We’re four months into the season and the Red Sox not only sit atop the American League East, but they have the best record outside of the Phillies. Not that we can let up now because the Yankees are just two games back. Still, even “if” the Yankees catch up, the Red Sox have an effective 8 1/2 game lead for the Wild Card. If you thought Red Sox tickets were tough to get now, they’ll be near impossible in September.
Today, Andrew Miller was roughed up but the hitters came through and so did the pen. Miller gave up three runs on ten hits in 5 2/3 innings but three relievers combined to throw 3 1/3 innings of shutout relief. Jon Papelbon threw a shutout ninth and he picked up save number 24.
Jacoby Ellsbury had a pair of hits and two runs. Jason Varitek had just one hit but it was a two run home run. Adrian Gonzalez had a pair of doubles and he now sits at 32 on the season.
Next up are the Indians. John Lackey gets the start tonight and Josh Tomlin goes for the Indians.
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