A tried and true formula.
- The pitching has returned to form.
- The hitting, last night excepted, has begun hitting in the clutch again.
- The Yankees just won six straight games, and they only gained one game in the standings.
- Kason Gabbard (four straight starts with a game score of 60+) starts tonight.
- Not pinch-hitting either Mike Lowell or Julio Lugo in the eighth inning of a 1-0 game.
- The Sox in one-run games since June 1.
- Indians pitcher Cliff Lee, three straight starts with game scores below 35.
- The Yankees have won six straight games and are back in the playoff hunt.
- Rain delays.
- Curt Schilling. Anyone else tired of that shtick yet?
- Manny Ramirez leaves Coco out to dry.
- Rumors that the Red Sox want to trade for Jermaine Dye? I’m sorry?
- Picking on J.D. Drew, who even with a recent slump is hitting .270/.364/.440 since June 1.
Let’s get back on the horse/bicycle/wagon/movable object of choice, take the series, and send the Yankee fans scurrying back into the holes from which they’ve emerged today.
Start time to be determined.
1. Julio Lugo, SS
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Manny Ramirez, LF
5. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
6. Mike Lowell, 3B
7. Jason Varitek, C
8. Coco Crisp, CF
9. Wily Mo Pena, RF
SP – Kason Gabbard
1. Grady Sizemore, CF
2. Casey Blake, 3B
3. Victor Martinez, C
4. Travis Hafner, DH
5. Ryan Garko, 1B
6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
7. Jason Michaels, LF
8. Franklin Gutierrez, RF
9. Josh Barfield, 2B
SP – Cliff Lee