The day began on Thursday with more bad news, as Kevin Youkilis was sent off to the 15-day DL with a sore back. Rookie catcher/DH Ryan Lavarnway was brought up and made his MLB debut in KC last night.
Lavarnway took the collar in his debut, going 0-for-4 as the DH. But it was the Dustin Pedroia show last night, as he drove in three of the four Sox runs, going 3-for-4 in a 4-3 win.
The Red Sox matched their hit total of the entire Tampa Bay series on Thursday, getting nine.
Josh Beckett went seven in getting his 10th win of the season, allowing all three Kansas City runs.
Another stellar job by the pen, as Daniel Bard allowed just a single in the 8th and Jonathan Papelbon got KC 1-2-3 for his 24th straight save, a personal high for him. He has allowed just three hits and no walks in his last 14 appearances., while striking out 15. Pretty damn impressive.
New York's win in Minnesota keeps the Red Sox a half-game back. Andrew Miller gets a spot start tonight as the series in KC continues.