The bad news? The Mike Timlin experiment is not going so well thus far.
Given the fact that any difficulty with a team as woeful as the Kansas City Royals is more a reflection of the opposing team's failings than the Royals' success, Timlin looked grim indeed, failing to catch a popup, loading the bases, then giving up a single to right, ending Boston's shutout and letting the woeful--have I mentioned woeful?--Kansas City Royals plate two runs.
Further good news? With a nifty little play in the hole from Edgar Renteria and a toss to Tony Graffanino (welcome to Second Base in Boston, Tony...try not to get sucked into the revolving door too soon), the Sox got the third out without, you know. Losing.
The fact that the idea--the possibility--the specter--of losing to the Kansas City Royals was even raised in this game...that's just depressing.
Please hang in there, Timlin. Please locate your Balls of Steel post haste. And Keith Foulke, please locate your balls, period, pronto. Thank you.