John Lackey came alive last night at Fenway Park, letting up six hits through eight innings with ten K’s to lift his Boston Red Sox to a 6-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners. Marco Scuturo led the offensive campaign with two hits and four RBI’s. Adrian Beltre and JD Drew were also able to pitch in with two hits apiece. Jonathon Papelbon struck out two during his time on the hill in the ninth inning to notch the save. The Sox remain 5 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays in the competitive AL East.
With the home stretch of the regular season just around the corner, the front office took action and claimed Detroit Tigers outfielder Johnny Damon off waivers. Damon played a key role in the Red Sox World Series run in 2004. He then re-located to the Bronx where he won another title with the New York Yankees in 2009. There are certainly mixed opinions as to whether he will be welcomed back to Fenway with open arms.
Catcher Jason Varitek spoke out on possibly reuniting with Damon, saying “Johnny’s a special player. He’s pushing on Hall of Fame-type numbers. You add that Johnny’s great in the clubhouse, he’s great on the field and he’s one hell of a teammate.” The Sox are scheduled to face the Mariners two more times before they travel to Tropicana Field to matchup with the Rays. Boston Red Sox tickets are now available!
UPDATE: Damon has rejected the Red Sox offer and will remain in Detroit for the rest of the regular season.