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  • June 17th, 2008

    Red Sox 6, Reds 4:
    Welcome Home, Kevin Youkilis…

    Posted by Christine E. at 10:40 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Note: I have been traveling to the Phillipines since Sunday morning, which is the reason for the delay on this…

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    After the bats took a vacation on Friday night, it was nice to see that Youk, in his 1st hometown start, was able to help the Sox win with a homer in the 10th inning. From Youk: “It was definitely a great home run, and just to be able to hit a Major League home run here in Cincinnati, something I’ve never done, having never played here, it was definitely exciting. But other than a personal thing, it was great for this team to get back on track and get a win.”

    After yesterday’s win, the Sox are now 1-1 in interleague play for the 2008 campaign–and a not so wonderful road record: 15-21…

    Wake had another solid start yesterday, throwing 89 pitches (64 for strikes) over 7 strong, only giving up 2 runs on 4 hits (including 2 homers), while striking out 6 and walking 2. This is his 3rd good start in a row. It’s a shame that Jonathan Papelbon gave up a solo shot to Edwin Encarcion with 2 outs in the 9th. Despite getting the win (Craig Hansen got the same–his 1st this year) it was his 3rd blown save of the season…

    In yesterday’s game, Jacoby Ellsbury stole his 30th and 31st base of the 2008 campaign–he also stole his 6th 3rd base–and he has not been caught stealing 3rd yet this year…

    Last time we heard about Trot Nixon, he was holed up in the Minor League system of the Arizona Diamondback. Apparently he has bee traded to the Mets, where he will get to play in the bigs–where he belongs…

    So instant replay is really seriously being considered for major league baseball–again? This time it seems like it may really happen….and during this season no less. How it would work would be that all video (not just the home teams, so there would be no question as to fairness) would be sent to a central location to be analyzed, and then a reply coordinator would review all of the footage and work directly with the crew chief of the umpiring team at the game. The replay official would not offer an advice or opinion–just tell them what they see on the video feeds. It is up to crew chief to determine whether or not instant reply is warranted on any call, as well as make the decision if the original call stands or needs to be revised. Sound complicated to me…August 1st is the anticipated date of the unveiling…

    Today: Josh Beckett takes the mound in the final game of this 3-game series with the Reds. He is opposed by starter Homer Bailey. Losing to a guy named homer (he real name is David, he just CHOOSES to be called Homer) would be almost as bad as losing to a guy named Boof….1st pitch, 1:15pm…

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