ESPN2 is on the air for about four seconds before Morgan says something moronic: Sure, Kevin Youkilis gets on base a lot, but he's too slow to score many runs or strike fear in the defense.***
Neither announcer can be bothered to say whether the two errant Wakefield pitches in the first inning are wild pitches or passed balls. They never mentioned them.
Morgan on the Red Sox pitching staff: "Schilling will give you a lot of wins because he's a winner."
With Morneau batting in the second inning, Morgan notes "something interesting in the statistics": Wakefield hold LH batters to a .175 or so average -- so that may be why Castillo and Punto (both switch-hitters) batted right in the first inning. Very timely, Joe.
At one point Sciambi gushes over Joe Mauer: "He plays every. single. day." Mauer has played in 59 of Minnesota's 65 games.
Morgan after Varitek pinch-hits in the 8th with the bases loaded (as the go-ahead run) and pops up the first fucking pitch: "No reason to go up looking for a walk when the tying run is at second."
This afternoon, Cleveland beat New York 8-4 and Toronto topped Baltimore 4-2, so at game time tonight, the East standings are:
Boston has scored only three runs in 21 innings against the Twins. Two of those runs came on solo home runs (Varitek, Crisp). Alex Gonzalez has the other RBI. This is unacceptable.Boston 36 27 --
Toronto 38 29 --
New York 37 28 --
Tim Wakefield (3.93) / Carlos Silva (7.73), 8 PM