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Despite Friday's embarrassing 20-11 loss to the American League East first place New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox have been on fire power wise dating back to last Friday, August 14 at Texas.
had a phenomenal week at the plate belting a season high 16 home runs and have hit at least two home runs or more in eight straight games. The Red Sox hit three twice and launched four on Saturday.
Pitching hasn't been too shaky either. The rotation and bullpens gave up single runs in half of its games this week including back-to-back single runs against the Toronto Blue Jays
as they swept the three-game series.
Clay Buchholz, Jon, Lester, and Junichi Tazawa all stepped up with the biggest surprise being Tazawa who went six innings and gave up eight hits, no runs, two walks, and two strikeouts in Saturday's 14-1 win over the Yankees.
Another note of recognition, Jacoby Ellsbury tied Tommy Harper's franchise record of 54 stolen bases this season. He is one away of surpassing it and can easily clock over 65 by seasons end.
Tonight the Red Sox will try to take two out of three from New York to build ground in the AL Wild Card, which is the more realistic focus. On paper it's set to be a pitcher's duel between Josh Beckett and C.C. Sabathia.
Another game to focus on is Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays
who wrap up its series this afternoon at Tropicana Field as the Rays look to for the sweep. If they do sweep they'll both be tied for second place in the WC.
Sunday August 16 - Saturday August 22
Weekly record: 4-2
Overall record: 70-52
AL East standing: second, 6.5 games behind New York
AL Wild Card standing: first, 2.0 games ahead of Texas
Runs scored: 52
Opponents runs scored: 36
Home runs: 16; David Ortiz (4), Jason Bay (2), Victor Martinez (2), J.D. Drew (2), Kevin Youkilis (2), Dustin Pedroia (1), Mike Lowell (1), Jason Varitek (1), Alex Gonzalez (1)
Games left: 40