Back at the Fens
Following a delay of two hours, tonight’s Red Sox-White Sox game has at last started.
As for news, J.D. Drew is out of the lineup. and Wily Mo is in. J.D. just can’t seem to get over this hamstring thing. At this point, the DL is not in the plans, according to Terry Francona.
Wily Mo said that Tito called him this morning to tell him he was playing, so the J.D. situation must have gotten a little worse over night.
The Yankees game was on the clubhouse television this afternoon and Jonathan Papelbon had a nice time poking fun at what he perceived to be the media’s obsession with the Yankees. When the Yankees lost, Papelbon did a mock celebration, which elicited a smile out of Theo Epstein. Paps is obviously trying to make a point that the players aren’t sweating the Yankees at this stage. Coco Crisp wonders why the glass isn’t more half full and that the focus isn’t more on the fact that the Red Sox are just percentage points behind the Tigers for the best record in the league.
FYI, White Sox 2B Tadahito Iguchi knows Matsuzaka about as well as any hitter could. He’s 31-for-85 against him in NIppon Professional Baseball. I wonder how much of the scouting report he is sharing with his teammates.
All for now, I’ll be back later,
P.S. — I’ll leave you with tonight’s lineup.