to the amazing job Terry Francona has done under the worst of circumstances. He is constantly overlooked when it comes to the discussion of MLB's best managers, but not any more.
Last night's win makes the loss on Sunday all the more glaring. Makes me play the "What If" game all the more.
BTW, today is the 50th anniversary of one of Fenway's greatest moments: Ted Williams homers in the final at-bat of his historic career. Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times recalls the day.