Red Sox stumble, then recover
Every year the Yankee-Red Sox rivalry heats up, and the divisional race is usually decided by some key series between the two late in the season. Oddly, however, the Yankees' sweep of the Red Sox in Yankee Stadium last week didn't seem to matter, as the Red Sox resumed building on their lead right after the series was over. On Saturday, they trounced the Orioles 10-0, as 23-year old pitcher Clay Buchholz got a no-hitter in only his second start of his major league career. See MLB.com.
This weekend the Yanks lost two of three games to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, who have climbed above .400. Right now, every single team in major league baseball has a win-loss record between .400 and .599. It's still a wide-open race in all six divisions, sports fans!
Nats pull out of tailspin
Jason Bergman's return to the Nationals' pitching rotation went very well today as the Marlins came to D.C.: He got nine strikeouts over seven innings, and for once there was enough run support to ensure a win. The Nats' victory over the Giants on Sunday came about in dramatic fashion: It was a 1-1 tie going into the bottom of the ninth, when Felipe Lopez doubled and Ryan Zimmerman singled to drive in the winning run. About time!
I noticed that the Nationals lost four consecutive games by a one-run margin last week. The last time that happened was in late July, 2005.