Sizing up the Sox

Now that Theo Epstein has completed his last significant move of the season, getting Billy Wagner in the much-discussed deal with the Mets, it is a good time to look at the team as a whole.

And Epstein seemed fairly optimistic about a club that now includes Victor Martinez, Alex Gonzalez and Wagner.

Of late, the Red Sox have been crushing the ball. The bullpen only gets better with Wagner. And the rotation will get Tim Wakefield back Wednesday, and perhaps Daisuke Matsuzaka by Sept. 8.

“I think we’ve been through a lot,” Epstein said. “It hasn’t been one of those years where everything works like clockwork. If you look at the different elements of the team, our lineup is really talented and really deep. We have a lot of different options and we’re scoring a lot of runs now and I’d like to think that’s going to stay for the majority of the rest of the season. I think this team is perfectly capable of scoring a lot of runs and can certainly hit enough to win.

“Our bullpen is probably, I’d like to think, it’s very deep and talented and a lot of different looks now from the left and right side. It’s been a strength all year and I hope it continues to be a strength.

“And our starting rotation, the main issues in the middle of the season here have been the stability of the back half of the rotation. That’s something that we continue to work through. Clay Buchholz has had a pretty good second half of the season. I’d like to see him continue to build on that. We have a couple of different pitchers close to coming off the disabled list who have done a lot in their big league careers and I’d like to think they can help stabilize the back half of the rotation as well. We’re in the middle of it and we have our work cut out for us. There’s no guaranteed road to the postseason. There’s none in the offseason. There’s not in Spring Training. There’s not during the year. There’s not now. We’ve got to fight for it and I think we’re prepared to do that and we like the roster we have to try to get that done.”

What can the Red Sox expect from Dice-K?

“It remains to be seen what we’ll get. I don’t think anyone can say with any certainty. I will say that he’s worked as hard as a human being can possibly work under the circumstances to get back. He’s lost some bad weight, added some good core weight, some good core muscle strength and he’s getting through his delivery a lot better. I watched his rehab outing the other day on the web cam that we have down there. He was getting through his delivery a lot better. His arm was working well. He showed better shape to his breaking ball. Better command of his fastball down in the zone. So we’ll see. It was against a rookie ball opponent. We’ll see how he does as he works his way up. I don’t think we’re counting on him to be a savior. But I don’t think it’s unrealistic to hope that he can contribute in some way in September.”

One other interesting nugget from Epstein is that part of the reason ownership was so willing to pay the money necessary to land Wagner is that there were significant incentive bonuses for both John Smoltz and Brad Penny that won’t be used.

“I should note that ownership deserves an awful lot of credit here. We had a couple of starting pitchers who were due to make a lot of money in performance bonuses and due to some developments in recent days, and recent weeks, it was clear there’s going to be a savings,” Epstein said. “Some of the money budgeted for performance bonuses, it’s probably not going to end up getting paid out. So instead of just pocketing that money, we were allowed to look for ways to improve the club, improve our chances of getting to the postseason and winning a World Series. This was a redirection of those funds. I think a lot of ownership groups would have just said, ‘great, let’s come in under budget, let’s keep the money.’ This ownership group does whatever it takes to win. Redirecting those savings for someone like a Billy Wagner made a lot of sense.”

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Hideki Okajima and Manny Delcarmen warming up in the Boston bullpen. #redsox

Rangers up 7-5 over Yankees

UGH!!! Posting issues!!!!

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Jason Bay: 4-for-21 (.190) with 0 home runs and 2 RBIs in his last six games with 10 Ks. #redsox Can you say streaky?

UGH!!! What the heck were those plays??????

V-Mart – yeah. Francona made the right moves.

Finally Tito knows how to manage a close game.

What a shame …… Tek never had a chance on that pitch that hit the corner of the plate and bounced crazy. I can’t believe the Sox haven’t banged Garcia all over Fenway Park.

Garry – sadly – after all the runs we’ve scored the last few games – can they keep it up? We really should be doing better then this. Can we just get out of this inning?

Rangers now up 8-5

What a crazy way for the White Sox to take the lead. Lester might have thrown his best curve of the night but it results into a W.P. and the tying run. Wow.

The bats have been silent tonight, time for them to wake up!

This is our chance to break this open. No squanders please!!

That is what a Captain should do. Step up and make something happen. Way to go Varitek.

Martinez has had alot of big hits with Boston already, I want (1) more.

A gigantic squander. By the time this posts, the game might be over. It is just horrible!

NO!!! Green is in running for Tek. V-Mart hitting for A-Gonz….so Green will stay in at Short….UGH!!!

his is getting fun again!!!! AND NO BUCHHOLZ!! lol!!!

$1 million? WHOO HOOOO!! Thank you!!!

UGH!!! Youk!!! We need a hit there!!!!

AND I can’t post!!!!!!!

A gigantic squander! By the time this posts the game might be over!

Julia…

I want Buchholz running for Varitek. lol.

Martinez comes thru in the clutch…Again!

Brian, ask and ye shall receive.

Garry…

I want everyone on this blog to win a million dollars. Also another thing, no more Staats, Migrane and of course Kevin Kennedy. lol.

Just another night at the yard.

Garry…

I want everyone on this blog to win a million dollars. Also another thing, no more Staats, Migrane and of course Kevin Kennedy. lol.

Just another night at the yard.

LOL, that’s not much to ask for Brian. I’ll be checking my mailbox tomorrow for my million dollar check. LOL!

I would not bring in Delcarmen to face Rios if Okajima gets the out here.

Okie needs a changeup here.

I think this is a very bad move to bring Delcarmen in. Oki is throwing well and is effective against right handed hitters. Delcarmen has lost something on his fast ball and is no longer throwing the ball by hitters. I think he’s tired. I hope Tito proves me wrong here…… but I don’t like it.

I think I have seen it all. Oki should have made that catch, it was a pop up. Also great throw by Martinez, wow.

We look to be self-destructing here. What in hell is going on?

UnBAYlieveable.

Delcarmen coming in.

Could this game be any stranger????

Hey Ellen. There is a new thread!

WE GOT OUT OF IT!!!!

We need runs!!!!

JBAY!!! WHOO HOOO!!!

A 2 out run!! WHOO HOOO!! This game has it ALL!!!!

Oh….god….pap! PLEASE THE GOOD PAP!!!!

More runs! I love it! GO SOX.

Did we need THIS win!!! I love it!! They worked hard to get it – didn’t always look pretty – but they did it!!!!

Texas & TB are still winning – so the standings will probably stay the same.

Night all! Wonder what move the Red Sox will make tomorrow!

And we have Wakefield back tomorrow!!!

Waiting on Wake. Let’s hope he is on top of his game, because when he is, you all know how great he can be.

As for Wagner, maybe he can teach Paps how to really pitch beyond trying to blow fastballs past the hitters. It’s gonna be interesting to see how things work out between those two.

My condolences to the Kennedy family for the passing of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. Regardless of ones political view, the Kennedy family has contributed so much to the country.

It was a bad move to bring in Delcarman (that?s the spot for Wagner if he is with the team) with bases loaded and he threw 2 straight balls. I thought for a moment the game is ovah, the season is ovah with Tex leading the Yanks. Luckily the move worked. Whew!
Just a few observations: What does Lester have to do get some run support? Perhaps Lester should buy a filet minion dinner for the team.
The V factor, Francona would not likely pinch run for Tek if V-Mart is not available. The Sox have felt the impact of V-Mart again. It doesn?t matter who the opposing team brings in as a pitcher. V-Mart just switched to the other side of the plate.
The Yanks may (a big may) win the division. The Fatboy is washed up. AJ Burnett is fragile, and Donutboy has proven playoffs history of being a donut boy, and Pettitte is a toss up. So there is hope, just keep winning.

Once upon a time, the Dodgers have an insurmountable lead in the NLW. Now the lead is cut down to 2. Have faith!

007….

The Dodgers looked like a lock for the playoffs but not the case anymore. I guess the honeymoon is over for Zazu, they booed him the other day. Now that is funny, I never knew folks in L.A. could boo. lol. The Rockies are looking like the Rockies of 2007. Back in 2007, they started there run in Sept. The Rockies look like they are having a blast playing baseball. It seems any game late, the Rockies will win.

Francona’s move worked with Delcarmen but that is one thing I’ll give props to Francona…He isn’t afraid and some managers are. I thought when Delcarmen was put in, a hit for sure for Chicago. Delcarmen gets the W even though he threw (3) pitches and only (1) strike. Then again if Oki could have made the play on that little pop-up that inning wouldn’t have been that bad. He looked a little leaguer on that play, then again those kids from Williamsport would have made that play.

It will be very interesting too see how Martinez does with Wakefield tonight. I give major props to Martinez on this one. The guy has never caught a knuckleball but he will try tonight on the biggest stage….A major league game. Who can ever forget Josh Bard that night in Cleveland. Also John Flahery tried in spring training and retired. Of course Flaherty will say otherwise. LOL!!

With the Wagner deal, and the Tampa series coming up, I keep thinking of 2 nemisis, might be negated in tough situations. Carlos Pena, and Carl Crawford. Something to think about.

Ian – Not sure if you read these comment or not but I have a question for you…

Now that the Red Sox have bolstered their roster with Alex Gonzalez, Victor Martinez and Billy Wagner – who do you think will join the team from AAA Pawtucket in the September pennant race? I would like to get your predictions/insights on who you think will join the team and what moves you think will prove most beneficial.

Thanks!
Jen
http://faithful.mlblogs.com

Julia, regarding your Chamberlain references last night… It’s Joba “the butt”….. not Joba the hut!! lol

Brian: It was a daring move on the part of Francona. A lot of managers would call on Pap for a 4 out save. Oki pitched well, almost pitched out of the jam he created himself. Oki struck out Prysinski or whoever with runners on 1st and 3rd for out No. 2. I would let Oki finish off the inning or bring in Pap. When the count was 2-0 on DC, I thought he would walk to load the bases and surrender a hit as customarily we have seen. Then the game would be ovah, the season would be ovah. Very close call.
V-Mart will be doing fine catching Wake. I have good feeling about Wagner. He is yough on both righties and lefties.

Hi guys… You know all the problems that we’ve had with the amount of time it takes to post a comment?? Well I have changed my browser to mozilla and the problem has been reduced so much that I changed it at work too. This computer was THEE worst. Mozilla also has a built in spell check to everything you type. Why not try it??

I just posted that.. what a difference!!!!

Hey Brian, Your fantasy team is going to make it to the playoffs!!!! and our fearless commissioner is not!!! Well he can still write about it!!

Ellen,
I have been using Firefox for years. Great browser but if you want SPEED and I mean SPEED use Opera. It’s as fast as it gets. Problem with Opera…and its strength is its resistance to support any type of ASP (Active Server Pages e.g. Microsoft’s web page engine) making it not work on a lot of sites. ASP is inherently buggy and security flaw ridden which is why Opera said enough is enough. Opera has the fastest page rendering engine on the market. You won’t beat it!
Bosoxbrian,
I too share your grief over Ted Kennedy. Regardless of viewpoint, brain cancer is a horrible way to go and he suffered. I’m so sorry for the family.
Everyone,
I really thought we’d bring back our third catcher. Bummer. Tim has a lot of pressure now and I hope Vic has been practicing. I remember 2004. Tim McCarver couldn’t believe how Tim Wakefield got out of that jam considering that Jason Varitek was a mess catching that ball.
Finally.
Had to share this one with you. It was released that death row inmates share their organs with the population s as part of the organ transplant team. OK that was horrifying.

..and your “by” line here has changed back to bjoyce again!!

One note…
That was China doing the organ transplants…Not the U.S….China that had that report. A.P. this morning.

I am looking forward to seeing how Dice K progresses through his rehab outings.. It would be awesome if he came back to full strength for September.. on the other side of the coin, I’m cautious about expectations for him.
(I’m so excited that I can post so quickly!!!)

RIP Ted Kennedy.. Who will be the Patriarch of the Kennedy Clan now?? There doesn’t seem to be an “heir apparent”… I don’t think that this generation of Kennedy’s is anywhere near as strong as the last.

moanin all……lookin good….but we are playing a weak team…like i said yesterday i live in the windy city area(yack) and i watched the post game comments…i swear its a prerequisite to have no common sense to be an analyst for chicago sports…after the game one of the daily wgn sports analysts says” well we are losing to a team that really isnt that good”….he further stated that they arent the sox of old and the chisox should be able to handle them….good friggin lord…..im sitting here think you guys are around 500 ball playing in one of the worst divisions in basball and you can make a comment like that?…..maybe i should apply for his job….i know im biased but good lord how moronic can you be….they seem to think peavy is their savior too….i would say why do you think peavy wanted to stay in SD,AND NOT COME TO THE AL….they will find out hes an average pitcher out of that sd park and in the american league….sigh…..anyhoo after timmy gets em really out of wack i expect a sweep….watch for some fireworks tonight cause im thinkin the azzwipe ozzie is gonne go nuts on someone soon…ive watched him manage for a few now and he is the manager that just amazes me how he can survive gettin fired….yes tito i would take over ozzie lol…somethin will happen tho….either during or after game…go sox…..judge

as for ellens comments….this is what i expect from the dice man…being asian and putting his foot in his mouth im thinkin his pride kicked in and will come back rollin….we will have josh,the molester,dice man, and timmy ready for the playoffs….i still think buchy isnt ever gonna be an ace….a good 3 man maybe but not an ace….he loses concentration to easy…and you dont see that evil eye thingy….hes got good stuff but just not that extra tier stuff….wheres hansack anyhoo….i figured he would be a cog this yr….my agenda would be to trade paps,buchy,and possible taz or bowden in the offseason for a killer plr….ie halladay, a gonzo,or a plr in that category….maybe dan haren can be had for some of those plrs and some offense….hmmmm….but for now lets keep rollin….judge

Hey Judge… What do you need to lock up your playoff spot??
SP, a bat?? I’m out of it…..If there is anything “legal” I can do let me know.

im hopin im good ellen…i got beckett,j johnson,and happ as SP….and my line up is loaded…im in the last play off spot but hamilton seems to be hittin and young has been carryin my team with fielder and bay…im gettin back j upton tonight so i should be good….another starter might be in order but i have wolf and bucholz pitchin pretty good….l would be locked up now if it wasnt for beckett last week…he cost me the big points….i still should have atleast 5th headin in but im thinkin 4th…the 5-6 teams play each other the last week and as long as they dont go 50-50 in points i should nab 4th(i have a weak opp)…..so if i can get another med range starter i might be good….i think i might wait for sept call ups tho cause i have 4 smokin triple a kids commin up in sept that i think i can spot start….mark my words tho…if tko(al) manages to have a 9 point or above week….next week he will knock drama out of play offs and be a real force….his last 8 weeks hes laid waste to teams and marched from dead last to in contention….ty anyways tho but its pretty hard to get a trade thru now with playoffs loomin….it would have to be a really even trade….ill look at your roster tho sweety and ty….judge

i just checked and yes u might have my cog i need very bad….i forgot you had masterful…his numbers are medicre to most fantasy managers but i think he will make a charge down the stretch….cleveland might do somethin with them playin spoilers and he can help me in whip and SO….ILL SEND YOU AN OFFER LUV…JUDGE

Lowell sits. Kotchman at 1B.

I dont know if I like that move as hot as Lowell has been. Iknow that he needs to be rested every so often, but…..
But, if necessary, he can be placed in the game later.

Hi All!

I share your sadness at the passing of Ted Kennedy. It is the end of an era. Prayers to his family. He will be buried at Arlington National Ceremony, next to his brother. It seems right.

The lineups for tonight:

Red Sox
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. Victor Martinez, C
4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
5. David Ortiz, DH
6. Jason Bay, LF
7. J.D. Drew, RF
8. Casey Kotchman, 1B
9. Alex Gonzalez, SS
– Tim Wakefield, RHP

White Sox
1. Jayson Nix, 2B
2. Gordon Beckham, 3B
3. A.J. Pierzynski, C
4. Paul Konerko, 1B
5. Jim Thome, DH
6. Jermaine Dye, RF
7. Carlos Quentin, LF
8. Alex Rios, CF
9. Alexei Ramirez, SS
– Gavin Floyd, RHP

GO WAKE!!!! And I really hope V-Mart can catch him!!!!

They are having a small memorial service for Ted Kennedy at the start of the game.

God Bless the Kennedy Family. Nice tribute to “Uncle Teddy”.

wooooooooooooooo
go-ooooooooooooooosox-xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
(good luck Tim AND Victor)

Nice tribute to Ted Kennedy..
my post got lost, I think!!
woooooooooooooo
go-ooooooooooooosox-xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Good luck to both Wake and Victor!!
Nice to have you back Timmy!!!

It was a great on Ellen.

LET’S GO WAKE!!! WHOOO HOOOO!!!

GO RED SOX!!!!!

Nice first out for Wake! So far so good.

Wake is having trouble running.

YOUK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great catch!!!

What a start for Wake! Every pitch was a strike. Too bad about that infield single, but Wake looks sharp. Go Sox!!

His pitches are great Arnie and so far V-Mart has done okay! Let’s hold them this inning also!!

That second inning was GREAT for Wake!! Let’s get him some run support!!!!!

PAPI!!! Solo HR 1-1!!!

I’m here, just not saying much… you know me… if they dont know i’m here…..

Another 1-2-3 for Wake! WHOO HOOO!!! Keep it up boys!!!

oops, I’m outta here!

Hi Ellen!

Bye Ellen! lol!

Yankees up 3-0 in the bottom of the third.

Nice double play. What’s really nice is you don’t have to worry that the throw from short will end up in the stands. Thanks Agonz.

Amen to that Arnie. It is nice having an infield we can feel confident about. I’d like our bats to hit up some tonight. We need some run support for Wake.

This team really needs to find a way to score a few runs when it encounters really good pitching. I know that is easier said than done, but it seems like good pitching really shuts us down pretty good, more so than in the past years. Many games this year with 0,1,2 runs scored. Mights as well start proving that tonight!

I thought Ortiz was going to get another HR! He is getting some good contact and is working the pitch count.

They are having a small memorial service for Ted Kennedy at the start of the game.

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Another wild throw by V-Mart on a basestealer…that’s 3 throwing errors in 3 straight games for Martinez. He’s not a good defensive catcher

V-Mart needs to remember that Pedey is NOT 7 feet tall – or even 6!

Did you see Wakefield running to back up third on that play? He was moving pretty well. What’s with Vmart airmailing the ball into center twice lately?? Cmon Victor!!
Good job to get out of that little jam, Wake!!

3 throwing errors? I missed one. At least Tek doesn’t give away an extra base when he throws. Cmon Victor!!!!

I wonder if Wakefield is loosening up a bit as the game is going on. He is getting it done. I’ll have to say he is doing better then I had hoped he would. We just need some run support……

Martinez is doing a great job catching Wake tonight. He looks relaxed. I still miss Doug (Kojak) Mirabelli.

Yahooooo Agonz!!! Why wait for the big boys, do it yourself!!! Way to go!!!

A-GOnz!! A shortstop who can field and hit!!! Got to love it!!!

Wakefield continues to look great in the 7th! I honestly did not think he would get this far.

A-Gonz is doing it all tonight! I think he wants to win it for Wake!!!

Let’s get some more runs boys!!!

Who would have thunk Wakefield would have gone this deep into the game. Also great job by Martinez behind the dish, handling a knuckleball for the first time in his career. Watching Martinez, you wouldn’t know it. More importantly, Wakefield has confidence in Martinez behind the plate.

More breathing room please. Runs…runs..runs!

Ellen,

Martinez as you said was taken the Pony Express, is Wagner walking to Boston? lol. Wagner got permission from the Red Sox to go home and he’ll be ready to go tom. night. What happened to the days when players got traded and would be on that team the next day and in some cases on that team the same day he got traded. Those days are ovah!

V-Mart did do a great job! Will Kottaras be brought up on September 1st? Wake has 94 pitches he might be done.

Take Ram-Ram OUT NOW!!!!!!

Julia…

I’m guessing Kottaras will be up Sept. 1. Kottaras also did a solid job with Wakefield this year.

Wakefield pitched so good but he’ll have nothing to show for it. Wake’s next start will be against the Rays and his numbers in the dome are very good. This time missed by Wakefield will only make him a better pitcher, he’ll be fresh in Sept. for the first time in years.

Nice job by Wake tonight. Didn’t take the pen long to take his win away though. Too bad. Also, Martinez looks like a natural back there catching the knuckler. He was picking Wake’s pitches clean with a first baseman’s mitt.

……Konerko scares the hell out of me. He is so dangerous.

Once again a baserunner could crawl to second. Huge jump off of Ramirez. Ramirez is fighting himself out there tonight.

I was delighted with how Wake pitched tonight Brian. Kottaras will give us some more options also. I can’t believe that Wake will NOT get a decision tonight! ugh! Ram-Ram is NOT being impressive.

Couldn’t ask for more from Wake! In hindsight Bard should have started the inning.

That should give Bard lots of confidence. His outings have been shaky lately but he blew Thome away.

Julia, with Martinez being so effective catching Wake tonight, I don’t see a role for Kottaras. If all else is equal, you always put Martinez’ bat in the lineup. Plus, Tito’s job becomes easier as Wake’s games are games Martinez can catch and Tek can legitimately sit.

Dunno if Mikey is in the lineup would make a difference.

I think there are lot of decisions that Tito et all have to make Garry – I’m just glad I don’t have to!!

PAPI!!! WHOOO HOOOO!!!!!!

Bard should have started the 8th, that’s his spot.

Vintage Papi there. He took a mighty cut and got all of it. Since June 6th he is second in the AL in home runs, according to Orsillo. Nice win. Too bad Wake doesn’t get the “W”.

Hindsight is always 20/20 007 ….. Ramirez has been effective in that role most of the year. Bard on the other hand has not been reliable lately. I really have no problem with Ramirez in the 8th.

Alex Gonzales is a wizard at shortstop. I heard some things about his diminishing range but I haven’t really seen much of that so far. What I have seen is a guy who makes all the plays, very smoothly. Pitchers must have so much more confidence in the defense with him out there.

These guys are guessing location with Bard tonight because they can’t catch up with him. With that in mind, he is better off keeping the ball up in the strike zone. Anyone can catch up with a low pitch.

Rios had no chance, Bard throws (2) pitches at 100 m.p.h. and then drops a nasty slider in there. Unhittable stuff.

A walk off HR. Big Papi………………………………!!!!!!!
Where is Ellen??

Vintage Ortiz …….. I couldn’t be happier for him. He’s been through a lot this year and there’s no better way for him to generate some love than to do it with his bat. Way to go Papi.

The Sox haven’t had a walkoff for a long time! The win should be dedicated to Wakefield for his triumphant return to the rotation. 2 up on the wc. The Tex is losing big to the Yanks.

Bard gets his first win of his big league career.

That ball Ortiz hit was CRUSHED. Ortiz has 22 H.R.’s….It looks like he’ll end up with over 30 H.R.’s. He got off to that HORRIBLE start, I didn’t think he would hit more than 20. That H.R. he hit was something he would do all the time. Perhaps we’ll see more of those. If this team is going to go anywhere, his bat is needed. Another H.R. (2 tonight ) for Ortiz and that usually means a W for the good guys.

So many great things to write about this game!!!! Ramon Ramirez NOT being one of them!!! Then again, just about every reliever has given up a crucial run this season,, This time of year all homeruns just are MORE CRUCIAL!!! But I will leave it at hat for now… I’m off to the land of NahnyNahny!! So nite-nite nationers!!!! See all of you loverly people in the a.m.!!!

Bard blew those Chixsox hitters away like flies. Just 1 frigging ball Bard threw all night. Nice to have his confidence back. Let’s not forget A Gonzo’s HR.

What a great end to the game! If Wake didn’t get the win I’m glad Bard did. They struggled for the win – and they got it!!! It was a great win. And Wags should be in the house tomorrow. I wonder who will be sent down?

Unbelievable. JP Howell just blew a save and a win in the bottom of the 9th to the Jays. Gave up a game-tying PH HR to Barajas, then threw a WP with the bases load to bring in the winning run.

2.5 up on Texas, 4 up on TB. Wakefield is back, Papi is back. All is well tonight.

Brad Penny asked to be released and his wish was granted.
A great win indeed. All the Sox need is just one of the big bats to hit in clutch. During the TB and Yankees series, all bats went to sleep at the same time.
Looking back Theo’s low budget off season acquisitions, Smoltz was a flop. Penny though not spectacular did win some games for the Sox. Saito is Ok and don’t expect to see him back next year.
The trades that reap immediate dividends have to be V-Mart and A Gonzo and yet to see to how Wagner fares.
My concern is whether Beck had two consecutive off days or the tank is near empty. We will find out on Friday.

Julia…

I’m guessing Penny will be Designated For Assignment and that will make room for Wagner. Theo has been very busy in the last month or so. Lots and lots of moves. Getting rid of dead weight and I would classify Penny as dead weight.

I’m with RonKelly, all is well. Boston has more breathing room in the w.c.

If Wake was hammered, the Sox would likely retain Penny and place Wake back in the DL. Penny?s problem is his fastball though hits 95 it has no movement. It?s high time to say adios.
I forgot about Ram Ram who has done a fine job as 7th and 8th inning guy. But his ERA escalates by each month.
Pitchers like Saito and Ram Ram can be a closer for many ML teams.
Talking about closer David Aardsma has an era of 2-34 and 30 saves for Seattle.

Morning all! You are all right – it is Penny! Mike (shakenbake) sent me the link:

http://www.nesn.com/2009/08/report-red-sox-release-brad-penny.html

There were reports after the game last night that Theo and Tito met with Penny before Tito met with the press and that Penny left the ballpark after that. I wish him well. Perhaps, like Smoltz, Boston just wasn’t the place for him.

Morning all,
I’m still thinking about Ted Kennedy today. I guess because I grew up in Massachusetts and he was a living political memory. He was a dynamic speaker and a presence on the Boston News channels that my parents here every night.
I guess what really sunk home to me was the passage of time. What ever happened to the last 45 years. Whew…times is short in a lifetime isn’t it.
On other news, what a win by Boston. I always will say that Tim Wakefield is my favorite player on the team. I will miss him when he retires. I hope Boston picks him up for next year. With all the negative press on him, he’s probably the most focused, selfless player in MLB today. He will live a great life as he has, because he lacks envy and that is a character trait that will give him much happiness. Besides, compared to most of us, 4$ million a year is what we could live on for life!

Dave…

After the game and not before. As I said it all depended on how Wake fared.

I might also add I will miss Penny. I felt his attitude was great and he was a fun guy. I’m sorry that his abilities were unable to hold him in Boston.
It was probably a wise move to move on. No starting pitcher wants to be stuck in the bullpen but he had far more class that Colon who just walked out on the team. Asking to be released and giving a good statement reflects his general class attitude and I was very impressed. He didn’t tear up his uniform nor this he go away frustrated. Good for him…or at least that’s what he expressed to the press.
I can’t imagine a tougher life than a baseball player. You’re always in the public spotlight and while the money in extraordinary, we’re all human as well.
Dave…

I might also add I will miss Penny. I felt his attitude was great and he was a fun guy. I’m sorry that his abilities were unable to hold him in Boston.
It was probably a wise move to move on. No starting pitcher wants to be stuck in the bullpen but he had far more class that Colon who just walked out on the team. Asking to be released and giving a good statement reflects his general class attitude and I was very impressed. He didn’t tear up his uniform nor this he go away frustrated. Good for him…or at least that’s what he expressed to the press.
I can’t imagine a tougher life than a baseball player. You’re always in the public spotlight and while the money in extraordinary, we’re all human as well.
Dave…

What is it with these double posts. Sorry.

007…

I think Saito’s day as a closer are ovah. Ramirez has the stuff to be a closer but in Boston he is perfect where he is…one of the set-up guys for Papelbon. Ramirez is one of the main reasons the Sox have a solid bullpen. He got off to a great start but he hasn’t done all that well lately but I still think he can get the job done. No excuse with the longball to Podsenick. Thome, Konerko or Dye yes but not to that little guy.

The Brad Penny era is ovah! Amen! At the time I thought it was a decent move but he has proven nothing in the last month or so. Penny should go to St.Louis, that is where all the Red Sox rejects go! LOL!

I wish Penny luck. Penny was accorded the adequate courtesy of the presence of John Henry, Theo. Uncle Tito, and the Dir of Baseball Operations at the post game meeting. I wish a NL team will pick him up. I doubt it will be a contending team though.
Brian: With Wagner on board, I think Ramirez will mainly be a middle relief guy. Wagner and Bard will be the primary setup man for Pap. Wagner will occasionally close if Pap is not available.
There were many positives came out of the last night?s game. Among others things, Wake?s ace like performance, Bard?s confidence, V-Mart can comfortably catch a knuckleballer, and Ortiz?s bat.
I don?t expect Tazawa to pitch another scoreless 6 innings. He will give up hits, at least one in each inning but won?t surrender too many runs. Go Sox and Texas and Jays.

Great Morning everyone… Just thought that I would savor the win overnight, while I was dreaming, before I commented on it.
I think that Wake was SPECTACULAR. The only sweat he had going on was due to the heat. He looked calm and collected throughout his performance. And although there were not a huge number of hits last night, the ones that they did get WERE KEY!!!!! (as I write this Dan Patrick is getting ready to interview Francona… I’m going to wait for that until I finish this).
Well I ‘m still waiting for him to come on, so I’ll continue till he does.

What a great thing it was for Theo to bring AGon home. Can you think back to a couple of Penny’s starts at the beginning of the season?, when Lugo and Green booted numerous infield balls?? And hurt his cause drastically?? I remember all of us talking about it. I think that if AGon had been here at the beginning of the season. Penny may have had a much different season.

I have seen, in the past few games, something that I couldn’t see before. CHEMISTRY, GLUE, COMERADERIE, FUN! It seems those things have found their way back into the RedSox clubhouse and onto their field. It feels good to this RSNationer.
Well they’ve pushed back the Francona interview so I’ll check back in after that .
idobelieveidobelieveidoidoidoidobelieve!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i got a comment for yuke and his rebuttle to the fan thingy…i love yuke….i cant think of a single plr id rather have on my team more than him….but his statements concerning how the fans should be just positive is absolute bs….if somethin bothers yuke he says somethin about it…ask manny who he ********** and others….now i like this part of him cause if he would do that more maybe there wouldnt be prolonged slumps….a simple ” hey man how about a lil extra work in the cage or taking infield(which is non existant now) or maybe just a lil more concentration …in a bad economy,more stress,less free time,alot of ppl look forward immensely to that sox game everyday….i know i do..and boston fans are passionate like yuke is….so yuke this is for you….if you expect me not to be mad at nancy cause he seems complacent ,or weak,or if papi doesnt run out a pop fly,or if a pitcher gets hurt cause hes too lazy to do the extra work to stay in shape,or even tito for his in game moves or non moves then you might as well request a trade to SD where the fans arent livinng day to day for that infamous “PLAY BALL”……judge….btw yuke…i still luv ya brother….dont hate me for lovin the sox

how about gonzos play,how about papis fire and swing being back,how about that clutch play,how about….well you got the idea….its comming at the rt time….go sox….judge

watch for penny to show up in dodger town…im sure torre is salivating at the 5th starter who in that division will be probably 1.5 lower era and pick his brain on the sox….just incase…..thats what i would be doing if i was torre…judge

btw….heres a comment for tcd….you had better pray to the yankee gawds that papi doesnt get real hot….cause he can carry the sox….it will be contagious….im not sayin thats what is gonna happen but it might…i believe the stats read that since june papi has hit more homers than anyone in baseball…if not hes close…and i also believe the yanks are still an injury away from that long skid….im not wishing an injury on them but they do have a pluthera of old plrs and now is the time time a long season catches up….we have had our injuries and i think tito has done well revolving them in…i think its amusing that since drew asked out of a game and tito said no that you havent heard of nancy’s aches and pains….get em tito….i also like what hes doing with mikey…rest him tito…hes a nasty pinch hitter if we need him and when he does play seems to always get a big hit…it will be a sad day when mikey has to call it quits…i truly believe he loves the game…no matter his paycheck…. 36 games left….we win 22 of em.or 20-22 of em it puts us at 99 wins i believe…can a team win 100 games and not make the playoffs?….good lord…it happened before but not in the WC era…i think lol….judge

Papi was second in the number of HRs hit since June – but with the few he has hit the last few games he could be in first place. He has the fire in him again – they all seem to! What a site to see at homeplate last night!

Dave – I am right there with you on Ted Kennedy – I have lived in Massachusetts all my life and as old as I am – Ted was the Senator from Massachusetts my whole life. There are some wonderful articles about him today in the Boston Globe – I expect many of them are online at boston.com. I did not know him personally, but reading the stories I find the tears rolling down. For all his faults – he was a great man and he will be missed. The last line an editorial in the paper summed it up best – “Massachusetts feels little smaller today.”

Well the suns shinin in ny at the moment ellen, but hopefully not over Yankee Stadium. How are ya? Boy have we caught a bon fire since losing to the yanks. Hopefully it will carry into the next time we play them. Papi is battling strong. V mart has been delivering as well as Gonzales. I kinda hated seeing Penny leave, but atleast he was professional about it. Bartolo Colon is a bum, what more can be said? I hated him since his cleveland days lol. Later!

Pretty high praise from Wake here:

C Victor Martinez used a first baseman’s mitt to catch RHP Tim Wakefield’s dancing knuckleball after attempting to use several different catcher’s mitts owned by both Wakefield and Martinez. The switch-hitting catcher said the key to his success was to simply stay relaxed when the knuckleball was coming in, and simply let the fluttering pitch come to him. After extensive bullpen work with catching instructor Gary Tuck, Martinez was impressive for his first time catching a knuckleball in his entire catching life. “He’s worked hard the last two weeks catching my sides and playing catch with me in the outfield,” said Wakefield. “He did a phenomenal job.”
(Yahoo! Sports)

Great grind it out win!

Go Sox!

Hey Ch… Good to see you around again!! It’s that time of year… I dont sleep really well until after the WS…. Don’t stay away so long!!! Matter of fact.. Stick around, this is sure to be a great ride the rest of the way!!!

Check this out – since May 20th, two guys in the AL are in the top five for HR’s & RBIs – care to guess who?

Home runs
1. Carlos Pena, 24
2. David Ortiz, 22
3. Russell Branyan, 21
4t. Mark Teixeira, 20
4t. Nelson Cruz, 20

RBI
1. Bobby Abreu, 68
2. Mark Teixeira, 65
3. Justin Morneau, 63
4. David Ortiz, 62
5t. Joe Mauer, 60
5t. Juan Rivera, 60

The Yankees should be very afraid! He comes Papi!

Okay here’s a fun topic.. : Who will be the MVP of the AL?? Of the RedSox?? My vote (if I had one ) would go to Joe Mauer/Twins…. He is AWESOME, on a barely mediocre team, he has carried them all year… He should be our future catcher, he’s only batting somewhere around 370…. Who is the last catcher to hit like that??? I wouldnt even venture a guess..
MVP for the Sox: Youk or Lowell

The only other highlight, in addition to Papi’s walkoff HR was the way TB lost. Up 2-1 going into the bottom of the ninth the Jays hit a HR which tied the game– then after loading the bases with two out- Howell uncorked a wild pitch which let the winning run in. What a way to lose. Hopefully, this would adversely affect TB play. Re; the Yankee/Texas game- we came out ahead regardles of which team lost (I, personally would have preferred that the Yanks went down- I guess my bias is showing) The Sox just have to keep winning. GO SOX

I’m with you on that Phil… I dont think that I can EVER root for the Yankees… just goes against my grain….

What a great game last night!! Wakefield looked amazingly sharp, that run he gave up was kind of a fluke. Very impressive! And Papi’s swing on that walk-off was just like the old Papi. Only good things can come from that. Fantastic game. The only thing that was a disappointment was Wake not getting the “W”.

Yanks down 6-2. Top of 7th.

Phil, That’s GREAT news!!! The only better news would be if it were final!!!!!

TEXAS 7 YANKEES BOTTOM 9TH…..

Lineups for tonight:

Red Sox
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. Victor Martinez, C
4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
5. David Ortiz, DH
6. Jason Bay, LF
7. Mike Lowell, 3B
8. J.D. Drew, RF
9. Alex Gonzalez, SS
SP — Junichi Tazawa, RHP

White Sox
1. Scott Podsednik, CF
2. Gordon Beckham, 3B
3. A.J. Pierzynski, C
4. Paul Konerko, 1B
5. Jim Thome, DH
6. Carlos Quentin, LF
7. Mark Kotsay, RF
8. Alexei Ramirez, SS
9. Jayson Nix, 2B
SP — John Danks, LHP

It is interesting – Tek sits again.

that was supposed to be 7-2…

interesting yes, unexpected? no. Right now martinez is swinging the better bat, and Tek has gotten some good hits off the bench. Lowell is hot, Youk is swinging good again. I’m sure Tek knows whats what and why. Its all about getting to the post season!!!

A-Gonz has given Billy Wagner the shirt off his back! A-Gonz will now wear the #3; he gave the #13 to Wags. I like it when the Red Sox play nice….

Best lineup against a RHP.
Tex won 7-2. I am hoping that the Sox can pick up a game or two on the Yanks in this series. It can and will happen.

I like tonight’s line up choices. We need Vmart’s bat in there, and I’m glad Mike Lowell can play 3rd. I was a little worried that he would run out of gas with his hip bothering him but I’m thinking he will finish strong. This is probably the best way to go for the stretch run.
I’m predicting a Drew home run tonight.

Go Sox!!!

Hi All! Remember NESN, WEEI, & the Red Sox are supporting the Jimmy Fund tel-a-thon today!!

I know it?s a long shot. I told you that the division race is not ovah. If Sox win, it?s only 5 games off the pace. The Chisox will be hungry for a win at Yankee stadium. The Yanks have to play TB and LAA. The bottom line is the Sox have to win and keep winning. Good thing will happen.

I’m with you, Andy. It ain’t ovah til it’s ovah!!! If the Sox can put together a run down the stretch they can overtake the Yanks. Tito just has to put out the best line up each day and try hard to win every game. The future is here and it’s balls to the wall until Oct. Pedal to the metal. Let’s go SOX!!!

Arnie: The next NY-Boston series can be very interesting. Will the Yankee pitching hold in late Sept? Burnett lost again this afternoon although he didn’t pitch poorly. Again it’s a loss for Burnett.
With the bolstered bp and re-emergence of Bard, 1 run lead into the 8th looks pretty good. Go Sox and Jays!

Hey, all. Don’t know how much, if at all, I’ll be on tonight, but I am still following the games! I am hoping to be on at some point tonight! Great job by Wake last night! Great to see him return as strongly as he did! Keep it up, Wake! We missed ya, and we’ll need ya!
Keep it going against the Pale Hose, guys! GO SOX!

Condolences to all of you, esp. those of you from Mass., on the death of Sen. Kennedy. Godspeed, and Rest in Peace, Senator. Prayers to his family.

Congrats, also, to Jacoby for breaking the Red Sox’ SB record! GO JACOBY!

The Yankees claimed Brad Penny earlier in August, only to see the Red Sox pull him back, according to ESPN.com’s Buster Olney.

A sweeeeeeeeeeeep would be sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!

Ellen…

I think Youk was the team M.V.P. last year and I think this year he is again. The guy does it all. He’ll play anywhere and anytime. A very versatile player!

Hi Greg – how are your folks doing?

And I’m with Brian – Youk for MVP!!

konichiwa junichi-wa!
go-oooooooosox-xxxxxxxxxxxxx
woooooooooooooo!
back later

It’s NEVAH OVAH, Do you HEAH me???

Brian… shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.. dont tell them or they’ll wake up!!!! They may be the White Sox, but WE ARE THE RIGHT SOX!!!!

Nice start for Tazawa!

Gotta work tonight, but one quick cheer for Taz.
Let’s Go Taz!!! LET’S GO TAZ!!!!!!
Hits , runs , RBI!!!!!!!! GO SOX!!

oops.. see ya later!

Okay Taz – let’s settle in – get some outs!!! V-Mart – you are going to have to help him!!!!

bean ball anyone??

That was NOT a fun start to the top of the second……

Come on boys! The Yankees lost today!!!!

oh….boy…..this could be a long night! Will we see Wags tonight??

Tazawa is throwing batting practice. A pitcher with his stuff doesn’t have a lot of room for mistakes, and he’s making many mistakes tonight.

uh…tito. Maybe get him out of there?

or are you thinking maybe he’s settling down now?

This on Twitter Garry:

Would u rather have pennys 6 runs thru 6 innings or tazs 7 thru 2 2/3? #redsox #jimmyfund

Makes you think doesn’t it……..

maybe Smoltz, Penny and Tazawa can throw batting practice for next year’s all star game home run contest.

Delcarmen is warming up

well, so much for the sweep. Let’s get set for the next 3-game winning streak.

Tazawa got away with alot of mistakes his last start against the Yankees but somehow someway the Yankees never jumped on them….the White Sox have jumped all over them tonight. Some of the outs were loud against the Yankees and that is the case tonight. How he held the Yankees scoreless for (6) innings is beyond me. I would have to say this game is ovah!

This is NOT a fun game!!! And yes – on to win the next series – BUT you never know…..there is a lot of time and we could come back!!!

Julia…

Only way Wagner should see the mound tonight is if the Sox mount a comeback. If this game keeps up the way it’s going, have Wagner watch like us the fans. If Wagner took the mound tonight in a blow out that would be a waste because he will not be able to pitch tom. night. The “Wagner Rules”.

With Tazawa coming out in the 4th, I think Francona has already chalked this one up in the loss column. Shouldn’t be long before the second team comes out.

I see my man Taz got lit up like a pinball game tonight. The boys will be so tired from chasing all those hits they won’t be able to hit when their chance comes. Get ‘em tomorrow fellas!!! Cmon Sox, you can do it!!!

Oh yes – “the wagner rules” – are they like the Joba rules? LOL!!! I hope that Taz can settle in.

Arnie…

Quite true. Not only will they be tired from running but standing during the game as well. Long innings with Taz on the hill. I assume Taz has been partying all week. lol.

Chris Carter has been claimed by the Yankees via Twitter

Julia…

Not much difference. I hope Wagner excels coming out of the pen like Joba did back in 2007.

The White Sox are hitting bullets tonight.

Great effort by Drew, team down 8-0 and he is diving out there. Some players wouldn’t do that.

I didn’t think he would have the same stuff as last time out, but did I expect this meltdown??? HELL NO!!!!!!!!!!
GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR A*S*S AND PITCH LIKE YOU KNOW HOW TO!!!
AND BATS… WHERE THE HELL ARE YOU????
GO SOX. THATS ALL……….. FOR NOW………………….

Hi Ellen! Bye Ellen!! lol!

I think Taz’s night might be done!

as bosoxbrian said, Tazawa wasn’t really that impressive against NY, and the baseball gods were on his side that night. No so, tonight. I never really did think for even a minute that the sox starting pitching woes were over.

Last night when we started teh 4th it was 745… what a difference!!!
and a break for Our Sox!!! (but its only a break if we take advantage of it!!!)

RonKelly…

I thought Tazawa was very lucky on Saturday against the Yankees. He left alot of pitches up in the strike zone but the Yankees never seemed to do anything with them. I’m guessing next time the Yankees face Tazawa, they’ll pound him. Personally I don’t think Tazawa is ready to face big leaguers. I think he belongs in A.A.A. I know the Red Sox are very high on him and this just in…they know alot more than me but I am not that impressed with Tazawa. I’ll take Masterson over him anytime! I hope I am dead wrong but we’ll see.

Julia asked a question earlier and I would rather watch Tazawa get pounded than Penny. At least Tazawa has a future in a Red Sox uniform and Penny’s future is not in Boston. I wondered where Bowden was in the last month or so and when he pitched, he got bombed. I’m guessing Tazawa is keeping the seat warm until Dice-K returns. When Dice-K returns, Tazawa will be in the pen.

Interesting strategy by Taz. Wear the White Sox down by letting them hit everything and score at will.

He’s got ‘em where he wants ‘em, now!

The rally has begun!!!!!

too bad there were no ducks on the pond. we need bloops to precede those blasts.

A-Gon? What gives?

Did someone else hear that alarm clock go off?? I guess the bats did!

8 more runs this inning and Taz is in line for the win!

Julia, Penny got hit hard every time out. I could be wrong, but I don’t remember his ever getting past the sixth inning and I think he maybe had one or two quality starts all year. Tazawa is young, and he has a chance to be a decent pitcher. I don’t think he’s ready to pitch every fifth day in the major leagues yet, and I think his “stuff” is marginally good, but he’s got a chance. It’s easy to look back at the Yankee game and say he was lucky, but a lot of baseball is luck, whether you’re pitching, or hitting. The fact is that although he was consistently in trouble against the Yankees, he made some good pitches and got some big outs. He didn’t give anything away with walks and he maintained his composure very well in tough situations. There’s a lot to be said for all of that. Every pitcher has bad nights, and overall, Tazawa has been pretty good up to now.

Julia, as far as Tazawa is concerned, he is on a three year major league contract. There is nothing wrong with his pitching on the big club. The Red Sox are probably one of the more conservative teams in baseball in managing their young players, especially their pitchers. In my opinion, the Sox don’t work their young players enough. An 18 year old kid out of high school needs some time to develop, both mentally and physically. But a kid who played four years of college ball can be ready for the big leagues in short order. All they need is some strengthening for the longer schedule and some fine tuning. That’s why guys like Pedroia, Youk, Ellsbury, Bard, Papelbon and others enjoy success after a relatively short period of time in the minors.

Ells is out – he got hurt/shaken up sliding into the plate.

Garry – I am a little worried about how we are using our young players. I’m afraid it could hurt us in a year or two..

I am not feeling the “warm fuzzies” from Ram-Ram!!

LET’S GO RED SOX!!!!!

The most Penny ever pitched this season was 6 1/3…

The sweep of a four game series is difficult. Ask the Red Sox. lol
Tazawa was throwing BP.
Arnie predicted Drew HR. It came too little too late. Wait till tomorrow to pick up a game on the Yankees.

I guess that soemone hit the snooze alarm on the bat’s alarm clock, cause they went back to sleep!!
We cant afford to lose Ellsbury now….
WHO WAS IT THAT SAID THE WORD “SWEEP” EARLIER…???
You should never ever count your RedSox wins til they hatch!!!
My superstitions, I know, but still…. they would be superstitions if they didnt work, right??

WHAT….. NICK GREEN IS RELIEVING??? Well, I guess it doesnt matter at this point!!

Tazawa’s low 90′s fastball does not scare a ML hitter. If his breaking pitch does not break, Houston we’ve got a problem.

Nick Green is warming up in the pen!!!! Oh my!!

Ellen – I guess with the Jays coming to town Tito doesn’t wan to tire out the pen in this game.

So is Nick Green another Van Every? I guess we will know soon!!!

I understand!! hey he threw a strike!! Come on Nicky!!!

OMG, make Green the 5th starter. lol

Well we know he knows how to elevate!! lol He did that throwing to 1st a couple of times!!! lol

Are u kidding me? 14 pitches 3 outs.

Green did a good job!!! Can we move him from short????

perhaps our pitching woes have been solved?

Checking in.
Nick Green is pitching? WOW! Will he throw a pitch into the stands behind first base just for old time’s sake?
Hey, good for him! If he’s willing to pitch to save the bullpen, I like it!

90 mph cut fastballs? Maybe a reverse Ankiel in the making here.

Maybe we have found another reliever!!

A “twisted” Ankiel, as it were.

Lately they are doing so much damage with 2 outs reminds me of 03 and 04…..

Okie is up – bummer – not Nick Green?

Okay guys – cutting it close tonight!!!

Hey, all. Just checking in, won’t be on long. I see Tazawa was banged around tonight. Andy, you said “Houston, we have a problem”–Is Tazawa the Japanese word for “Houston”? Methinks he was indeed the problem!
Brian and Garry were saying, though, that they’d rather have Tazawa get banged around instead of Penny, since Penny doesn’t have a future here. True enough, Penny doesn’t have a future here (esp. if we can help it!), but, not having seen Tazawa pitch tonight, it appears that Tazawa’s future might be a little more distant! Hmmm!… Paul Byrd, have at it!
I hope Jacoby isn’t shaken up too bad!
My folks are doing fine now, Julia and Ellen! Thanks for keeping them in your thoughts and prayers!
Take care, all! I’m out! GO SOX!

So far I’m more than slighly impressed 28 pitches, 23 strikes??amazing… our most effective pitcher tonight is a short stop!!!

I love Nick Green!! AS A PITCHER!!

DREW!!! another HR!!! WHOO HOOOO!!

Does Jenks own a mirroe?? Does he realize how awfully ridiculous he looks??? AWFFFUUULLL

Next time the #5 spot comes up in the starting rotation, I say we should give Nick Green a shot.

Well at least the pen is rested for tomorrow night….
speaking of night…
G’Night y’all….

Nite Ellen!

That was a different game! We can’t win them all – but with the Yankees lose to the Rangers today it would have been a good one to win.

Nite all! Jays tomorrow and the Patriots play tomorrow night!!!

I just read the comments from before, noticing that Penny was granted his release. Good for him, and good for the FO to grant it. Good luck to him–as was said, hopefully he can do well again with another team.
Chris Carter was picked up by the Yanks, eh? Let’s see if he shows up on their radar screen, or if he get stuck in S-WB. Hmmm…
I also saw the highlights of Nick Green going 2 IP in shut-out relief. WAY TO GO, NICK! We did have a deep BP–who knew? He looked SHARP! Granted, one appearance does not a reliever make, but… GO NICK! GO SOX!
Take care. all!

Brian is right Taz wasn’t impressive against the Yanks. I have been wondering how did he get the Yankee hitters out with his low 90′s FB. I wish Dice-K be back in time to fill the 5th spot down the stretch. Dice-K or Byrd can?t do worse than Taz.
In hindsight, if Uncle Tito knew the Sox would score 5 runs, Taz would be yanked after 3d, maybe not or penciled in Green as a starter. lol
Tonight, I would sit Lowell and have Tek catch Beckett, VMart at 1B and Youk at 3d. Go Sox and Chisox and Minn and Det.

007…

I think everyone agrees on here that Tazawa needs more seasoning in the minors. If Byrd is ready to take the mound next week, I would have Byrd start. If not, I guess Tazawa will take the mound. Only other option is Bowden but from what I saw last Fri. against the Yankees, I’m not sure if I want him out there. Dice-K is still another (2) weeks away or so.

Boston has a chance this weekend to extend there lead in the w.c.— Texas is at the Metrodome and T.B. is in Motown. First things first Boston needs to beat down the lowly Jays. Boston needs to extend that lead in the w.c. because they play at the dome next week and that place is a graveyard for the Red Sox.

Brian, Did you read my post that said that your fantasy team is going to the playoffs??? How unbelievable is that??

Ellen…
LOL…
I did see your post— I don’t even know who is on the team. I have never logged on too see who is on it. Ellen..The best part is if I won. That would be so funny! I signed up thinking it was a good idea but just don’t have the time to keep track of all the players and trades etc. What is my team name???

sigh….well i guess no one cares that taz was left to the wolves huh…i know hes young and we couldnt expect much from him…so no plan was in place for that particular scenario?….i know sometimes you have to eat a game and save the bp….well its easier to beat the hapless chisox than most and im not a favorite of saving the pen just before sept call ups….a plan could have been in place for that debacle….every single game counts down the stretch especially when the yanks lost that day…..if this was the last eat it game i wont complain but if that bs happens again im gonna get really irked….i hope a plan is set for the rest of the way…judge

These are Josh Beckett’s stats

. Take special note of the last one (vs Toronto)
W-L ERA IP BB SO AVG
Career 103-67 3.76 1359.0 414 1285 .240
Season 14-5 3.65 170.1 43 154 .235
Home 8-1 3.19 84.2 20 75 .207
Vs. Toronto- 0-0 11.81 5.1 1 4 .375

Brian, I am in the playoffs as well as Vince (sox and Pinstripes blog, you remember him? he used to come on here alot). Another spot hasnt been decided yet. I’ll keep you posted as to what happens!!!

I hope Beckett will return to his dominance tonight. If he doesn?t, Uncle Tito should yank him immediately not until irreparable damage is done. Judge has a good point. This is a pennant race. The concern is to win and not to save bp on the eve of Sept call up. It doesn?t mean to abuse the bp. In hindsight, should Tazawa be pulled after 4 runs were scored? The kid had absolutely nothing to his pitches. Every ball was hit hard.

Tough to sweep any team 4 games, even at home.
Sox did good.
Keep up good work.
Go Sox!

You picked the name “Brian’s Bombers”.

Yes… Tazawa SHOULD have been pulled… But I think that at some point these guys have to know that sometimes they are going to HAVE to pull their fat out of the fire themselves!!!
Not at this time of the season however, given the position that the Sox are in

Ellen…

Brian’s Bombers…Quite funny. It sounds like some name I would pick. Keep me posted on how I do. lol. I’m guessing Vince has a bunch of Yankees on his team.

007…

Uncle Tito, how funny. Great name.

Nick Greene should look into pitching, you never know. There is no such thing as having too much pitching. I sure hope Dice K Walksuzaka will be ready soon and I HOPE he comes back throwing STRIKES. Well Ellen and Brian, time will tell eh?

Uncle Tito must have read my email. Lowell sits, V-Mart at 1B, Youk at 3B, and Tek catching. Ellsbury leads off. Go Sox.

how bad is the weather there….is there gonna be a game?

I don’t know about getting the game in tonight or tomorrow. Rain is arriving tonight (I believe it is already raining in NY) and it will rain all day tomorrow and into the night – we will be feeling the effects of TS Dan. I’ll let you all know as I get more news.

It is being reported that the Rays have traded pitcher Scott Kazmir to the Angels.

Now mlb.com is saying no deal for Kazmir – the waiting game begins…..

There is rain in the area so I don’t know about the game. No rain YET in Boston but it is on the way. I would be VERY surprised if we can play tomorrow.

Raining in Boston now….

what about tonight?

Hey to all! No problems tonight, right??
Josh has his ACE stuff, right?? The bats have been in the Bat Warmer all day, right???? GOOD.
I’m off to kick some bowling butt! See y’all later!!
gosox
wooooooooooo

grrrr half my fantasy team is playin in that game…im agaonizing over pullin my plrs or not….anyone think they wil play or not?

They will probably start the game – will they finish it? I don’t know…

They are saying the game should start – it could start getting heavier around 9pm – will we finish/get a legal game in? I don’t know!

I’ll be in and out tonight – I’m also going to be watching the Patriots take on the Redskins tonight –

GO RED SOX!!! GO BRUINS!!!!

Please remember the Jimmy Fund telethon – go to jimmyfund.org to donate! Trying to get to $5 million tonight!!

Looks like the “not so good Beckett” has shown up tonight….sigh…..

Hey, all. Looks like we have the Beckett (incl. these past 2 starts) that we saw back in April. Not good news. Get back on track, Josh! We’ll need ya for any post-season run!
I always hate it when the Patriots play the Redskins–my two favorite teams. Oh, well! (But the Skins have not been particularly good for a while…) GO SOX!! GO PATRIOTS!

NEW THREAD, ALL! SEE YA THERE! GO SOX!

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