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  • July 8th, 2009

    Red Sox 5, Oakland 2:

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:47 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    On the night where Nomar sat against his former team, Josh Beckett righted the ship (and got his 10th win for the season–and #99 in his career in the process) with a very good performance: 6 2/3 innings, giving up 2 runs on 1 hit (including a homer) while striking out 4 and walking 1–he threw 107 pitches, 73 for strikes

    And it appears the bullpen is back to its lights-outed-ness (is that a word?) throwing 2 1/3 innings of 1 hit ball, with 4 strikeouts (3 of which were Papelbon)

    And it’s a good thing they won this one–the Skanks demolished Minnesota–but the 1 game lead in the AL East still stands…

    But overall, this game was just “eh”–It happens, not very often, but it does…Yeah, Dustin Pedroia came back (his wife went into premature labor, but they stopped it and she and the baby are OK) and Jason Bay seems to be coming out of his slump–he hit his 20th homer last night, and Julio Lugo didn’t play–but it was just…eh…

    So Toronto is looking to move Roy “Doc” Halladay? Wow, but then again, they have been channeling the Red Sox teams, pre World Series: Great in the beginning, but quickly swooning as the season went on (the are currently 8 games behind in 4th place in the AL East…)…Doc is currently in year 2 of a 3-year, $40 million contract. He is earning $14.25 million with a 10-2, 2.79 ERA record for the 2009 campaign–and he is only 32 years old. But…what would it take to get him? The money would not really be an issue–but who JP Ricciardi would want in exchange would probably be the deal breaker–Clay Buchholz? Michael Bowden? Both? Someone else?

    Jed Lowrie is progressing, but got last night off because the Sea Dogs were rained out. His rehab runs out on Friday, and while optioning him to Pawtucket until after the break, so he can continue to rehab sounds like a good plan–there is actually talk about possibly KEEPING HIM THERE–as Nick Green is playing so well, and they can’t really move LUGO–I have a solution–release Lugo and move on. Consider the $18+ million still owed to him as a valuable lesson to not do THAT again…Never on his best day was he worth $36 million over 4 years–NEVER…

    I have notified the winners of The Red Sox Coloring and Activity Book Contest, and as soon as I hear from them, I will be sure to let everyone know who are lucky winners are! In the meantime, thank you to all who participated!

    Coming up: All-Star pitcher Tim Wakefield (That sounds SO nice…) goes for win #11 in what will probably be his last start before the All-Star Break, he is opposed by Trevor Cahill for Oakland in this rubber match game. 1st pitch: 7:10pm

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