The Sox increased their lead to 1.5 games last night keeping the game close and leaving it up to a battle of the bullpens. Manny Ramirez hit another towering shot to tie it up at 2 in the sixth and the Sox then feasted on a lame Blue Jays bullpen. Of course, the Sox bullpen, as often is the case, shut down the Jays in the 5-2 win. Nick Cafardo, Jeff Horrigan, and Steven Krasner have game stories.
Marvin Pave tells us about the winning debut of Anastacio Martinez. Rich Thompson tells us that Pedro Martinez was very happy to have fellow Dominican Anastacio Martinez pick him up in the seventh. Thompson also has Terry Francona explaining his restraint in resisting the temptation to let Pedro stay in for one more innning. John Connolly lets us know that Mark Bellhorn had the game winning hit last night and he seems to be getting hot.
Sean McAdam explains why it makes sense for the Sox to take a wait and see approach with their big four free agents to be. With the important role the bullpen has showed in the success of this version of the Red Sox, it seems odd to me that nobody has suggested that it might make sense to find a way to keep Scott Williamson in a Red Sox uniform. Jeff Horrigan’s notebook delivers a message from Scott Williamson that if he had to pitch right now, he could. Also, Trot Nixon is tentatively scheduled to start his extended Spring training tomorrow. In his notebook, Tony Massarotti compares the 2004 Red Sox to the 2003 Yankees. He also looks at the possibility of growing frustration of many with Nomar Garciaparra