What better way to start off the week than by reporting on the Red Sox and Yankees, two small-market baseball clubs ignored during the regular season until they put together their playoff runs?
Yes, the Red Sox won their ninth consecutive postseason game against the Angels, completing a three-game sweep with a 9-1 win in the city of Los Angeles of Anaheim. Curt Schilling, pitching on a mere 12 days' rest, held the Angels scoreless for seven innings, while David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez hit back-to-back solo shots in the 4th that gave the Sox a narrow lead until a 7-run outburst in the 8th sealed the series.
Meanwhile, former Red Stocking Johnny Damon saved Joe Torre's job for at least another game, going 3-for-4 with a go-ahead three-run homer in the fifth as the Yankees trimmed the Indians series lead to 2-1 with an 8-4 win in the Bronx. Underpaid workhorse Roger Clemens gave up three runs in two and a third innings, once again raising hopes that he'll return to the mound once again next year. In a disappointing turn of events, no swarms of insects attacked the Yankees players.
SITE NEWS: Due to my great respect for visionary rapist Christopher Columbus, today will be a half-day at With Leather. My apologies if this gets in the way of your plans for avoiding work.