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  • August 12th, 2009

    Red Sox 7, Tigers 2:
    Cheese with Hair on it…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:13 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Ye Gods! Is there anyone cooler than Dennis Eckersley??? I really enjoy listening to him in the booth–he is passionate about the Sox, knowledgeable about the games (as he should be, being a Hall of Famer and all) and his all of his expressions, one of my favorites being the one above…

    And how about that game last night? Poor Junichi Tazawa, he must think American baseball is nuts–his 1st game in the bigs–he is the last pitcher in a 0-0 contest in the 14th inning, in one of the biggest rivalries in sports, and then looses the game in the 15th when A-Fraud hits a 2 run shot off him. Then last night, his 1st start in the bigs, and he get tagged for 3 runs in the 1st (only 1 earned, as Nick Green was channeling Julio Lugo and had an error leading to 2 runs) and then in the 2nd inning, Kevin Youkilis gets hit by a pitch, and proceeds to CHARGE THE MOUND, throwing his batting helmet at the Rick Porcello, and tackling hi,. Then the benches cleared and it was pandemonium–fun times!

    Of course, both Youk and Porcello were ejected from the game, and I am sure will be fined and suspended–although I am betting Youk gets the brunt of it…

    Tazawa’s line, good enough for his 1st win the in bigs: 5 innings, throwing 98 pitches, 63 for strikes, with 4 hits, while walking 2, hitting Miguel Cabrera (which started the whole hit batsmen mess) and striking out 6…I think this kid is pretty unflappable….

    But Daniel Bard seems none the worse for wear, joining with Fernando Cabrera and Saito to throw 3 innings of 1 hit ball, and striking out 4 (Bard struck out 2 of those)–Of course, Jonathan Papelbon once again has a messy inning, giving up 2 runs on 2 hits (including a homer) while walking none and striking out 3 in his 1 inning (and 24 pitches) of work…

    And while it was supposed to be another night off for Mike Lowell, when Youk went out, he played, and did fairly well–if you consider a solo shot in the 3rd and a 2-run shot in the 5th to be “fairly well”…Have I ever mentioned that I LOVE MIKE LOWELL???? Despite not playing every day, he is hitting .386 since the All-Star break…

    And it looks like Jason Bay may be climbing out of that funk, with his 3-run shot last night in the 2nd inning to tie the game…It was his 3rd home run in the last 4 games…

    So while the Sox did not gain any ground in the AL East, another loss by the Rangers means a 1.5 game lead in the Wild Care Race…All they can do is continue to win games, and everything else will take care of itself…

    In a bit of a surprise move, Tim Wakefield is ready to take the next step: He will get a rehab start with Pawtucket this Saturday when they play in Georgia, and if all goes well there, he will be activated, and could probably start during the Toronto series…His personal catcher, George Kottaras, who is also on the DL, will join him in the start on Saturday…Yay!

    Daisuke also gained some ground, with his 1st mound work since going on the DL in June. He threw 40 pitches in a bullpen session in Fort Myers, and if there are no problems, will throw 55 in 3 days time. The goal is to ramp him up slowly, to regain his strength….He’ll probably be back when the rosters expand in September…

    I told you so: Jed Lowrie has mild ulnar neuritis (irritation) in his left arm. After a battery of tests, including an electromyography, and MRI, they came to the same conclusion I did last week (LINK)–and there appears to be no other damage, so now its meds and rehab, and hopefully he will be back soon…

    So, John Smoltz cleared waivers yesterday, so now the ball is in his court–will he accept a minor league assignment, with the goal being a reliever for the Sox? Or will try to stick with another team (Rangers? Dodgers?) who may need a starter? The Sox have until Sunday to release him (They would still be on the hook for the remainder of the $5.5 million contract they signed him to) trade him, or send him to the minors (if he’ll go) we’ll see….

    Finally, another great raffle from Net Raffle and the Celebrities for Charity Foundation–A once in a lifetime opportunity with Josh Beckett! As everyonetrafflene knows, Josh holds a fundraiser every year called Beckett Bowl–this year’s iteration is Thursday, September 10th at Lucky Strike in Boston. The lucky winner of this raffle will receive the following:

    • One bowling lane with the winner’s family/company name overhead at the Beckett Bowl 2009
    • The winner and three guests will receive bowler passes and be personally coached by Josh for a frame, and then have their picture taken with Beckett and signed.
    • Winner will also receive an additional 4 guest passes to bring more friends to the event.
    • The prize also includes two tickets to a Sox game as Josh Beckett’s special guests, special access to team batting practice and two autographed Josh Beckett Jerseys.

    As always, tickets are just two dollars (with a minimum of 5 to be purchased) and can be found here…Good Luck!

    Coming up: Josh Beckett takes the mound, coming off a brilliant performance Friday night–7 innings of no run ball, in that 15-inning debacle, let’s hope he continues the dominance. And by the by, he is undefeated (7-0) in 10 starts at Fenway. He is opposed by Armando Galarraga, who is 6-10 with a 5.23 ERA–let’s hope a reverse lock doesn’t come into play here…

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