I feel it's appropriate that we start today's Boston Red Sox news and notes post with an audio clip of Journey's Don't Stop Believin'.
Four games left against the New York Yankees, 5.5 games out of the AL Wild Card. How can you not believe?
The Red Sox are playing some good baseball right now while the Yankees are slip sliding their way to Wild Card spot unless something worse happens. And of course as Red Sox fans, we want the worst to happen for the Yankees.
Yankee killer Jon Lester did exactly that yesterday as he took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and ended up finishing with seven shutout innings while allowing two hits, three walks and had eight strikeouts. It was his third win of the season against the New York Yankees but more importantly, it was raised his record to 19-8.
Lester had his cutter and two-seam fastball working for him yesterday that helped dropped his ERA to 2.96. He should definitely be part of the Cy Young discussion now as well. As I've said before, can you imagine if he had gotten off to a better start this season or not had that slide a few months ago. It's quite possible that he'd be over 20 wins and a lock to win the Cy Young.
Instead, he'll probably have to battle with CC Sabathia of the Yankees and Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners plus his teammate Clay Buchholz.
It was the kids, Ryan Kalish, Daniel Nava and Lars Anderson, who things going for the Red Sox against Yankees starter Ivan Nova with the veterans finishing things off for the Red Sox.
Kalish started third by getting hit with a pitch followed by a walk to Nava. Anderson then singled with Marco Scutaro bringing in Kalish with a single. J.D. Drew grounded into a double play with Nava scoring to make it 2-0. After a walk to Victor Martinez, David Ortiz brought in Anderson.
Big Papi would add another RBI in the fifth with a single and then Drew and VMart would go back-to-back with solo home runs in the 7th to ensure Lester's 19th win.
A sweep of the Yankees tonight keeps the dream alive. A loss and the dreams are severely dashed. So let's keep the faith and hope the Red Sox can finish off the sweep and make the final week of the season that more exciting.
We'll be back later with tonight's lineups, batter/pitcher matchups, any news and links for the day.
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