September 25th, 2008
After over a month (He has been out of commission since August 17th) JD Drew was finally back in the lineup, batting 5th and patrolling right field–at least for 4 innings anyway–which is a start. He went 1-2, with an infield single and committed an error in his 1st game back…From JD: “Not bad, a little stiff. But no worse for the wear, I don’t think. I’m still fighting off that injury a little bit. I felt it before the game started, felt it yesterday, but felt like I could play, start trying to play through it a little bit. Hopefully, it won’t get any worse, and just kind of continue to bounce back.
Now, Mike Lowell needs to get to a point where he can play…..
Paul Byrd was a bit fired up to pitch against his old team, so he wasn’t as sharp as he could have been, giving up his obligatory 4 runs in 5 innings of work, on 11 hits while striking out 4 and walking 1. He threw 89 pitches, 60 for strikes….
The bullpen guys, consisting of Mike Timlin, David Aardsma and Manny Delcarmen combined for 4 innings of 2 hit, scoreless ball, with the win going to Aardsma and the save to MDC (his 2nd of the season…)
Tampa Bay’s Magic is now 1, so, theoretically, the Sox could still win the division….BUT the Sox would have to win EVERY game between now and Sunday, and Tampa Bay would have to lose every game–yeah, like that is going to happen…
Weird stuff: One would think that Jacoby Ellsbury, with his 49 steals, would lead the league–and he does–in total bases stolen. However, another member of the Boston Red Sox has a higher success rate–95.2% or 20 successes out of 21 attempts–and that would be: Dustin Pedroia. Coco Crisp is the 3rd player of the Red Sox to steal 20 bases in the 2008 campaign.
Looks like Barry Bonds’ number may FINALLY be up. Not only did NO ONE want him to play for them in 2008, the federales say they can prove Bonds’ trainer gave him the steroids that he tested positive for before the 2000 season–which is the season he broke the single season home run record with 73. Now, back in 2000, steroids were not illegal. But what he is in trouble for is the LYING. He has been indicted on 14 counts of making false declarations and 1 count of obstruction of justice. His big defense right now seems to be that the steroid question was asked “ambiguously”, so his response “really wasn’t” a lie. His trial will begin next March…
Coming up: Finishing up the final game of the final series of 2008 against Cleveland, Jon Lester (in his final start of the regular season) takes the mound, opposed by Jeremy Sowers for the Indians. 1st pitch is 7:05pm.
THEN, the final 3 games against the Skanks this year–and then the Skanks GO HOME….HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA……