(Above: Logan approaches 30th birthday)

Red Sox 6 White Sox 2

Whoever mediocre relief pitcher and illiterate douchebag Boone Logan hires to update his resume has a real chore ahead: finesse and omission are one thing, but when your boss gets in front of cameras and microphones and says “Everybody but Logan did a good job…this is a pennant race, I want men on the field”, it’s time to consider outright fabrications.

Logan’s planned demotion to AAA, if not Wal-Mart, is richly deserved. Inheriting a 7th-inning 1-1 duel between Daisuke Matsuzaka and DJ Carrasco, who stood in brilliantly for Jose Contreras after his season-ending achilles tendon rupture in the 2nd, Logan promptly shat down his leg, giving up a leadoff single to Jacoby Ellsbury followed by a Varitek line drive to right.

A brief, unhappy visit to the mound by Ozzie was no help, as Dustin Pedroia grounded through Juan Uribe at third to drive in Ellsbury. The batting practice continued as Big Papi followed with a bases-clearing double off the center field wall, bringing Ozzie out again and sending Logan into history.

That the Sox are in second place for the first time since early May isn’t entirely Logan’s fault, of course. Except for AJ Pierzynski, mental errors have proliferated like sniffles on this team, not the least of which included today’s decision by 1B Nick Swisher not cover and let Contreras race Ellsbury to his bag in the second inning. Speaking as a big lumbering dude myself, it’s never a good idea to let a big lumbering dude run around, especially one whose real age is a mystery.

Nonetheless, Kenny Williams is tending (finally) to the pen, acquiring LHP Horacio Ramirez from Kansas City for AAA outfielder Paulo Orlando. No word as to what his favorite book is.

And for the hole in the starting rotation?

At press time, Ken Griffey Jr. had not been floated as a possibility.