RED SOX 2, BLUE JAYS 1
Most players who become switch-hitters do so to avoid difficult lefty-lefty or righty-righty matchups with pitchers. Boston's Carl Everett, never one to hew to orthodoxy, apparently just likes having options. Leading off the ninth inning with this game tied 1-1, Everett—who often bats lefthanded against soft-throwing lefthanders—hit from the left side against hard-throwing southpaw reliever Dan Plesac. Fresh in his mind was the previous night's game, in which he had batted righthanded and struck out on a stream of changeups from Plesac. "I knew I wasn't going to get anything to drive or get up in the air batting righthanded," Everett said after Saturday's victory. "With Manny [Ramirez hitting] behind me, I was trying to hit a ball in the gap so he could drive me in."
Everett did a little better than that. Plesac, who had held lefthanded hitters to a .167 average before this at bat, threw a slider that didn't slide, and Everett crushed it for a game-winning home run.