Saturday, September 22, 2007


Twenty was a magic number last night in Tampa, as Josh Beckett won his 20th game of the year - all but assuring himself of the Cy Young Award - and Mike Lowell hit his 20th homer to become the first Red Sox third baseman to hit 20 in back to back seasons. Oh yeah - the best news - the Sox beat nemesis Scott Kazmir and the Devil Rays 8-1, and the Yankees dropped a 14-inning heartbreaker to Toronto. The AL East lead now stands at 2 1/2 games.

It was a much-needed confidence booster for a team that was badly listing. The game was locked at 1 until the top of the 3rd, when the Red Sox went ahead for good on a David Ortiz single and a Kazmir wild pitch. From that point on, Jason Varitek and Lowell hit homers to ice it. Big Papi was supposed to be given the night off to rest his ailing knee against a tough lefty, but in stark contrast to Manny he begged into the lineup and ended up being the difference-maker.

Tonight it's Dice-K vs. Andy Sonnanstine.

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