July 20th, 2006
Despite going 3 for 5 yesterday, Mark Loretta made not one, but TWO base running errors, one where he pulled a vintage Jason Giambi (got tagged at home because he didn’t slide) and one because he was picked off 2nd base by a catcher who was paying attention.
Wily Mo Pena went 2-for-3 with a two-run double in his first game back since missing 45 days on the disabled list with a left wrist injury. Pena had surgery June 1 to remove the wedge-shaped hamate bone, which is located at the base of the ring and pinkie fingers, has no function and is only a problem when broken or bruised. A weakened grip is usually the first indication of trouble and it is thought to have affected Pena as far back as last season when he was with the Reds. Will this affect his offense? No way to tell, but David Ortiz also has the surgery in 1998, and he seems to be doing ok…
Tim Wakefield has been placed no the 15-day DL, retroactive to Tuesday, July 18, with a strained ribcage. It has been confirmed that he does have a stress fracture in his ribcage. The cause is unknown, but the injury can probably be traced back to around June 3rd when his back began bothering him. If he were to return at the end of the 15 days, it would put him back around his 40th birthday on August 2, but chances are he’ll be out up to a month…Wakefield is 7-8 in 19 starts with a 4.14 ERA-the Sox are 11-8 in games in which he has pitched.
In Wake’s absence, looks like we will be seeing Kason Gabbard from Triple A Pawtucket on Saturday against Seattle. Gabbard, a lefthander, was the 29th-round draft pick out of Indian River Community College in Florida in 2000; He went 9-2 at Double A Portland before his promotion to Pawtucket last month, going 1-3 with a 4.97 ERA since then. What the heck kind of name is Kason??? And he had better not suck…we have had enough of sucking pitchers to last a lifetime thankyouverymuch…
Looks like David Wells will actually agree to a rehab start when the time comes. Hs next simulated game is scheduled for Monday in Oakland and then a rehab assignment SOMEWHERE. Wells is widely known for not wanting to waste his time with rehab assignments, but according to Theo “He’s getting wiser in his old
Manager Terry Francona said Wednesday that he may give the slumping Kevin Youkilis a day off soon. “That could very well be on this road trip. That’s not a big deal,” Francona said. “Everybody needs to have a day once in a while and that could certainly happen.” OK, so why don’t you just DO it, instead of talking about how it’s not big deal and you’re going to do it someday? The guy is struggling, and needs a day off… For the most part, I like Tito, but sometimes he let’s his starters go WAAAAY too long without a break…
Shea Hillenbrand, everyone’s favorite mouthy jackass, was designated for assignment by Toronto Wednesday night after refusing to sit in the dugout during a game after he was called out at a team meeting. Hours before, Hillenbrand criticized the organization.
The Jays have 10 days to trade or release Hillenbrand, who was hitting .301 with 12 homers and 39 RBIs. Boo F**kin Hoo Shea, you should have learned to keep your mouth shut after your classless performance upon leaving Boston…
After losing 3 out of 4 games to freakin OAKLAND (UGH) the Sox managed to finish this 8-game home stand a respectable 5-3…and with the Skankees loss last night, are 2.5 games ahead in the AL East, tied with the White Sox for the 2nd best record in baseball (58-36). Detroit (No, that is not a misprint) has the best record in baseball (64-31 )
Some interesting tidbits from the Red Sox PR staff as off today:
At 58-36, Boston has its best record after 93 games since 1986.
The Sox have held sole possession of first place in the A.L. East for the last 33 days and have also been in sole possession of or in a statistical tie for first in the A.L. East for 98 of 108 days in 2006.
After going 153 games without a shutout, the Red Sox have pitched 3 in the last 5 games, a 7-0 win over Oakland on Saturday and the two 1-0 wins versus Kansas City.
Jonathan Papelbon has earned saves in 3 of the last 4 games and leads the majors with 29 saves, tying Pittsburgh’s Rich Loiselle (1997) for the 5th most ever by a major league rookie. Papelbon’s 0.54 ERA over his 50 innings of work is the lowest among all major league pitchers who have worked more than 12 innings.
Curt Schilling is 7-0 in his 8 starts at Fenway this season. The last Red Sox pitcher to start 8-0 or better at home was Dennis Eckersley, who began 9-0 at Fenway in 1978.
Tonight Kyle Snyder vs. Jamie Moyer 10:05pm…UGH…Freaking HATE late night games