Rain rain go away
An afternoon thunderstorm just went over Fenway Park, forcing the grounds crew to roll out the tarp, but the forecast is calling for no more rain today and a cool 76-degree temperature by gametime -- a far cry from the heat The Heater endured in Texas over the weekend.
A little side story. Seems like the Red Sox four-game lead over the Yankees in the AL East is making the locals nervous, especially after the way Boston lost Sunday in Baltimore -- with newcomer Eric Gagne allowing a game-tying homer in the eighth and former Red Sox 1B Kevin Millar hitting a three-run homer to win it in the 10th. The Sox bullpen has been Boston's strength and the Red Sox nation is definitely looking in the rear-view. It's the talk of the town on local radio here. The locals are definitely scared. And when my cabbie last night asked a Mass Pike toll taker posted at the entrance to the Ted Williams Tunnel about the Red Sox, he simply looked into his register and said "I don't even wanna talk about it."
Sox starter Tim Wakefield might be just what the Red Sox Nation ordered. He's 17-2 against the Rays and has the most wins against Tampa Bay against any starter.
Here is tonight's Rays lineup: