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  • May 12th, 2010

    Red Sox 6, Toronto 1:
    I don’t know WHAT to think…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:30 pm in Baseball,Good Deeds,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    So the Sox cannot beat the Skanks with any type of consistency, but the team they played immediately before and after this weekend’s debacle, they kick butt?

    And, Holy Buckets, Daisuke was, dare I say it? Brilliant? (GULP) Going 7 strong, throwing 106 pitches, 71 for strikes giving up only 1 run on 3 hits, with 1 wild pitch, walking NONE (!!) and striking out 9, lowering his ERA to 6.35…

    And most notably–no ONE…BAD…INNING…

    Then Ramon S and Okajima combined for the remaining 2 scoreless inning with a hit, a walk and 2 strikeouts between them…

    So, after Josh Beckett’s strange but awful performance on Friday night (5.1IP, 9R, H, 3W–but with 8 Strikeouts…) is it a surprise to anyone that he is now missing a start? Maybe he DID tweak his back during batting practice preparing for interleague play that starts next weekend against the Phillies–but I doubt it…So the game plan is to give him some rest, and skip his turn in the rotation, with the expectation that he will pitch the 2nd game of the quickie series against the Skanks next Monday and Tuesday, if not sooner….we’ll see…

    But the great thing about this is that Tim Wakefield is back in the rotation–at least for this start.

    Injury update: Mike Cameron will take today off, and then play rehab game #3 at Pawtucket, he has already played Center Field and DH’ed in his 1st 2 games. From Tito: “(He) checked in with me (Monday) night. Felt good…If everything goes according to plan, I think he think he needs four or five games (to be ready to return). We’ll see how he feels…We don’t want to put arbitrary dates on him. We just want him to play when he’s ready to play. We just don’t want to set him back. When he comes back, we want him to play with health.”

    Things are less certain for Jacoby Ellsbury as he continues his rehab for the rib fractures he sustained a month ago. He is still doing the batting practice thing, as well as base running drills, and while there has been improvement, no clear path forward has been communicated yet. Tito weighs in here as well: “He’s not ready yet to go play. His words the past few days have been ‘significant improvement.’ Hopefully, the next three or four days, the same thing will continue.”

    Finally, Charity Wines from Jacoby Ellsbury (Zinfandellsbury, a Red Zinfandel) and Josh Beckett (Chardon-K, a Chardonnay) were released yesterday throughout New England wherever wine is sold at retailers, restaurants, and online. Both wines will retail for about $14 a bottle, with 100% of each athlete’s proceeds to benefit their charities: Navajo Relief Fund, Project Bread, and the Ellsbury-Read Project, and The Josh Beckett Foundation.

    In honor of the release, Jacoby Ellsbury and Josh Beckett hosted a Wine Tasting and Launch Party yesterday afternoon in the Foundation Room at House of Blues behind Fenway Park, with Heidi Watney, NESN field reporter, serving as MC. There was a wine tasting, and attendees heard from Jacoby Ellsbury and Josh Beckett Foundation director, Jason Oberle, and met representatives from Jacoby’s charities. While Josh’s back issues prevented him from attending, his father, John, was part of the check presentation at Fenway later in the day.

    Some more info about the charities:

    The Navajo Relief Fund assists Elders and communities on the Navajo Reservation, where Most Navajo communities offer limited opportunities for employment, and many families struggle in the face of extreme poverty, substandard housing, sporadic healthcare, and limited access to higher education.

    The leading anti-hunger organization in Massachusetts, Project Bread is dedicated to alleviating, preventing, and ultimately ending hunger in the state.

    The Ellsbury-Read Character Strength Project, established to insure character strength development receives priority attention from birth through the adult years, works through education, local support and commitment by helping to promote child abuse prevention so every child can be safe at home.

    The Josh Beckett Foundation supports community-based programs striving to improve the health and well-being of children, especially those who are seriously ill, disabled, poor or otherwise disadvantaged throughout New England and in his hometown of Spring, Texas.

    To date, Charity Wines, partnering with 30+ professional athletes across more than a dozen markets, have raised $1.7 million.

    And this afternoon,Tim Wakefield was back where he belongs, getting the start in this final game of the series, and of this homestand, and certainly pitched well enough to get the win, pitching 7 innings of 3-run ball, but, unfortunately, the offense once again chose to sleep when Wake pitches, only coming alive for 2 runs in the 9th inning…CRAP…

    Coming up: Day off tomorrow, then the Sox kick off their mini road trip of 5 games, starting with 3 in Detroit. That Clay Person gets the nod, opposed by Max Scherzer for the Tigers. 1st pitch 7:05pm…

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