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  • March 13th, 2017

    Red Sox 3, Toronto 4:
    A Win–Despite the loss…

    Posted by Christine E. at 9:15 pm in General No Comments

    Some random thoughts as the Northeast braces for a blizzard called Stella, which is calling for 15-20(!) inches here in Yankeeland–in Mid-March.  UGH…

    Although the Sox lost to Toronto in today’s contest, this was the first chance Sox fans got to see Stephen Wright since he was sidelined with a shoulder injury while pinch-running last August (which still annoys the crap out of me…)

    And it appears that he is none the worse for the wear, pitching 2 strong and scoreless innings in his Spring Training debut.  Throwing 21 pitches (16 for strikes), the only hitter he did not retire was old friend Jarrod Saltalamacchia (and I can still spell his name without looking it up), who actually got on base due to an error.  The next step is to get him stretched out before the season starts, where the knuckleballer can hopefully contribute as successfully as he did in 2016, where he made the All-Star team for the first time, and went 13-6 with a 3.33 ERA before his injury ended his season…

    And with the beginning of the season, some folks like to start looking into doing some betting on their favorite baseball teams, or perhaps want to do some other type of gambling . While I am not a gambler myself (even though I live about 15 minutes from a casino), if I were, there are certainly many many options out there.  But like everything else, I would want to do research into the best venues to place my bet.  For online options, I would check out as many internet casino reviews as I could, to make sure my selection was the most reputable, and see the pros and cons of them all.  However, whatever selection you make, always remember to gamble responsibly, please.

    Speaking of a gamble, as we know, Manny is now playing for the Japanese Independent team the Kochi Island Fighting Dogs.  Which I still find bizarre, as he basically retired in the states because of the MULTIPLE suspensions for PEDS.  Although apparently, having a former American superstar (even a tarnished one) has quite the cachet in Japan.  And in complete Manny fashion, he will only have “Manny” on the back of his uniform AND unlimited sushi.  Could not make this crap up if I tried.  Oh, and practice and workouts are optional…Holy Buckets…better them than us…

    Speak of better them than us:  The Sox ran into another old friend this week, when they met up with That Clay Person at the Phillies home turf of Spectrum field yesterday.  Buchholz did not pitch in the Phillies win, and I know Spring Training doesn’t count, but he is currently 0-1 with a 7.56 ERA in 3 starts (and 8.1 IP) so far this year. Yikes…SO glad he is now someone else’s head case…

    Finally, I know it does not matter what the stats and the scores and the standings are in Spring Training, as the point is to get everyone ready and where they need to be for the upcoming 2017 campaign, I still hate it when they are losing.  Rather like right now, when their record is 7-10, and the Skanks are in 1st place in the Grapefruit, with a 13-4.  I know, I know, it…just…doesn’t…matter…

    Coming up:  The Sox will have another injured pitcher take the bump in tomorrow’s contest with another game against Toronto.  Drew Pomeranz, who has been battling elbow soreness since last season, and it was feared that Tommy John was in his future, has successfully rehabbed, and will be making his first start of the 2017 campaign.  He is opposed by Joe Biagini.  1st pitch at Jet Blue: 1:05 pm

    As Wright, Pomeranz, and Eduardo Rodriguez are vying for the last 2 spots on the starting 5, having all 3 be successful is certainly a good problem to have–because you can never have too much pitching…

    21 Days…

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