The Yankees are in Oaktown tonight, facing the League-leading Athletics. Bob Melvin sends Sonny Gray to the mound; I’ve only seen him pitch once before, but I remember his breaking pitches being something to watch. David Phelps looks to rebound from three atrocious starts. Comment away.

It’s still a Major League quote, and it’s still applicable.  For once, pitching, offense, and defense all came together for the Red Sox yesterday.  Papi hit a homer to center, new hero Brock Holt had a 2-RBI hit…hell, even Sizemore drove someone in.  Check out Jackie Bradley Jr.’s double play for a defensive highlight.

But that all seems like a momentary reprieve in light of the season thus far, and Justin Masterson looks to hold the Sox down for the second time this season.  At least he’s opposed by Lackey, so maybe it will be close.  Hope for good things, but expectations…not high.  Go Sox.  And LOL@Miami Heat.

I was supposed to be at this game tonight, but couldn’t get out of Dodge and up to the Emerald City. Bummed. Seriously bummed. Rookies Roenis Elias and Chase Whitley face off at Safeco.

Some Major League (the movie) wisdom for a Red Sox evaluation.  The Indians swept the Sox in Cleveland last time.  Tomlin takes on Lester at Fenway Park while most of us try to recover from the work week.

It’s ten days old so you might likely well have read it, but if you have not, set aside fifteen minutes to enjoy this interview with Vin Scully.

Sorry I missed yesterday’s gamer, mangs.  While I will not be watching Jeter’s last game at Safeco, I will be watching Tanaka’s first.  My mega-corp job in Seattle provided tickets (upper deck near-ish the right field foul pole, I think)…and a $15 food voucher (garlic fries, yum)!  So wife gets kid for this evening, while I breathe and smell baseball (and hot dogs) for a few hours.  It’ll be a pleasure to see a master at work.  Tanaka has yet to allow 3 earned in a start.  I’ll obviously be rooting for the home team…with a Sox cap on.  Comment away!

After Workman and the pen’s stellar effort in a 1-0 victory, Rubby De La Rosa has a chance to win a road series for the Red Sox against Wei-Yin Chen.  Of course, the offense has scored 1 run in the last 18 innings, but who’s counting?!

Did I watch any of last night’s game?  Why, no!  Did I check the score late in the game?  You bet!  You can probably gather from those two facts how it went last night for the Red Sox.

Workman and Tillman are your participants in tonight’s frustrationfest.  Go Spurs.

Baltimore has not treated the Red Sox well in the past few years.  We’ll see whether Peavy can tame the O’s bats and whether anyone not named David Ortiz, Brock Holt, or Mike Napoli (who returned from the DL yesterday and hit a bomb off Sanchez) can get a meaningful hit against Norris.

That game last night ended well, eh?  How effing good are David Ortiz and Koji Uehara?

I’ll bet when ESPN signed up for this game, they imagined a tension-filled battle between division leaders.  They were half-right…Detroit is 8 games above .500 and has a positive run differential…of +11 (the Jays: +43, the A’s: +128).  The Red Sox are in 4th in the East and at -18 (a bit behind the Orioles, a bit ahead of the Yankees).

Notwithstanding the relatively tepid state of both teams, the pitching matchup is promising, with Sanchez taking on Lackey.  Will the Red Sox be swept again?  Probably.  But stay tuned and find out.

Rubber match in KC.  Scoreless in the 1st.  Comment, yo.

The Triple Crown was denied to California Chrome, but the Evil Empire goes for game two against the the Royalty of KC. David Phelps gets the go against Danny Duffy. It’s alliteration day.

Comment cruelly.

I’ll bet Lester and Scherzer come out firing bullets, but I’ll also bet that the Sox somehow lose this one by 6.  Losing 14 out of 21 will get you feeling that way.  Welp, let’s get this over with.

Rubby De La Rosa destroyed the opposition last time out.  7 innings, no walks, no runs.  Of course, that was against one of the worst teams in the AL (the Rays…what is this, any year before 2008?).  What can you do against the Tigers, Rubby?

RDLR will be opposed by Drew Smyly, so we’ve got “totally wacky baseball names” well-covered this evening.  Let’s see if any Boston outfielder gets a hit tonight!

Chase Whitley was decent in his last outing, a no-decision that saw the Yankees lose the game in the ninth when Robertson imploded. Last night, the bullpen held serve and the Yanks finally got a win against the Athletics. Tonight, Whitley and the Bombers face the Royals who send Jeremy Guthrie. Comment away. Is that still at thing?

In his eighty-three years he spent most of his time playing, managing, or coaching baseball, when he wasn’t getting married on a baseball diamond or dreaming about baseball, the greatest game ever invented.

Thanks, Gerbil.