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  • March 23rd, 2009

    Red Sox 3, Phillies 0:
    Finally! Above 500…

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:42 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Well, if Mike Lowell’s progress to this point is any indication of the season to come, I think the Sox have their #5 hitter back…in yesterday’s win over Phila, Mike Lowell hit his 2nd homer of Spring training, a 2-run shot…From Mike: “I’ve been waking up good. I don’t feel stiff. Going through the same routine, stretching and getting warmed up and doing all the exercises, it’s been working out really well. I think we’re taking it more slowly just because we can. I think all things are pretty good so far.”

    Dustin Pedroia, in his 2nd game back from his abs strain, also did well, collecting 2 hits, including a double–hopefully his injury is now a thing of the past and we can move on…

    We may see Kevin Youkilis, back in the lineup for today’s game, as he has been going without the protective boot he has been wearing…

    JD Drew (HUGE sigh) who got hit with a fast ball on his right hand over the weekend, is still really sore (freakin BABY) and will probably not see game action until midweek sometime.

    Josh Beckett was at a level RSN has come to expect: 75 pitches, and 5 innings of 4 hit ball, while striking out 2 and walking 1.

    With the wins over the week, the Sox NOW have a .545 record: 12-10–hell of a lot better than 8-10…

    Cut, Cut, Cut: Japanese hurler Junichi Tazawa was optioned to AA Portland over the weekend, joining Michael Bowden, Daniel Bard, Billy Traber, Marcus McBeth, and Paul McAnulty, who have been sent to the minor league camp.

    Looks like the Sox will need to wait some more to get Daisuke back, as he helped in Japan’s victory over the US last night at Dodger Stadium, 9-4. And he was vintage Daisuke, throwing 98(!!!) pitches and not ever getting out of the 5th inning (4 2/3). He struck out 3 and walked 4…UGH. So the finals will be Japan vs South Korea (who beat Venezuela over the weekend)

    And it is with a HUGE sigh of relief that Curt Schilling announced his retirement today on his blog, 38 Pitches: “This party has officially ended. After being blessed to experience 23 years of playing professional baseball in front of the world’s best fans in so many different places, it is with zero regrets that I am making my retirement official…” Can I just tell you how happy it makes me that the last game he played was in helping the Sox win the World Series in 2007. And no one will ever forget Bloody Sock…EVER Good luck and Godspeed Curt!

    Coming up: Brad Penny makes his 1st start in a Red Sox uniform, as the Sox take on the Detroit Tigers at home. Look for his to go about 3 innings, or 45 pitches, whatever comes first. 1st pitch is 1:05pm. Mike Lowell will also be starting today, which will be the 1st time this spring he has played in back to back games…

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