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  • May 3rd, 2012

    Red Sox 2, Oakland 4:
    Struggling to .500…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:36 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    How sad is it, that, despite a 6-game win streak ON THE ROAD, and then actually being AT HOME, where, I don’t know, the Sox are supposed to be BETTER, that they cannot seem to beat Oakland, who is batting .214 as a team?

    OK, who had May 2nd in the Kevin Youkilis Injury Pool…I can’t remember exactly, but I think I had May 5th…But yes, Kevin Youkilis has been placed on the DL (retroactive to April 29th) because of his back issues (what Youk is calling “an irritated joint”), and phenom Will Middlebrook was called up from Pawtucket (where he was hitting .333 with 9 homers) and immediately made an impact, getting 2 of the 8 Sox hits in last night’s contest, a walk, AND stealing a base…I am sure his stock went even higher on all of the sports betting sites… , and I think Kevin Youkilis should be very concerned…

    So what the &()*@&!)(*@!)(* is wrong with Josh Beckett? Lat tightness? And they are actually saying this 4 days before his next start?? I thought it was his thumb? Or, is this just the way to get Aaron Cook a start with the Sox? If it is, don’t they usually wait until the last minute to say these things? Could it possibly be because he threw 126 freaking pitches in his last start? Of course it can!

    And why on earth is it the 3rd of May and we still have 50,000 questions????

    Daniel Bard did pretty well in the outing, throwing 101 pitches, 60 for strikes, he went 5 1/3 giving up all 4 runs scored by Oakland on 8 hits while walking 2 and striking out 1…

    And the bullpen did their job, with an impressive display by Clayton Mortenson, who, in his first start in a Red Sox uniform gave up 1 hit and struck out 6 in his 3 innings of work…

    So the Sox bought another bottom of the heap pitcher, this time former Cubs ace Mark Prior, who hasn’t pitched in the bigs since 2006 (That’s SIX YEARS for those of you playing at home) and is now still recovering from some type of groin injury. Apparently he has been signed to a minor league contract, and once he is ready, will pitch for Pawtucket…Amazingly, Prior is only 31 years old…

    The RemDawg has missed a bunch of games due to illness, which NESN is now saying is a sinus infection. He is slated to return May 10th, when the Sox return home to face Cleveland. Given his lung cancer, and pneumonia in the past, this is pretty troubling news…

    From the “Holy Hell, are you SERIOUS?” Department: Andy Pettitte testified in Roger Clemens perjury trial the other day that he may have “misunderstood” when he said Roger told him he was on the juice. When asked by the defense if: “whether it was fair to say that it was ’50-50 that you might have heard that or might have misunderstood’ “Andy replied: “I’d say that’s fair.” Clemens is facing six federal charges based on his deposition, and appearance before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, with regard to him using PED’s. Can you hear that? Yep, that’s Fatboy Roger, getting away with it…UGH

    Finally, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Daniel Bard have be named this year’s Jimmy Fund Co-Captains. As ambassadors for the Jimmy Fund for the 2012 season, the two players will help support and promote the mission of Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund to strike out cancer.

    Some of their duties include: visiting Dana-Farber’s adult and pediatric clinics, support some of the Jimmy Fund’s signature fundraising events, thank donors, and raise awareness and support for adult and pediatric cancer care and research throughout Red Sox Nation.

    About the Jimmy Fund: Solely supporting Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Jimmy Fund raises funds for adult and pediatric cancer care and research to improve the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world. It is an official charity of the Boston Red Sox, as well as the official charity of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge, and the Variety Children’s Charity of New England. Since 1948, the generosity of millions of people has helped the Jimmy Fund save countless lives and reduce the burden of cancer for patients and families worldwide.

    Coming up: The Sox are off today, and then play 3 against Baltimore to round out this road trip. Jon Lester gets the start, opposed by Wei-Yi Chen. 1st pitch 7:10pm. And can the nonsense about how the Sox will exact revenge against the Cookies please.stop.now? The Sox lost, fair and square, last year…They need to win NOW….

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