Stern, Sox Hold On

Much of last night’s game between the Red Sox and Devil Rays was a pitchers duel, as starters Matt Clement and Casey Fossum went six inning with only giving up a single run between them. Then, starting in the seventh inning, the runs started coming, and the 7-4 win for the Red Sox wasn’t sealed until Adam Stern made a diving, tumbling, risky catch with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning.

Nick Cafardo says that it is clear that these two clubs are simply incapable of playing a normal baseball game. Bill Ballou reports on a completely non-violent game between these two teams. Jeff Horrigan reports on Kevin Youkilis coming up with the big hit last night to put the Red Sox ahead to stay. Carolyn Thornton looks at the Red Sox bats coming alive in the late innings against the Tampa Bay bullpen to pull this one out. Tom Yantz has more on the late inning rallies led by Youkilis, Manny Ramirez and Mark Loretta. Lenny Megliola has a look at another odd game between these two teams. Joe Haggerty looks at the Devil Rays giving the Sox all they could handle last night. David Borges says it was a pair of unlikely heroes who saved the day for the Red Sox.

Jackie MacMullan has a look at Jonathan Papelbon, who recorded his first really tough save of the season, having to work hard to record the three outs in the ninth after the pesky Tampa hitters kept fouling off pitches. Much has changed for Papelbon since last season, he can’t even go to his favorite spot (“Game On”) and get a cup of chowder without being recognized anymore. Matt Kalman looks at Papelbon and his wife going over closing “theme” songs. The Herald had 1100 people email in song suggestions for Papelbon to use as his theme when coming in to close out a ball game. Steve Buckley (subscription only) talks with Joey Gathright of the Devil Rays about his spring training altercation with Julian Tav