Like nearly every Rays fan with a pulse, Joe sobbed in his beer when Jeff Niemann looked stiff and awful in the first inning and got yanked for Alex Torres after the opening frame.

Could things have looked any worse? It was as if The Hangman had lowered the noose on the season.

But could Torres have pitched any better over the next five innings?

What an unreal showing by the bullpen.

One might call this 6-2 win a nailbiter, but it was more of head-banger as the Rays smacked their share of feeble ground balls and deflating double plays. And Bossman turned in another baserunning gem getting picked off first with two outs. Then in his typical schizophrenic way, he nearly got picked off first in the eighth but beat the throw to second base from the Jays’ first baseman. At least he’s never boring.

Thankfully, the Rays got to Ricky Romero early and Ben Zobrist’s solo shot in the fourth was enough before Johnny Damon put the game away with a three-run blast in the eighth.

The Red Sox got abused in New York, 9-1, and the Rays are 1 1/2 back. The Sox play two in New York tomorrow. One can only hope the Yanks want to bury the Sox as much as their fans want them to.

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  1. Don says:

    Zobrist & damon, whats new.... Price for SS next year, what hands.....The FLorida Redneck wants to play the tough guy roll....We'll see today
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