April 29, 2007

G24: Red Sox 7, Yankees 4

One eye on work, one eye on the game.

Flo went into the third deck in right in the first, Coco tripled and scored in the third, Cora bopped a two-run home run to right-center in the fifth, then tripled and scored in the seventh, and Ortiz singled and Manny crushed a bomb to right (his 50th against the Yankees) in the eighth. (box)

Sexy Lips did well (5-3-3-2-2, 84) except for a three-batter stretch in the third: two walks and a Malphabet HR. Okajima was superb for two innings (K, single, K, 1-3 -- K, 3U, K) -- his 11th straight scoreless appearance. Timlin allowed a solo shot to Jeter in the eighth before Papelbon finished it off.

Maybe the Bot was a little rusty, as Giambi opened the ninth with a double. It was lights out after that, as Shemp struck out, Posada grounded to second, and Cano grounded to Youkilis.

Our #5 outdueled their ace and we got the 2 out of 3 we wanted. We lead the East by 4 over Toronto. New York is 9-14, 6.5 GB.

***

Julian Tavarez (8.36) / Chien-Ming Wang (5.68), 1 PM

Lineup:
Lugo, SS
Youkilis, 1B
Ortiz, DH
Ramirez, LF
Hinske, RF
Lowell, 3B
Varitek, C
Crisp, CF
Cora, 2B
Boston's 3-4-5 today have great numbers against Wang:

Ortiz: 8-for-17 (.471) with 5 RBI.
Ramirez: 9-for-13 (.692) with 2 home runs and 5 RBI.
Hinske: 10-for-16 (.625) with two homers.

This is Wang's second start of the season. Last Tuesday, he gave up nine hits and four runs in 6.1 innings to Tampa Bay. ... The Daily News is a little too happy about the Yankees' win yesterday. Front page: "FINALLY".

No matter how Sexy Lips pitches today, he may lose his spot his the rotation, as Jon Lester moves closer to Fenway. ... Bobby Abreu is 9-for-24 (.375) against Tavarez, including three doubles and three home runs.

23 comments:

Sean said...

Randy Moss... wow... Looks like there may be more to the Hot Stove season than just refreshing mlbtraderumors.com all day. Wow.

s1c said...

Well its official, the Dustin Pedroia experiment should be over. Its hard to argue that Cora should not be playing every day now.

Sean said...

Well, is playing a known mediocrity on a hot streak better than giving the 2nd baseman of the future (and the present, really), with a career .302/.393/.450 line as a 23 year old in the minors, 500 ABs?

Cora's hot, Pedroia's not. Dustin's the solution.

C'mon bullpen, I can't believe how excited I am to see people warming up in our pen now.

Tim said...

Randy Moss - oh hell yeah! Pats should be dynamite this year now that they've signed some veteran, proven receivers to catch Brady bombs. (are you listening, Reche Caldwell!?)

Did anyone else think that the Remy/Orsillo Sopranos impressions were beyond ridiculous in bottom 7?

And as for Cora, he's an excellent utility player that can play the infield and thats what he'll be on this team - Pedroia is a rookie and just needs to find his swing. Maybe he should play a few games in Pawtucket to get some ABs in. Or stick him in the lineup batting 2nd so he can bunt Lugo along.

And the bullpen has been super good this year. Okajima is...wow!

9casey said...

Sean you are that gut aren't ya

Friend : What a great meal
Sean; My steak was under cooked

Friend: Angelina Jolie is hot
Sean: She's allright

Friend: what a beautiful day
Sean: Looks like rain

Friend : the sox look pretty good
Sean : Are you kidding me 103mil on some chump from Japan, a wife beater and Crisp stinks Cora stinks....They all stink...

Everything is going to allright

L-girl said...

C'mon bullpen, I can't believe how excited I am to see people warming up in our pen now.

Isn't it great? Man, there's nothing like having a solid bullpen to increase your confidence.

5 out of 6 against the Yankees in April?! I'll take it!

L-girl said...

Pats should be dynamite this year now that they've signed some veteran, proven receivers to catch Brady bombs. (are you listening, Reche Caldwell!?)

I believe Joy of Sox is a football-free zone. Or perhaps that's just my wishful thinking. I don't make the rules here, after all.

Sadly.

;-)

Sean said...

9Casey-
I know you're clearly infatuated with me, and don't get me wrong, that's great, but you can lay off now and then.

Great game today. Okaji is exactly the stud I expected him to be, that Embree-type player who can mow down lefties and righties. Amazing to see Sexy Lips take down Wang.

redsock said...

Yeah!

No Football Allowed!

(except to quickly say about stupid and boring and useless it is)

redsock said...

Okaji is exactly the stud I expected him to be

Who is the person here who says Theo hasn't done shit since July 2004?

I can't remember. Is that you, Sean? (I wish I could search comments!)

Sean said...

I will most certainly give the devil his due; picking out Okaji was an undeniably awesome move that is paying off in spades. So for this case, and hopefully many, many more in the future, Theo has succeeded.

Tim said...

I was just following the lead of comment #1 ;-)

Yeah!

No Football Allowed!

(except to quickly say about stupid and boring and useless it is)


psfffft to you, sir!

the greatest part about April is that it can only get better from here - Lester will be back, Manny will get hot and if no one gets hurt too badly, then this'll be glorious. as long as the starters keep going deep, the 'pen will stay rested and effective.

did anyone else hear about that red sox prospect, josh hancock (now on stl) that got killed in the car accident - they cancelled sun nite baseball.

and one other thought - anyone else hear about how lugo broke karsten's leg with the line drive yesterday? and he stayed in the game to face youk...what a goof! can't wait for the yankees to dump another few mil into their rotation. lets see how much they offer santana at the end of 2008. (man, i hope the red sox get santana!)

s1c said...

9casey said...
Sean you are that gut aren't ya


Actually 9 I was clapping when I read Sean's post. He said something nice (sorta) about one of our new players. HE WANTED PEDROIA IN THE LINE UP!!!!! A new player who is struggling, he supports!!!!

Sean said...

Tim-
By then, we'll have Buchholz, Bard, Bowden, Delcarmen, Masterson, and a few others I'm forgetting, to go along with Papelbon, Beckett and Kaibutsu. Unless Humberto Sanchez pans out like his high-order PECOTAs say he will, the Yankees will have to throw $25m at Supernatural. I'm not exactly high on a bunch of their other pitching prospects not named Hughes.

I still say, dollars to donuts, Santana's a Twin for life, but i'm most likely horribly wrong on this count.

s1c said...

From Bownie Points at MLB.com "And the four-game cushion over the second-place Blue Jays ensures that the Red Sox will have their biggest lead in the standings at the end of April in team history. Three times previously (1904, 1918, 2004), the Sox had a three-game lead when April came to a close."

The four game lead at the end of April is the largest the Sox have ever had in their history.

Sox are now 3 and 5 against teams with losing records. If they could have done better against the teams who were less than 500 it could have been even larger!!

redsock said...

1904, 1918, 2004

Those were all good years!

3 AL pennants
2 World Series titles
1 World Series cancelled

L-girl said...

1904, 1918, 2004

Those were all good years!


You beat me to it. :)

As you know, there is one thing I want even more than a World Series win. Win the division.

WIN THE DIVISION. And no Wild Card for the Yanks, either. Red Sox win the division and Yankees don't make the post-season. Sweet.

Tim said...

But then the postseason victories won't be as sweet. However, the yanks finishing in the AL east basement would be great!

s1c said...

Afternoon games that end early lead to cruising and finding nuggets like this:
The Yankees used at least five pitchers for the ninth successive game and, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, that ties a major league record for the past 50 years. The Yankees lead the majors with 92 combined relief appearances, but until Mo slammed the door Saturday, they also were the only team without a save.
.

That was from Jacobs column today in the Courant. Today the Yankees used five pitchers again, making 10 successive games.

9casey said...

Sean said:
Okaji is exactly the stud I expected him to be,


Did anyone expect that?

I'm sorry man .I tend to be a little smart mouthed at times...

I just don't believe in bashing red sock players ..I leave that up to the Yankee fans...

There is though one redsock I have bashed on here and I think that is Manny Delcarmen.I think he is highly overrated........


Did you guys see Youklis try to stop Sexy Lips from apologizing to Doug Ment... after he slid him to him...At least thats what it looked like...


Yook is so old school ...

jazzpiano8 said...

Yeah, Okijama was amazing today - 4K's in 2 innings. Him and Papelbon are the 'other' dynamic duo besides Ortiz / Ramirez or maybe Beckett / Dice-K? Anyway - yah NO FOOTBALL - but can I just say how much for a minute that Basketball sucks! The NBA Playoffs last longer than watching Sexy Lips on the mound! I can't wait for Lester to take over. I've never liked Tavarez - he was lucky today - our hitting and bullpen were the bigger story.

L-girl said...

But then the postseason victories won't be as sweet.

I disagree. They'd be so sweet you'd get a toothache.

L-girl said...

Sean said:
Okaji is exactly the stud I expected him to be,


Did anyone expect that?


I did. :)