Sox Win, But Gain No Ground

Red Sox 7, KC 1

The Boston Red Sox are still a half game back in the AL East, after doing a number on the Kansas City Royals, 7-1. I guess that's technically 7 numbers, but you know what I mean.

Jarod Saltalamacchia bashed a 3 run homer (his 12th of the year) to provide all the O we needed against the feeble Royals. Adrian Gonzalez and Jed Lowrie each went 3 for 4.

Andrew Miller picked up his first win since July 20th. He's now 5-1, 4.99. Alfredo Aceves pitched 3 innings of relief to get the save.

The only bad news is that Jacoby Ellsbury got a pitch square in the back. He had to leave the game, and we're not sure if he'll be playing today. Ellsbury (.313, 22 HR, 79 RBI, 33 stolen bases, .998 fielding %) is in the midst of an MVP-style year.

Boston and KC still have 2 games left in this series, and 4 games against the Royals is just what we need to keep in the AL East race with all of our injuries. Tim Wakefield (6-5, 4.90) tries yet again for his 200th career win. He's been stuck on 199 for 5 games. Felipe Paulino puts his 1-9 record on the line against the powerful Red Sox lineup. NESN and 96.3 FM have the coverage.

The New York Yankees also won yesterday, beating Minnesota 6-1. The Spankers still hold a half game lead over the Sox in the AL East.

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