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  • July 13th, 2009

    Red Sox 6, Royals 0:
    What a GREAT way to end the 1st half…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:05 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    On so many levels…

    1st and foremost: Josh Beckett is right again–after a less than stellar 2008, Josh Becket is finally back to pitching like the Ace that he is…

    Complete game shutout yesterday for Josh Beckett’s 100th career win–on 94 (94!) pitches (66 for strikes), and average of 10 pitches in inning! Are you listening Daisuke?? Beckett’s line: 3 hits, zero runs, with 7 strikeouts and 1 hit batter, reducing his ERA to 3.35….

    And, with the Skanks being swept by the Angels (Thanks Anaheim!) the Sox end the 1st half 3 games ahead in the AL East…So that makes 5 times in a row, (since 2005) the Sox have been in 1st place at the All-Star break…

    The Sox also hold the best record in the American League, at 54-34–with 74 games to go…

    In a completely non-surprising move, Dustin Pedroia has stepped down as starting 2nd baseman for the All-Star game, to stay in Boston with his wife Kelli, as she is having complications with her pregnancy. Here is from his official statement: “…This was certainly not an easy decision. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the game of baseball and for the All-Star Game, and am incredibly honored that the fans voted me this year’s starting second baseman for the American League…”I am disappointed that I will not be able to enjoy the amazing experience with the other All-Stars, especially with my Red Sox teammates, but it is important that I put my family first at this time. I want to thank Major League Baseball, as well as Tito and Theo, for supporting me in this decision. I would like to thank the fans for their understanding and the continued support they have shown throughout my career.” Carlos Pena, 1st baseman for the Rays, has been named as Pedroia’s replacement. It will be his 1st All-Star experience….

    Dom DiMaggio, who passed away on May 8th, was honored yesterday in the Fens before the game, part of the ceremony included raising of a flag bearing DiMaggio’s name. His widow, Emily, threw out the first pitch. A 7-Time All-Star, “The Professor” played his entire career in center field for the Sox, despite a 3 year hiatus, when he fought in WWII…

    And how about this piece of Dom DiMaggio trivia? Dom is the Red Sox player who came closest to beating his brother Joe’s record of 56 games, with a 34-game hitting streak in 1949…The rest? (considering a 30 or more game hitting streak, Tris Speaker (1912) and Nomar Garciaparra (1997), each with 30…

    Look for Mike Lowell, and possibly Jed Lowrie (who will make his final rehab start in Lowell. MA today), to be activated this weekend…add Clay Buchholz to the mix, and the Sox will have to juggle 3 roster spots to accommodate these moves…Who will go? Who will stay? Aaron Bates is a definite return to Pawtucket–but will be interesting to see how it plays out…

    Coming up: I wish I could say it was only ONE off day–but, unfortunately, FOUR DAYS without meaningful baseball. Yeah, there is the Home Run Derby tonight–Albert Pujols against the world–no Josh Hamilton, so my viewing will probably be limited, although I am cheering for Carlos Pena–always liked him when he was with the Sox, wish he has stuck–but very happy that he has success somewhere else…Rounding out the derby is Brandon Inge (Tigers), Nelson Cruz (Rangers) and Joe Mauer (Minnesota) in the AL. In the NL: Ryan Howard (Phillies) Prince Fielder (Brewers) and Adrian Gonzalez (Padres).  Right now, one of the sportsbook sites, BetUs, is predicting Albert Pujols (+185) as the favorite to win the 2009 Home Run Derby, with Brandon Inge, the dark horse, at +1000… (No suprise on either on of those….) The Derby, sponsored by State Farm, begins at 7:00pm–and whatever you do–don’t drink every time Chris Berman does this insufferable “BACK BACK BACK” You’ll have alcohol poisoning before the end of the 1st round…

    And there is a great article in The Glob today all about Tim Wakefield–a definite must read…

    Then, tomorrow, we have the All-Star game–and I am thinking, because of Josh Beckett’s complete game yesterday, he won’t get a ton of pitching time–although I do hope Wake gets in at some point…that brouhaha begins at 8:00pm.  If your looking to do some sports betting on the game, the American League has the over on the game, with a -115, with the National League having the under (naturally) at -105, with the total being set at 9.5

    The next game the Sox will play? At Toronto on FRIDAY (UGH). That Clay Person gets the nod for the 1st game back, opposed by Roy “Doc” Halladay for the Blue Jays–this should be VERY interesting. And the way Buchholz has been pitching and bitching down at Pawtucket, I expect nothing short of brilliance from him…his record in the minors this year? 7-2 with a 2.36 ERA…1st pitch: 7:07pm

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