September 5, 2008

G140: Red Sox 8, Rangers 1

Red Sox - 010 402 001 - 8 12  0
Rangers - 000 000 001 - 1 6 1
With the Rays losing 6-4 in Toronto, the Red Sox are now only 2.5 GB in the East -- the closest they have been to first place since July 29.

Beckett was dominant (5-4-0-0-7, 80). Three of those four hits came in the fourth inning; the first runner was erased on a double play.

Lowell homered in his first AB, and added a two-run single and a one-run double. Coco Crisp had three hits and three RBI. He and Jacoby Ellsbury hit back-to-back triples on consecutive pitches in the sixth inning.

Jason Varitek had two singles and a walk and Jason Bay doubled and walked twice. Dustin Pedroia doubled in the first inning, but then was quiet until a walk in the eighth. The only Sock to not reach base was David Ortiz.

Despite the high score, Francona went with Manny Delcarmen, Justin Masterson, and Hideki Okajima out of the pen.

Both Central contenders won their games by a 10-2 score: White Sox over the Angels and the Twins over the Tigers. The Mariners beat the Yankees 3-1; Brandon Morrow, in his first start after 100 relief appearances, came within four outs of throwing a no-hitter.

***

Globe:
First baseman Sean Casey, third baseman Mike Lowell and tonight's starting pitcher Josh Beckett have officially been activated off of the disabled list ...

Casey (neck) has not played since Aug. 19, Lowell (right oblique) has not played since Aug. 12 and Beckett (elbow) has not pitched since Aug. 17.
Since the All-Star break, Lowell is hitting .187/.253/.253 in 22 games/99 PA, all of them in either the #4 or #5 spot. I hope Tito stops batting him in front ahead of Jason Bay -- .305/.356/.500 in 29 games/132 PA in a Red Sox uniform.

***

Josh Beckett (4.34, 104 ERA+) / Kevin Millwood (4.84, 89 ERA+)

Tony Massarotti has moved from the Herald to the Globe (many of Boston's sportswriters have been playing musical chairs recently) and he discusses Josh Beckett's return from the disabled list tonight. He says Beckett will be limited to 55-60 pitches. Also expected back tonight are Mike Lowell and Sean Casey (and maybe Kevin Youkilis).

The Herald has been hit hard this summer, with Mazz to the Globe, Rob Bradford to WEEI and Jeff Horrigan to retirement. The Hartford Courant will cut its original reporting on the Red Sox after this season, leaving Jeff Goldberg out in the cold. And Gordon Edes recently left the Globe for Yahoo.

Amalie Benjamin has a brief wrap-up of how Boston's minor league playoff teams are doing:
After Pawtucket and Portland lost Wednesday in the openers of their postseason series, the Sox affiliates split yesterday. Portland lost its second game in the Eastern League playoffs to host Trenton, 4-3. Starter Clay Buchholz allowed three runs on six hits with one walk in six innings. He struck out nine and got a no-decision. That series continues tonight at Hadlock Field in Portland, Maine, at 7 as the Sea Dogs try to avoid a sweep in the best-of-five series. Host Pawtucket pulled out Game 2 of the International League series against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (the Yankees' Triple A affiliate), 3-1. Jason Lane and Jeff Corsaletti hit home runs, making Devern Hansack a winner. Game 3 is tonight at 7:05.
More on Hansack's fantastic outing (six no-hit innings) here. ... Could someone send this link to Hank Steinbrenner? ... Great picture here.

On The Big Board:
Rays/Blue Jays at 7
Tigers/Twins at 8
Angels/White Sox at 8
Yankees/Mariners at 10
East
Rays 85 53 --- Magic #: 21
Red Sox 82 57 3.5

Wild Card
Red Sox 82 57 --- Magic #: 18
Twins* 77 63 5.5
Yankees# 75 65 7.7
*: The White Sox (78-61, 4 GB Boston) lead the Central.
#: Included simply for laughs. Any combination of Tampa Bay wins and New York losses totalling 13 eliminates the Yankees from winning the East. Any combination of Red Sox wins and New York losses totalling 16 eliminates the Yankees from winning the wild card. YED is nigh!

335 comments:

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redsock said...

man, am i way behind.

nick said...

I hate watching that typo go as I hit publish.

surprising.

ish said...

Funix! I love it!

andy said...

going to dinner now goodnight lovers

L-girl said...

I think if one of the things we dislike so much about some religious people is their judgemental-ness, then we shouldn't be judgemental against them. If they don't bother me and don't ask me to live their life, then why should I care.

(Of course when they try to impose their beliefs on our laws, that's a very different story.)

L-girl said...

Bye Andy. G'night.

nick said...

later andy.

made a comment point just for you and you leave for dinner. bah!

redsock said...

Should be 2.5 GB tomorrow!

We have not been closer than 3 GB since July 29.

L-girl said...

I think everyone should stop worrying about their typos.

Hear, Ill do some on prupose.

A Conformer said...

If FY triples it must be a first in history feat.

redsock said...

DET: 000 010
MIN: 100 14

LAA: 000 00
CWS: 223 0

FKR: 200 000 101 - 4 10 0
TOR: 031 000 02x - 6 7 2

NYY:
SEA:

L-girl said...

Nick, what was your comment for Andy?

After a couple of seasons, all of us will sound exactly alike.

That would be interesting!

L-girl said...

We have not been closer than 3 GB since July 29.

And before then? That was brief, wasn't it?

A Conformer said...

Lo-Lev MDC. He'll probably strike out the side.

Jere said...

we were in first at the break right?

A Conformer said...

That would be interesting!

Or the complete opposite of interesting...

nick said...

"I own 5 Loop CDs."

apparently loop are his favorite band. just saying that not only have I heard of 'em. I've heard em. quite a bit. and Main and The Skin & Hair Trading Co.

A Conformer said...

Yeah, we were in first for 5 days, but it was only for one game...

redsock said...

And before then? That was brief, wasn't it?

No.

1 GB July 28.

Between 2 GB and .5 GA for most of July (10th-29th).

We were 5 GB on July 7.

schedule

L-girl said...

I spoke to this guy today.

Here he is on ESPN.

phil said...

Went to dinner. Rays lost and we're up 7-0 -- nice.

A Conformer said...

Shit, MDC ruining my amazing prediction. But he did have a great inning, as I thought.

L-girl said...

"I own 5 Loop CDs."

Andy too? Besides Nix?

L-girl said...

Did everyone go to dinner?

redsock said...

I got some work.

nick said...

oh crap. you're right. I guess I get FUCKCRAPFUCKSTUPIDSHITOCOCSUXORSSHITFUCK mixed up with I want tie Jedi's cock in a knot with my tongue.

L-girl said...

They are easily confused.

nick said...

I just watched the longer video on youtube that the one you linked to is excerpted from. Sweet moves! I also like seeing him teach the next generation.

ish said...

Whoa. Kathryn Tappen's hair looks different!

AlexNYC said...

It is pretty amazing that the Rays have held the lead for so long, considering their everyday lineup and injuries. Good pitching goes a long way. The 1950 Red Sox were the last team to hit over .300 as a team (and that was with the pitchers batting). They finished a distant third. The pitchers were terrible. Ted Williams was injured in the All Star Game and missed most of the second half of the season. They still hit .300.

L-girl said...

Nick, yeah, it's very cool. I am used to wheelchair racers and basketball players and tennis players - sit-skiers - any game you can think of - but this is the first time I've seen stuff like this.

One guy I'm talking to next week races motocross. (Also how he became disabled.) But he's still riding!

Lord Lynch said...

Hi there. It is Lord Lynch....

Lovely to watch NESN HD in my hotel room...

A Conformer said...

...I want tie Jedi's cock in a knot with my tongue.

That sounds almost as erotic as sucking out a kidney stone. Well done.

L-girl said...

Ah, the Lord is in the colonies!

Lord Lynch said...

Oh, I'm in the very lovely Burlington, Vermont! Happy days...

Lord Lynch said...

I've been on a boat trip on Lake Champlain where they kept going on about beating the British!

Sod off.

L-girl said...

MDC, way to go.

redsock said...

I was born in Burlington, VT!

L-girl said...

Redsock's hometown.

Lord Lynch said...

Great to see Josh look so sharp.

I saw Dmitri Young of the Nationals last night, playing for the Vermont Lake Monsters. Mighty have fallen or what?

L-girl said...

Say hello to Church St for me. Burlington is a nice place.

nick said...

Have they posted a sign at the city limits yet?

phil said...

So Masterson to close out the 8th and 9th?

A Conformer said...

Millions of dead cops today. The good kind of millions of dead cops.

L-girl said...

Lake Monsters! Good name. Who's the ML affiliate?

A Conformer said...

So Masterson to close out the 8th and 9th?

I think Pauley or Smith make more sense.

Lord Lynch said...

Tri-City's pitcher started with an ERA of 16+. His one outing was 1.3 innings, with 7 WALKS!

He was a bit better last night.

L-girl said...

Have they posted a sign at the city limits yet?

It is only a matter of time.

Lord Lynch said...

Redsock - it is a really nice town. Really like it.

phil said...

Lake Monsters are a Nats affiliate. (Used to make more sense when they were the Expos.)

L-girl said...

Very nice place to visit. Probably nice to go to college/univ in.

Lord Lynch said...

I see the White Sox and Twins are also both winning big.

I know I should not be concerned, but you know....

L-girl said...

Texas anncrs telling us what they did on their off day. Which TV shows they watched.

ish said...

I went into a British goods store in Freeport, Maine today, where they sold a bunch of mainstream food shipped directly from the UK in their packages, like Mars bars and chocolate biscuits and Walkers crisps, etc. Very neat to see that.

redsock said...

Texas anncrs telling us what they did on their off day. Which TV shows they watched.

And ....................

L-girl said...

Lake Monsters are a Nats affiliate. (Used to make more sense when they were the Expos.)

We saw a Reds affiliate up there, I think. It doesn't always make sense.

Baltimore has a team in Ottawa. (Is it still Baltimore? Used to be.)

ish said...

I wonder if Dimitri Young is there for a rehab stint, considering the other minor league teams' seasons should be over.

nixon33 said...

FU NIX 3 FOR 3???????

FUCK ME!

A Conformer said...

Funix with a 3-FU game.

ish said...

Portland Sea Dogs used to be the AA affiliate for the Marlins.

nick said...

Funix 8 for his last 11.

nick said...

MVPeewee sign in the stands.

Lord Lynch said...

Tri city, who they played yesterday, is an Astros affiliate...

Off to Cooperstown on Monday...

L-girl said...

OMG these Fox anncrs are so boring.

Lord Lynch said...

ish - sort of. He was placed on the disabled list with the impacts of diabetes. He's a big boy!

L-girl said...

Cooperstown, great! Beautiful area, too. You'll love it.

L-girl said...

Papi up w/ bags juiced.

L-girl said...

MVPeeWee :)

redsock said...

i'm back -- tizzle dong, pls

L-girl said...

You have a big delay.

redsock said...

* still batting

DET: 000 010 01*
MIN: 100 140 4

LAA: 000 000 2*
CWS: 223 002

NYY: 0
SEA: 0

FKR: 200 000 101 - 4 10 0
TOR: 031 000 02x - 6 7 2

phil said...

AA affiliates can be put anywhere, because promotions from AA are usually to AAA and are more predictable. Having to put a AAA prospect on a plane every time a player goes down must get tiresome.

A Conformer said...

FY and Funix on the all-fuck team.

redsock said...

why masterson and not one of the dregs?

phil said...

Also the Lake Monsters used to be the Vermont Expos until a couple years ago; naturally they changed it.

phil said...

This team can hit dregs. Remember the Zink game?

L-girl said...

I think the Sox are unusual to have their AAA team so nearby. A few others do (Seattle, Detroit) but I think most don't.

L-girl said...

The all-fuck team!!

Oh man, we gotta fill that one out. You know, Joe Screw, Jose Boink, Carlos Fornicate...

A Conformer said...

I might be wrong, but I think Masterson has been used a lot on mop up. Why? Especially with both Smith and Pauley in the bullpen.

Amy said...

Hi, everyone. I miss the game threads. Being back at work and teaching at night sucks. And tonight we were with my folks.

Did Beckett do as well as it seems, or did the Rangers just fold?

9casey said...

A Conformer said...
I might be wrong, but I think Masterson has been used a lot on mop up. Why?


I think they have him on some sort of schedule

L-girl said...

Hi Amy. Beckett was very good. Also Lowell donged and doubled on his 1st game back.

redsock said...

The all-fuck team!!

We need Dick Pound in some capacity.

Amy said...

That's good to hear about both Beckett and Lowell. Maybe we can actually get everyone healthy now and win the rest of our games.

Yes, I continue to dream.

L-girl said...

I gotta go. See you all tomw, if my work permits.

A Conformer said...

Farrell probably said something like "we have a 7-run lead. Throw fucking strikes."

Lord Lynch said...

Masterson is getting a lot of pitches to practice with!

redsock said...

Dick Pole
Pud Galvin
Terry (Hump)hrey
Stick Michael
Neal Ball
Bill Pounds (1903)
Lenny "Nails" Dykstra

??

Lord Lynch said...

Next time I'm on will probably be New Jersey on Wednesday. Be good y'all.

9casey said...

It's amazing how wrong Masseroti was about Beckett's pitch count....

A Conformer said...

Lenny "Nails" Dyke-stra(p-on)?

9casey said...

It should be interesting to see what Tito does with the lineup when and If Yook and Drew come back.....

A Conformer said...

Does the whole All-Penis team count inside the All-Fuck team?

redsock said...

Not really, no.

ish said...

Does the whole All-Penis team count inside the All-Fuck team?

Thought that same thing.

ish said...

Dr. Doubles!

nick said...

Welcome back, Doc!

Amy said...

Good for Lowell!

9casey said...

FU NIX is hitting .338 since Aug 1

A Conformer said...

This Lowell guy, he's pretty good.

9casey said...

A Conformer said...
This Lowell guy, he's pretty good.



If he played the whole season he would be on pace for 113 RBI's

redsock said...

LAA: 000 000 20
CWS: 223 002 0

NYY: 000
SEA: 00

DET: 000 010 010 - 2 5 0
MIN: 100 140 40x - 10 6 0
Twins also got 8 BB.

FKR: 200 000 101 - 4 10 0
TOR: 031 000 02x - 6 7 2

A Conformer said...

FU NIX is hitting .338 since Aug 1

Might the Sox offer Kotsay arb with the plan of using him as a super-sub, and try to trade Funix in the offseason?

A Conformer said...

Why is Tito using his top-3 non-Pap relievers in a 7-8 run game? Does he expect a CG tomorrow?

A Conformer said...

Fuck. Sox' 14th shutout spoiled with one out to go.

ish said...

First round of dirty water is on me!

redsock said...

2.5 GB

And still 5.5 GA for the Card!

NYY: 000
SEA: 001

DET: 000 010 010 - 2 5 0
MIN: 100 140 40x - 10 6 0

LAA: 000 000 200 - 2 6 0
CWS: 223 002 01x - 10 15 1

FKR: 200 000 101 - 4 10 0
TOR: 031 000 02x - 6 7 2

nick said...

It's not a shut out, but I'll take it.

later all. Have fun tomorrow wiping the lone star state with their "major league" team.

A Conformer said...

2.5GB! If the Sox can cut one more game off of FKR's lead before the series at Fenway, the division is WELL within reach.

A Conformer said...

Fuck the heck? Why is Darth Vader in the Sept. 16th game's box in MLB.com's schedule?

9casey said...

A Conformer said...
2.5GB! If the Sox can cut one more game off of FKR's lead before the series at Fenway, the division is WELL within reach.



ya think.....

nixon33 said...

I LIKE WHATS HAPPENING SO FAR IN THIS YAKNS GAME>

DID I MENTION< BECKETT! YEAH! LOWELL! YEAH!

redsock said...

I LIKE WHATS HAPPENING SO FAR IN THIS YAKNS GAME>

Interesting. 5 in the books.

redsock said...

Re-fired up mlbtv! I may have stick around for this one.

redsock said...

So far!

NYY: 000 000 - 0 0 0
SEA: 001 20 - 3 7 0

nixon33 said...

YEAH!!!!!!!!!!
F THE MFY!

nixon33 said...

WOW! WHO IS THIS KID??????????

Jere said...

Yanks providing entertainment even after they're out of the race.

nixon33 said...

FU NIX IS HITTING WELL SINCE WE STARTED THE WHOLE FU NIX THING. ITS WORKING!
THAT LITTLE BITCH!

redsock said...

Best thing is I got YES on mlbtv. I guess I should tune in.

redsock said...

Singleton doing pbp.
Kay can't handle a west coast trip?

Jere said...

Dude on Dodgers needs triple for cycle, hits one to wall in right center. CF bobbles, and the guy takes this huge turn at second even though the ball is already to the cutoff man a few feet from the infield dirt. Has to pull up and gets caught in the middle, and is tagged out. So you know these guys know what's needed for a cycle. At least that guy. Good for him his team's up 6-0.

redsock said...

This is Morrow's first start ever! After 100 relief apps.

BR lists him as their closer -- and he has not pitched since August 3.

redsock said...

Walks Shemp with 1 out in the 8th.

PC over 100 now. 5 outs left.

Jere said...

A DP would be huge here.

Jere said...

Ken thought that was a dong. But it totally wasn't.

redsock said...

HELL of a catch in CF!!!! Over the shoulder off Cannot. Lots of time to wait for it -- and get nervous. But he smothers it.

4 outs!

redsock said...

Betemit PH.

phil said...

0.900 WHIP. Not bad.

redsock said...

AW FUCKIT!

nixon33 said...

FUCK!
that sucs. 1 strike away from going into the 9 with a no-no.

redsock said...

guess i can go home now.

nixon33 said...

HE SHOULD HAVE THROWN THE HEATER!

Jere said...

That's two nights in a row they've toyed with us. toMorrow they should finally get no-hit.

nixon33 said...


Kay can't handle a west coast trip?


he'll prolly show up in LAA, cause he's just that kind of a prick.


good to see there are other LOOP fans out there!

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