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  • August 24th, 2011

    Red Sox 11, Rangers 5:
    Back on Top

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:11 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    Yes, with last nights win, the Sox scraped their way back to the top of the AL East, unfortunately, having to share it with the Skanks.

    The good news is, if the season ended today, the Sox would win the Division, and the Skanks would have to settle for the while card–all because the Sox have already one the season series against the Skanks… So, ya know what? While having them be 15 games behind, completely obliterated, would be wonderful–winning the division this way would be OK as well…

    Remember about a month ago, when it was ungodly hot for those few days, when you would get in your car and the temp would say 102? 103? Personally, all I wanted to do was lay in the dark, with the air conditioner running full blast. I could, never in a million years, actually playing BASEBALL in it…But, the Rangers do, for 81 games a year, and the Sox have for the last 2 –and it was 103 last night when the game started at 7:00pm their time. UGH. Maybe that is why John Lackey fared pretty well–he was born and raised in the Lone Star State. It could also be that the Sox ponied up (no pun intended) 11 runs for his cause…and even he couldn’t screw that up…

    His line: 6 2/3 innings, giving up 4 run on 7 hits (including the solo shot to Josh Hamilton) while walking 3 and striking out 5. He threw 106 pitches, 64 for strikes for his 12th win of the 2011 Campaign…

    Oh, and in case you were wondering, it was 97 degrees when the game ended…Holy Buckets!

    It was good to see that the few days off for Jacoby Ellsbury didn’t impact his contributions to the team. In his 1st game since last Friday, Jake went 1 for 4 with a walk, stole a base AND made a GREAT catch in centerfield–clearly showing that the Sox are OH SO much better when he is in the lineup…

    And it looks like another important piece of the Red Sox puzzle will be back tonight–David Ortiz got clearance last night from the Red Sox medical staff after doing some running before last night’s contest. He has been out since August 14th with bursitis in his right heel…

    The Sox did some shuffling, sparing Tim Wakefield from having to face the Rangers in the series finale on Thursday night. Andrew Miller will get the start on Thursday, moving everyone back a day, which means Wake has the chance to get #200 at Fenway, against the less painful Oakland team…Let’s hope the 6th time is a charm…

    JD Drew will be back, presumably when the rosters expand on September 1st. Until then, he continues to rehab, starting with some single A ball over the weekend, then on to Pawtucket for the last couple days in August…Oh…Joy…UGH

    And the man who was supposed to replace him (in all my predictions, anyway) Ryan Kalish, is back on the DL with “inflammation in his right trapezius muscle” after playing only 8 games since returning from the DL that he has been on since April. Looks like this is going to be a lost season for the outfielder, which is a shame, because I think he is going to be very good someday…

    Coming up: In Game 3 of this 4 game series, Another Texan, Josh Beckett takes the mound, opposed by Rangers lefty Matt Harrison. 1st pitch: 8:10pm

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