199 & Counting...
"That's a distinctly different team," he said Monday night after pitching eight strong innings to beat New York 9-5 and earn his 199th career victory. "That's not a knock against any of the players they're running out there, but you're talking about All-Star caliber players they're replacing."
Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz each drove in three runs, and Alex Cora added three hits and good defense for the Red Sox, who led 9-1 with two outs in the ninth before the Yankees staged a rally. Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada hit back-to-back homers off Keith Foulke, then Robinson Cano and Bernie Williams added consecutive doubles. But Terrence Long (remember him from the 2003 ALDS?), whose contract was purchased from Triple-A on Sunday because of injuries to all three regular outfielders, flied out to center to end the game.
"This is a team that's been wracked with some real significant injuries," said Schilling (7-2), who allowed one run and five hits with no walks and six strikeouts. "I'm sure it's a different lineup than we're going to see next time we see them."
The Sox are now 10 games above .500 as we close in on June. As a side note, Manny returned after a pitiful series in Philly and David Wells is primed to return on Friday. Someone get the word out to the Dunkin Doughnuts on Boylston! I don't care if it takes two dozen jelly, as long as he can rescue us from DiNardo's demise.