What's all this talk about the unproductive Boston outfield? Daniel Nava, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Shane Victorino each had two hits in the Red Sox 6-0 win over Kansas City Sunday, with Nava collecting three RBI.
Throw in two hits from everyday utility player Brock Holt (at third on Sunday) and there are eight of Boston's nine hits (David Ross' two-run homer the other).
Suddenly, the Red Sox have won 7-of-8 and head to Toronto tonight, with John Lackey on the mound.
New York 50-47 (3 back)
Toronto 51-48 (3)
Tampa Bay 47-53 (7.5)
Boston 46-52 (7.5)
Speaking of standings, the Portland Sea Dogs (64-37), who once looked like runaway winners in the Eastern League East Division, are now only 3 1/2 games ahead of Binghamton (60-40). The Mets come to Hadlock Field for three games, starting tonight at 7 p.m.
Portland dropped 3-of-4 in New Hampshire, including a 3-2 loss Sunday. Brian Johnson (2.32) looked in line for the win, going six innings: 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K ... Portland led 2-1 and Aaron Kurcz (2.36) was cruising for the save, retiring the first two batters in the ninth. Then walk, walk, RBI single, RBI single
Pawtucket's Anthony Ranaudo (11-4, 2.54) picked up a win Sunday: 6 2/3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 4 K ... Travis Shaw (.272) hit his eighth home run ... Will Middlebrooks went 2-for-4.
Former Sea Dogs pitcher Caleb Clay began the season in Korea, but has since joined the Angels organization at Triple-A Salt Lake City. Clay (3-1, 2.97) pitched a complete game in his fifth start: 9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K.