ALCS Game 4: Tampa (Sonnanstine) at Boston (Wakefield), 8:07 p.m. (TBS).
The Rays lead the series 2-1.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers and Phillies have a day off in Los Angeles. Last night’s 7-5 victory by Philadelphia gave them a 3-1 series lead. It was a “see-I-told-you-so” game for the detractors of Joe Torre. He pulled Derek Lowe after only five innings and 74 pitches. The next six pitchers combined to allow five runs over four innings.
Giving Lowe an extra inning or two could have changed the game. The question now for Lowe is where he pitches next season.
A few tidbits regarding the Yankees: The Padres seem willing to trade Jake Peavy but he has a no-trade clause and would prefer a National League team. … The Blue Jays have made no progress trying to retain A.J. Burnett and it’s likely he will go into the market. … Heard two suggestions yesterday that Bobby Abreu would be a good player for the Rays to sign. That makes sense from a baseball standpoint. But I’m not sure Tampa’s mindset would be to sign a player in his mid 30s to an expensive multi-year contract. … There is no indication whatsoever that the Yankees have any interest in Manny Ramirez.