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  • June 11th, 2009

    Red Sox 6, Skankees 5:
    And that would be Seven…

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:39 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    This one had all the makings of another blow out, but then got close very very fast.  Fortunately, the Red Sox have the best bullpen in all of baseball, with the right Jonathan Papelbon showing up long enough to get his 15th save, and the win for Tim Wakefield, who now has his team leading 8th victory–which is also good enough for 2nd in the AL…Could there possibly be a (gulp) All Star invite in the future??

    His line for the contest: 6 innings, throwing 88 pitches, 52 for strikes giving up 3 runs on 3 hits (including a home run) while walking 3 and striking out 2…

    And for the 2nd night in a row, a Skankee starter could not get out of the 3rd inning (although with Chien-Ming Wang, that is pretty much a given these days) HIS line” 2 2/3, 4 runs on 6 hits, including a home run by Mike Lowell while walking 3 and striking out 3–and his ERA remains above 14!!..HA HA…

    So now, the Sox lead the AL East by 1 game, which could be completely negated if the Skanks win tonight, or could turn into 2 games ahead, if the Sox win…

    So tonight marks the final minor league rehab start for John Smoltz, before he will don a different major league uniform for the 1st time in his career, and join the Boston Red Sox starting rotation. From Tito: “[This will be a] full-fledged outing. He’s not going to throw 130, but let him get ready to compete. We’re trying to let him get ready to come pitch for us.” I for one CANNOT WAIT to see him pitch, which will probably happen when the Marlins are in town. If they continue with his regular rest, it looks like Tuesday the 16th–so if I am not home, this may be one of those extraordinary occasions where I will TiVo a game. I normally don’t, even if it’s a big game, as I cannot watch “un-live” baseball, especially when I know the outcome…

    Barring any unforeseen, Jed Lowrie will start his minor league rehab assignment on Monday with Pawtucket, where he will probably get 20-30 at bats before joining the Sox by the end of the month–and not a moment too soon…

    The Red Sox picked up Daniel Bard’s brother, Luke, who is also a pitcher, in round 16 of the amateur draft. He just graduated from Charlotte (NC) Christian HS and is headed to Georgia Tech, although he may opt to sign with the Sox instead….All told, the Sox drafted 27 players: 16 pitches (13 right, 3 left) 5 infielders, 5 outfielders, and a catcher–and a partridge in a pear tree…

    Jacoby Ellsbury will remain out of the starting 9 until probably Friday, to rest his right shoulder AC strain–From Jacoby: “(Wednesday) was good. I hit off the tee, did flips — so that’s good news, because yesterday I really didn’t do that. So it’s progressing pretty well. It’s obviously still pretty sore, but it’s manageable. I think [today] we’re going to take live BP and then go from there. After live BP, that means we’re close.” Chances are Rocco Baldelli will get the start for tonight’s game…

    Coming up: Bad Penny! takes the mound in an effort to sweep the Skanks in this series–and the season series with win #8. He is opposed by the grossly overpaid CC Sabathia, who has not been to Fenway since being shelled in the 2007 ALCS when he pitched for Cleveland. 1st pitch 7:10pm…

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