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  • August 14th, 2008

    Red Sox 8, Rangers 4:
    A much quieter win…

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:48 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Jon Lester, once again, brings a calm and (almost) drama free win to the Sox, after Tuesday night’s craziness…Going 7.1 innings, he gave up 3 runs on 7 hits (including 1 homer) while walking 1 and striking out 6. He threw 108 pitches, 76 for strikes in the outing.

    Unfortunately, Mike Timlin (like this a surprise to anyone) allowed the 2 runners Lester left on base to score (and one of his own for good measure) on a 3-run homer by Milton Bradley. No one loves Mike Timlin more than me–but the guy is NOT the stopper he used to be. Your 42, Mike, you’ve exceeded the 1000 appearances you wanted to–how bout calling it a career, before the Sox have to make a difficult decision?

    Its official: Mike Lowell was placed on the DL yesterday with a strained right oblique. It’s not clear how long he will have to be out at this point, but the earliest he can return is the end of the month. A good thing about this is now he can rest the hip flexor he has been dealing with for the last 2 months or so…

    And fortunately, the Sox can move Youkilis over to 3rd base, and put Sean Casey (who currently has a .353 average–off the bench, which is HUGE) at 1st base…

    So can we PLEASE stop talking about bringing Gary Sheffield to the Sox (he’s fighting with his current team, Detroit–Huge surprise there…). The thought makes my stomach turn–he’s like a mouthier version of Barry Bonds–in more ways than one…

    Paul Byrd will be making his Red Sox and Fenway Park Debut tomorrow night wearing # 36, which is the number he has worn for his whole 13 year career. The only thing is, it belonged to Kevin Cash. Fortunately, Kevin was gracious enough to give it up, and will wear 30 instead…But Byrd is not ungrateful: “I hear he’s a boots guy, so I might have to get him a couple pairs of boots, maybe a watch. It was really nice. I didn’t know if the number was important to him or not, but it’s been my number for a while, so it was nice of him to give it up.” From what I have been hearing about this guy, he has a good sense of humor (think Mike Lowell) and really wants to be in Boston and help the team win. And I liked the fact he owned up to the whole HGH thing from last year…

    And the “player to be named later”? There isn’t one. The Sox will pick up the remainder of Paul Byrd’s $2 million contract with Cleveland, and call it square. This is an excellent deal for the Sox…

    How bout THESE Numbers? 10 game road trip–3-7 record–THAT, my friends, is the Skankee Reality. They are also 8.5 games behind the Rays, and 6 games behind the Sox (who are 2.5 games behind the Rays). I know that people always say dont count the Skanks out, but they are freaking LOST out there…everyone is injured, and they are just…plain…AWFUL… HA HA

    Just heard some sad news: Apparently, Jason Varitek and his wife Karen filed for divorce at the end of July. The couple has 3 daughters, 8, 6 and 3, and have been married since 1997….

    Did I call this yesterday or what????? Not only are they NOT sending That Clay Person to Pawtucket–he is fricken STARTING on Sunday against Toronto–W…T…F…??? Why Why WHY???

    Tonight, WEEI and NESN kick off the 7th annual Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon, which will run 36 hours and end tomorrow (Friday) night. This year’s goal is $4 million. The Jimmy Fund, the official charity of the Boston Red Sox for 55 years, raises money toward supporting adult and pediatric cancer research and care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. If you’d like to make a donation during the telethon, go HERE

    Coming up: Daisuke goes for the sweep of the Rangers when he takes the mound for this evening’s contest. He is opposed by Tommy Hunter, the 3rd starter the Sox have seen with a losing record (0-1, 10.61 ERA in 2 starts)–do the Rangers HAVE any pitchers with a winning record? But you know what THAT means…he’ll throw a no-hitter…1st pitch 7:05pm

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