Friday, August 24, 2012

Oh, By The Way, Red Sox Beat Royals, 4-3

AP Photo/Michael Dwyer
How typical is it of this year that a Red Sox victory is an afterthought? Dominating the day and night were the swirling rumors of a blockbuster trade sending a quarter of a billion dollars or so in salary out of the Hub. "Payroll Flexibility" is the Player To be Named Later in this baby. Anyway, Jon Lester pitched 7+ strong innings for his third straight win, as Boston beat the Royals, 4-3. Lester left in the eighth with a tweaked hammy. Andrew Bailey got his first save in a Red Sox uniform. David Ortiz singled and doubled in his return from the DL—knocking in the first two runs of the game. Pedro Ciriaco hit a sand wedge to left to knock in the other two. It was a textbook win. No big deal.