They Keep Changing Sox
Red Sox manager Jimy Williams used 24 players in a 7-6 defeat of the Tigers last Friday as the two teams combined to deploy 42 players, tying the league record for a nine-inning game. The next day Williams, whose favorite explanation for his frequent substitutions is "They're all major leaguers, so why not use 'em all," called on 28 Red Sox in a double-header split with Detroit Included in that total was starting pitcher Steve Ontiveros, who last pitched in the majors in 1995, and seven others who weren't part of the Boston organization as of the All-Star break. On Sunday, in a 5-4 loss to the Tigers, Williams used 19 players. All told, 32 players appeared for the Red Sox in the four-game series.
Sept. 21-24: A's at Mariners
The American League West race could be settled by this four-game series. The teams are evenly matched offensively (the A's were hitting .269 through Sunday and averaging 5.7 runs, the Mariners .270 and 5.6), but Oakland won six of the first nine meetings between the teams by roughing up Seattle's usually superior pitching. The Mariners ranked third in the league with a 4.47 ERA, but against the A's this season that mark soared to 6.05. The reason? Oakland's patience. Seattle's staff averaged 5.9 walks per nine innings against the A's, just 3.8 against the rest of the league.
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