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  • March 16th, 2010

    Red Sox 4, Oreos 8:
    Mike to First…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:01 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Well, Tim Wakefield did not fare as well in this start as he did previously, giving up 5 runs on 9 (including a 3-run home by Luke Scott) hits while walking none (but hitting 2 batters) and striking out 1 in his 3.2 innings of work…Wake weighs in on this less than stellar outing: “Physically, I felt great. I was able to get up and down four times without a problem. Obviously, the results weren’t what I wanted them to be, but it’s Spring Training. I was able to work out of the stretch a bunch, which I needed to do. I made some good quality pitches when I needed to.” We all know that is the way of the knuckleballer–he can throw a no hitter, or give up 6 runs in a 1/3 of an inning…

    Jonathan Papelbon threw another perfect inning, and his Spring Training ERA remains at 0.00. Okajima gave up his 1st run of the season is his inning of work, and Ramon S. Ramirez (already I am getting confused–is he the new RR, or the demonic bullpen tandem RR?) In any event, he have up 2 runs on 2 hits, including a homer in HIS 1 inning of work, so that does not bode well. But Daniel Bard had a notable inning–striking out the side…

    In some more 1sts, David Ortiz and Josh Reddick both hit their 1st homers of the year, both 2 run shots, which was all the scoring the Sox managed for the day…

    Johnny Pesky made his debut at the game yesterday, but only as a member of the crowd. His IS 90 years old after all. But everyone in attendance (including the Sox players) gave him a warm standing ovation. So NOW can we get him back in the dugout where he belongs? Can we get someone working on this? Please?

    And Not only did Mike Lowell play 1st base for the 1st time in his career, it was his 1st start of the 2010 campaign. Mike played 3 uneventful innings, going 1 for 2 with a single in the 1st inning…From Tito: “It was nice to get him in there…good to get him a couple of at-bats. He got to run the bases, he got to play a little first base. He hasn’t been in the game for a while.” Mike will probably get more time at both 1st and the plate for tonight’s contest against Tampa Bay.

    With yesterday’s loss, the Sox record is a pretty impressive 8-4–which is certainly better than previous years–and means absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of things…

    But in less than 3 weeks, there WILL Be meaningful baseball…and I for one, cannot wait! Will probably get my MLB.TV within the next week or so, so I am all ready to watch…

    And it looks like Daisuke may actually get to throw BP this time, attentively scheduled for Wednesday, after having to postpone last weekends work because of a stiff neck. Hopefully his head won’t fall off or something, which would more than likely cause another delay. I also cannot help wondering is they are being SO slow with him because of the 6 pitchers currently vying for the 5 starter roles, delaying the inevitable….

    Positive vibes to Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland who will be undergoing surgery tomorrow for cavernous malformations on his brain stem, a very complicated and dangerous procedure…

    And apparently, Jed Lowrie has been undergoing some tests for fatigue and an accelerated heartbeat. Jed describes it as feeling like “being hit by a truck”, but is well enough to be starting some baseball activities again today…I just hope he doesn’t have something like Rocco Baldelli has…

    The 1st of the Split Split squad games, with Jon Lester, et al, headed to Kissimmee to take on the Astros (Brad Mills’ new team-and where new 3rd base coach Ron John’s son will get the start at 3rd base) this afternoon. While Lester was very good in his 4 innings of work, giving up on ly 1 run on 3 hits while walking 2, hitting 1 and striking out 2. Roy Oswalt was just a little bit better, throwing 4 scoreless innings–Jason Varitek got a hot and a walk tho, so it wasn’t all bad..

    Coming up: Felix Doubrout and the rest going to Port Charlotte to face the Rays in prime time, starting at 7:05pm…

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