Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brian Wilson, from Londonderry, N.H., throws in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins during Thursday's game. (REUTERS/Joe Skipper)
Bring on the Dodgers
At last, the Red Sox can say it. After annihilating the San Francisco Giants, 12-1, Wednesday in the finale of a three-game interleague series, the Sox finally were able to look ahead to a showdown that has been breathlessly anticipated since the schedule was released 11 months ago.
So, as the Red Sox left AT&T Park, bound for the airport and a day off before descending upon Dodger Stadium tonight, they already were looking forward to what figures to be a must-see weekend.
One downer: David Ortiz left the game in the fifth inning with tightness in his lower back. But the slugger characterized the condition as more of an annoyance than a worrisome injury and wouldn’t rule out playing first base against the Dodgers.
“They’re my boys,” Ortiz said. “It will be cool to see my boys out there. It seems like (the trade) happened yesterday. It’s one of those situations where they made decisions, and as an employee, you have to deal with it. But I tell you what: The way they’re playing, it tells you, things have gotten better over there. Things have gotten better over here. They’re making the GMs look like geniuses.”
“We’ve got three big ones against a very talented team, one of the best teams in the game,” Shane Victorino, who finished last season with the Dodgers after being traded by the Philadelphia Phillies, said. “Going out there now, watching them do what they’re doing, it doesn’t shock me. It doesn’t surprise me. We’re going to see what they’re all about. It’s going to be a true test for us.”
“I remember leaving spring (training) and going, ‘August is going to be tough. We’ve got to get our wins now to hopefully cover us if August does hit a little bump,’”
Gomes said. “I don’t think it’s been a bump. I just think we’re kind of going with the flow of traffic versus speeding ahead.”