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  • June 30th, 2009

    Red Sox 4, Oreos 0:
    The Earth is back on its axis…

    Posted by Christine E. at 4:32 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comments (3)

    Doesn’t it feel like this is the way baseball should be played? I know NL fans (Yeah, there really are some–especially since the Phillies won the World Series last year…) feel that their way is the best way–but to me, there is nothing better than American League baseball–especially when it keeps David Ortiz off 1st base….and prevent potential injury to our pitchers, as they don’t have to hit…

    And Jon Lester put in another brilliant performance last night for his 7th win, pitching 7 innings of shut-out, 5-hit (all singles) ball while walking none and striking out 8…He threw 108 pitches, 71 for strikes. With last night’s win, he is 8-0 with a 2.18 ERA in 10 career starts against the Oreos…

    In stark contrast, Baltimore’s starter, Jason Berken has a very tough time of it: 5 innings, giving up 4 runs on 8 hits (including a homer run by JD Drew), while hitting 2, having a balk, striking out 3 and walking 2…

    And Jonathan Papelbon is now tied with Bob Stanley for the Boston Red Sox record for saves with 132. It took Stanley 13 seasons to compile that number–5 for Papelbon… But he has his sights on a higher number: 500, which is the number of saves Mariano Rivera hit on Sunday night. Rivera is only the 2nd closer to hit 500–Trevor Hoffman of Milwaukee currently leads the pack with 571. From Cinco Ocho, when asked if he thinks he can beat that record: “It’s realistic because you train yourself to think you’re good enough to do it. But at the same time, to stay healthy for that many years and not only to stay healthy, but to be able to play through pain, when you’re aching day in and day out. It’s pretty amazing…”(Rivera is) the godfather of our role, he’s done so much for it. To chase him is definitely an honor and definitely a challenge, and I’m always up for challenges.”

    So Mike Lowell got is shot of Synvisc yesterday, and it takes about 24 hours to feel the effects, if there are any, so we should know today if it did the trick, or a DL stint is in the cards for him. In addition to the shot, they drained about 15 cc’s of fluid from his hip–and have kept him in Boston for some rehab on the area…So even if it does everything the Sox are hoping it will do, I dont expect to see him until probably Friday’s game at Fenway…

    So, someone stole my black marker from my desk, which I use, in conjunction with the red marker (red for win, black for lose) to mark my Red Sox season schedule. So that means the Sox cannot lose anymore games…Clear?

    Jed Lowrie had had ANOTHER setback, after being removed from Sunday’s Pawtucket game with a tight left quad, did not play in last night’s contest. The theory is that it’s an over compensation injury, brought about by having been hit by a pitch on his left knee last week…

    Pawtucket Outfielder Jonathan Van Every, who also spent some time in the bigs this season, is done for the year, following surgery on his left knee this week…

    Finally, don’t forget to enter the latest Boston Red Thoughts contest–we are giving away a copy of The Red Sox Coloring and Activity Book. Just got a copy over the weekend and they are VERY cool…All you have to do is answer the 3 questions below, and the winner will receive a brand spanking new copy for their very own. If more than one person gets all of the answers correct, the winner will be chosen in a random drawing–Deadline for all entries is Monday, July 6th, with the winner being announced July 8th. Good Luck!

    Here are the questions:

    Which former Red Sox second baseman has become one of the premier color commentators in baseball?

    Which lightening quick outfielder led the A.L. in steals for the 08 season with 50?

    What is the nickname of the only Japanese pitcher to start a World Series game?

    Coming up: Start #2 for John Smoltz, and hopefully the 2nd verse will not be the same as the 1st–I have a feeling we will see a different, more familiar John Smoltz–I am just thrilled I will be able to watch him live, rather than TiVo’ ed, after I know he did ucky… He is opposed by Rich Hill for the Cookies. 1st pitch: 7:05pm

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