For the first time this season, Julian Tavarez not only pitched into the seventh inning, he breezed through it, striking out the last two batters, Brandon Inge and Curtis Granderson, and sprinting off the mound, kissing the religious medallion he wears around his neck as he made his way back to the dugout.
Which brings me to the story of the nuns. On Sunday, Tito spotted a couple of nuns sitting near the dugout. He threw one of 'em a baseball. She said, "There are two of us up here.'' He threw another, expecting maybe a good word or blessing in return. The nun says, "Sign the balls and we might think about it," or words to that effect. So Francona signed the two balls, and the Sox went on to score six runs in the ninth inning later to edge the Orioles, 6-5.
Julian's day is done. Oki's in to pitch the eighth. Line on Julian: 7 IP, 4 H , 1ER, 4 B, 3 K's.