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  • June 26th, 2012

    Red Sox 6, Toronto 9:
    A Rocky Start…

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:56 am in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    While we all know that poor pitching in last night’s contest was the main reason for the Red Sox loss–I bet that Kevin Youkilis got a small measure of satisfaction that his replacement made an error that resulted in 2 unearned runs, and contributed to the Red Sox loss…

    And oh what crappy pitching it was. The normally steady Felix Doubront got his 4th loss of the season (which still puts him ahead of most of the starting rotation) with a rocky start: Throwing 83 pitches, 51 for strikes, he managed to get through 6 innings, giving up 7 runs (5 earned, thanks to a Will Middlebrooks error) on 11 hits (including the 2 homers that killed him) while walking an unusually high 5, and striking out 1…

    And then Bobby Valentine, in a moment of obvious brilliance brain deadness decided that Matt Albers was the right call to start the 7th. Well, 2/3 of an inning, and a 2-run shot later, the Sox are in a hole they will never climb out of…

    I have heard from a lot of people that they were shocked that Kevin Youkilis was traded. Guess they never thought the Sox would do it. Not sure why–they traded or let walk away a great many players over the years, why would you think they would get all sentimental and keep Youk? And while I will miss the intensity that was Youk (“No, they are not booing–they are saying “Youk”‘) I think the natural downside to the intensity was coming through. There was a distinct “Nomar before he was traded in 2004″ vibe that was coming off him in waves, and while I don’t think that was the only issue, I think that had a lot to do with it…

    So Kevin Youkilis has changed the color of his Sox to White, went 1-4 in his first game against Minnesota, and will return to Fenway for 3 in the 1st homestand after the All-Star break, which I fully expect will contain at least 1 standing ovation. Good luck and Godspeed Youk. Thank you for 2004, 2007, and for your gutsiness–you will be missed….

    Hardware Alert for the New Guy: The day after his predecessor was traded, Will Middlebrooks was named the American League Player of the Week. Since his promotion to the bigs, Will is hitting .326 with 9 home runs. Last week’s award winning line: .625 BA with 3 homers, 3 homers, 10 RBI’s and 6 runs scored…Not too shabby…

    But the BEST part of this trade is that Bobby Valentine can stop putting Adrian Gonzalez in the freaking outfield. Makes me nervous every time he played out of position–too much chance of getting hurt…

    So That Clay Person is REALLY on the DL because he took so many anti-inflammatories that it caused internal bleeding. Holy Buckets! I knew it had to be more than stomach flu–because no one goes on the DL because of the stomach flu…and he is still in the hospital where he has been since Saturday. I had a friend who this happened to–they had to cut him open to stop the bleeding, and he has a horrible, huge scar to prove it…Knock it off with the Advil, Clay…

    And what I find alternately troubling and perplexing is that Josh Beckett is eligible to come off the DL on Thursday, but there is no info as to when exactly he will pitch again. Wasn’t the party line that they were just being cautious, and that he probably didn’t really need the full 15 days, and they he would definitely be ready to go? Bobby Valentine at his prevaricating best: “I don’t think it would be Thursday. And that, again, is only because of the trip out there [to Seattle]. Why have that as another compounding situation that we have to deal with? Maybe the next day, if everything is going well, but we’ll see. He’s planning on pitching sometime soon.”

    Wow. “He’s planning on pitching sometime soon” Really and for TRUE, Josh??? Thanks so much for that–it’s not like it’s your JOB or anything…Holy Hell…

    Speaking of, recently released Marlon Byrd was banged with a 50-game suspension for a positive PED test. As he is currently a free agent, he will be on the restricted list until his 50 days are up, which is August 20th. The drug he tested positive for is Tamoxifen, which is normally used to treat breast cancer, in both men and women, but is used with steroids as well. Apparently he took it during the offseason for a non-baseball related reason. He weighs in: “Although that medication is on the banned list, I absolutely did not use it for performance enhancement reasons. I am mortified by my carelessness and I apologize to everyone who loves this game as I do. I will serve my suspension, continue to work hard and hope that I am given an opportunity to help a Club win later this season.” Well, at least he didn’t try and deny he took it. Unfortunately, it’s probably going to mean the end of his 11-season career, as I don’t think anyone is going to scoop in and snap him up, especially with this hanging over him…

    Coming up: Daisuke gets his 4th start of the season, still waiting for his 1st win, he is opposed by Aaron Laffey, spot starting for Toronto. 1st pitch 7:10pm…

    So…How many runs do you think Daisuke will give up in the 1st inning tonight???

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