Around the Majors: Redsox are a win away from a sweep

1) Yesterday’s score–

Redsox 4, Cardinals 1 (Redsox lead the series, 3-0)

2) Today’s schedule–

Redsox (Derek Lowe, 5.42) at Cardinals (Jason Marquis, 3.71), 8:25

3) Yesterday’s HRs–

Manny Ramirez
Larry Walker

4) Dodgers LF Jayson Werth has torn ligaments in his elbow. He may need surgery and, if he does, GM Paul DePodesta says Werth will be out for “a good part” of 2005.

In his first year with more than 26 games, Werth hit .486 SLG, .338 OBA, .825 OPS, 9 RCAA in 89 games. He has 5 RCAA/.790 OPS in 130 career games.

5) The A’s hired Rene Lachemann as bench coach.

6) Bobby Avila died yesterday, at the age of 78.

Avila was a 2B for the 1949-58 Indians and 3 teams in 1959. He had a .747 career OPS, compared to his league average of .740, and 38 RCAA in 1300 games. His best year was 1954, when he hit .477 SLG, .402 OBA, .880 OPS, 37 RCAA in 143 games and finished 5th in the AL in RCAA.

7) On Monday, former commissioner Bowie Kuhn had open heart surgery.

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