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  • July 12th, 2010

    Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 2:
    Ending on a Positive…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:42 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    While a sweep is always the preferred choice, 2 out of 3 is certainly on the right track–and the Sox head into the All-Star Break with a 51-37 (.580) record, and in 3rd place, 5 games behind the Skanks, and 2 games behind Tampa Bay in the AL (and 3 GB the Rays in the Wild Card Race)…Not where we would all like them to be, but pretty impressive, seeing as they have yet to field the team Theo constructed during the offseason…

    Daisuke actually didn’t suck yesterday, going 6+, and only giving up 2 runs on 6 hits (including a 2-run shot to Aaron Hill) while walking NONE and striking out 5. And get this: He only threw 88 pitches, 62 for strikes…

    Tito released his rotation after the All-Star Break, and That Clay Person is back in it, slated for the Friday night game against the Rangers. Kicking off the 2nd 1/2 on Thursday will be Tim Wakefield…

    And it is probably one of the last few regular starts for Wake, as Josh Beckett is doing very well. In his 1st rehab outing on Sunday, Beckett threw 68 pitches, 42 for strikes, giving up 1 run on 2 hits (including a homer) while walking none and striking out 4. No word on when his next start will be, but it should be the end of this week sometime…

    So, Jacoby Ellsbury felt the need to bash the Sox and their medical staff in his 1st interviews upon his return? I especially liked the part about how he left the team to workout in Arizona so he would not be a distraction. So, uh, Jake, what exactly do you call the whole, “I wanted a back MRI, and they the team said they would get me a back MRI, but then the team didn’t get me a back MRI…Whaaaaa” You don’t think that maybe that could be construed as a distraction? Not even a little? But the reason behind nonsense of this type can always be summed up in two words: Scott Boras. But the thing is, usually Satan had a reason for doing things–just not sure what benefit could be had by this…

    And as if the Sox need any more drama–Adrian Beltre left yesterday’s contest with a strained left hamstring. No further word on the injury, but Beltre did say this: “If I don’t feel good I won’t play. I don’t want to screw up my season for a couple of at-bats in an exhibition game.” Well, duh.But I guess we’re lucky he didn’t break any ribs, huh?

    So 1st base AL starter Justin Morneau got a concussion over the weekend and will not be playing in the All-Star game tomorrow night–and, surprisingly, Joe Girardi opted to go with Paul Konerko to replace him. I figured Mark Toxemia was a shoo in. Never thought he would choose Youk anyway, so that snub doesn’t surprise me in the least…

    Coming up: No meaningful baseball until Thursday…YUK, so we will have to content ourselves with All-Star Festivities. Tonight: Big Papi and 7 other AL and NL Sluggers will try to out hit each other in the Home Run Derby. Hopefully it will be fun-although the Josh Hamilton Derby will forever be my favorite. And remember, every time Chris Berman says “Back Back Back” (and you KNOW he is going to say it–heaven forbid he actually come up with some new material) take a drink–you’ll be pasted by the middle of the 1st round. Start time 8:00pm…Bottoms up!

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