Now this is the David Price for whom the Red Sox paid $217 million, the ace Boston thought could lead it back to the World Series. This David Price, he threw eight shutout innings on Monday night as the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2. The Red Sox hadn’t had a share of first place in the AL East since July 20.
Major League Baseball just announced the postseason schedule and, as it has the past couple of years, if it features a World Series Game 6 or 7, they will be played in November, though the schedule has been moved up two days from where it was last year. The schedule breaks down thusly: Last day of regular season: October 2 AL Wild Card Game: October 4; NL Wild Card Game: October 5; Both ALDS: begin on October 6 — Game 5s, if necessary, October 12; Both NLDS: begin on October 7 — Game 5s, if necessary, October 13; ALCS: begins October 14 — Game 7, if necessary, October 22; NLCS: begins October 15 — Game 7, if necessary, October 23; World Series dates Game 1: October 25 (AL City) Game 2: October
With the continuing caveat that it is really weird and likely as uncomfortable as hell for all of those involved for this to be playing out so publicly, here is the latest news on the Doc Gooden/Daryl Strawberry/possible cocaine relapse story. From the Daily News: Dwight (Doc) Gooden is insisting publicly that he doesn’t have a drug problem, yet more and more people want to help him — none more significant than the Yankees, who have reached out to say they’ll pay for any treatment he would consider getting. That’s admirable of the Yankees, as is their refusal to comment on it further (the Daily News got this info from Strawberry). The Yankees, of course, gave both Strawberry and Gooden second