Good news for a day, bad news for the rest of the Red Sox 2010 season.
The Red Sox start a 4-game series against the Yankees on Friday night with Clay Buchholz (11-5; 2.59 ERA) slated to start against Javier Vazquez (9-7; 4.61 ERA).
And with the trade deadline having come and gone, the Sox are mostly limited to the waiver wire to find a replacement bat. That isn't to say the season is over, but even with the Yankees or Rays tanking big-time to leave an opening for the AL East pennant or a Wild Card slot, the Sox would have to stay awfully hot to gain ground when in reality they've managed to split series against last-place teams like Seattle, Cleveland or Baltimore while relatively healthy.
ELSEWHERE IN MLB: A-Rod hit his 600th career home run on Wednesday in a day game against the Blue Jays at Yankee stadium. If you're like 99% of America, you probably couldn't give a damn and feel all the accolades and kudos being heaped on A-Rod are about as well deserved as Richie Rich getting they keys to a platinum-plated Bentley with Waterford Crystal headlights for his birthday.
The Texas Rangers emerged from bankruptcy protection after a group headed by ex Ranger and Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan and sports attorney Chuck Greenberg outbid outspoken and generally obnoxious Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban in a bankruptcy auction. The previous Rangers ownership under Tom Hicks and Hicks Sports Group, Inc. had defaulted in $525 million in loans last year.
The winning bid for the Rangers was $590 million, with Cuban's ceiling reportedly at just over $580 million. MLB is expected to vote on approval for the Ryan-Greenberg ownership on Aug. 12th.
Two teams- each only less than 2 games out first place- met at Tropicana Field on Thursday night. The Twins versus the Rays- Dome team versus former dome team (altho' I suspect an open field is still pretty novel for alot of Minnesota fans). With the game tied 6-6 in the top of the 9th, Twins OF Jason Kubel's pop-fly clanged off a catwalk high above the field in St Petersburg and fell behind homeplate for what was ruled an RBI single, putting the Twins up 7-6. Minnesota would go on to win by the final with Kubel's structurally assisted single being followed by a Micheal Cuddyer single to make it 8-6.
New acquisiton Matt Capps closed out the game on the hill for the Twins allowing a walk, two strikeouts and getting Carl Crawford to ground out to end the game. As of Thursday night, Tampa is a half game behind the Yankees for the AL East lead and the Twins are a game and a half behind the White Sox for the AL Central lead.