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  • April 23rd, 2008

    Red Sox 7, Angels 6: Doing it without an Ace…

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:29 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    After being felled (hopefully its just the flu–and not something worse) by the same flu that is running its way through the Red Sox Clubhouse, Josh Beckett was a scratch from his start last night, so the Sox called up Dave Pauley for an emergency spot start–and while he didn’t get enough innings for the win, he did OK: going 4 1/3 giving up 5 runs on 7 hits while walking 2 and striking out 3..He threw 89 pitches (56 for strikes) in his start…

    More Flu Stuff: Jason Varitek is also very sick with the flu, and cannot play. So backup catcher, Kevin Cash, is now the primary starting catcher. SO if he gets injured? Good question–since both emergency backup catchers–Mike Lowell and Alex Cora are on the DL…The duties would fall to the guy who volunteered: Dustin Pedroia. From Tito: “If we ever run into a problem, Pedroia says he can be the backup catcher…At this point, that was good enough for me. Once somebody says they can do it, they may not get a [chance to change their mind]. We’ll get some equipment to fit him and he’ll be all right.” Pedroia hasn’t caught a game since High school…If for nothing else, this would be very amusing to see…

    As I mentioned yesterday, my husband and I went to a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Skankees game last night–they played Cleveland’s AAA team, the Buffalo Bisons, who beat them 4-2–we left after the 6th inning because it was freezing and we had all we could take of the between-inning shenanigans that the minor league organization try to pass off as entertainment (Muscle-cam? Their mascot boxing with a 10 year old? Kid Comedy Corner? fricken SPARE me…) But we did manage to see Shelley Duncan (yeah, the Skankee punk who probably tried to spike Tampa Bay’s 2nd baseman during a game in Spring Training–even MLB called his actions “violent and reckless”) strike out 3 times in a row…HA HA

    Lowell Update: Taking his 1st batting practice since injuring his left thumb on April 9th, Mike Lowell looked great, and without apparent pain–barring any unforeseen setbacks, he may actually be able to be activated early next week sometime, after playing a minor league game or 2…

    Continuing to make his case for everyday center fielder, Jacoby Ellsbury had his 1st multiple home run game in his major league career, with 2 solo shots in the contest. He also beat out a bunt for a single… And Coco Crisp continues to languish on the bench with hamstring stuff–although he now says he is ready, and may actually play in tonight’s game…He is making this WAY too easy….

    Looks like Bryan Corey didn’t like free agency after all…After leaving the teams last week, he re-signed with the Sox to an AAA contract. He and his 14.54 ERA will pitch for Pawtucket…

    Last night’s win for the Sox was their 15th–which is the highest win total in the AL…Great Birthday present for Tito–who turned 49 yesterday…

    Coming up: Game 2 of the 3 games series against the Angels. Daisuke gets the nod against Angel’s starter Jon Garland. 1st pitch 7:05pm…

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