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  • April 30th, 2009

    Red Sox 6, Cleveland 5, in 10 innings:
    Scratching and Clawing and Biting…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:07 pm in Baseball,Holiday,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox,Signings and Trades No Comments

    So, my husband’s question to me this morning, probably echoed throughout The Nation last night: “Who the HELL is Jonathan Van Every???” The rookie called up to replace Rocco Baldelli on the DL, who filled in for JD Drew last night in right field. And the man who stroked a beautiful solo shot (the 1st homer of his major league career) into right field in the 10th inning to give the Sox a win…

    A win the Sox got, after being down 5-0 into the 5th inning, then, bit by bit, came back to win it all…

    Jon Lester did not have one of his most shining moments on the mound last night, at least he got through 6 innings, so the bullpen was not hit as they were the day before, when Bad Penny! Didn’t make it out of the 3rd…

    His line: 109 pitches (65 for strikes) giving up 5 runs on 7 hits (including 2 homers) while striking out 7, and walking 4…

    Something I just noticed, when looking at the Box for last nights’ game. Manny Delcarmen, also has an ERA of 0.00…he struck 1 and walked 2 in his inning of work… that makes 2 embers of the bullpen with 0.00–MDC and Ramon Ramirez…

    Daisuke fared very well in his 47 pitch bullpen session yesterday, feeling no effects of the workout. If all goes well, another bullpen session is on tap for Saturday–after that, perhaps a minor league rehab start or 3. Despite the fact that he is progressing, there is no firm timetable set… But when he does return, it will be interesting to see what the Sox will do with Bad Penny!, as he had really not been an asset to the Sox…

    Not fairing so well was John Smoltz, who has suffered a minor, but not unexpected setback in his recovery from shoulder surgery. He was scheduled to throw live batting practice this week, but the Sox decided to shelve that for about a week, so he can continue to build his arm strength. Tito explains: “We’ve actually been going back and forth with Smoltzie. We’ve actually slowed it down about a week. I don’t want to say it was built in, but I don’t think this was unrealistic to think that was going to happen.”

    I guess this is going to go on all season–not sure why it surprises me, but JD Drew was out of the line AGAIN, because of a twinge in his left quad AGAIN…I like JD Drew, I really do–But this nonsense is what the Sox paid $14 million a year for?

    Youk was also out of the lineup yesterday, as he was hit by a pitch in the side and was feeling it–no, Youkilis getting hit is not an extraordinary event these days–and he would play with his eyes bleeding–but Tito felt it was best to give him a day to rest the injury…

    Coming up: Josh Beckett takes the mound against Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field and hopefully can get pretty deep into this game. Doesn’t it feel like the Sox have played them like a million times already this season? Its only been 3 games–two of which they lost…but this is a very different Sox team than the one the Rays faced just a few short weeks ago…Hopefully that makes a difference. They play 4 with them over this weekend. Josh is opposed by Matt Garza. 1st pitch 7:10pm…

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