Chris Sale is pitching his team towards an even record. Rubby de la Rosa is not having such results so far.

But I have a great trivia question.. later. Tanaka’s been told to put his elbow through the magnetron. Hey, at least we have the clean-shaven Brandon McCarthy and his league-leading average-ness on the mound against the Tribe. Nothing against Brandon, but… &%*$! Another STARTER down, leaving Kuroda the sole survivor of the season’s rotation.

Sigh.

Um.

Okay.

How many times have there been two players whose first names started with the letter “Z” batting back-to-back in a lineup, ever? I have no idea, but it happens tonight as Zoilo Almonte and Zelous Wheeler sort to what would be a great answer to that trivia question.

Comment away.

As D heads to his vacation I return from mine, albeit later than expected and almost too crisp to type. Ouch ouch ouch.

Carroll vs. Buchholz and rookie Greene vs. struggling Masterson.

Tomorrow, I’m off to Hawaii for a wedding, taking a vacation from my job and from the Red Sox.  All the best to everyone as we head to the ASB.  And I’ll see you back here next Sunday for the final pre-ASB game against Houston!

Yanks lost 2 of 3 to end May/begin June at Target Field.  They’ve won 2 of the first 3 at Yankee Satdium.  Today decides who takes the season series 4-3.  Nolasco and Kuroda.  Comment away.

Doubleheader split yesterday.  Now Peavy and Gausman sort out the winner of this intradivision matchup.  Scoreless after 1.

Not much going on with the Yankee bats today, but Phelps is seeing to it that the Twins do even less, as the Bombers look to sweep and lead 1-0 in the fifth.

If being swept by the Cubs isn’t the signal that it’s all over, I don’t know what is.  Start thinking about 2015.

Gonzalez takes on Lester in the day game, while Jimenez faces Lackey in the nightcap.  Those pitching matchups are pretty favorable for the Red Sox, but again, a complete inability to score runs usually renders that advantage moot.  Comment if you’re still watching this team flail sadly.  I’ll at least start watching the day game!

Whitley vs Gibson.  Hope you’re eating something off a grill!

PH check: he’s having a truly decent season, with the biggest change from the last several years by not giving up the long ball regularly AND he isn’t walking ANYBODY, with a .9 BB/9 rate, while his K-rate is right where it always has been. That’s good stuff for Phil, answering everything as a Twin that the Yankees wish he could have figured out in the Bronx. Grumble. As Phranchise mans the mound for the TCTs, Tanaka looks to “bounce” back from a two-run CG loss delivered via Napoli and Boston, which more accurately means, “pitch just like you did last time and hope that your teammates score more than one or two runs.”

Enjoy your ball game, have a safe and happy holiday, and comment away.

Yanks just joined the Sox in sub-.500ville.  Unlike us, they may escape one day soon.

The Red Sox have had good, like, REALLY good starting pitching in recent times.  If their offense were average, they’d be competing for the divison.  Their offense is much worse than average.

They will try not to be swept by the loveable losers today, as Wood (Travis, not Kerry) takes on Workman.  Let’s score more than one this series!  Wooo, lowering the bar!

Getaway gamer in the Bronx got away from me.. Yanks are down 5-3 in the sixth as they wrap up their homestand before hitting the road until the break.

Price and Kuroda on the mound as the Battle for second best continues.

Edwin Jackson vs. Clay Buchholz.  Now there’s a couple of names that once inspired respect, and at this moment, inspire titters from opposing fans.  Still, I’d actually put pretty decent odds on the Sox to win this game.  But I’ve been known to be wrong tens of thousands of times in my life before.  Try to win another series, Sox.

The Cubs, Orioles, and White Sox (4) are the slated opponents in Boston over the next week and a half (off-day this Thursday).  If the team wants the front office to bolster them instead of sell off pieces, they need to go like 8-2 in that stretch.  That’s pretty hard for a team that usually struggles to score 3 runs in a game, but hey, the Cubs and White Sox are pretty bad.

Though Jake Arrieta is not (this year).  Let’s see if Peavy can do it.

Archer v. Phelps. But the real battle coming out of the Boston series is Bombers v. bedtime: games every day through July 13th. The Yanks have lost their last two series, and after facing the Rays for this set plus their previous three against the Sox, go on the road for nine games in nine days in Minnesota, Cleveland, and (please don’t go to) Baltimore before the All-Star Break. Summer must be here. I just chewed off all my fingernails after a Yanks-Sox series. Comment away.