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  • June 8th, 2011

    Red Sox 6, Skanks 4:
    One Down, Two to Go…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:23 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    No, Jon Lester did not have his very best stuff–But Freddy Garcia couldn’t even get out of the 2nd inning, so I will take a competent Jon Lester performance over that ANY day of the week.

    Going 6 innings, Jon threw 112 pitches, 66 for strikes, giving up 3 runs on 8 hits while hitting 2, walking 1 and striking out 5…

    And I am very surprised that, with the 2 hit batsmen, the Skanks did not retaliate and hit someone–but then again, the series is young…and Kevin Youkilis, who always seems to bear the brunt of the beanings, isn’t going anywhere…

    Papelbon got his 200th save last night and got there quicker than Mariano Rivera. Actually, he is the closer who reached the milestone fastest–ever. Whatever. I just cannot work up that much enthusiasm for Papelbon–It was a sloppy outing for him, giving up a run and a walk, while striking out 2…I know he has improved this year–but its a walk year for him, and he wants the big paycheck, so is it really all that surprising?

    But the best thing about Freddy Garcia leaving early–it required the Skankee bullpen to work harder–and could impact other games in the series with regard to certain relievers and their availability….

    So Bobby Jenks comes back from the DL, has some successful outings over the weekend (3 2/3 scoreless), and then has to leave last night’s game after 4 pitches because he hurt his back? Apparently, he is getting a MRI today, and is listed as day to day… This isn’t going to become a “thing” is it???

    So, Marco Scutaro comes back from the DL, just in time for Jed Lowrie to probably need an MRI on his left shoulder, as he still has pain from a collision with Carl Crawford on May 29th. Lowrie weighs in: “My shoulder started to feel better, and then, I started feeling it in my back a little more. The back was there from the beginning, my shoulder started feeling better, and then everything sort of plateaued…I’m not overly concerned, but at the same time, it hasn’t gotten any better. Hopefully another day and we’ll figure out what’s going on… I think it (A MRI) benefits everybody. There’s no reason not to do it — just for everybody’s peace of mind.”

    Great! MRI’s for everyone! Maybe they can save some cash if they have a group of them go together…

    And can I just tell you that the whole “Derek Jeter to 3000 hits thing” is completely revolting? Yes, its a great milestone–but he’s not the 1st player EVER to do it–actually, there are 27 others who have….He needs 12 more hits to get there–with only 2 games left in this series, unless he catches competently on fire, it won’t happen when the Sox are in town–THANKFULLY..

    Keep voting for All-Stars–with about 3 weeks to go, Big Papi has taken the lead in the DH category. Adrian Gonzalez has also moved closer to Mark Toxemia–and is certainly a MUCH better choice…

    You can vote up to 25 times per e-mail until 11:59pm, EST on June 30, with the results announced on TBS on July 3rd…

    Finally, if you still need the perfect Father’s Day Gift, Harvey Frommer, author of Remembering Fenway Park, will be out and about, signing copies of his book in the Boston area.  On Friday, June 17th, he will be at Barnes and Noble, 96 Derby Street, Hingham from 1-3pm, and Barnes and Noble, 98 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington from 7-9pm.  On Saturday, June 18th, he will be at Booksmith, 82 Central Street, Wellesley from 2-4pm, and Barnes and Noble, 210 Andover Street, Peabody from 6-8pm.

    Harvey will also do a reading on Thursday, June 16th from 6-8pm at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street…

    Coming up: Tim Wakefield, who has very few firsts in the game of baseball these days, will make his 1st start in the new Skankee stadium. He is opposed by Skankee punk, AJ Burnett, who the Sox historically have done very well against–let’s hope that trend continues….1st pitch 7:05pm…

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    One Down, Two to Go…”

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