On a night where there was rain and a chill in the air not to mention a stiff wind blowing in, the Boston Red Sox were able to secure their third straight win behind a career-high four RBIs from Marco Scutaro.
Last night's 6-3 win over the Seattle Mariners coupled with the New York Yankees loss to the Toronto Blue Jays moves the Red Sox to 5.5 games out of first place in the AL East and the AL Wild Card lead as the Tampa Bay Rays also won.
The big news of the day before the game was the fact that the Red Sox claimed Johnny Damon off of waivers from the Detroit Tigers. But within that, there's a small problem. One of the teams in Damon's no-trade clause is the Red Sox. If Damon does decide to waive his no-trade clause, there's still some obstacles to overcome.
The Tigers could remove Damon from the waivers list and the whole point is moot. The Tigers could also just let him go without getting anything in return as a salary dump. He's still owed around $1.8 million this season. Or they can work out a deal in the next 48 hours or so and Damon returns to Boston.
So could one of the "idiots" return to Boston?
It's quite possible but from the sounds of what Damon has been saying, it doesn't look good.
"My teammates are making this decision easier by saying they want me to stay. My gut and everything else tells me that Detroit's the place for me."
"I understand if it could help the Tigers in the future, I have to look at it that way, but my teammates are making it much easier on me. If they want me to stay, teammates normally win out."
My guess is that we'll know something by this afternoon. And if Damon decides he doesn't want to come to Boston or they are unable to work out a deal, the Red Sox will have effectively blocked the Rays and Yankees from acquiring him. And that my friends is a great thing!
John Lackey started this one for the Red Sox last night and had great stuff on the mound. He effectively used all five of his pitches last night to rack up a season-high 10 strikeouts in a season-high matching eight innings. He ended up allowing three runs (two earned) on the night and those runs could be attributed to some poor defense, including a miscue on his part.
In the third inning, Jed Lowrie's error allowed Chone Figgins to reach base and Ryan Langerhans came around from second to put the M's out front 1-0. And after Scutaro's 2-run single and J.D. Drew's RBI single in the 5th put the Red Sox out front, it was Lackey's inability to field a potential inning-ending double play ball in the sixth that loaded the sacks full of Mariners for former Red Sox first baseman Casey Kotchman.
It took Kotchman just one pitch to hit a two-run single that tied the game up at 3-3.
But with runners on second and third in the seventh, Scutaro once again came through with a two-run single to put the Red Sox out front for good. After another Drew single moved Scutaro third, Victor Martinez hit a sacrifice fly to close out the scoring for the night.
Good win for the local nine last night. Every win is important at this stage of the season and the Red Sox did what they needed to do in beating one of the bottom feeders of the American League. They'll need to continue that for the next two nights before a day off and a three-game weekend set with the Rays.
We'll be back later today with tonight's lineups, batter/pitcher matchups, any news and links from the day. But for now, enjoy the overnight links after the jump.