At the top of the order, Keith Youkilis (.330) and Mark Loretta each had three hits and scored two runs. Mike Lowell hit his 17th double.
0507, 12:09 PM -- Quote of the series: Kevin Millar, May 5: "Ortiz would love to see my naked body."
0507, 11:25 AM -- The Red Sox have won their last 10 games against the Orioles. They won 11 straight from September 25, 1976 to June 23, 1977.
Matt Clement will not pitch against the Yankees. Terry Francona is holding him back, so Schilling and Wakefield stay on their normal schedule. Clement will face Texas on Friday on seven days rest.
Wanna know what the CHB's next column will be about? Keith Foulke wants the Hall of Fame to return the spikes he wore in the 2004 World Series.
0506, 9:00 PM -- Getting caught up with the papers after a two-day absence:
Sean McAdam reports that there's been "talk within the organization of trying Craig Hansen in a starting role." Theo Epsten admits "it's a bit of a longshot ... but it hasn't been totally dismissed."
Mike Lowell is a doubles machine. He hit three more on Friday, taking over the AL lead with 16. (I also saw his diving foul catch of Brandon Fahey's bunt, thanks to MLB!) Lowell is hitting .417 (25-for-60) over his last 15 games (and 15-for-30 over his last eight), raisng his average to .350.
Coco Crisp has begun practicing, catching little orange balls with his bare hand. Jeff Horrigan of the Herald writes that becuse Crisp "still hasn't been given clearance to swing a bat, which could push back the timetable for his return to later in the month than projected." ... Coco says: "I'm sticking with a week-and-a-half for now. I'm getting the (range of) motion back and the tendon is loosening up because of the swelling but the discomfort has gone down and there’s no pain."
David Wells could return to the starting rotation as early as May 23 if all goes according to plan. ... In an article about Alex ".184" Gonzalez and his job security, the Globe's Nick Cafardo describes Edgar Renteria as "a quiet guy who likes playing without a lot of fanfare. Definitely not a Boston guy." ... Hmmm, Nick, ever hear of Bill Mueller?
0504, 7:30 PM -- Writers are not responsible for the headlines over their articles, so when I saw this
Now it's time for Papelbon to show he can reboundover Sean McAdam's column, I figured I'd still read what he wrote. Sadly, the silliness of the headline was matched in the text:
The streak is over. Now comes the interesting part. ... (Terry Francona and the rest of the Red Sox) want to know that last night's mishap won't carry over. They want to see that Papelbon can bounce back. ... The key will be to see how Papelbon deals with the setback. For a younger, less confident pitcher, the disappointment could linger.McAdam has got to be kidding, right? After the Boston media has been writing about how tough Papelbon is and how cool and collected he has been under pressure, now that he allowed one measly run, some are wondering if it might destroy him? Unbelievable.
By the way, that run was the first allowed by Papelbon since September 19, 2005 -- 25.1 innings ago.
The Red Sox lost their first one-run game at Fenway since April 19, 2005. The 18 straight home wins tied the major league record of the 1925-26 St. Louis Browns and 1963-64 Baltimore Orioles. ... In his last seven games -- which include five in center field -- Wily Mo Pena is hitting .357 (10-for-28).
I don't want to get into a debate about Barry Bonds, but Bud Selig is behaving like a petty shithead. First, he says MLB will do nothng special if/when he passes Babe Ruth on the all-time home run list. Now, MLB will not authenticate the baseball Bonds hits for number 715. It's not the all-time record, but it is hugely important in the game's history.
P.S.: There was some speculation in the G26 Game Post that a Yankees fan was posting/pretending to be a Sox fan. He denied it, and I have said he is more than welcome to hang out here, but any questions about his identity have been put to rest.
Friday May 5 - Red Sox 6, Orioles 3
Saturday May 6 - Red Sox 9, Orioles 3
Sunday May 7 - Red Sox 10, Orioles 3