The Boston Red Sox got back on track this week after a horrendous Week 18, as now the main focus has shifted towards the American League Wild Card standings. Now that Boston is 7.5 games back, it's too deep to be solely focusing on the New York Yankees.
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The Red Sox offense came alive as the team hit a season high 13 home runs this week. Jason Bay has come back to life and Mike Lowell came out of nowhere, bombing two home runs off the bench on Tuesday night.
He came in for Kevin Youkilis, who was tossed along with Detroit Tigers pitcher, Rick Porcello, who hit Youkilis before he charged the mound.
The Sox took three out of four from the Tigers and, Sunday afternoon, will try to take two out of three from the Texas Rangers, who are now the foe in the Wild Card.
Teams to focus on for the remainder of the season will be New York, Texas, and the Tampa Bay Rays, who are 4.0 games behind in the WC.
Sleepers are the Chicago White Sox (6.5 games back) and the Seattle Mariners (6.5).
Sunday August 9 - Saturday August 17
Weekly record: 4-3
Overall record: 66-50
AL East standing: 2nd, 7.5 games behind New York
AL Wild Card standing: 1st, 0.5 games ahead of Texas
Runs scored: 33
Opponents' runs scored: 30
Home runs: 13; Jason Bay (4), Mike Lowell (3), Victor Martinez (2), Dustin Pedroia (1), Nick Green (1), David Ortiz (1), J.D. Drew (1)
Games left: 46
Weeks left: 7