Buh-Bye: Sox-Jays Gamer XVI

Lost in the excitement of the Yanks-Sox series was the elimination of the Toronto Blue Jays officially from contention in the American League East, all but ensuring their rightful return to third place in the division.

In fact, the elimination can be seen in this video representation above — in which the Red Sox (David Spade) and Yankees (Helen Hunt) escort the Blue Jays (the angry passengers) from the division.

The Sox did what they had to this weekend — won one game — and they came very close to a sweep. All told, we’re pretty happy. Now they must avoid malaise against a team with nothing to lose. All the Jays can do now is play spoiler, which makes them very dangerous.

Wakefield v. McGowan. Comment away!

Red Sox

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, LF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Mike Lowell, 3B
5. J.D. Drew, RF
6. Eric Hinske, 1B
7. Coco Crisp, CF
8. Alex Cora, SS
9. Kevin Cash, C

SP – Tim Wakefield

Blue Jays

1. Vernon Wells, CF
2. Matt Stairs, 1B
3. Alex Rios, RF
4. Frank Thomas, DH
5. Aaron Hill, 2B
6. Gregg Zaun, C
7. Adam Lind, LF
8. Russ Adams, 3B
9. John McDonald, SS

SP – Dustin McGowan

120 comments… add one
  • Any word when Ramirez is going to play?

    Rob September 17, 2007, 6:07 pm
  • Francona says Ramirez due back Wednesday.

    IronHorse (yf) September 17, 2007, 6:09 pm
  • I have a couple of theories on why the Sox have had so many leadoff hitters this season (five of them are in tonight’s lineup!):
    Francona constantly switches the leadoff guy by a direct request from Theo to provide data for a leadoff hitter comparison he’s putting together. By studying the trends in this report, Theo can determine exactly who should bat first in the playoffs. So what looks like haphazard lineup construction is actually a precisely calibrated analysis.
    My other theory is that Francona is a knucklehead.

    FenSheaParkway September 17, 2007, 6:17 pm
  • I wish every time we lost 2 out of 3 we could say we “almost swept”. Or maybe you meant “almost wept”?

    IronHorse (yf) September 17, 2007, 6:17 pm
  • I didn’t say “almost.” I said “very close.” Arguably, they were two pitches away from a sweep. Can’t get much closer without winning two games.

    Paul SF September 17, 2007, 6:28 pm
  • Yankees were 2 pitches away from sweeping the ’04 ALCS. We all know how well that worked out…

    yankeemonkey September 17, 2007, 6:33 pm
  • I’m two testicles away from being a woman too.

    IronHorse (yf) September 17, 2007, 6:35 pm
  • Hehe, so true. It’s all about timing (and whether you have games left afterward).

    Paul SF September 17, 2007, 6:36 pm
  • >>> I’m two testicles away from being a woman too.

    yankeemonkey September 17, 2007, 6:37 pm
  • ym: Men have two testicles, women don’t. It is an ironic remark to underscore that “2 pitches away” is about as far from “sweep” as “two fewer….oh forget it. Your ALCS comment was clearer. Just trying to get a smile out of people while making the same point…

    Anonymous September 17, 2007, 6:39 pm
  • Thomas belts one out, 2-0 Jays. Wakefied sucks again. Time for him to go away. Seriously. I am so sick of this guy’s gasoline, in addition to the Mirabelli mandate. Thank goodness he didn’t pitch this weekend, and I hope he shows up rarely in the postseason. That may sound extreme, but he’s brutal at this point.

    SF September 17, 2007, 7:25 pm
  • We really need Manny back, and bad. Way too many at-bats for Tek, Hinske, the bottom of the lineup moves up a spot, and it kills.
    Hopefully the Sox can hang onto the division, but tonight and tomorrow could turn evem that into a dogfight: the Yanks are odds-on to win against the sorry Orioles (any YF who cries about the Tigers as threats is just deflecting from their bloodthirst for the division crown), and the Sox are no guarantee, trailing here already and Lester going tomorrow.

    SF September 17, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • Meanwhile, are we ever going to see Buchholz again? If they are saving him for the playoffs innings-wise, shouldn’t there be a concern about his sharpness? And if they aren’t, then that seems like a colossal waste of a useful arm down the stretch.

    SF September 17, 2007, 7:31 pm
  • I think we see Buchholz or Tavarez on Wednesday, which I think was when Dice was going to pitch again.

    Rob September 17, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • 19 pitches over the first two innings for McGowan, and Wakey looks like his A-game is back in Boston somewhere. I think I’m turning the game off tonight. See you guys in October.

    Atheose September 17, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • Cora, Cash, Hinske all in the lineup. Not many division leaders can say they have the luxury of putting out crap like that.

    SF September 17, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • Better inning for Wake, but this lineup now has seven innings to score three while Wake and the pen need to be perfect. That’s a tall order.

    SF September 17, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • The Sox’ bats look, uh, anemic. Really, really bad. Like minor-league bad.

    SF September 17, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • Not many division leaders can say they have the luxury of putting out crap like that.
    Not just division leaders–not many of the best teams in baseball can say they’ve put out crap like that.
    I’m looking at October so I don’t care. Right now the biggest thing on my mind is the Tigers catching the Yankees. Oh, and I would love to see that Buchholz fellow pitch again in a spot start later this week. Someone told me that kid is good.

    Atheose September 17, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • Jesus, can we please hit ball more than sixty fucking feet for fucking fuck’s sake?

    SF September 17, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • Thank goodness Coco and Cora saw more than 2 pitches each. Kudos to them for making McGowan pitch more than 10 pitches that inning.

    Atheose September 17, 2007, 7:42 pm
  • Honestly, I was less upset losing to the Yankees: at least they are a damn good team. But the Sox can’t even muster a goddamned effort (or a major league lineup) against sh*t like the Jays.

    SF September 17, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • So now the Sox need to score three in six while holding the Jays to zero in seven.
    The weight is getting heavier.

    SF September 17, 2007, 7:44 pm
  • Maybe the Jays figure McGowan is in a groove, get him back out there fast: three pitches, two outs.

    SF September 17, 2007, 7:45 pm
  • Nice inning for Wake. Time for the top of the order to do their job. Let’s go, Sox!

    SF September 17, 2007, 7:46 pm
  • “So now the Sox need to score three in six while holding the Jays to zero in seven.”
    If I looked at every Baseball game this way, I doubt I could survive being a fan. I’d probably take up knitting or something.

    FenSheaParkway September 17, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • The Sox are being perfect gamed. Wonderful.

    SF September 17, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • Wow, a five pitch at-bat from Ells, at least! Holy Crap! MORAL VICTORY!

    SF September 17, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • Foul ball. Six pitches!

    SF September 17, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • Good eye from Ells laying off a changeup at 2-2, the payoff is…a single the other way!
    Good piece of hitting by Jacoby. Come on, Pedro!

    SF September 17, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • Detroit/Cleveland tied at 1, for those paying attention.

    SF September 17, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • We got a hit!

    Rob September 17, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • No no-no!

    FenSheaParkway September 17, 2007, 7:52 pm
  • Ellsbury is a thick mustache and glasses away from looking like he’s wearing that joke “Schnozz” thing, with those eyebrows.
    Pedro grounds to second, but Ells was moving so no DP. Grrr, bad Dustin!

    SF September 17, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • McGowan clearly has a live arm…

    SF September 17, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • The Sox are fielding one of those lineups where if they don’t score by the five hitter, it’s gonna be at least two calendar innings before you think they have a shot again. Depressing.

    SF September 17, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • Papi pops out. My remote control is in serious jeopardy tonight. Not sure I can deal with the frustrations, so I may cut out and check back in in a while.

    SF September 17, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • They are just practicing for if they have to play an NL team sometime in the near future…

    FenSheaParkway September 17, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • Ortiz has become impotent. Can he not hit a single anymore? Why is he always swinging for the fences?

    no sleep til brooklyn SF September 17, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • First you think, hey, it’s the Jays, they aren’t very good, we should beat them. Then you look at this lineup and the way Wake has been pitching and you think, hey, it’s the Jays, there’s no way this is going to end well.
    Lowell doubles, picking up Papi. 2-1 Jays. Clutch, Mikey. One more knock from JD and it’s a tie game.

    SF September 17, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • Sweet Jesus, we’re on the board.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF September 17, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • Drew swings through a pitch right over the plate. Only problem is that it was going 98 mph with a little movement. Nice stuff from McGowan.

    SF September 17, 2007, 7:58 pm
  • WE SCORE!!!

    Rob September 17, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • looks like Drew got all of that pitch…
    Meanwhile NYY woke up against Baltimore.

    Rob September 17, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • I don’t get JD. His huge hit on Saturday was a soft liner to left, going with a pitch. It was a great piece of hitting, clutch and smart. But tonight he’s back to trying to pull everything, grounding to second weakly in the second and now tapping back to McGowan towards the line. Both times he didn’t take what was given him. It seems like textbook overswinging, trying to drive the ball in the pull-field when he’s being pitched to something that he is very strong at: going the other way. Wish this could be rectified.

    SF September 17, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • Pedro makes a nice play up the middle to get Thomas, then Hill (I am quickly growing to hate Aaron Hill) squibs one over Pedro’s head for a bloop single, cheap as shit.
    Two pitches later, a DP. Wake has settled in. Maybe someone told him what I typed and it got him angry and focused!
    Let’s tie it up, now. Or, at least get it back to the top of the order for the start of the fifth!

    SF September 17, 2007, 8:04 pm
  • I haven’t gotten JD Drew since he lost his swing in May. It’s weird, he started off so well and then completely changed.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF September 17, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • Eh, maybe the gun on the Rogers Sports Net broadcast isn’t so accurate, showing McGown hurling a 96mph changeup. That would be something.

    SF September 17, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • Hinske returning to Earth, whiffs. Man, we need Youk back. Glad that Hinske did what he did this weekend, totally grateful, but he’s just not an everyday player.

    SF September 17, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • Hinske whiffs, Coco down on a popup, now Cora ends the inning just so Cash leads off the fifth. Fucking great.

    SF September 17, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • Sorry, make that Cash leading off the sixth. Even better.

    SF September 17, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • I was really, really expecting Hinske to be one of those Florida pharmacy players that were being named every five minutes. Well, him and the rest of the Patriots:)

    Brad September 17, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • AJ Burnett tomorrow for the Jays. Hello, 2 game lead in the loss column!
    SFs ought to pray that the Tigers keep losing, just to be safe.

    SF September 17, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • Two hits. TWO F*CKING HITS tonight.

    SF September 17, 2007, 8:12 pm
  • Is it malaise? Is it bad luck? Is it no Manny for a month? What is wrong with this team.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF September 17, 2007, 8:12 pm
  • No Manny, no Youk, no intensity at all tonight. It’s so f*cking predictable.

    SF September 17, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • And another stolen base off of Wake. Auto-fucking-matic. FDR could have stolen off of Wake.

    SF September 17, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • And now a swinging bunt rolls down the third baseline, first and third now. I quit.
    Back later, if at all.

    SF September 17, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • yeah, this game better pick up. It’s boring knowing what’s going to happen..

    Brad September 17, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • Franklin Delanor Romonowski…?
    Ha. I love Kramer.

    Brad September 17, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Well, in all fairness to Wake, FDR had some wheels.

    FenSheaParkway September 17, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Thank heavens it’s just the one run and not more damage.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF September 17, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • Does anyone else like this commercial with the two kids rapping about Chicken McNuggets? I don’t know why I think it’s cool..ha.

    Brad September 17, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • Tigers up by two.

    Brad September 17, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • I like that one way better than the creepy Heinekin commercial with the girl pumping her own beer juices… icky.
    Dammit Jacoby is hot as hell.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF September 17, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • You know what I want to know… When a player says that they get emails all the time about X or Y, I have to wonder, how the hell do all these strangers get your email address?

    Brad September 17, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • Yeah, beer robot girl is freaky…
    Another quick inning there. Didn’t really see it coming.

    Brad September 17, 2007, 8:25 pm
    Geez, 5/9 of our line up is a black hole. Hey JD Drew, we could really use some damn hits. You’ve had your 5 month vacation, let’s wake up now and earn some of your obscene millions- okay?

    no sleep til brooklyn SF September 17, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • Crisp is hitting .300 in September with 11 RBI’s. Don’t call him a black hole ;-)

    Atheose September 17, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • So what day is Game 1 of the Angels/Sox ALDS in Anaheim?

    SF September 17, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • Jesus christ the Big Hurt is really hurting us tonight. 2 Homers already.

    Atheose September 17, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • It seems to me that Frank Thomas has been killing the Red Sox my entire freaking life. Check that, he pretty much has.
    Also, just for the record: Id rather have AJ perxiznekski and Sheffield on my team than Zaun. In fact, I’d rather have a full team of Shea Hillenbrands than Greg Zaun.

    Brad September 17, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • The Red Sox just feel much more comfortable with a wild card berth, I guess. It’s all they know, can’t blame them.

    SF September 17, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • Wake only has five runs to go before Tito thinks of yanking him.

    SF September 17, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • Well, at least Terry Francona is consistent in leaving him in just long enough to make a comeback unlikely. I mean, we wouldn’t want to see if maybe Buchholz or Tavarez could do a better job, right?

    Brad September 17, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • Love the fact that so many SFs love Wake and Tek, but these guys couldn’t have shit the bed any messier down the stretch this season. Talk about a September choke job, and Wake and Tek’s name have to come up. But of course, folks would rather bash JD, who has done quite well as of late and did more against the Yankees in one at-bat then Tek did in like 15.

    SF September 17, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • The Soxtober promos on NESN… shudder. What if they tank it and we don’t even go to the postseason.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF September 17, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • Brad, one of those two guys (Buchholz or Tavarez) has to pitch on Wednesday. Also, it would be a tie game if not for Frank Thomas. This is one time I don’t think Francona should take him out just yet.

    Atheose September 17, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • SF, you’re feeling especially glass half empty tonight.

    Brad September 17, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • Without Manny and Youk this team isn’t a contender for anything. If this was the team that started the season (without those two guys), I wouldn’t have picked them for the playoffs, even. So if they don’t come back healthy and soon, the Sox are going to be heading on the road for game 1 of the ALDS, with a (negligible but not zero) outside chance at not being around for October at all.

    SF September 17, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • Though, I’m really with you on Wake and Tek, though.
    Guy’s they’re not going to lose the division. In fact, I don’t even think they’re going to lose tonight. Or, I have faith in Baltimore. Maybe. Or I’m living the high life right now (yeah, I asked her to pick up beer, and that’s what I got…the four dollar six pack).

    Brad September 17, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • SF, you’re feeling especially glass half empty tonight.
    No, I am being realistic. A Sox team without Manny, Youk, and even Lugo in the lineup is not a team that can or will contend for anything. That’s not half-fullism, that’s just a fact. What team can thrive with a lineup like this with any consistency? Forget it.
    The division lead is down to 2 in the LC, as far as I am concerned, with Burnett going. Anything better will be pleasant surprise. The only worse time for these injuries would be in October while playing a playoff series. Otherwise, you can’t pick a worse time for this.

    SF September 17, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • yeah, A.
    I was thinking whoever it isn’t.

    Brad September 17, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • Are you going for the anti-jynx, SF? This team has won 6 of their last 10, which matches their season percentage (.600). We also owned the Yankees on Saturday and almost came back last night, both without Manny and Youk. You’re DEFINITELY being far too negative tonight.
    Plus, Manny will be back, it’s just a matter of when. I have no doubt that he’ll be with us in October.

    Atheose September 17, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • Wow, why am I being negative when the division lead could easily be two games as of tomorrow, with the Sox having a far tougher schedule down the stretch then the Yankees, and two of their key offensive cogs out hurt? That’s encouraging? I don’t get it.
    I am quite angry right now, totally frustrated at this crap effort, but the reality is that the Sox are putting a team out with a shit pitcher and three lineup spots filled with bench players. There’s no good reason to feel optimism about that.

    SF September 17, 2007, 8:43 pm
  • I am feeling pretty crappy about this. The Yankees are playing puff teams here on out and we’re facing the A’s and Twins to close out the season.
    Two demoralizing losses this weekend have to be in their minds somewhere. Drew is worthless, much as I want him to succeed he is not. Cash can only perform half his job. I’m not too optimistic right now.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF September 17, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • Eh, I see where he’s coming from. But, I will say this: If Manny doesn’t come back, and come back big, I’m completely done with him forever. I don’t care if they just let him go to waivers. I will never, ever cheer for Manny Ramirez again after two straight years of checking out early – injury or not. It’s fucking September: players on teams in contention play through whatever they have to. I was watching the Angels the other night and Vlad could barely make it to first base; it was evident to anyone with eyeballs that his back was bothering him, but yet, still there he was.
    No Manny, or Youk, or essentially Varitek means no big prize, so yeah I agree.
    I do happen to think all will be back and swinging this week though. Well, I hope.

    Brad September 17, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • I know I’ve posted this before, but it needs to be reminded:
    Teams that slump at the end of the regular season always do best in the playoffs.
    2006 St. Louis Cardinals: lost 13 of their last 18 games to end the season. Won the world series.
    2006 Detroit Tigers: collapsed at the end of the season and took the wildcard (after being swept by the Royals). Went to the World Series.
    2006-2007 Florida Gators (basketball): Lost 3 of their last 4 regular season games. Won the SEC tournament and NCAA tournament.
    2006-2007 Indianapolis Colts: lost 4 of their last 5 regular season games. Won the Superbowl.
    2005 Chicago White Sox: had a huge lead over the Indians going into September, and were almost caught by them, barely winning the division. Won the World Series.
    2005-2006 Pittsburgh Steelers: Barely made the playoffs, won the Superbowl.
    The list goes on and on. Just sayin’.

    Atheose September 17, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • Corey.
    This should get interesting now.

    Brad September 17, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • Oh, and Kazmir Friday, so a game against the D-Rays that basically could be against anyone, such is Kazmir’s general ownership of the Sox. So Burnett tomorrow, Kaz Friday, then the A’s and Twins to finish the season.
    Not sure why I should be so optimistic, but that’s just me.

    SF September 17, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • I’m just pissed. They look like they’re the ’05 Indians and going to lose the rest of the season.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF September 17, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • with the Sox having a far tougher schedule down the stretch then the Yankees
    How do we have a far tougher schedule than them? We play 4 straight series’ against sub-500 teams: Jays, Rays, A’s and Twins.

    Atheose September 17, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • awesome, the beat goes on.
    Great move, Terry. Am I the only one that thinks he should be managing a little less loose? Well, other than SF, who of course infected my mind with the “what ifs”, so now I’m really starting to think the worst.

    Brad September 17, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • Not sure why I should be so optimistic, but that’s just me…
    nope, it’s not. Those two are basicaly losses before they start.

    Brad September 17, 2007, 8:50 pm
  • By the way, those last 2 series’ are at home.

    Atheose September 17, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • Thank you Cabrera. You’re awesome. Just kill yourself, please. Stop consuming our very precious supply of O2.

    Brad September 17, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • 6 outs to do something. Let’s go hometown team.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF September 17, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • Corey escapes undamaged, thanks to a pair of K’s. Can we wait to yell at Francona until he actually DOES do something stupid? At least Gagne’s not in ;-)

    Atheose September 17, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • Wow, this has to be the quickest Sox game we’ve played all season. It’s already the 8th?

    Atheose September 17, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • well, when they forget the bats at home, the game goes warp speed.

    Brad September 17, 2007, 8:56 pm
  • nice. Two outs already. I’m glad that this game isn’t important or anything.

    Brad September 17, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • Cora doubles!

    Atheose September 17, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • Hero of the game: Alex Cora for making an effort.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF September 17, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • Oh thank goodness Moss is pinch hitting.

    Atheose September 17, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • Pinch hitting and pinch striking out.
    I admit it, I’m totally totally pissed right now.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF September 17, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • Geez that slider/curve McGowan throws is nasty.

    Atheose September 17, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • The female cop working the bullpen seemingly just stepped out of Maxim. On fire, much like the rest of the women in Toronto.

    Brad September 17, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • Boy, when you stink- you stink.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF September 17, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • again, my whole stinking life.

    Brad September 17, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • Has anyone else let out a little chuckle when looking at that horrific shirt the guy sitting behind home plate has on? There is no way that isn’t some kind of Hockey shirt, but man, it’s hard to look at. It’s like some big explosion of red and white.

    Brad September 17, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • Not being a jerk, but how did Wake pitch. I see the score, but how much of that was him?

    John - YF (Trisk) September 17, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • Ugh, this is ugly.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF September 17, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • Wake pitched well but McGowan pitched better. It was Wake’s best game since coming off the DL.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF September 17, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • There was a thread last week questioning his health, so does this start put that to rest or was it just a so so start?

    John - YF (Trisk) September 17, 2007, 9:28 pm
  • It was a pretty decent start, he looked alright. Started out rough but went a couple scoreless 1-2-3 innings.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF September 17, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • Wake gave up four runs in I think six innings. Not a good start. I disagree with my compadres here. He put the Sox in a two run hole in about five minutes, then held on to pitch a few more.
    He need not make another start as far as I am concerned. I’d rather have Buchholz do it.

    SF September 17, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • Did we ever find out if the comment Michael Kay made is true? He said that he talked to Sox people and they said Clay was only allowed to pitch 13 more innings before he reached his limit for the season. Still don’t know if that’s true.
    Shame about Wake, I guess you guys were right about him not being right since the back issue. He was having a real solid season.

    John - YF (Trisk) September 17, 2007, 9:41 pm
  • Glad I didn’t miss anything tonight. Yuck.

    Paul SF September 17, 2007, 10:03 pm
  • http://www.barstoolsports.com/
    Red Sox rookie hazing. The best part is Okajima and his interpreter dressed like teletubbies.

    Atheose September 17, 2007, 10:38 pm
  • The Yankees have now quietly cut the Red Sox lead to 3.5 games.
    Isn’t it about time to go into ledge-crawling mode yet?

    SoxFan September 18, 2007, 2:16 am

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