The Red Sox are 12-8 in their last 20 games. Big deal, right?
Those 20 games were played in 20 days in five states and three times zones. The Sox played 11 of those games without Kevin Youkilis, nine without David Ortiz, seven without Marco Scutaro and three without Jacoby Ellsbury.
Game-time temperatures ranged from 63 in Seattle to 104 in Texas. There were six flights covering 8,270 miles and a three-game "homestand" that lasted 28 hours. Ryan Lavarnway was called up, played seven games and went back to Pawtucket.
The Sox started out in first place, fell into second for a few days and ended up in first. So, yes, 12-8 was a big deal. A lot of perseverance went into those 12 victories.
Now the Sox get two days off before facing the Yankees on Tuesday night. The Yankees, meanwhile, have three games to play with the Orioles. There's a doubleheader today and a game tomorrow.
Here are the pitching matchups for the Yankees-Sox series:
Tuesday: CC Sabathia vs. John Lackey, 7:10 p.m.
Wednesday: Phil Hughes vs. Josh Beckett, 7:10 p.m.
Thursday: A.J. Burnett vs. Jon Lester, 7:10 p.m.
UPDATE, 6:00 p.m.: The Yankees lost 2-0 in the first game of the doubleheader. So the Sox are up by 2.5 games, one in the loss column.
Hope everybody rode out the storm OK. Check back tomorrow for more on the Red Sox and the Yankees series.