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  • April 25th, 2013

    Red Sox 6, Oakland 5:
    Winning the Rubber Match…

    Posted by Christine E. at 4:55 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Despite the fact that Jon Lester did not have his best stuff, he gutted it out and kept the Sox in the game, pitching 5 2/3 innings of 3-run ball.

    The rest of his line: 115 pitches, 74 for strikes, giving up 6 hits (including a homer) while walking 6 (Yikes!) and striking out 5…

    The bullpen, while not as good as they have been, got the job done, with the most notable performance by interim close Andrew Bailey, who notched his 5th save in 6 chances with a perfect inning, striking out the side, throwing 19 pitches, 13 for strikes… Hanrahan may not have a job when he gets back next week, which is ironic, because Bailey was supposed to be the closer LAST year, but then fracked up his thumb, and was out for 4 months, which necessitated putting Alfredo Aceves in the role

    And speaking of Aceves, the Sox demoted him to Pawtucket yesterday. I am thrilled Ben Cherington pulled the trigger, but would have rather a DFA, rather than a demotion, although I fully expect this move by Sox management won’t be a happy one for Aceves, so this problem may very well resolve itself. While the Sox have not made a corresponding roster move yet, it’s expected to be Ryan Lavarnway…

    A bit troubled that Shane Victorino had to come out of yesterday’s contest with the same balky back issues that plagued him all weekend. ReallyREALLY hope this will not become a “thing” this year…

    I KNOW the All-Star Game is in 2.5 months, but holy hell, do they REALLY need to start already? I know, my thoughts on the contest (both on and off the field) are legendary–but really folks, the 25 times per e-mail address is fooling NO ONE–when they are all proud and announce “X has 4 million votes” It’s probably closer to 80,000 people, if you calculate voting 25 times from 2 e-mail addresses–and you KNOW there are some who do more than that…What a crock.

    And THIS year you can get 10 extra votes, if you connect your ballot registration with your MLB.com account–can this GET any more lame?

    But, if you want to start, you can today, online until July 4th, and in ballparks until June 19th, blah blah blah…Oh, and the game this year is Tuesday, July 16th in NYC, hosted by the Mets at Citi Field…

    Coming up: Another strange start time his week, as the Sox kick off 4 against the Astros in the first year as an AL team. That Clay Person, going for his league leading 5th win, gets the start in tonight’s contest. He is opposed by Philip Humber. First pitch: 6:35pm

    And it’s interesting to note that the Sox (14-7) and ‘Stros (7-14) have the same record–only reversed…

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