Manny out for a bit
The Manny injury is a strained left oblique. I’m not sure when we’ll see Manny again. He told NESN reporter Tina Cervasio — one of the nicest people in the Boston sports media by the way — that he’ll be out for roughly 10 days. It makes sense because oblique injuries tend to linger.
Kielty is also day to day with his back ailment. So it’s Hinske and Hinske for the Red Sox tonight in left!
Also, it is all but certain to be Tavarez on Saturday and not Buchholz.
Meanwhile, Roger Clemens has a NO HITTER at 8:58 p.m. ET. He is 12 outs away! Wow, that jinx thing worked. Two minutes later, Big Papi put one over the wall. I didn’t pat my back the other day so I guess I will this time.
This is the second time in the last four days I’ve called a home run. I also called, believe it or not, on Sunday that J.D. Drew would end his homerless drought of 51 games and 166 at-bats. This shot — though not quite as unlikely — did snap a no-hitter bid. Roger Clemens, perhaps the best pitcher of all-time, has never thrown a no-hitter. It just shows how hard it is — or maybe how lucky you have to be — to throw one.
Terry Francona told a great Clemens story before the game. Back on September 30, 1988, Francona guessed fastball against Clemens and slapped a double. Next time up, Clemens put Francona on his back. "I cheated on a fastball in that I probably shouldn’t have
got to. Next time I came up, he about took off my helmet," said Clemens.
Rob Bradford of Bradfordfiles fame and I bumped into a very insightful man named Kazuhiro Takeda before tonight’s game. Takeda is a former Japanese professional pitcher and also served as the pitching coach for Japan during the World Baseball Classic.
Takeda was not impressed by the way Dice-K was throwing the ball Tuesday night.
“His level will rise up next year. When he gets into bad
habits, he lowers his shoulder and his elbow, like more pushing instead of
throwing," said Takeda. "The season is long over here and he’s getting quite tired
but I think he’s trying to save himself for later also.”
Of the loss to the Yankees, Takeda offered this: "That’s not even half of what he can do.”
That’s all for now. Later.