Clay Buchholz and Tim Wakefield were named co-captains of the Jimmy Fund, where they will be ambassadors for the Dana-Farber charity and raise awareness and build support for cancer treatment and research throughout the country.
And in some bit of sad news, 2004 Sox stolen base hero and retired outfielder Dave Roberts revealed last week that he was diagnosed with lymphoma in spring training.
The Long Road Ahead
With an impressive 9-3 win on Mother’s Day night to avoid a humiliating three-game sweep by the Yankees, the Boston Red Sox are now 12-7 in its last 19 games. But in the most competitive division in baseball, the AL East, that’s not good enough, as they sit 6.5 games behind of Tampa Bay and six back of New York for the AL Wild Card. Then again, I should be glad the Sox are only that far behind the Rays, arguably baseball’s best team right now.
If the Sox hadn’t swept all four games vs. the Angels to start last week and somehow lost that series, the division might be close to double digits right now, causing more negativity and panic than there already is in Boston. As it is, the Sox are 2-8 against the Yanks and Rays this year, all of them at home. And the BoSox have to play them both on the road for the first time this year later this month in the middle of a grueling stretch of games where they play for 17 straight days (May 14-May 30). In fact, they only have two off days this month (May 13 and May 31).
But first, they play Toronto at home for three games, a team the Sox swept in three games in late April at the Rogers Centre. Since getting swept April 28 though, the Blue Jays are 9-2 (vs OAK, @CLE, @CHW) and are an impressive 19-14 going into its three-game series vs. Boston starting tonight. It should be fun to watch whether they can continue its hot streak or see the Sox continue their domination over them in the early going of the season. Then Boston takes its first trip to old friend-turned-foe Johnny Damon’s new squad, the Detroit Tigers (17-14) for three games. Boston’s best starters (Clay Buchholz, Jon Lester and John Lackey) will take the mound in that series.