Some opinions and observations as the Sox leave New York with a 4-2 loss and prepare for the Rangers after an off-day tomorrow:
* Repeating their same Yankee Stadium pattern as a year ago, the Sox won the first two games of the series and lost the final two. It would have been nice to win the series, especially after Thursday and Friday victories, but having witnessed nightmare weekends against the Yanks I can live with a split.
* Time will tell, but isn't the move to DFA Will Ohman in favor of Leyson Septimo looking good right about now? Septimo was quite impressive in his first two appearances.
* Gavin Floyd gave up a pair of two-run homers to Robinson Cano and Eric Chavez and was in trouble throughout his 5 1/3 inning, 122 pitch stint, but he kept the Sox in the game. The bigger issue was that the offense couldn't solve Phil Hughes.
* A tough homestand lies ahead with a pair of three-game series against the Rangers and the Blue Jays heading into the All-Star break. Now a game and a half ahead of the Indians and three ahead of the Tigers, the hope is that we can still be in first place after next Sunday.
* The pitching matchups for the Texas series: Chris Sale vs. Roy Oswalt on Tuesday, Dylan Axelrod vs. Scott Feldman on Wednesday and Jose Quintana vs. All-Star Matt Harrison on Thursday.
* It's no consolation to A.J. Pierzynski, but Texas manager Ron Washington feels bad that the Sox catcher didn't make the All-Star team. But the Ranger skipper chose Joe Mauer instead, pretty much because he had to. Every team has to have a player chosen and Mauer is the only Twins representative. What was A.J.'s reaction to Washington's comment? "If he felt that bad, he would have put me on the team."
* Speaking of A.J., we probably will be hearing more about his confrontation with Floyd on the pitcher's mound when the latter was replaced in the sixth inning. And when Pierzynski returned to the dugout after the inning ended he got an angry stare from Floyd, but walked right past him. Stay tuned.