Pitchers & Catchers Report to Ft. Myers

Friday, June 17, 2011

8-1

I would have been satisified with a 5-4 road trip through the AL East for the Red Sox these past ten days.

But last night the Sox put the cherry on top of the sundae with a 4-2 win over Tampa Bay and will return to Fenway with just one loss in the last nine road games. It was the best Red Sox road trip with at least nine games played since 1977.

The Sox scored three runs in the first two innings while leaving the bases loaded in both innings. But Clay Buchholz gave the Sox five solid innings before leaving with a stiff back.

Adrian Gonzalez went deep in the ninth to make it 4-2, and Jonathan Papelbon put the first two men on before getting ther Rays out without any further difficulty.

New York's win over Texas kept the Red Sox lead at 1 1/2 games. The spectre of interleague rears its ugky head again as the Milwaukee Brewers come to Fenway for three games starting tonight.

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