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Thursday, September 18, 2008
Um yeah, we're probably not going to win the AL East after all
Time is running out on the Red Sox and their hopes of winning the AL East; the math is becoming more and more stacked against them. With the Rays' 10-3 win over Boston last night, Tampa Bay (90-60) takes a two-game lead in the AL East.
Boston (89-63) has played two more games and is three games back in the loss column. So you might as well start printing those Tampa Bay Rays 2008 AL East Champion t-shirts while also booking flights to Disneyland, the Sox are likely going to face the Angels in the first round of the playoffs.
The positive from last night's loss for Boston was that David Ortiz seemed to find his power stroke. Papi blasted a two-run homer in the first off Rays starter Matt Garza and added a solo shot in the fourth off Garza.
Other than that, it was all Rays as Tim Wakefield (9-11) and a bunch of scrub Red Sox relievers had nothing. Willy Aybar (two-run; 3 RBIs, 3 hits, 2 runs), Gabe Gross (solo) and Fernando Perez all had homers off Wakefield.
Wakefield was knocked around for six earned runs on six hits in 2.1 innings.
The Red Sox have today off and will look to regroup north of the border as they begin a three-game series in Toronto tomorrow night.