New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka threw an ill-timed 1-2 fastball to Mike Napoli and the Red Sox enjoyed an thrilling 2-1 victory Saturday night.
The Red Sox (37-44) are seven games out of first place and six games out of the Wild Card race. They have also reached the halfway point of the season. To reach 90 wins, Boston needs to go 53-28 in the second half (perspective: No MLB team featured that good of a record in the first half).
Tonight's game in New York will feature the MLB debut of Mookie Betts, who was called up Saturday; another former Sea Dogs player who began the season in Portland and is now in the majors.
On Monday, the Cubs will come to Boston. Chicago president Theo Epstein is finding the rebuilding job more challenging than the task he had in Boston. See today's column.
Pawtucket's Steven Wright (3-1, 2.43) allowed four runs in the first inning and rebounded to go seven innings: 7 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 7 K ... Christian Vazquez (.274) was 3-for-4 with his third home run ... Alex Hassan (.249) was 3-for-4.
The Sea Dogs (53-27) keep winning, this time with four solo home runs, to beat Reading 4-3. Sean Coyle (.354) hit his ninth, Deven Marrero (.298) his fifth, Dave Chester (.304) his second and Derrik Gibson (.316) his first.
Salem's Reed Gragnani (.333) was 2-for-4.
Greenville's Carlos Asuaje (.312) was 3-for-5, while Kenrick Perkins (.317) went 2-for-4.