The Boston Red Sox took two out of three games from the Detroit Tigers, in a possible preview of an American League Championship Series showdown, by virtue of their 20-4 pummeling of the Tigers Wednesday night at Fenway Park. The Red Sox haven't clinched the American League East yet, but they'd have to go into an epic freefall losing streak to lose their grip on the title, according to the Boston Globe on Sept. 5.
The Red Sox bats were on fire last night in Fenway. Manager John Farrell called it a rare and outstanding offensive night. Boston is now riding a season-high 27 games over .500, a spot they haven’t enjoyed since September of 2011.
Boston catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia explained how this year's team knows every win counts. He said the team is here to win, and that they've worked so hard for it that they're not about to let it slip away now.
Saltalamacchia said they can "smell it", it being the AL East title. According to his account, the Sox squad is approaching every game like it's a big game.
The Red Sox have now won nine of their last 11 as they head into what should be a fascinating four-game series with their nemesis, the New York Yankees.
The series marks the first time the long-time enemies have played since Ryan Dempster, who by the way got the win for the Sox Wednesday night, plunked Alex Rodriguez, on "Sunday Night Baseball".
At that time, Yankees manager Joe Girardi reacted as if Dempster had committed some kind of act of Treason.
The Red Sox wrapped up a nine-game homestand Wednesday night as David Ortiz collected his 2,000 career hit. And he wasn't alone, as the hits just kept on coming and coming.
The Sox set up a club record with seven different players pounding home runs. Will Middlebrooks hit a grand slam that highlighted an eight-run sixth inning, turning a close 5-4 game into a "massacre".
Jacoby Ellsbury, Stephen Drew, Daniel Nava, Ryan Lavarnway and Mike Napoli also went deep last night.
As the Sox continue to surge, they're also about to get their ace back. Clay Buchholz is slated to make his final rehab start Thursday in Rochester, pitching in a playoff game for the Pawtucket Red Sox.
"This is a very focused and driven team", said Farrell. "They’re showing that....It’s a very committed group, and one that felt, from the first day of spring training on, they had the chance to do something special".
Now we just have to wait and watch. Rabid Sox fans are familiar with the bottom dropping out of playoff dreams, but this year sure looks good.