Instead of celebrating with his teammates on their charter flight to Oakland, the right-hander was given an airline ticket back to Triple-A Charlotte.
"It's better than going back with a loss," Broadway said after surviving 5 1/3 innings and getting the win in a 9-2 victory over the Royals. "I got up here, got a win. Things are pretty good."
So he understands?
"They need some bullpen help; it's fine with me," Broadway said. "If I got to choose, I'd be back tomorrow. But whenever they need me, I'll be back in Charlotte having fun there too."
It was a strange turn of events after a very strange game in which the Sox tied a major-league record with four consecutive home runs that broke open a one-run game in the sixth inning.
But then Broadway's career has been strange, after being the Sox's first-round pick in the 2005 draft. In two major-league starts, he has two victories — both against Kansas City just more than 11 months apart.
Obviously, this victory was bigger than the one last September because the Sox gained a half-game on the idle Twins in the American League Central as they head to Oakland for a three-game weekend series. With 42 games left, the Sox have a one-game lead after their sweep of the Royals.
"Better than last year," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I love the way we're fighting. I love the enthusiasm in the dugout. I love the enthusiasm in the clubhouse. Obviously, when you score runs, it's easy. The only way we can do it is if these guys continue to stay the same way for those 42 games."
Broadway was in and out of trouble the first two innings, partly because of a shaky defense.
"He did a good job, a tremendous job," Guillen said. "Better than we expected. He threw strikes. He came up big in tough situations. He ate up innings. He got the win. What could be better than that? I think this game was big, and he stepped it up and did his job."
So why is he leaving?
"Right now we're in a situation where I have a problem with the bullpen the next few days," Guillen said.
One possibility is that Richard will be called up to start one game against the lefty-dominated A's. He also could pitch out of the bullpen, though he was 0-2 with a 10.38 ERA in his last stay.
Sox pitchers have turned their fortunes around in the last four games. Starters John Danks, Javier Vazquez, Mark Buehrle and Broadway have allowed only four runs in 36 innings, a 1.00 ERA.
And the offense has backed them up, scoring 22 runs in the routs of the Royals.
Paul Konerko had a three-hit day and followed Jim Thome in the four-homer parade. Alexei Ramirez and Juan Uribe followed with solo shots.
"I'm just not thinking about anything that has to do with me," Konerko said. "It doesn't really matter anymore as far as my situation. I just want to help on that given day.
"This was a big win for us. And now we're going to Oakland, and we always have problems with them. It's that time where you're scoreboard-watching. It's close to crunch time. I don't think we're there yet, but it's kind of creeping up on us."