The Red Sox placed Mike Lowell on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained thumb, after he injured it on the first play of the game on Wednesday night diving for a ground ball and left the next inning. At this point it is unknown how much time he will miss. Jed Lowrie was called up from Pawtucket to take his place on the roster.
This will give more playing time to Sean Casey, with Kevin Youkilis sliding over to third. Casey is making the most of his new found playing time, as he had two more hits last night in leading the Sox to a 12-6 win over the Tigers. The game also featured Manny Ramirez running through a stop sign from DeMarlo Hale to score a run (so who says he doesn't hustle?), and Julian Tavarez getting torched in the eighth inning after Terry Francona removed Hideki Okajima with the Sox holding an 8-3 lead. It soon became 8-6, as Tavarez was yanked for Jonathan Papelbon, and he restored order in retiring the last batter.
J.D. Drew continues to wield a hot bat, as he had three hits and two RBI. Tim Wakefield struggled throught the first five innings, as he walked five and struck out five, hit two batters and allowed two runs. But he left with a lead the Sox did not relinquish, and dropped the Tigers to an incredibly bad 1-8 start to their season.
The Evil Empire comes to town tonight for three games, and neither team is particularly healthy or where they want to be. Not what I would call an important series, but it's still the Yankees, and it's always interesting.