Another game, a new worst loss of the year -- as Tito descends to a depth of managerial idiocy that might surprise even Grady Little.
9:45 PM -- Mark your calendars. John Kruk said something intelligent: "You can't count a team with Ortiz and Manny out. They need a leadoff hitter to get on base. Frankly, I'm not sure why they ever moved Youkilis out of the leadoff spot."
9:15 PM -- Rain delay with the Red Sox ahead 2-0 after two innings. Boston strung together four straight hits against Mussina in the first (Loretta single, Ortiz single (w/Damon error), Ramirez RBI double, Youkilis RBI single).
Schilling has thrown 41 pitches already (including 10 to strike out Derek Jeter in the first), but looks great (fastball at 96-97 and a good split). ... Before the game, Jermaine Van Buren was sent down and Javy Lopez called up.
Mike Mussina (3.54) / Curt Schilling (3.83), 8 PM
A matchup of pitchers of Game 1 of the 2001 World Series and Game 1 of the 2004 ALCS.
The ever-so-comfy at the plate Yankees are the first team to score 12 or more runs in three straight games against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
This shit has got to stop. Now. And while Schilling should not waste any time brushing a Yankee back -- his first opportunity would be Johnny Damon -- he should also shave Bobby Abreu, who has reached base 12 times in 18 plate appearances in the series.