If only they still had baseball in the Olympics. With all of the rain delays in London, the gold medal might not be decided until after Michael Phelps has made another series of Subway commercials. Meanwhile, in the American League East
Red Sox: Got any of those T-shirts from Napoleon Dynamite, the ones that say, Pedro for president? Start selling them in Boston. New cult hero Pedro Ciriaco delivered again for the Red Sox, getting an RBI single in the 10th for the winning run in a 3-2 victory over the Yankees on Sunday. Ciriaco was called up from the minors a bit less than a month ago, but he has driven in go-ahead runs three times against the Yankees and is batting 11-for-22 overall against them. "Somehow in that situation, I feel confidence," Ciriaco said. On Sunday, the key hit was a little fly ball over a drawn-in infield. "We'll take bloops. We need them," manager Bobby Valentine said.
Yankees: In the Yankees view, David Robertson did what he was supposed to but got beaten by bad luck. His catcher had no issue with how the reliever pitched Pedro Ciriaco while giving up a bloop single for the deciding run on Sunday. It was a fastball in, and we tried to jam him, Russell Martin said. We did just that, and he got a break. Robertson said he wasnt affected by a long delay in the 10th while Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine argued about a possible hit-by-pitch and ended up getting tossed. Its part of the game. There is not a whole lot you can do but remain focused, Robertson said.
Blue Jays: Its a short story about the long ball for Brett Cecil. The last eight runs hes given up, over three starts, have all scored via home runs. On Sunday, it was a three-run homer by Jhonny Peralta that cost him in the Blue Jays 4-1 loss to the Tigers. "I'm not going to change anything," said Cecil, who threw 6 23 innings and gave up four hits and struck out seven. "Just keep doing what I'm doing. Wins will come. More importantly, I just need to keep my team in the game. That's all I can do." Manager John Farrell said: "The old adage is solo home runs aren't going to beat you, it's what happens prior. The walk contributed, but I thought he threw a number of good pitches that were borderline and he didn't get the call on a few occasions. But still, three runs over six-plus innings, I thought he did a good job here today."
Rays: Its a cliche of a broadcasting miscue hearing a play-by-play guy say: Jones is throwing up in the bullpen. Not that anybody needed play-by-play on it, but Jeremy Hellickson was actually dealing with that problem on Sunday. However, he battled through his stomach issues to toss six shutout innings in the Rays 2-0 victory over the Angels. Tampa Bay beat Zack Greinke in his debut for the Angels. I felt good enough to go out there, Hellickson said. I felt I had to give us five or six to save the bullpen. My arm felt good, and that's all I really needed. Throwing strikes was the main thing. The last two games I've been attacking the hitters better than I have been. Having no walks is huge for me. I was getting ahead of guys, and the defense was making good plays for me."