But the most annoying moment in the game -- and with Texas scoring 13 runs on 22 (!) hits, there were many of them -- came in the bottom of the seventh.
Texas was up 9-5, but Boston was rallying, and had runners at first and second with two outs. A home run would bring the Sox within one with two innings to go, a pretty nice position to be in considering the rough start.
With Mirabelli up, Francona had both Manny and Varitek on the bench -- yet he stayed with his back-up catcher. A wild pitch moved the runners up to second and third, but on a full count, Mirabelli looked at a pitch right down the middle of the plate, striking out to end the inning. The Rangers roared right back in the eighth with four against Foulke, and that was the ball game.
Without question, Manny Ramirez should have been hitting (although apparently he was going to hit for Cora if Belly got on?) in that spot. Any manager who wants to win baseball games would have sent him up. Varitek likely had been promised the nightcap off (except in an emergency), but Francona has to weigh that promise -- and the goddamn off day tomorrow! -- and ask himself if having Varitek catch two innings is worth having a legitimate shot at getting back in the game.
Tito (being Tito) felt it was more important to give the captain the entire night off. Indefensible. I probably give Tito more grief about his job performance that is warranted, but this decision is absolutely indefensible.
David Pauley / Way Back Wasdin, 5 PMCrisp CF
Jeter makes the final out (deja vu all over again!) of the Yankees' 6-5 loss to Oakland. Lead is up to 1.5.