|If the Red Sox expect to pick up some ground in the AL East, Jon Lester will have to pitch well in the month of July with a tough schedule. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)|
Furthering the fact that New York was dealing with injuries, was the other fact that the Red Sox were "blessed" with seven games against the Mariners and Athletics before that pivotal series heading into the break. The other problem, Boston has proven to be no better than the lowly M's and A's as they've lost three of the five thus far and can only hope to win the next two and come out one game ahead of where they started.
With a tough schedule to come, this was the chance for the Sox to beat up on some easy targets before being challenged. It was a chance to close the never-ending gap between them and the first place Yanks this season.
|Andy Pettitte, perhaps the Yankees best pitcher since returning, suffered a fractured foot after getting hit with a batted ball.|
The best possible scenario for the Red Sox would be a four-game sweep of NY at Fenway this weekend. Depending on tonight's outcome, the Sox could pull within a couple or a few games before heading into the All Star break.
The way it's set right now, Aaron Cook, Josh Beckett, Felix Doubront and Daisuke (or his replacement if he goes to the DL) will get the starts this weekend. With a day off Thursday, Bobby Valentine could slate Jon Lester in the final game on normal rest due to the six-man rotation. Keep our fingers crossed for a sweep.
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