Wild Win North of the Border

I wasn’t in Toronto, but I was keeping tabs on that game tonight and it was a wild one. David Ortiz went deep, so that means the Red Sox must have won. They are now 16-2 when the big man goes deep. It’s a good sign that he is starting to swing the bat again. The whole dynamic of the offense is different when Ortiz is the caliber of hitter he was in June and July, rather than April and May and the first half of August.

Speaking of getting locked in again, Jason Bay clubs another one tonight. His hot streaks can last a long time, as we witnessed earlier this year, so that’s big.

Beckett was due for an outing like this. I wonder if it is a coincidence that it comes on a night Jason Varitek was not behind the plate.

Hearty congratulations to the Pedroia family on the birth of son Dylan. I’m sure Dustin will be explaining the art of a laser show to his young boy in no time.

All for now.

Hope all is well.

Ian.

160 Comments

You gotta love it….a night when the Sox score ten runs with Beckett on the mound and they squeak by. Oh well…a win is a win and you have to start somewhere. The bats were there and that is a good sign….let’s go Sox. Rangers lose. Time to hit the after-burners and get out fo Dodge. Don’t look back Sox….focus on the playoffs and keep the nose to the grindstone. There’s a lot of faith out here in Vegas!!!! Bay and Ortiz are needed for this last stetch run. It’s time for “lightning in a bottle”. Congrats Dustin… GO SOX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This was one of Beckett?s worst outings. Beck had absolutely nothing from the first pitch. Because of the huge lead, Beckett had no business pitching in the 5th inning either which he gave up 2 runs let alone pitching the 6th inning. If I were the manager I would let Beck finish the 5th and get the win and call it a night. If the Sox lost, this would be another revisit of Smoltz?s outing again and again, the pivotal and fatal 6th inning. One batter too late cost Beckett?s 15th win and dented the hope for Cy Young a little.
V-Mart?s RBI double in the 8th after JD failed to get the run in with one outs proved to the difference of the game.
What?s wrong with Danny boy? Bard hasn?t had a good outing since A-Rod, Damon and Tex HRs.

Other than yanking Beckett 1.1 inning late, Francona managed a pretty good game like scarificing bunts, etc. I feel Papi is comfortable at 7th hole, leave him there.

007…

I’m sure Francona is relieved that you approved his moves last night. lol. I’m with you regarding Ortiz, he should stay in that 7 hole the rest of the season!

Buchholz takes the mound tonight against another “ace”. Halladay tonight, Verlander last week in Boston and the start before he was against Sabathia. Buchholz will have to bring his “A” game tonight because the last time Halladay pitched against Boston, he shut them down! I would like too see Francona have Martinez behind the plate tonight, Lowell at third and of course Youk at first. You need your best offensive lineup in there tonight against Halladay. Memo to Francona, sit Varitek tonight! Varitek is in a BIG slump!

It happens, remember Carlton-McCarver. Some pitchers like one catcher. The problem is it doesn’t help if you lose 1-0.

A Brian: I agree V-Mart should catch again tonight. My feeling is that Francona would likely sit Lowell against a RHP and Tek being a switch hitter. We know Tek is less effective from left side of the plate.

Mornin all: just checking in and hoping that Clay-BOY is Super MAN tonight, and that Halladay takes a holiday…
The bats really have awakened as of late, and it would be great if that could continue tonight.
Its been nice not having a hole up the middle (ss) recently. I know that Agon’s bat isnt huge but his glove sure is!!!
here’s to another win tonight!!!

If Clay continues to have a quality start like his last two outings against tough pitchers and Halladay has a unHalladay day, a win is very likely. Also, the Sox can’t afford to squander scoring opportunity against Halladay.

Buckie pitched well and ran into bad luck. The Sox didn’t score any run for him his last two outings. Poor kid had faced Sabathia, Verlander and will face Halladay, all Cy Young candidates. Let’s get a win for Buckie.

Poor Buckie! Poorer Buckie! No Pedey at 2B tonight.

Kotchman – 1B
Green – 2B
Youk – 3B
Gonzalez – SS
Bay – LF
Ellsbury – CF
Drew – RF
Ortiz – DH
Martinez – C
(Not in batting order)

Hi All! It being reported that Smoltz has signed with the Cards. I wish him well. And I hope the bats stay alive tonight for Clay! We need this win tonight!

hey all….havent been in here much but ive been readin posts regularly and watchin the sox…i feel a streak commin…im seeing fire in eyes….go sox

Breaking News!!! Jerry Remy will be back in the booth – doing play-by-play on Friday Night! WHOOO HOOOO!!!

An old beat up can opener…..classic!!! Nicely done!

hey all!! Do we know for sure that Halladay is actually a human being, with a real beating heart?? I think he’s a drone or the son of the Bionic Man…. LET’S MAKE HIM ACT HUMAN!!! HOMERUNS FOR EVERYONE (ON THE REDSOX)
Make him look like an old beat up can opener!! See ya’ll later. GO-OOOOO SOX-XXXXX!!!!!!!!!!!!
woooooooooooooo

Hi All!!

I’m voting for robot Ellen!!!!

GO RED SOX!!!! WHOO HOOOOO!!!! WE CAN DO THIS!!!

GO CLAY!!!!! YES!!!!

Well – not the first inning we would have liked…..

Great first inning by Clay!!!!! Let’s go boys! Hit them early & often!!!

Go papi…

That’s a good start!

Hi all,
I’m watching the Blue Jays broadcast (because I’m too cheap to buy the MLB Premium) and they showed the graphic that the Sox are 4th in the AL with a .270 average with RISP. I’m a little surprised. We are always complaining about them stranding so many runners, but they really aren’t doing too badly.

It’s kind of a misleading stat. To leave men in scoring position, you have to put them there first. But, you’re right, a team .270 RISP isn’t exactly horrible.

I’m back!!! I miss the scoring!! Did Papi get a 2 run HR? I just heard – over 60 pitches for Halladay? is that true???

Hey ARNIE!!! How’s everything, I hope you’re well!!
I’m in and out here…
Good start by Clay-boy and the gang.. (new hip-hop group?)
I dont think Jbay went around, do you?

can opener Julia, can opener!

WHOOO HOOO ELLEN!!! I like it!! Believe or not – I just dropped my oldest son off on “Babe Ruth Drive”!! Yes! The Babe use to live in Sudbury!!!

I like the hip-hop group Ellen! They can open for the Young Snots!!

Clay is looking great tonight!! I like it!!! JERRY IS ON THE PHONE!!!!!! He will be back against the Yankees on Friday!! YES!!!!

And I can’t POST ALL READY!!!

WHOOO HOOOO!! 3-0 Red Sox!!!!

Hi, Ellen. I’m doing fine, thanks. A little tired, too busy last night!!!
Buchholz looks good so far.

I know its only been a few days, but it seems that Agon has missed being a ReedSox as much as the RedSox have missed having him!! IDOBELIEVE he wants to keep this job!!

…and being a REDSOX

I would agree Ellen! And who wouldn’t WANT to be a Red Sox!!! lol!

Let’s hold them Clay!!!

Viola has done a great job Ellen – no doubt about it. I like Eck – I like his wildness and that he was so not P.C. But I am delighted that Jerry is coming back – NO ONE can ever replace him. The Red Sox aren’t the same with out him!

GREG!!! Glad to hear about your dad!!! And I have having a TERRIBLE time posting tonight!!!!

I think that out of all of the “replacements” that we had (tho no one can really replace him) for RemDawg I like Viola the best… I dont even mind the accent, it actually adds a little bit of human-ness, like with Remy… Julia I know you love Eck, but I found him abit phony…sorry. Frank Viola sounds like “every-day guy”

Hey, all. How is everyone tonight?
Mike (shakenbake)! GOOD TO HEAR FROM YA! How are you!
Dad’s gonna make OK, we think! At least he wasn’t having cancer surgery! Outpatient (!) procedure.
Good to see Clay has been doing well, until now. 2 on, he has his work cut out for him!
I would LOVE to hear Viola on NESN longer term–including when Rem-Dawg is in the booth! GET WELL, REM-DAWG! I LIKE Viola a LOT! (I am watching ESPN with the sound OFF! Sut “Drive Me Off a Cliffe” is in the booth! AAAAAAAA!!)
GO SOX!

Garry, are there many on this pitching staff (outside of Beckett, until last night!) who CAN stand prosperity?! I haven’t seen that very often! GO SOX!
Julia, join the “I Can’t Post Tonight” Club! SIGH!

HR! WAY TO GO, J-BAY!! GO SOX!

Buchholz can’t stand prosperity. He’s pitching well, gets a 3 run lead and starts throwing the ball all over the place. He’s been behind on every hitter this inning and he can’t pitch like that for long. He’s throwing pretty hard too. Very nice sequence to Ruiz. That’s all he’s gotta do. Changing speeds is like magic.

I’m good greg thanks! Glad to hear things are OK. Good luck! If Clay can bail himself out of this one, that’ll only help his confidence.

Even with this getting knocked around, I would not be surprised to see Halladay pitch a CG!
Get some more runs! GO SOX!

Another 3-1 count to a .206 hitter.

I hope one of these days they can do something with these screwed-up posting times! (But I can wish!…) GO SOX!

I’m glad Clay worked out of that so well! Now come on boys – MORE RUNS!!!!

Well, he didn’t get away clean, but, he got away. Just has to avoid trying too hard.

Hi Mike!!! Hi Garry!!

Hope you guys are well!!

COME ON BOYS!!! RUNS!!!

HEY Jules!

The kid isn’t looking too bad. If he can hold his composure, he’s going to have a great start!

Hey Julia, doing well thanks, and even a little better now with Bay’s HR.

JBAY!!! WHOOO HOOOO!!! RE-SIGN HIM NOW!!!!!

Hey JBay-Baybay!!!

Hey Garry!!! How’re things up by you?

Bay crushed that ball on a line…… an HR in Toronto, a single at Fenway.

When are you coming south again??

I think we are all doing better Garry!

I’ll agree Mike – Clay is doing well – AND even better – they are making Halladay look not so Ace like!!

Jason Bay looked terrible his first two times up but he didn’t miss that pitch. Cmon Buch, throw strikes!!!!
Youkilis got a break twice in that inning. Awesome!!

Garry, the article I read about the Smoltz signing said that he would be willing to pitch as a starter OR as a reliever. I don’t know if that is true or not, but I wish he had done so with us! I think if he had been a reliever from the beginning, he’d have fared much better with us. And if he had not been willing to do that, we should not have signed him, from the BEGINNING! Again, I can wish!… GO SOX!

Ellen….Halladay looked like a used can opener…love that voodoo..you do

Hey Ellen, things are good up here in the Jax area. I’m thinking about the end of September. This month has been hectic and it carries into the beginning of next month. So I might bring Jan and come down for a weekend. I’ll let you know for sure and maybe we can grab that old man of yours and head out to dinner somewhere.

Nice inning by Buchholz. He’s got good stuff and is twice as effective if he can get ahead in the count.

……and Ellen, this time we’ll let you eat! LOL!

Come on, Buch! You’ve been doing fine! You need just one more! GO SOX!

Nice job Buch! Good job getting out of the inning after those infield singles. Buch is pitching the way Beckett needed to last night! HMMM!…

I see Smoltz signed with St. Louis and will be a starter for them. It was sad to watch him pitch for Boston. You just hate to see a pitcher of that caliber get killed like he did. It should be interesting to see how well he does.

“Sittin on the Dockers of the Bay”? Ellen? Hmmm!…

Halladay’s still in there, going for another CG! What Toronto BP? GO SOX!

Who knows, DGN! Anything is possible. The way they were going, though, we would not have made it WITH Lugo and Smoltz!

That turf’s gotta hurt.. Ive heard of turf toe, but how’bout “turf body”?

I’m not sure I’d want Pap to pitch tonight, anyway, DGN–no matter how many pitches he threw last night! :/

good job.. a l’il shaky but a good end to that inning.

Come on Clay! Let’s get out of this. Thank you Ells!!!

Garry – I’m worried – if Smoltz could just further tarnish his career if he is a disaster in St. Louis also.

That would suit me fine, Julia! They need some shaking up/ head rattling! (Just no attending games at Fenway!) ;) GO SOX!

Garry, That sounds great… as long as its somewhere other than Dockers!!! I dont want my ny strip walking across the plate again!! lol

That inning looked a lot worse than it was. A hit that just ticked off Youk’s glove and another that was hit in the exact perfect spot. Good job Buch.

Mike, I’m glad you like that voodoo idooo

While you are up there in Toronto, Julia, get J-Bay signed with us, will ya? ;)

NICE JOB RAMON! THAT’S WHAT A BP IS FOR! GO SOX!

Very effective, Ellen! Remind me never to cross you. Can you do that to the entire NYY pitching staff for me?

Working tonight, just checking in a bit — didn’t expect to see this — we just have to make the playoffs somehow, and this miserable mid June to mid Aug, can be forgotten.

Smoltz joining the cards???? Wouldn’t that be a whole lot of collective eggs on all our faces (and I mean 99% or RSN) if the Cards and the SOX met in the WS this year, and Lugo and Smoltz contributed to taking the series. What are the odds?

we shall not discuss it dg!! lol!

I like that idea Mike! ELLEN!! Get out the voodoo dolls for the Yankee pitchers!!!

Why is Buckholtz out so soon? is he truely done? — with Papelbon thowing like 50 pitches last night, I suppose he is not available tonight.

Our bullpen better NOT blow this for Buchholz! I’d have to drive to Toronto and bang some heads together!!!!

I don’t think we’ll see Pap tonight – I hope to GOD we don’t!!!! Was Clay’s pitch count high? Is that why they took him out??

I just looked at the box – Clay had thrown 94 pitches. I guess Tito felt he had reached his maximum.

I’d be tempted to send Okie out Arnie. If not him, then who? Saito??

Come on guys!! YOU CAN DO THIS!!!

I see Nick Green has been playing 2B in place of Dustin. I hope that means that A-Gonz will be the regular SS when Dustin returns! Can A-Gonz play 2B also? Hmmm!… GO SOX!

HEY! My post times finally caught up with everyone else! Whodathunkit?! :/

V-MART!!! Oh no……Youk was hit again!!!!!!

MY POSTS ARE IN REAL TIME GREG!!!!!

YOUK!!! HE IS DOING all sorts of crazy things to get on!!! LOL!!! LOVE IT!!!!

Nice play by Green.

If you are Tito do you send Okajima out for the ninth?

THREE OUTS!!!! YOU CAN DO THIS BOYS!!!!!

Hey, Arnie, Ellen, DGN, Garry, Julia! I hope y’all have been able to catch my postings, with these screwed up servers! (You know, the ones that are 10 minutes behind! :/ SIGH!) GO SOX!

Nice job, Oki! Nice play, Nick! (Maybe that was his problem? He would play 2B better than SS? Just a thought, since we already have a 2B!) GO SOX!

Mike.. I ahve some luck with the Yankees, but the voodoo dolls I have are old, I’m waiting on the new breed… you know the one with arod posing in front of the mirror.. I had to pay extra for the accessory!!! Lip gloss extra too! shell pink I think it is!! lol.. (SORRY ROBERT!!)

Nice job, Oki! Nice play, Nick! (Maybe that was his problem? He would play 2B better than SS? Just a thought, since we already have a 2B!) GO SOX!

NICE JOB, V-MART! HR!
And then Youk gets hit. Whodathunkit? Good to see Tito was getting fired up about that. Youk looked like he was saying something to the ump at 1B, like “Are you going to throw me out again?”! HMMM!…

Well, no Oki-san, we have Saito-san instead. Here goes! GO SOX!

Nice job, J-Bay! 2 more, Saito! GO SOX!

NICE WIN BOYS!!! WHOOO HOOO!!!!

I have to go pick up my son! Be back!!!

i DONT KNOW ABOUT Y’ALL, BUT I LOVVVVE CAN OPENERS!!!
GOOD JOB BY ALL, AND I DO MEAN ALL!!!!

WAY TO GO SOX! Nice job, Saito and BP!
As bad as that win was last night (who’d have thought we’d have a series win, playing like that?!), we finally are playing like we have some momentum, and some PURPOSE! WAY TO GO! Keep playing like this, guys! GO SOX!

I got to se some of them Greg.. How are your parents doing?? god Blessthem and you…. In my prayers!!!!!
I’ll check out the rest from the office tomorrow morning, its slow tomorrow!!
NIGHT NATIONERS!!!

That’s awesome El! Hope yuo had them sent Express Mail!

Oh, btw.. did anyone read Youks lips when he reached 1st on the HBP?? He called the pitcher something that means adolescent kitty!!! Bad YOUK>>> (not) and Tito had some nice words for the ump too…
COWBOY UP BABY!!!

Thanks so much Ellen. Mother’s doing well, just a little slower to heal than she would have liked (moving in will do that, added to the fact that she can’t sit still!), but she’s about back to full strength. Dad’s was outpatient (!), not cancer! We’ll have to see how he does from here, but he SHOULD be OK! THANKS!
Yeah, Ellen, Youk (and Tito, for a change!) looked like he was daring someone to throw him out! I’ve been waiting to see that for a while! (That’s what we REALLY need, DGN, brawl or no brawl!) GO SOX! Take this momentum into the next series with the Yankees and the Rays, please! GO SOX!

I love that we are heating up just before the Yankee series!!! It was a great win tonight – it was nice for it to be less stressful. Dare we hope for a series sweep tomorrow night! WHOOO HOOOO!!! GO RED SOX!!!!!

It is amazing the Buchholz has been slated against Sabbathia, Verlander and Halladay. He pitched well enough to win all of those games and hung right in there with the big boys. I think he’s come a long way. I thought Tito did the right thing in getting him out after six innings even though he had only thrown 94 pitches. He lost a couple of tough games in a row and it was good to get him out of there with a real chance to get a win. Great job by the bullpen and if necessary, Tito will have Delcarmen, Bard and Papelbon at his disposal tomorrow night.

Ellen, I’ll keep you posted on my next sojourn south, but you have to pick the restaurant.

Great win for the Red Sox especially the Texas lost. I believe Texas blew a 4 run lead. Great win for Clay boy. You will never know baseball. The Jays knocked out our ace in 5.1 innings and we knocked out theirs in 5 innings. It is not polite not to return the favor.
The Sox are sitting alone atop the wc standing. I was surprised to see Oki-san since he pitched an inning (9 pitches only) the night before. I expected to see Ramirez, Saito, and perhaps Cabrera. I?d like to save Oki and the pen for the Yankees series. This is not a knock on Francona. Just my 2 cents.

9-7 very strange record for Jon Lester. He has to pick it up the rest of the season.
Isn’t this like the third straight season Wakefield has gone on long stints on the DL after ALL-Star break?
Had high hopes for Smoltzie, a guy I’m tired of is 3and2 Brad Penny. Next time he pitches see how many times he goes 3-2. Did he ever hear of throwing first pitch strikes.
Facts are facts, the Yankees have a dominant line-up. This weekend could knock the Sox out of any chance, of taking AL East. Better have all the guns loaded, pitching, defense, offense.
Sox should play this series like it was a play-off scenario. Get the mind-set straight for the remaining 40 games.

Sorry, lets beat Toronto first. One game at a time, baby.
GO SOX!

Last thing if I were in Sox positon, I would have brought up Bowden for tonights game against Toronto, and saved Lester for the Yanks.

The Yankees have dominant lineup on paper. But their offense are not blowing teams away, not in the last series (- game 1) against Boston when the Sox bats were deadly dormant. They beat the Oakland 3-2 last night. The Yankees have been beating up on the teams they were supposed to beat and the Sox were unable to do until recently.
Just a thought, why not let Penny pitch tonight on regular 4 day rest and Lester (on extra days rest) tomorrow against the Yankees. I don?t like the matchup between Penny/Pettitte, Tazawa/Burnett at least on paper.

The Red Sox are now 17-2 when Ortiz hits a H.R. Another H.R. for Bay and FINALLY someone on the Red Sox doesn’t hit a solo H.R. Also FINALLY….FINALLY….The Red Sox beat a GOOD pitcher! Halladay was smacked around like Beckett was the night before. Boston had some great at bats last night. Also it was great to see Kotchman steal a base ( that lead to a run ) and Youkilis stole second. I think Boston should run more, pick your spots like they did last night. Youk held his cool when League lined him up last night. Will Lester answer back tonight? I’ll gurantee one thing, if Lester doesn’t, the Red Sox will answer back when the Jays come to Boston at the end of the month.

I guess if you can’t cut in Boston, you end up in St. Louis. I always thought Pawtucket was the Red Sox A.A.A. afilliate. LOL!! They got Pinero ( remember him folks?? ) Lugo, now Smoltz. What’s next??? Traber??? Woodward??? lol. Something tells me Smoltz will do well with the Cards. Smoltz was in the N.L. his entire career and he also has the BEST pitching coach in baseball with him.

a Brian: I would take Farrell over Duncan any time. See how a change of scenery can do to a pitcher and a hitter. Look at Aarsma who has 28 saves and ERA around 2.70 with Seattle. Joel Pinero is with St. Louie too?

007..

Farrell is a good pitching coach but he isn’t in the same sentence as Dave Duncan. Duncan made Jeff Weaver look good during the playoffs in 2005. I never knew that was possible. Weaver takes off for free agency and was last seen catching a wave in Southern California. LOL! Duncan has been doing it for years and years, ever since I was in high school. Long ago. Farrell has only been doing it for a short time. I doubt the baserunners run on Duncan’s pitching staff like they do on Farrell’s. That is everyone’s biggest gripe with Farrell. Other than that I think Farrell is right up there. I just wonder how much long Farrell will be in Boston? He’ll end up as a manager or g.m. somewhere. Then again hiring a pitching coach as a manager usually doesn’t work out. Very few have done well.

a Brian: I guess you are right about Duncan. Funny is that Dave Duncan was never a pitcher. I think he was an infielder hitting below the Mendoza’s line. LOL
Duncan turned Dennis Eckersley into a premier closer at Oakland. The baserunners run on Varitek. Can’t fault Farrell for that.
Duncan is LaRusa’s personal pitching coach. I guess Duncan will retire if and when LaRusa quits managing.

How? How?
The Sox won TWO games in a row. That’s just not possible and yet…here we are.
Unfortunately, due to the schedule, Brad Penny goes against the Yanks this weekend. Wow…certainly can’t wait for that one!
A big part of this of course is David Ortiz and Bay FINALLY getting a streak going. Those two big bats really make a difference.
Clay NEEDS to stay with the Red Sox. How much more does he have to prove. He’s a young Matt Holliday! He’s amazing.

007…
Ducan was mostly a catcher ( he knows a thing or two about pitching )
Most of the time Varitek doesn’t have a chance. I don’t think Johnny Bench, Carlton Fisk or Ivan Rodriguez in there prime would have a chance throwing out a runner if they were the catcher for the Red Sox this year. I’m not saying Varitek is a great catcher but at least give him a chance. I have seen many times this year, the runner wouldn’t even draw a throw. The reason why…The runner had such a big jump on the pitcher and Varitek wouldn’t have a chance at getting the runner. That falls on the shoulders of pitching coach John Farrell! He hasn’t fixed that all year and this just in…too late now!

Andy, I know that runners have been successful stealing against the Sox many times this season and last. I was listening to what Orsillo and Frank Viola were saying the other night. It is NOT always Tek they are running on, many times Tek doesnt have a chance due to the time the pitchers take to get to the plate. They steal (it seems) less on Beckett Lester and Buchholz. Penny is a given as is Dice-K (what is it with that stutter in his delivery and other Japanese pitchers too, Saito for example). I dont exempt Tek from blame in this but simply say that it doesnt entirely fall on his shoulders.. and as for his stiff neck, he needs to tell Heidi to lighten up!!! lol

Ellen,
I had no idea Heidi was so rough and she comes across as so perky and kind…the ACT!
I also want to mention that Lugo is REALLY slumping and I couldn’t be happier…that made my day!

this is my take on this weekends series….a few bloggers have hinted at why not use a spot starter for tonights game and then run lester out against the yankees….this is not what i would do….as much as i hate to admit it…we are playing for the wild card…this isnt bad news though….wild card teams are very cabable of winning the series….this would match us against LA and we all know that we own the angels in a a 5 game series….the yanks would have to play either detroit,whitesox or minn…..i think the whitesox will pull it out somehow….now…..to win the wildcard you need wins period…save your best pitchers to produce wins…that said …if we can sweep the yanks in the fens this weekend…the thinking will change…..i may be wrong but im thinkin this is the FO way of thinking now….if we were 4-5 back from NY you would see lester starting friday…not tonight….i have a warm fuzzy feeling starting though…i see fire in eyes again….if papi can get hot….well we all know what comes with that….the beaning of yuke needs to stop too….the reason he gets nailed isnt cause hes the team leader or the most feared sox batter…the reason is that he dives over the plate….in other words he seems to comfy and pitchers hate that….its one thing taking good rips on balls …but taking away the pitchers outside paint they dont like….make no mistake…he is targeted….go yuke….lol….i wish beckett and lester would buzz more guys like pedro used too….go sox……judge

well judge, per your theory, playing for the wc at this point — means the competition we worry about is the Rays and not the Yanks — and we haven’t fared so well against the Rays in two years.

Poor Texas, their schedule is probably the toughest of all baseball this month, they have to play the Yanks and Tampa, and Min. They will either prove they are one of the teams to beat, or be out of it by the end of this month.

In the mean time – staying ahead of the Rays may prove harder to do than catching the Yanks. Hmmm 7-3 = 4 last time I checked. So I would say our toughest competition to get in the playoffs is the Rays. I like to say, that anything can change in a moment (but sure hope that doesn’t happen for the Angels if we meet again in the playoffs).

Yanks and Rays play each other the last three games of the season, maybe one of them will eliminate the other for us, assuming we are right up there with them.

If the Sox can win tonight and sweep the Yankees, the Sox have a realistic chance of taking the division. And of course the Sox have to keep winning series from there on. The Yanks have to play LAA, White Sox, Tex, and other winning teams. I am not sure their pitching will hold in September. The Sox just have to win one game at a time.
Man, if Drew’s bat wakes up…………………..

Lineup: Ellsbury, Pedroia, Martinez (C), Youkilis, Bay, Ortiz, Lowell, Drew, Gonzalez.
Thank God, they finally drop Drew to the 8th spot where he rightfully belongs.

Dave, Lugo has too much of a hold over you.. Step away from the Lugo Ledge!!!

Hi All!
It was a great win last night – Buchholz looked more like the kid who threw the no-hitter then the scared boy of last season. He still isn’t perfect but I liked what I saw last night. I hope they keep their bats hot tonight – it will give us momentum going into the weekend against the Yankees. I’ll be on and off tonight – I will be watching the Patriots game tonight as well.

GO RED SOX!!!!

This is the best lineup against a LHP. Go Sox.

What tcd – we are playing ourselves? Where were you to congratulate us on our wins the last two nights? If you come to annoy then you must also come to praise – or else please don’t bother wasting all those “11000010101010″ with your gibberish.

I would agree 007 – it is the best lineup that we have had all season. Good luck to Ellsbury tonight – hope he can get the monkey off his back and set the record. And someone needs to tell Pedey – WE NEED PICTURES!!!!

Oh no Ellen – is Dave still blinded by Lugo?? DAVE!!! Walk towards the light!

GREG – if you pop in- how’s your Dad doing today? And you mom??

Let’s GO RED SOX & PATRIOTS!!! Got to love this time of year!! And keep of the wishes that Hurricane Bill follows the track to take it away from shore – we don’t need it coming any further inland.

Be back for the game. Good news on Wake starting with the PawSox tomorrow night. Wonder what the guys will have for dinner! :-)

And get ready for the Rem-Dawg’s return! WHOOO HOOOO!!!

tcd!! Good to see you! Thanks for thinking of us. I know deep down you are one of us, and are hoping for the best for each and every RSN member. We appreciate it! I’ll say it for you: GO SOX!! GO SOX!! GO SOX!!

Hi all. Had family in for the last few days and they commandeered my computer! Back on track now. Hey 007. I sure do like your optimism pal. A sweep of the Yankees!!! Possible I guess but highly improbable IMO. I will take a win tonight and everyone else around us to lose! GO SOX.

Hi Paul – Welcome back!

And Arnie – it is so nice of you to help tcd out! That is one of the best qualities of Brownie Points – how we care for each other!!

GO SOX!!!

You guys are right. I need to forget about Lugo!
Tonight is when the Sox break the curse of Lugo and beat the Lugo Jays. Lugo Lester is on the mound and will pound those Lugo jays into the Julio ground. Tonight is when we Lugo shine! The Lugo Sox are FINALLY going to get a Julio sweep.
Let’s hear it for the Lugo’s!

I hope Smoltz does well in St. Louis. He is a class act. I don’t know why the Sox did not try him from the pen. I watched his pitching closely, and noticed that the ones that got smashed were not really bad pitches, they just seemed to be a tad off being good pitches. He was hitting his marks, he just wasn’t getting a lot of movement on the ball, and he may have been inadvertently tipping his pitches. It might be just a matter of making some small adjustments.

Good win tonight! I agree with those who say watch out for the Rays. Even if we win all 6 of the remaining games with the Yanks, all else being equal, we would still be one down on them. The Yanks have had the potential all along – they seem now to be finally playing as a team. That is scary. We can hope the wheels fall off their wagon, while at the same time watching out for the Rays and the Rangers breathing down our necks.

Ummm….Dave – would you perhaps care for a glass of wine…or maybe something a little stronger??

Let’s just make it simple — Go Red Sox Lugo fans everywhere!

Tonight’s lineups
Red Sox………………………………………Blue Jays
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF……………………….Marco Scutaro, SS
Dustin Pedroia, 2B………………………. Aaron Hill, 2B
Victor Martinez, C……………………….. Vernon Wells, CF
Kevin Youkilis, 1B……………………….. Rod Barajas, C
Jason Bay, LF……………………………..Kevin Millar, 3B
David Ortiz, DH…………………………. Randy Ruiz, DH
Mike Lowell, 3B………………………….Edwin Encarnacion, 3B
J.D. Drew, RF…………………………….Juan Bautista, LF
Julio Lugo SS………………………Travis Snider RF

This lineup was reported by NESN.

Hey Dave, isn’t Julio Gallo playing SS for the Sox now? His brother Ernest is the BatBoy.

Ellen – I think Dave is too far gone for us to reach him with words – maybe we need to use pictures?

There is a tornado watch in Toronto!!!!

A Walk for the new Daddy!!! YAY!!!

DAVE THERE IS NO, I REPEAT NO, ONE MORE TIME, NO LUGO CURSE.
We now have a shortstop named Alex Gonzalez now. He doesnt have a great big nat but he is pkugging the HOLE that WAS shorstop for our RedSox!!!! remember.
NO CURSE!!!

go-oooooooooo sox-xxxxxxxxxxxx
woooooooooooooooo

Julia you are right. That mixture of Vodka and 80 proof Whiskey was not strong enough. Give me a second…I’ll try something stronger.

Did you know that in Armenian the word “Lugo” refers to a creature that is half human half goat and half bird, with a little lizard thrown in? This creature exhales smoke and flames and has a shrill piercing cry that has been known to shatter glass. Greg will back me up on the Armenian translation, I’m sure.
How he got to be a baseball player is not well known at this time. National Geo confirmed the findings. He’s also partly responsible for global warming and those shattered bats we see so often, twice last night with Kotchman’s lumber. The Armenian Devil. Also known as Lugo.

You can do it DAVE!!!!! We are here to help you….help you drink too!!! LOL!!!!!

Arnie – that is fascinating…..you kow – I might have that special on NatGeo…

hmm…not sure I like how this is starting…….

Anyone want to see Buchholz pitching tonight????

Thanks Julia. I just drank it. Now I’ll going to call 911 while I still have time (LOL)

It will help – trust me Dave!!!

Well one run is better then it could have been!

PATRIOTS COMING ON!!! YAY!!!!

And no runs….come on bats!!!

LESTER!!! HOLD THEM!!!!

Dave – did you place the call??? LOL!!

Okay – good job holding them – let’s get some runs boys!!!

DREW!!! WHOOO HOOOO!!!!

I did Julia. Paramedics and stomach pumps are a wonderful thing.
B.T.W:
Yesterday was the anniversary of the death of Rome’s first dictator Octavian Augustus. Augustus ruled over 40 years and died in his 70′s. Sadly his successors lived…shorter lives…actually MUCH shorter lives.
Dave…

I’ll drink to that Dave!!

I like that we got one run BUT I don’t like to see us leaving 2 runners with no OUTS!!!!

You got all Bay – that is all that matters!!!1

What was that whole “double balk”, whatever thing that just happened that sent Bay to 3rd?

DREW!!! 2nd HR?? LOVE IT!!!!!

That is weird – they are opening the roof in the middle of the inning in Toronto?

Hey gang, there is a new thread up!

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