The Red Sox are amazingly close to the Pounding Phillies, considering that Bartolo Colon came out with about nothing. His first inning fastball was mid-80s and Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard went yard for a quick 3-0 lead at Citizens Bank Park.
Howard took another Colon offering into the left field seats for the fourth Philly run before the Sox struck back with back-to-back jacks in the fifth by Dustin Pedroia and J.D. Drew...leading to Javier Lopez entering the fifth inning.
Heidi Watney reports that Bartolo Colon left the game with back spasms. If it were the National Hockey League, we'd call it a suntan from the red light going on. Actually, I like Colon and he's probably more svelte than Mickey Lolich.
Daisuke Matsuzaka's rehab start at Lehigh Valley is delayed.
Minor Consideration. In the hitter's league California League, the Sox have several major prospects hammering the horsehide. Jorge Jimenez, Josh Reddick, and Lars Anderson all are hitting over .300 and slugging at least .892.
Injury distort. The Yankees' righthander Chien Ming-Wang injured his foot running the bases and is expected to miss six weeks.