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  • April 1st, 2014

    Red Sox 1, Oreos 2:
    Well, so much for 162-0

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:58 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    As IF…But it is fun to think about…

    So the Sox dropped the first game of the 2014 Campaign against the Cookies, despite the fact that Jon Lester pitched a gem, going 7 strong, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits while walking 1 and striking out 8. He threw 104 pitches, 73 for strikes. And Junichi Tazawa threw a perfect 8th with a strikeout.

    No, this one falls firmly in the hands of the offense, for which Grady Sizemore was responsible for the only Sox scoring, hitting a broken bat solo shot off Chris Tillman in the 4th inning. Otherwise, the Sox were 0-10 with RISP…NOT GOOD.

    Looks like the way things are lining up, Jake Peavey will get the start against Milwaukee on Friday afternoon in the Fenway Opening. Don’t get me wrong, I like Jake (and the duck boat purchase was a nice touch), but I think as the newest guys on the roster, one of the veterans (such as Lackey or That Clay Person) should get the honor. Especially since it IS Ring Day…

    And I think I said just last week that if Jackie Bradley, Jr. Didn’t beat out Grad Sizemore for the centerfield job, he wouldn’t be down in Pawtucket very long. I just didn’t think he would be back so soon. But, because Shane Victorino has come up lame with a strain in his right hamstring, he was placed in the DL, and Bradley, Jr was called up to fill his spot on the 25-man. The earliest Shane can come back is April 13th. Let’s hope that is enough time. Because, despite the fact I love seeing Jackie Bradley up in the Bigs, having an Opening day lineup of Grady Sizemore, Daniel Nava and Mike Carp is not exactly what I had in mind….

    Speaking of not what I had in mind, I am concerned the Sox did not get a deal done with Jon Lester. Not sure what happened, as all signs seem to indicate a deal would be done before he threw his 1st pitch as Opening Day Starter for the 4th time. And now I am not sure what is going to happen. Are they going to continue talks? Or wait until the end of hte season. If it’s the latter, I think that is a foolish choice–Jon Lester is a known quantity, doesn’t get hurt, and is willing to take a hometown discount to finish his career in Boston. C’mon Ben, make him a decent deal and get this done…

    Neato Stat: Grady Sizemore’s Opening Day Start was his first game in the bigs since September 22, 2011, or 922 days…

    One more: Dustin Pedroia, with his 2 hits on Monday, is the only player from the Sox who has had at least 1 hit in every Opening Day game he has started in: All 8 of them…

    Coming up: A day off today, where the Sox spent time at The White House, and Walter Reed Hospital, then tomorrow, the Sox play the 2nd game of 3 against the Oreos, and the first night game of the 2014 campaign. John Lackey takes the bump, opposed by Ubaldo Jimenez. 1st pitch 7:05pm

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