There are 145 games left to play including 15 against the Red Sox. I suspect a four-game lead on April 23 is not insurmountable.
That said, when you scored 17 runs in games started by Schilling, Beckett and Matsuzaka, you have to come up with a win somewhere. The bullpen allowed eight runs over 10 innings.
“It’s tough. It was draining,” Alex Rodriguez said. “But you have to keep fighting. … You never want to be swept any time. That’s unacceptable.”
A-Rod was 6 of 13 in the series with five RBI and four extra-base hits. Amazingly, he never drew a walk.
Joe Torre said that “for now” Chase Wright remains in the rotation. That would be Friday night against the Red Sox. Yikes.
Wil Nieves dislocated his thumb in the fourth inning. Trainer Steve Donahue popped it back in and he caught four more innings. “The kid has a lot of guts,” Torre said.
I have a 7:30 a.m. flight to Tampa. But I will leave you with this:
The first team to hit four consecutive homers were the Milwaukee Braves on June 8, 1961 in Cincinnati. Eddie Matthews, Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock and Frank Thomas homered.
The fifth man up? That would be one Joseph Paul Torre of Brooklyn, N.Y. He grounded to third.