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  • August 2nd, 2006

    Red Sox 3, Cleveland 6 And so it begins…

    Posted by Christine E. at 12:34 pm in General No Comments

    CC Sabathia is NOT THAT GOOD (8-7)….WHY could we not get more than 3 runs off him?

    The Jason Johnson Experiment was not a catastrophe last night, but my fiance and I spent most of the game trying to figure out what was on his back–turns out he is diabetic and wears an insulin pump…

    Jason Varitek has a torn meniscus which requires arthroscopic surgery…he’ll be out at least a month…In his 6 years with the Sox, ‘Tek has averaged 138 games a season. The only exception is 2001, when he fractured his right elbow after landing on the rubber mat covering the on-deck circle and played just 51 games that year. The meniscus is a half-moon-shaped piece of cartilage that lies between the weight-bearing joint surfaces of the thighbone and shinbone.

    Doug Mirabelli will more than likely assume full time duties, and the Sox have purchased the contract of Ken Huckaby from Pawtucket. At the start of last night’s game, a discussion was had as to who would be the emergency backup
    catcher–Alex Cora, or Mike Lowell, with Lowell winning out. `It was a blowout,” reported Lowell, who seemed to believe he impressed Francona with his catcher’s build more than anything else. “I really hope Doug plays nine innings, because, although I’m quite willing to take the reins, I’m quite terrified of Papelbon crossing me up, because I might be dead. “I might be the first catcher who dies in action.” Lowell also mentioned he has worked as a catcher in the past. “But the last official time I caught was my freshman year of high school, which was just 14 years ago,” he said. “It should be just like riding a bike.”

    I do not know how they can play in this infernal heat–I sweat just watching them…

    Manny Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 17 games, going 2-4 last night. He is hitting .400 (24 for 60) during this time and is currently 3 games away from his longest streak of 20 games, which he had in 2000.

    Injury update: Tim Wakefield, who is limited to a swimming program while the stress fracture in his rib heals, won’t be with the team when it leaves this weekend for a 6-game tour of Tampa Bay and Kansas City, although he could join the Sox at a later point . . . Matt Clement (bicep) threw a bullpen session, Lenny DiNardo (neck) has resumed playing catch, Keith Foulke (back) still has not resume his rehab, and David Wells is feeling no adverse effects from his start Monday night…

    I KNEW it wasn’t just my imagination: David Ortiz DOES comes through in walk off situations almost every time. According to Sox historian Allan Wood, Ortiz has come to the plate 19 times in walkoff situations since the end of the 2004 regular season (including the postseasons) and reached base 16 times. He is 11 for 14 (.786), with 7 HRs and 20 RBIs. This season, he is 8 for 9, with 5 HRs and 15 RBIs. Holy Buckets!

    Maybe if I pretend we are not tied for 1st place, we won’t be?? Crap…But at least none of our players have some stupid perfume (Jeter’s “Driven” by Avon) made out of limes, peppers, and the like–sounds like the freaking MARINADE I put on my steaks…

    Tonight: Jon Lester vs Jeremy Sowers, 7:05pm

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