The Red Sox are hanging in there but things are really interesting. You’ve got the Yankees and Rays in a tight race where if you throw any of those three teams in a different division with their record, they’d be on top. As it stands, the Red Sox sit in second place, but they’re just a half game back of the Yankees and a game and a half ahead of the Rays. From what I hear, it’s almost impossible to get Red Sox tickets now and it’s only going to get tougher especially if you want to see them play one of their division rivals.
The Red Sox kick off a three game series against the Phillies beginning tomorrow. They just lost a disappointing series against the Pirates but they salvaged things with a 4-2 win yesterday. Andrew Miller had a decent start and he picked up his first win for the Red Sox with six solid frames. He gave up just two runs on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts in six innings. Jon Papelbon threw a shutout ninth and he picked up his fourteenth save of the season.
Adrian Gonzalez continues to rake and he’s an early MVP candidate. He went two for three with two walks and he’s now hitting .361 which is almost 30 points better then Victor Martinez and Miguel Cabrera in the American League. And Josh Beckett is Cy Young quality this year. He leads the league in ERA even with his strikeouts down a little. You just wonder how long he’ll be able to keep that .174 batting average against though.
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