BOSTON -- After going 5-1 in Philadelphia and St. Petersburg, including a three-game sweep of the American League East-leading Rays, the Red Sox find themselves back in the division race, trailing Tampa Bay by 5 1/2 games entering play Thursday.
Asked if he was surprised to find his team back in the race
so quickly, Sox manager Terry Francona replied:
"I don't know if it's really healthy to think about that. When you talk about staying in the present, all those things that we do, I think when you do that correctly, you
look up a week later and sometimes you've put a good week together. When you start looking at next week before, it doesn't work that way. You miss what you're supposed to pay attention to.
"That's why I say it so much, because I believe in it. Just pay attention to what you have to pay attention to, and that's today. If you made a mistake yesterday, you learn from
it and move on. Same thing if you did something well. Don't pat yourself on the back too much. Just move on."