Originally Posted by Chez
No. Cotts' debut was against the Angels (ND). You're thinking of a game at the old Yankee Stadium when Jerry Manual elected to start Cotts rather than push, I believe, Buehrle up a day.
Yep. August 28, 2003. Sox entered that day in sole possession of 1st place in the Central, finished the season 15-14 including that hammering Cotts took against the Yankees. Unfortunately, the Twins went 22-8 for the last month of the season and caught and passed the Sox. The Sox, though, did lose 5 of 7 head-to-head games with Minnesota in September and they ended up finishing 4 games behind them.