So the break is now over and it's time to go back to work. For the Sox, this meant starting the second half of the season against their divisional rival, the Tampa Bay Rays. Since dropping the "Devil" in 2008, the Rays have built themselves into a divisional power, a far cry from the doormats they used to be.
The Sox finished the first half of the season 55-35, best in the American League. Though that didn't scare Rays starter David Price who opposed Sox starter Andrew Miller. The start was anything but masterful for Miller, who was roughed up from the start, going 2.2 innings and giving up 5 walks and 7 earned runs. While Alfredo Aceves stopped the bleeding for a little while, going 2.1 innings and giving up 0 earned runs. On the other side of the coin, David Price pitched six strong innings, stiking out seven. Though being roughed up for 3 runs, he stifled the Sox bats for the most part.
The bats did eventually wake up. In the sixth Dustin Pedroia went yard and would start the late rally. Marco Scutaro would also follow with a shot of his own. While in the 8th, Kevin Youkilis would single, bringing in Pedroia to chip the lead to 9-6. Though it was too little too late. The hole was just too large to dig out of once again. Once Tampa First Baseman, and former Red Sox Casey Kotchman would seal the deal for Tampa in the sixth with a two run shot off of struggling reliever Dan Wheeler.
In other Sox related news, Carl Crawford started his rehab stint whit AAA Pawtucket. Going 1-2 against the Durham Bulls, who ironically enough; is Tampa Bay's AAA affiliate. Crawford is expected to play with the Paw Sox until Sunday and is scheduled to return Monday to Boston for the rematch against the Baltimore Orioles.