After Wednesday's loss, Johnny Damon said the Red Sox were "a really bad team right now. We need to win [Thursday]. It's a must win. ... We have to start doing something or it could be a long summer."
They didn't do much. Wade Miller allowed six first-inning runs (as the Jays hit for the cycle, as they did against David Wells on Tuesday) and Boston lost 8-1. Looking only at the box score, Jeremi Gonzalez apparently pitched four solid innings, saving the bullpen for this weekend. And Kevin Millar and Edgar Renteria each went 3-for-4, though Millar was also picked off second to end the eighth inning.
Bottom line: Swept by the Jays while the Yankees (15-2 since May 6) were sweeping Detroit. And so the Sox are now in sole possession of fourth place, with nobody but the lowly Devil Rays (well) below them. ... So how "must" is tonight's game at Yankee Stadium? And considering the respective teams' performance in the past three weeks, how (much more) insufferable will the YES announcers be?
Moves: John Olerud and catcher Kelly Shoppach will join the team in New York. Shawn Wooten was DFA'd and Jeremi Gonzalez was sent back to Pawtucket.
IYI: We took the house in Port Credit (outside of Toronto) -- and will move at the end of August. ... Listening to the beginning of the game on the car radio (590 AM), we heard more static than human voices. Tried again a little later and heard "3-0" through the snow. Ugh. Saw some of the "highlights" in the Buffalo airport, waiting to fly back home, so I'm not in any hurry to rewind my VCR tape.
Going through the papers for the past few days, so I may some overview of the various controversies (Foulke, Schilling) this evening.
If you're scoreboard watching, the Twins play in Toronto and the Orioles host the Tigers. ... Wakefield / Johnson at 7:00.