The Big 3 in the AL East Race: Nothing Gained - Nothing Lost
Washington DC - July 28, 2008
The American-League-East-leading Tampa Bay Rays went into tonight’s game with a one-game lead over the Boston Red Sox and a three-game lead over the New York Yankees; and all three lost keeping, the stadnings still.
Blue Jays 3, Rays 1
A.J. Burnett (TOR) improved his ERA to 4.5 with seven innings pitched and 10 strikeouts bettering his record to 12-9. James Shields (TB) dropped to 9-7 with a 3.66 ERA only giving up three runs in 7.1 innings.
B.J. Ryan got his 20th save of the season. The Rays are now 21-28 on the road, and 2-3 on this road trip after the first game of their Toronto series.
LA Angles 7, Boston 5
Jared Weaver (LA) gave up two runs in 5.2 innings and improved his record to 9-7 in game one of their series as LA has won five straight against the Red Sox. LA’s bullpen gave up two runs, as the Sox battled back from being down 7-2.
Francisco Rodriguez got the save while en route to a record-setting pace of 44 saves on the year. Daisuke Matsuzaka (BOS) took his second loss of the season, giving up five runs which all came in the sixth inning as the results of two home runs. Justin Masterson, future 'pen hopeful, came in to replace Dice and gave up another run.
Balt. O’s 13, NYY 4
Jeremy Guthrie (O’s) improved his record to 7-8, and his ERA to 3.49 while pitching 6.2 innings and only giving up one run. Mike Mussina (NYY) lowered his record to 13-7, and his ERA to 3.56 giving up four runs in the second inning and another two runs in the fifth.
In the top of the sixth, Brian Robertson came in to stop the bleeding, but he gave up another five runs including a grand slam to Adam Jones raising his ERA from 1.46 in 12 innings to 4.97 in 13.
Edwar Ramirez got the other two outs in the sixth improving his ERA to 2.39 in 37 innings. He was followed by Damaso Marte, who has a perfect 0 ERA in NY, with two appearances and he struck out two in the seventh while allowing no runs.
Kyle Farnsworth had two strikeouts in the eighth, but he gave up a two-run home run and lowered his ERA to 3.65.
Look for NY to try and take advantage of the other two leaders as the Yanks are playing the last-place team in the O’s, who put up Cabrera (4.83ERA) versus NY’s Darrell Rasner (4.86ERA).
The Rays have a losing road record and are on the road in Toronto, facing Toronto's ace, Roy Halladay (2.2 ERA). The Rays counter with Matt Garza (3.83 ERA).
Finally, Boston has lost five straight games to LA and squares off against LA's ace, John Lackey (3.02 ERA, 8-2). The Sox counter with Clay Buchholz (5.85 ERA, 2-5).
Two days left to the trade deadline.