D-Rays 2, Detroit 1. Hey B. J….If you promise to keep doing that, we’ll stop calling you Melvin…OK, we promise not to call you Melvin very often…Jae Seo had his strongest start to date for the Devil Rays, giving up one run in 6+ innings of work. Unfortunately, it was not good enough for the win as Seo was pulled in the 7th with the Rays down 1-0. In the bottom of the 7th with the offense struggling yet again, the Rays managed to get 2 men on. After a Tomas Perez sacrifice bunt, B. J. Upton came through with a line drive up the middle that scored the tying run and go ahead runs. And who picked up the win in relief of Seo? None other than Seth McClung. McClung came in with a man on and 2 outs in the 7th and got Brandon Inge to fly out to Greg Norton. He then faced the top of the order in the 8th and retired the side 1-2-3 with 2 strikeouts. Joe Maddon stated before the game that McClung would be used at as the closer “when he is ready”. Hey Joe…did he look ready last night?
New York 8, Toronto 1. OK, say it with us…The First Place, New York Yankees. And thanks to the Toronto Blue Jays, who have completely given up on the season, the Yankees now have a 1 game lead over the Red Sox and 2 game lead in the loss column. And somewhere, Shea Hillenbrand is smiling. Since the Jays got rid of Hillenbrand, they are 5-11 and are no longer a playoff contender. Then again, did ayone actually think they would contend?
Cleveland 7, Boston 6. Well it took a day longer than we expected, but the Red Devils are back in their rightful place…the place being 2nd place in the AL East, and if it weren’t for Big Papi, they probably wouldn’t even be in the wild card race. So what are Red Sox fans saying about it in the Blogosphere? Well, give the fan one championship and all of the sudden they forget their rightful place and now they are the eternal optimists…”The lead is lost (for now)” is the title of today’s post at Soxaholix. Of course, at least they mentioned it. We think the guys over at Surviving Grady, are acting like if they don’t write about it, it never happened.