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  • July 9th, 2009

    Red Sox 5, Oakland 4:
    Tops in the AL at 11…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:44 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Yep, hard to believe, but Tim Wakefield (TIM WAKEFIELD!!!) has joined Rockies pitcher Jason Marquis to lead all American League pitchers with 11 wins. But it almost didn’t go that way, as the sox we unable to score until the 6th inning when JD Drew (solo shot) and Big Papi (3 run homer–and his 299th)put the Sox ahead.

    Wake’s line: 6+ innings, throwing 100 pitches, 72 for strikes, while striking out 8, walking 1 and giving up 3 runs (unfortunately, 1 was an inherited runner, thanks to Manny Delcarmen) on 10 hits. His record now stands at 11-3, with a 4.31 ERA…pretty nifty…

    But could someone do something about Jonathan Papelbon and this loading the bases nonsense? HIS line: 1 inning, throwing 30 pitches, 18 for strikes, giving up 1 run on 2 hits while walking 1 and striking out 2…While it was enough to get his 22nd save, Holy Buckets! Just…get…the…outs…Some days I fell like I am watching Scott Williamson close again, and my blood pressure goes through the roof, and I start making those Jack Daniels and Maalox smoothies….

    I was watching Mark Kotsay running yesterday, and I was cringing, his gait looks very rough, as he nurses that calf strain, which is a reoccurrence from the injury he got when he was rehabbing from his back surgery

    So they Sox activated Jed Lowrie from the DL yesterday, and then optioned his to Single A Lowell so he could get some more work in. and because of this move, he has to stay in the minors at least 10 days, which means he can be activated to the bigs on July 18th–unfortunately, it looks like that won’t happen soon…they still have to deal with Lugo–I think they are hoping to make a trade–but why would anyone want him? UGH. Lowrie went 2-3 with a bunch of twos: two doubles, two walks, two runs scored…and an RBI. To make room on the 40 man for Lowrie, the injured Jonathan Van Every (season ending knee surgery) has been designated for assignment…

    What is it with these players who are ahead of schedule in the rehab for their original injury, but then hurt themselves in a different way playing in the minors, which then holds up their progress (i.e.: returning to the Sox) 1st Kotsay, then Lowrie…

    The lone DL-er, Daisuke is down in Fort Myers, throwing on flat ground at about 60 feet, trying to build his shoulder strength back up. From Tito: “We’re going to get him stronger before we turn him loose. He’s done a really good job. … His first day down there he did the shuttle. That was the stuff he missed when he was in the WBC…We were really proud of his effort and he put in another great effort today. I can think of more fun things to do than run a mile and a half in Fort Myers at 7:30 in the morning by yourself.”

    Did you hear that Coco Crisp (who was traded to Kansas City for Ramon Ramirez) played just 49 games for his new team, batting .228, and has injured his shoulder and is now out for the rest of the season? That sucks…

    Congratulations to Tommy H., age 6 from Glastonbury, CT, and Juliana M., age 11 from Wilkes-Barre, PA, the two winners of the Boston Red Thoughts latest contest! Their prize: The 3rd edition of the Red Sox Coloring and Activity Book, chock full of brand new illustrations and images of such fan favorites as Jonathan Papelbon, Jacoby Ellsbury and Jason Varitek, along with an all new World Series Championship Crossword Puzzle and updated Player Challenge Game. Again, thanks so much to all who participated!

    Missed out on the contest, but would like to pick one up for that special Red Sox fan in your life? They are $11.95, and can be purchased here…

    Coming up: Bad Penny! gets the nod to kick off this final 4 game series before the All-Star break. Can I just tell you how much thinking about 4 days of no meaningful baseball makes me cringe? Yes, seeing Wake pitch in the classic would be cool…but that is about it. Penny is opposed by Luke Hochevar for the KC Royals. 1st pitch: 7:10pm.

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