Games 18 & 19 - Red Sox
Red Sox 11, Rangers 3
Red Sox 5, Rangers 3
Guess that 17-4 pasting will have to wait another day.
Papi hit a grand slam to open the series against the Rangers and Manny clubbed a pivotal homer late in the second game, a neat set of bookends to two just-the-facts-ma'am victories. We'd still like Matsuzaka to go more than 5 1/3 innings, and Jon Lester to fire less than 100 pitches in 6+, but you can't quibble much with the Sox' results at the moment.
I got a giggle out of the following photo for its familiarity (I've played the Pedroia role in a score of similar shots) and for the snapshot of organizational excellence. Papi was one of Theo Epstein's great free agent signings, and Pedroia, Ellsbury, and now Lowrie are all products of the Sox' farm system, each highly-touted, and each contributing to various degrees with the big club. The future, she has me wearing shades.
And finally, while I'm not a Patriots fan, nor a Celtics booster, I still do pull for the Boston Bruins. Pretty cool to watch them come from behind to force a Game 7 against Montreal in roughly the same half-hour that Manny hit the game-winner yesterday.