(one of these men is doing a great job. Or maybe both. Or possibly neither. What day is it?)
Boston’s Curt Schilling (above, right) shut down the vaunted Devil Rays’ Murderers’ Row of Jonny Gomes, Fernando Cortez and Toby Hall, earning his first save since 1992.
At the exact same moment, John Franco was paying for his first meal in the Tri-state area since 1992.
Earlier in the day, the Red Sox reacquired OF Adam Hyzdu from the Padres and designated Alan Embree for assignment.
The Rangers took advantage of Mariano Rivera’s recent heavy use ; with Rivera resting and Tom Gordon waiting for an opportunity to earn a save in the 9th inning, Yankee reliever Wayne Franklin allowed a two-out, 2 run HR to Hank Blalock in the bottom of the 8th, giving Texas a 2-1 victory. It was just the 3rd loss in the past 14 games for the Yankees.