Buchholz exercises Yankee demons last night
Clay Buchholz came into yesterday's game with a career 6.19 ERA against the New York Yankees in his career (17 starts) but gave up just two earned runs in six innings to get the victory in the big game.
For a guy who lacks confidence sometimes, this had to be a shot in the arm for the lanky righty.
Price going for 8th straight win
After struggling earlier in the season, David Price has righted his ship, going 7-0 with a 2.16 ERA in his last seven starts.
His ERA has dropped below 4.00 and he is searching for his 17th win of the season, which would put him just three behind potential Cy Young candidate and teammate Rick Porcello.
However, against the Yankees this season, Price is just 1-2 with a 7.79 ERA. But keep in mind, that was when he wasn't pitching well.
On the other side, Mitchell will be making just his third start of the season and although his ERA looks low at 2.45, he has given up four unearned runs this season.
Mitchell has allowed five runs on 10 hits against Boston in his career.
Hanley and Papi are heating up
Ramirez has now homered in six times in the last nine games and if you stretch it even further, he has nine longballs in the last 16 games.
Last night was the seventh time he has hit homers in back-to-back games this season and with his 101 RBI, it is just the second time he has cracked the 100-RBI plateau in his career. His career high is 106, which he should pass.
Ortiz, on the other hand, is hitting .390 in September (16-for-41) and has eight extra base hits and 13 RBI.
1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
2.) Xander Bogaerts, SS
3.) David Ortiz, DH
4.) Mookie Betts, RF
5.) Hanley Ramirez, 1B
6.) Travis Shaw, 3B
7.) Sandy Leon, C
8.) Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
9.) Andrew Benintendi, LF
1.) Brett Gardner, LF
2.) Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
3.) Gary Sanchez, DH
4.) Starlin Castro, SS
5.) Billy Butler, 1B
6.) Didi Gregorius, SS
7.) Chase Headley, 3B
8.) Austin Romine, C
9.) Rob Refsnyder, RF
- Billy Butler is playing first base for the first time since July 5 when he was with the Oakland A's.
- Boston is ruining New York's playoff chances with these first two wins. With just 15 games remaining, the Yankees now trail by six games in the division instead of the four they started the season with. New York is four games out of the Wild Card and time is running short for them.
- The Red Sox still lead the AL East by two games over both Toronto and Baltimore.
- Ellsbury has 75 at-bats against Price, getting 28 hits in his career.
- Nobody in the Red Sox lineup has more than three at-bats against Mitchell.
- Boston is on pace to score the most runs in the major leagues since the 2009 Yankees.
Red Sox Links
1.) Koji Uehara success could be key in October (ESPN.com)
2.) Tom Werner extremely disappointed in Padres' decision on Preller (MassLive)
1.) Jose Ramirez suspended three games (USA Today)
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