Adrian Beltre sent one over the left field wall for the loaded bases to touch all four to lift the Boston Red Sox past the Cleveland Indians 6-2 yesterday at Fenway Park. The Sox are currently six games out of the AL East Division lead heading into their next four-game weekend series against the New York Yankees. The Yanks and Rays have hovered at the top of the Division over the course of the season. The injury plagued Boston lineup, who once found themselves just a half game behind in early July are struggling to stay in contention during the most crucial part of the regular season.
Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis has just been placed on the disabled list for the remainder of the season due to a torn muscle in his right thumb. Dustin Pedroia (foot), Jason Varitek (foot) and Mike Cameron (abdominal strain) are still healing with hopes to return shortly. Veteran infielder Mike Lowell will see more time on the ball field in light of Youk’s absence. “I don’t know how many teams you can take a Youkilis out, but you can write a Lowell in,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. “I guess that’s how I prefer to look at it.”
The Yankees wrapped their three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays with a 5-1 W. Third baseman Alex Rodriguez belted his career 600th home run in the process, becoming the youngest player in MLB history to reach the milestone. A-Rod was relieved to finally hit the mark, saying “”I am definitely glad it’s over, and I definitely enjoyed that moment, I enjoyed the win…There’s no question I was pressing ’cause I wanted to get it out of the way.” Clay Buccholz and Javier Vazquez are the projected starters for tonight’s contest. Purchase your Yankees vs Red Sox tickets right here at AceTicket.com!