What happened this week? The Boston Red Sox completed a three-game sweep over the Tampa Bay Rays, took two out of three from the Los Angeles Angels, and now are preparing to sweep the Baltimore Orioles.
The Sox broke what was left of the Rays. They are officially no longer a threat.
The Angels wanted to strangle the umpire crew during Wednesday night's game, a matchup that will linger in their minds—especially once the two teams meet face to face once again in the playoffs (it's almost a guarantee).
Nick Green walked in the tying run and Alex Gonzalez drove in the winning run as the Sox came from behind again to win in dramatic fashion.
The next night, Josh Beckett pitched a no-decision and Billy Wagner took his first loss in a Boston uniform.
The Red Sox are looking pretty deadly right now, with the exception of Manny Delcarmen not following suit on the pitching staff.
Jon Lester (twice), Daisuke Matsuzaka, and Clay Buchholz were all winners for the starters.
Yes, Dice-K won (6 IP, 3 hits, 0 runs, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts), and will be tested Sunday afternoon in his second start back since being on the disabled list for 80 percent of the season.
The magic number to win the Wild Card is down to nine, which means either a Red Sox win or a Texas Rangers loss will lower it.
Sunday September 13 - Saturday September 19Weekly record: 6-1Overall record: 88-59AL East standing: 2nd, 6.0 games behind New YorkAL Wild Card standing: 1st, 7.0 games ahead of TexasRuns scored: 37Opponents' runs scored: 20Home runs: 9; Jason Bay (3), Dustin Pedroia (1), David Ortiz (1), Jacoby Ellsbury (1), Josh Reddick (1), J.D. Drew (1), Brian Anderson (1)Games left: 15Week left: 2
Sunday September 13 - Saturday September 19
Weekly record: 6-1
Overall record: 88-59
AL East standing: 2nd, 6.0 games behind New York
AL Wild Card standing: 1st, 7.0 games ahead of Texas
Runs scored: 37
Opponents' runs scored: 20
Home runs: 9; Jason Bay (3), Dustin Pedroia (1), David Ortiz (1), Jacoby Ellsbury (1), Josh Reddick (1), J.D. Drew (1), Brian Anderson (1)
Games left: 15
Week left: 2