Extra Bases Blog reports today that Tim Wakefield has been stratched from his scheduled start this Tuesday against Texas, as he has been having problems with the back of his right shoulder. It is the same injury that kept him off the roster in last year's World Series. The Red Sox have not decided on a replacement yet, and have until Tuesday to make a roster move in that regard.
Kevin Youkilis was also scratched from Sunday's game, as he has soreness in his right shoulder. His injury is considered day-to-day.
The Red Sox got a good performance out of Daisuke Matsuzaka on Saturday night, as he went eight innings and allowed just one earned run as he picked up his 13th win of the season. He was helped out by four double plays behind him, as the Red Sox won 6-2 over the White Sox.
I went to the Brooklyn Cyclones game at KeySpan Park last night (a Cyclones 2-0 loss to the Batavia Muckdogs) and got back just in time to see the Sox score 4 runs in the seventh. It was capped off by a David Ortiz double with the bases loaded, driving in three. Jacoby Ellsbury added a home run in 8th. He had three more hits last night and has really found his stroke once again.
The Red Sox gained no ground as Tampa Bay came back from an early 5-0 deficit to beat Seattle, 8-7 in 11 innings. So the Red Sox stay 3 1/2 games back. They gained ground on the Yankees, as the New York bullpen imploded in the 7th and 8th innings. A 3-1 lead turned into an 11-4 loss to the LA Angels and put the Sox 4 games up on New York. Did you ever think you'd hear Yankee fans wishing they had Kyle Farnsworth back?