July 11, 2006

ASG77: American 3, National 2

The World Series will open in Boston!

The AL, down by a run since the third inning, was down to its last out against Trevor Hoffman in the top of the ninth. Paul Konerko singled to left (a hit only because the NL 3B was guarding the line), Troy Glaus bopped a ground rule double to left, and Michael Young, on an 0-2 pitch, tripled to the gap in right center. The junior circuit took a 3-2 lead.

And Mariano Rivera got the save, despite letting the potential tying run reach second with two outs. ... The American League won its 9th straight All-Star Game (though the NL did get its first lead since 2003) -- completed in a swift 2:33.

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Lineups for the 77th All-Star Game:
AL               NL
Suzuki RF Soriano LF
Jeter SS Beltran CF
Ortiz 1B Pujols 1B
ARodriguez 3B Bay RF
Guerrero LF Renteria SS
IRodriguez C Wright 3B
Wells CF Utley 2B
Loretta 2B Lo Duca C
Rogers P Penny P

9 comments:

brian said...

It bothers me to see Ortiz have to stand between Jeter and Slappy.

Penny came out smokin. Rough AB for the big fella.

suzy lux said...

ho yes, AL take the lead in the 9th ;D

that's exciting right?

redsock said...

conflicting emotions

want ozzie to lose -- want AL to win -- want rivera to blow it

want e-rod to get an error in the 5th -- love tizzle's scoop (sparing him the black mark)

Zenslinger said...

Was not interested or excited. Kind of felt bad for the NL when the AL came back, but then it struck me that it might be a real advantage for the Sox. I mean, really could be.

It is reasonable to see our chances as good at this point, at least good for winning the AL East, given the number of home games we have in the second half?

Or should somebody talk me down?

Jack Marshall said...

Zenslinger...always best to avoid optimism when things look good for the Sox. Save it for when things look terrible...like when the team is down 0-3 in the play-offs.

Thought about the stupid Anti-DH MVP arguments while I watcheed Ortiz make that good scoop at first. He can obviously play first. Now, according to the DH bigots, they would support Ortiz if, say, he played first and Youk was the DH, claiming that Ortiz was "more valuable" because he played a position. But we know that the team is better with Youk at 1st and Papi at DH. So how can Ortiz be MORE valuable to his team (as in "more worthy of the MVP") if he played first base when it would make the Sox a WORSE team?
Answer: he can't! Papi is MORE valuable to the Sox at DH than if he played a position, just as ARod is more valuable to the Yanks at 3rd than short, even though he's a worse 3rd baseman than he is a shortstop.

I knew the arguments against Ortiz last year were bullshit...it just took me a while to figure out why.

Mark said...

A good article on the Abreau rumor...
http://www.greatsportsnews.com/mlb/mlbsrch.php?q=Boston+Red+Sox

Kyle said...

Abreu is the last guy we want to trade for!! He is a clubhouse cancer. He loafs after the ball in the outfield.

No deal!

After years of watching the Phillies here in Pa...please do not trade for him.

He is anti-clutch.

David Gourlay said...

It was a great game actually with a vintage ending for all fans to appreciate and enjoy.

If only we could get rid of Selig - slagging Manny like that. Shameful after the lack of effort Sleig puts in to address some major weaknesses of the game.

http://atthewarningtrack.blogspot.com

Peter N said...

Selig made a fool of himself yet again with his comments about selected pitchers being banned from pitching for their team on the Sunday before the Tuesday games. I wrote about it. Lunacy? Senility? Search me...