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  • August 19th, 2008

    Red Sox 6, Oreos 3:
    Are you SURE Jon Lester isn’t the Ace?

    Posted by Christine E. at 2:56 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comments (2)

    ‘Cause it sure SEEMS like the role of Ace for the Boston Red Sox is now being played by Jon Lester. Although, a compelling case CAN be made for the 14-game winner Daisuke, potential to make us all sick to our stomach with the way he gets in and out of trouble, notwithstanding….

    After a night that depleted the bullpen, Jon Lester pitched 7 strong innings of 1-run ball, which was a homer by Aubrey Huff in the 4th inning. All told, Jon gave up 4 hits, while walking 1 and striking out 5. He threw 103 pitches, 54 for strikes…

    This is SO exciting to watch–I have always known Lester had the stuff–that is why it was so frustrating to see the inconsistency from brilliance to crap–now that he is consistently good, it’s really great to see…

    And how bout Jason Bay with the single shot in the 2nd inning and the 2-run shot in the 8th? 1st multi-homer game for Bay in the AL–and for the Sox.

    OK, it’s been almost 3 weeks since Manny went to the Left Coast–Honestly, is anyone missing him?

    And it looks like JD Drew may be out a couple more days, as he missed a start again last night with the back stiffness that has come up various times in his career, and at least 3 times this season…Right now, he is day to day…

    In totally crappy news, Julio Lugo took batting practice yesterday, as part of the rehab of his strained left quad. He is hoping to go to a rehab assignment in the minors within the next week or so…Estimates are that he will join the team when the rosters expand on September 1–Yeah….oh boy….

    And Mike Lowell is, thankfully, making some progress, although he opted to go to Florida and work on rehabbing his strained right oblique (Neil Diamond will be singing “Sweet Caroline” at Fenway this weekend) From Tito: “He’s going back to Miami for four days. Part of that is he can do ‘two a days’ with a guy in Miami. The other thing is Fenway is closed for a couple of days. He wanted to go, and we had no problem because we know what he’s going to do. He’ll come back and get evaluated, and if he’s baseball-ready, come to Toronto. If not, he’ll meet us in New York.” He is eligible to come off the DL at the end of next week…

    Positive vibes going out to Yaz, who was admitted to Mass General today, complaining of chest pains. He is currently undergoing tests…

    Curt Schilling has resurfaced again, and has given an update on his shoulder–its getting better. He is also saying that retirement is a very distinct possibility. On his blog, Curt had this to say: “My first thoughts a few weeks ago were that maybe I’d work to get healthy and shoot to try and make the WBC team, but I just don’t think that’s in the cards. Next I started thinking about the original plan of pitching the second half of next season. “Thing is, that urgency just is not there. I miss some things I didn’t think I would, and don’t miss many things I expected too…the pendulum is swinging very heavily in the direction of it just being over. I’ve never sat around and not gotten ready to head to Florida, well not in 23 or so years anyway, so to me that will likely be the last real test for me and whether or not I want to put the time and effort into getting after it one more time.” If Curt called it career and the World Series for the Red Sox was the last meaningful pitch he threw, I would be totally OK with that…

    How bout these apples? Looks like Greg Maddux may be going back to LA from the Padres, where he currently has a 6-9 record. If this deal goes through, he would be the only pitcher in history who has 300+ wins and has been traded twice in a season…

    And then there is his partner in crime, Tom Glavine, who may have thrown his last pitch…ever…going down with a turn flexor tendon last week–he is, at the very least, out for the rest of the season, so off to Dr. James Andres in Alabama to see what he can do–If Tommy John Surgery is the only option, Glavine will retire; at 42, the 12+months of rehab for Tommy John is probably too much to expect….

    And in honor of these 2 fine pitchers, I give you…the…best…commercial…EVER… (Cause you KNEW I would…)

    Another cool raffle to benefit Travis Roy and Celebrities for Charity Foundations. The winner and 3 guests gets dinner with Jason Varitek at Tresca in Boston’s North End, an autographed Jason Varitek Jersey, and 4 infield Grand Stand Seats to the Red Sox vs. Yankees game on Friday, September 26, 2008 at Fenway Park. Tickets cost $2.00 each, with a minimum purchase of 5 tickets. This raffle closes next Wednesday, August 27, 2008 at 9:00 AM EDT. Check it out Here

    For more info on the Travis Roy and Celebrities for Charities Foundations, please check out their links to the right, under “Good Citizens”

    Coming up: Daisuke goes for win 15 tonight, as he gets the call in game 2 of this 3 game series against the Oreos. He opposed by Daniel Cabrera for the cookies. 1st pitch 7:05pm

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