Tim Wakefield and the Red Sox earned a win against the Toronto Blue Jays last night to come within .5 games of the Yankees in the AL East standings. The Red Sox are 51-35 overall and the Yankees are 51-34 overall.
The Red Sox start a series against the Baltimore Orioles tonight in Boston and it’s a 4 game series that will take Boston up into the All Star Break. Boston has a great chance to take a few wins from the struggling Baltimore Orioles the next few days and move ahead of the Yankees in the standings.
The Tampa Bay Rays are now 4 games behind New York and are also in the hunt of the AL East lead. Adrian Gonzalez of the Red Sox was just named the player of the month for June in the American League. Although pitchers on the Red Sox are on and off the DL, the Red Sox have found ways to win games and snap the brief loosing streak from 2 weeks ago.
It would be nice to see the Red Sox with a slight advantage over the Yankees in the AL Standings during the All Star break!
Last night, the Red Sox took another game from the Tampa Bay Rays and maintained a 1.5 game lead in the AL East. The final score of the game yesterday was 4-2. Clay Buchholz got the win.
Next up is a series vs the Milwaukee Brewers (inter-league) and that will be in Boston at Fenway Park. The probable pitchers for tonight are John Lackey (4-5, 7.41 ERA) vs Shaun Marcum (7-2, 2.68 ERA). The probable pitchers for tomorrow night are Jon Lester (9-2, 3.73 ERA) vs Randy Wolf (4-4, 3.20 ERA). Sunday’s probable pitchers are Tim Wakefield (3-2, 4.39 ERA) vs Yovani Gallardo (8-3, 3.76 ERA).
The Brewers have great pitching this year (as far as ERA) and have put together a record worthy of first place in the NL Central.