Red Sox - 020 100 000 - 3 5 0With Tampa Bay's 2-1 victory over the hapless Blue Jays, Boston dropped back into second place (0.5 GB) for the day.
Angels - 300 143 00x - 11 14 0
In Pawtucket, David Ortiz homered for the second game in a row.
Clay Buchholz (5.70, 76 ERA+) / John Lackey (2.46, 167 ERA+)
SoSH series preview. Although LA is 57-38 (one game better than Boston's 57-40), their expected record is only 50-45. It's the biggest differential in the majors -- Atlanta is the opposite, underperforming by seven games.
The game thread should be at Ish's blog, which also shows you what happens when J.D. Drew goes hiking. If Ish is unavailable, check out ThreadSox.
Also: Rays/Blue Jays and Athletics/Yankees.
Speaking of the Yankees: "[T]here is no ignoring the math. ... The Red Sox need to stumble and the Yankees must play their best ball of the season to keep the Red Sox from winning their second consecutive AL East title." ... "Why has a team that entered the season with championship dreams been little better than average through the first 95 games?"