Bags packed, AL East showdown awaits
You know it’s getaway day when the entire wall behind the visiting writers is filled with suitcases.
Yes, we’ll all be leaving Houston tonight — except for Worcester Telegram scribe Bill Ballou, who has a 12-mile run planned. The rest of us will touch down in Tampa near the midnight hour.
All that will be at stake is first place in the American League East. I’m not kidding when I say this is the biggest series in the short and unstoried history of Tropicana Field. The Rays won today meaning they will move into first if the Sox lose their finale in Houston.
Maybe Tampa will be even hotter than Houston. But again, we will be under a roof.
Still, nothing figures to be as hot as Dustin Pedroia’s bat. His latest hit — a solo shot over the wall in left — has put his average at .307.