Red Sox Prepare for Final Interleague Series

On Friday night the Boston Red Sox will play their final interleague series of the 2012 season against the Atlanta Braves at Fenway. The Red Sox have had a successful interleague schedule against the senior circuit posting a 9-6 record while outscoring their opponents 77-59.

Coming off their first ever sweep of the Miami Marlins (not simply because of the name change, it includes the Marlins when they were still Florida) the Red Sox find themselves a season best 3 games above .500.

It was Boston’s first home sweep (of at least 3 games) since July of 2011.

The recent run of strong play has seen the Red Sox climbing back into the playoff race sitting 5.5 back of the Yankees in the East and only 2 back of the Wildcard.

The Red Sox will turn to Jon Lester (4-4, 4.53 ERA) on Friday Night looking to extend their win streak to 6. Lester will be opposed by Jair Jurrjens (0-2, 9.37) fresh up from the Minors after a tough start to his season. Continue reading

A Tribute to Darryl Kile

www.checkoutmycards.comIt’s strange how you remember certain events in your life.  I don’t mean the obvious ones (wedding, birth of a child, major world event, etc.).  I mean smaller, random moments that have an unexpected affect on you.  Darryl Kile’s untimely death 10 years ago today was one of those times for me.

I remember exactly where I was when I heard about Darryl Kile’s death.  It was a Saturday afternoon, and my wife and I were at a car dealership looking at an SUV.  We had found out the previous Mother’s Day that she was expecting our 2nd child, so we were going to need a bigger vehicle.  As is normal for me, I was wearing a St. Louis Cardinals cap.

After a few minutes of looking around and speaking with a salesman, he noticed my cap and said: “Hey, sorry to hear about your team’s pitcher.”

I had not heard anything about Kile yet.  Cardinal fans were still coping with the death of legendary announcer Jack Buck just four days earlier – ironically, a game Kile started. I looked at the sales guy blankly and said “What are you talking about?” Continue reading

Detroit Tigers Take Fourth Straight Series–Real Test Coming Next Week

Okay Detroit Tigers fans, it’s time to breathe a collective sigh of relief.  The Tigers have finally starting getting consistent clutch hits and the starting pitching may be settling down.  It appears that this team is about to take control of a weak division after winning their fourth series in a row with a 2-1 extra innings win over the Saint Louis Cardinals on Thursday.  Don’t get to comfortable though– the real test comes next week.

The Tigers are starting to get key contributions from unexpected places.

On Thursday, they got five solid innings from top prospect Jacob Turner, who only gave up one run on four hits.  Outfielder Quintin Berry came up with the key hit of the game in the tenth inning with the bases loaded, giving the Tigers the 2-1 win. Continue reading