Matt Joyce and Ben Zobrist homered, with the go-ahead shot coming off of the plainly obvious mole Rayfael Soriano (how could we NOT SEE that coming), and the Tampa infield turned their third triple play in team history, a bases-loaded 543 off the bat of Russell “Headlong” Martin. Seriously Russell, I know Brett Gardner claims it is faster, and for him, maybe it is. You ain’t Brett Gardner.
Meanwhile, Boston pitchers Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon needed 25 and 28 pitches respectively in the incredibly intense eighth and ninth innings to squeeze past Baltimore at Camden. Rookie catcher Ryan Lavarnway and Baltimore backstop Matt Wieters were the stars for their teams at the plate and in the field.
Boston will pitch Jon Lester on three days rest in Baltimore tomorrow, while Tampa will pitch David Price, also on three days. Regardless of your allegiance, one can only hope for more of the same. As for the Yankees part, perceiving a pinch or a pound of Machiavellianism makes for more than a little fun. Gametime is 7pm Wednesday night. See you then.