Records: Red Sox 22-20, 4th Place in AL East (8½ games behind the Rays); Phillies 25-15, 1st Place in NL East (4 games ahead of the Marlins)
Former Red Sox with the Phillies: Radio broadcaster Larry Andersen (see below) pitched with the Red Sox in 1990, anchoring the bullpen and helping the team reach the 1990 ALCS. Jamie Moyer made a brief appearance in Boston, pitching the first half of 1996 with the team before they dealt him to the Mariners in June for outfielder Darren Bragg. Reliever J.C. Romero appeared in 23 games with the 2007 Red Sox before being released in June of that year. He latched on with the Phils, and helped the team win the NL East.
Worst Trade in History?: Other than the Ryne Sandberg deal? Perhaps its Jeff Bagwell to the Astros on August 30, 1990 for Larry Andersen. Every time the team plays in Houston, one of L.A.'s broadcast partners inevitably brings up the trade as one of the TV camermen deftly pans in on Bagwell's retired number hanging at Minute Maid Park. But looking at Andersen's stats in September 1990, it appears as if he definitely helped the Sox on their way to the AL East title. In 15 games with the Red Sox that month, Andersen appeared in 15 games and compiled an ERA of 1.23. The Red Sox lost to the mighty A's in the ALCS, so their attempt to win a World Championship had to wait a few more years. Bagwell never won a ring with the Astros, but his career numbers garner him serious consideration for the Hall of Fame. I'd be curious to hear the thoughts of someone from Red Sox Nation regarding this trade.
And a Quick Editorial on Interleague Play: It's time has come and gone, and now it's time for it to stop. Bring back the balanced schedule.
Red Sox Probables: John Lackey, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Tim Wakefield