It looks like the Sox may be back to normal as well. I sat up for the first few innings last night and I'm listening to the XM now, I recorded the game last night, gotta love the XM. The offense was hitting well and Beckett was throwing well, a deadly combination for Oakland.
What I had wanted to write about yesterday was the debaucle on Sunday. It's one of the most frustrating kinds of games to watch. They fight back from behind, get a lead in the top of the inning and then give it right back in the bottom. They did this twice in the game. The question I have is why wasn't Papelbon pitching the ninth on Sunday? You've got a one run lead, that is when your closer earns his money. I like Timlin, but Papelbon is the closer, he needs to be there to close.
Now the A-Fraud report. Yankee fans here at work are talk about a trade. A-Fraud for starting pitching prospects. They concluded that he can't play in New York, the pressure is too much. I'm hearing comparisons to Chuck Knoblock and Steve Sax. It's an interesting discussion, but most agree A-Fraud isn't going anywhere. His pay is too high, he's too good a player and Stienbrenner won't admit he's wrong.