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  • May 20th, 2009

    Red Sox 2, Toronto 1:
    Tim Wakefield…To the Rescue!

    Posted by Christine E. at 4:33 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    …Once again…

    Caught in a gritty pitchers duel with Brian Tallet, Wake pitched 8 innings of 1 run ball, with 5 hits (including the solo shot by, of all people, freaking Kevin Millar, which was the only scoring for the Blue Jays) he walked 2 and struck out 3, throwing 97 pitches, 61 for strikes. This improves his record to a team leading 5 wins…

    Papelbon also nailed down his 11th save, with a perfect 1-2-3 inning, including a strikeout…and fortunately, he only needed 12 pitches (9 for strikes) to do it…his 1st clean inning this year…

    And, with this win, the Sox gain a game in the AL East standings, being only 2.5 games behind 1st place Toronto–unfortunately, the Skanks are in 3rd, only 3.5 games behind (and 1 game behind the Sox) UGH…

    So Daisuke is all ready to go, and will be making his next start, and his 1st since being on the DL since April 14 with right shoulder strain (AKA “pitching FAR TOO MUCH in the WBC when he had business doing so…”) will start the opening game of the 3-games Mets Series, kicking off the Red Sox foray into interleague play…

    Big Papi returned to the lineup last night, after taking the whole Seattle series to regroup. Unfortunately, it was more of the same, he went 0-3 with 2 strikeouts and a walk…CRAP….I CANNOT believe that he is done–I can’t…He is precarious close to the Mendoza line, at .203, and has 1 hit in the last 17 at bats…This is SO painful to watch…

    There has been ALOT of talk of moving David Ortiz down in the batting order, hoping that may take the pressure off…I never understood why matting order was so important, and why some people get all jammed up about it. After the 1st at bat, it no longer matters….

    Unless the world ends, Kevin Youkilis should be back in the lineup for tonight’s game. He was the DH last night in Pawtucket, going 0-4: From Tito: “I just talked to Youk a couple of minutes ago. He said he felt fine. He didn’t get any hits. I asked him if he wanted to go to Double-A so he could get some hits. He said no. I think he came through it feeling pretty well. That’s a quick turnaround, too.” Youk has not played since May 5th, after leaving the game on the 4th with left oblique strain…

    To make room on the 40 man, looks like Gil Velazquez got the bad news–being sent back to Pawtucket…Wonder who will go when Daisuke is activated on Friday? Hunter Jones seems like the best bet. Justin Masterson, will, more than likely, go back to the bullpen–they are certainly not going to send HIM down…

    John Smoltz will be making his next start at Single A Greenville, rather than an extended spring training game, because they are calling for bad weather in Florida, and they want him to get his work in–he will throw about 50 pitches in the outing…There is no firm timetable on his return to the bigs, but the rehab stint (30 days for a pitcher, which is the max) he is currently on expires June 19, so something needs to happen by then. And, coincidently, that is the same weekend the Sox will be hosting the only other team Smoltz has played for: The Braves…

    Why can’t Sox/Skanks games be like this: Last night’s game was the SHORTEST for the Sox so far this season, clocking in 2 hours, 13 minutes…

    Jed Lowrie is doing well in his rehab: “The range of motion and the strength are coming back. I think the biggest difference is the pain. The pain isn’t there when I do the grip-strength stuff. I felt the pain before, and I don’t feel it now.” His wrist strength is currently gauged at about 80%–with no pain. As a comparison, when he has the surgery, it was at 50%–with a ton of pain… Yesterday was 4 weeks since his surgery–he could be back as soon as 2 weeks, which would be in line with the estimated 6-8 weeks after surgery estimates made when he has the procedure…

    And I probably dont need to mention that the error by the Sox in last night’s game? Julio Lugo, thankyouverymuch…Hurry back Jed! The Nation needs you!

    And I probably don’t need to mention that, primarily because of the ABYSMAL shortstop situation, the Sox are TWELFTH in the AL in defense with .981…UGH

    Coming up: Game 2 of this 3 game set with Toronto. Bad Penny! gets the start, opposed by Brett Cecil. 1st pitch 7:10pm…

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