April 9, 2008

G9: Tigers 7, Red Sox 2

Tigers  - 000 400 021 - 7 10  2
Red Sox - 020 000 000 - 2 9 0
Kansas City shutout the Yankees 4-0. Toronto and Tampa also lost. Baltimore was rained out, so every team dropped another half-game behind the Orioles.

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Jeremy Bonderman (5.68, 71 ERA+) / Jon Lester (3.38, 124 ERA+)

I would love to see Lester follow Dice's example of pitching aggressively and economically to the Tigers.
            W   L   PCT.  GB   RS  RA
Orioles 6 1 .857 -- 40 27
Blue Jays 4 3 .571 2.0 40 26
Red Sox 4 4 .500 2.5 28 34
Yankees 4 4 .500 2.5 25 34
Rays 3 4 .429 3.0 37 32
MFY Watch: Kennedy/Greinke at 8 PM

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sparky said...

I'm sure many of you already know this, but Joe C interviewed Buckner during the game and DID mention the warm reception Buckner received when he came back. He also discussed his emotions when he was MC'ing the first pitch. Great parts of the broadcast!

Jeff

sparky said...

Left a comment under the wrong post - sorry 'bout that.

Jeff

Andy said...

I fear the Royals

redsock said...

Pedroia, 2B
Youkilis, 1B
Ortiz, DH
Ramirez, LF
Lowell, 3B
Drew, RF
Varitek, C
Ellsbury, CF
Lugo, SS

Rodriguez, C
Polanco, 2B
Sheffield, DH
Ordonez, RF
Cabrera, 3B
Guillen, 1B
Renteria, SS
Thames, LF
Inge, CF

Pudge leading off?

You might think that Leyland is mixing up the batting order to get some sparks going. But the rest of his order is the same and Pudge led off on April 6 -- the game before the Tigers arrived in Boston.

I-Rod has not yet walked this season (.148 OBP). Last season, his OBP was .292.

Leyland has ledoff with Pudge in two of Detroit's last three games! ... What a genius.

redsock said...

I fear the Royals

2008 ALCS: Orioles/Royals?

Zenslinger said...

In MFY news, they have brought up the former Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez to play SS (he's starting tonight).

redsock said...

In MFY news, they have brought up the former Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez to play SS (he's starting tonight).

Bill Lee was right. They really are fascists.

redsock said...

NESN!

nick said...

...continuing on from last thread. If Amy appears tonight: The Turning Point Inn is still there...no idea if it's the same owners (probably not).

Happy game, all!

L-girl said...

Hi all. Trying again to stay quiet tonight. Unlike our bats, which should be very noisy.

ish said...

gemweb!

s1c said...

Dr and Youk combine for a dandy!

redsock said...

no walks, houdini! pls!

s1c said...

Ish - If we have Uncle Joe and Brother Dave for our Radio announcers, what should Dale Arnold be called?

ish said...

I wish I had one of those screens that's split into four individual screans. Busy evening with interesting sports matches. Sox, Mets/Phillies on ESPN2, Celtics, and some playoff hockey.

But you know where the priority lies.

ish said...

Good question, s1c. He sounds like he should be the distant cousin.

ish said...

Youk presented FY with his ROY trophy before the game today.

s1c said...

cousin fits, since he primarily will be doing wednesday nights (brother dave does the ESPN broadcast on Wednesday). That pitch was pretty nasty.

L-girl said...

Wow, that's cool.

ish said...

Baseball America calls Bonderman's slider, a "deluxe slider." Sounds like something you'd get at White Castle, not in the batter's box.

And not necessarily over the plate.

Joe Grav said...

I'm working on a paper tonight (anyone care to offer some opinions on the consequences of the US's "containment" policy during the cold war?) but I'll be checking in from time to time. Go Sox.

L-girl said...

Containment, eh? I guess you don't have time to read a bunch of Graham Greene novels.

ish said...

Bonderman is making Lester look like a control artist.

Joe Grav said...

No Graham Greene for me, but he does seem interesting and I'm 90% sure there is a class about him.

Joe Grav said...

yuck, the worst kind of double play

L-girl said...

He's a great writer. His books are those rarities that are both page-turning and exciting like a cheap spy novel, but incredibly nuanced at the same time. Terrific for human motivation and political intrigue.

For containment, "The Quiet American" is about the beginning of US involvement in Vietnam, in 1957.

OK, back to modding, bye.

Andy said...

Drew you need to dive buddy. That's ok you will hit a home run today.

Joe Grav said...

Thanks for the tip, I'll add it to my queue of books to read over the summer. :)

L-girl said...

I thought the same think. "O'Neill plays it on a hop..."

Sorry about the frame of reference there.

L-girl said...

The Human Factor is another good one. On the surface, a spy novel, but much more. About apartheid.

L-girl said...

I can't shut up about books.

redsock said...

leadoff guy, 2nd inning, no need to dive. i don't wanna drew to hurt himself and douse his fiery bat.

ish said...

Hit him right below the neck.

Andy said...

if im not mistaken youk caught that with his goat

ish said...

Renteria of the Pujols.

ish said...

Sean Casey is batting for the Doc. So, it looks like Dr. needs a Dr.

redsock said...

casey PH for lowell.

prob yook at 3b, casey to 1b

Andy said...

what the holy hell. no way not the Doctor. well that works.

Andy said...

Orsillo is on fire

Joe Grav said...

Big chance boys

L-girl said...

Thanks for not being E-less anymore!

s1c said...

Bases loaded for LBJ!!

redsock said...

tek got lucky, hacking at the first pitch after a 4 pitch walk.

let's go lyndon.

nick said...

What happened to Lowell? Youk gets hit so they move him to 3rd? Sorry, I've been a bit distracted.

Joe Grav said...

1-0

ish said...

Ellsbury has a good eye, doesn't he? Another one of those things I've noticed about him since last year.

L-girl said...

That's my (walking) boy!

nick said...

I'll take it, but I've never liked walk-in runs....I know, I know it's a part of the game.

3 walks so far...here's to control

redsock said...

lowell might have tweaked something on that first play of the game. backhand grounder and a throw from one knee.

L-girl said...

Oh man, I love walked-in runs. Free money.

Zenslinger said...

Tigers fans must be pulling their hair out.

s1c said...

Sluggo!!!!!!

Joe Grav said...

That was a pretty hit by Hooleeo

ish said...

RBI for Lugie!

redsock said...

replay of that lowell play shows him shaking his left wrist after the throw.

nick said...

just saw the Lowell replay. Shaking the left wrist. I was just surprised to see this happen after being out there 2 innings. I guess swinging the bat'd be no good for that.

Go Lugo!

ish said...

The hand (or thumb) may have stiffened or swelled up on him.

redsock said...

fuck no.

Joe Grav said...

grrrr just let him off the hook. okay 2 ain't bad

Zenslinger said...

Is Varitek clogging the bases? I'm imagining LBJ running slowly to compensate for him, standing on second by the time Slugo's single was fielded.

nick said...

swell.

I wish the doctor well.

2 in the bank. pobre tigritos

Joe Grav said...

I just want to throw this out there , in case any of you are librarians: I love librarians

redsock said...

Is Varitek clogging the bases?

Dusty, is that you?

L-girl said...

It's so early in the season for Remy to be ragging on Don! Poor Don.

L-girl said...

I also love librarians.

nick said...

Librarians are awesome. They've been at the forefront on the battle for our civil liberties here in the states.

I used to work as a librarian. thought of it as a possible career. Hard to crank the music in the library, though.

L-girl said...

That's right! (What Nick said.)

When I was a kid I wanted to be a librarian. What a geeky thing to dream about! I loved the idea of being around all those books, knowing where everything was, being able to look everything up. (Pre-Google.)

Joe Grav said...

The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities has this 'ask a librarian 24/7' service online, where librarians from the various schools will chat with you and help you with your research questions... a librarian from Loyola Chicago found me a snappy map indicating which countries were under communist control through the years, which is exactly what I was looking for.

L-girl said...

I used to call the NY Public Library for stuff, too. An amazing service.

redsock said...

I remember when the librarian was a much older woman: Kindly, discreet, unattractive. We didn't know anything about her private life. We didn't want to know anything about her private life. She didn't have a private life.

L-girl said...

Gary Sheffield is one of my least favourite players ever. I like to see him make outs.

nick said...

I totally agree, Laura. There are many representations of librarians, but growing up I was always fascinated by the father in Something Wicked This Way Comes.

Joe Grav said...

I still remember when Sheffield shoved that fan at fenway, and I still think it was Shef's fault.

Joe Grav said...

yoooook

nick said...

Still kind of looks like he made the stretch, but maybe I'm just not seeing it.

Joe Grav said...

got truped on manny's nondong

Joe Grav said...

CASEY!

redsock said...

casey is taking over this game!!

L-girl said...

my wireless connex went out. i was trying to do yooook and casey. stupid internet.

redsock said...

enough with the walks, sid.

redsock said...

why can't we get players like that?

redsock said...

ump is fucking squeezing sid.

Joe Grav said...

uh oh.

L-girl said...

yes. rut row.

L-girl said...

fuck

ish said...

Oh, cock.

s1c said...

And the melt down is now complete.

redsock said...

lester set to throw his 478th pitch of the inning.....

redsock said...

Down by 2 with 6 innings to hit.

Amy said...

Got home just in time to see Tek hit the leadoff double.

So what happened to Lowell?

L-girl said...

Alright Amy, good timing. I wish they'd show LBJ at the plate more than the chatting in the booth. (Even tho it's a good chat.)

L-girl said...

My boy's a walking machine tonight.

Amy said...

LBJ on! Let's score these runs. No men LOB please.

redsock said...

he hurt his left wrist a bit on the first play of the game.

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good lord, remy CANNOT read any promo of any kind!

Amy said...

I have to catch up here and see how the runs scored. I heard Lester's meltdown in the car on the way home.

L-girl said...

Sure, blame it on Don. Remy can't read a single promo EVER.

nick said...

ah geez. I hung w/ Emma bit before her bedtime and....!

C'mon Lamentable Lugo. He's bobbled twice today and now...almost a trippple play!

ish said...

Luckily that wasn't Youk or Pedroia hitting that grounder.

Amy said...

Damn, erased those two. At least no triple play.

L-girl said...

I love to see trippple plays, but not against us.

L-girl said...

So Lugo managed to make all 3 outs after all.

Joe Grav said...

shit, what a waste

Amy said...

What a waste of a leadoff double. I hate that.

s1c said...

Well that inning royally sucked bilge water.

Amy said...

So Lugo, sucking on defense, still sucking on offense.

Where is Orlando Cabrera?

Amy said...

OK, so I say that and then Lugo makes a great play. Figures.

L-girl said...

Orlando Cabrera? Don't you mean Jed Lowrie?

redsock said...

lugo able to make the nice play without resorting to CI's patented jump and throw silliness.

nick said...

Yay Lugo!

If I cheer for him enough, maybe he'll break through with a crazy season. maybe.

L-girl said...

It's worth a try.

The Aardvark is warming.

Amy said...

No, I still miss Cabrera. You know how I am. I hate when players leave the team. I was sad to see Mirabelli yesterday, even though he produced nothing last year.

L-girl said...

I was kidding, but man, you seriously miss Cabrera?

So how do you end up getting attached to new players, who you can later miss? Like, will you miss Lugo one day?

ish said...

Brian Bruney started the MFY game in KC. Kennedy was scratched due to weather concerns. He was scratched 15 minutes before the start of the game. If they have a long rain delay, he could pitch after.

Joe Torre did that earlier this year.

L-girl said...

"A full half. Hour of Red Sox games..."

Remy reads every promo like he's semi-literate. The end of every line. Is the end. Of the sentence.

We laugh at it all the time.

redsock said...

Amy, is there anyone you don't or won't miss?

nick said...

Lugo! He did it. No E! Way to go!

Amy said...

Hmmm, will I miss Lugo? Not if he remains as much as a non-entity. I don't miss Renteria, for example. I don't miss Damon. I miss Pedro. I missed Nomar for a while, but not any more. I never missed Bellhorn, but miss Millar and Mueller. I miss Kapler, but not Foulke. No rhyme or reason. Like love---who can ever figure it out.

What can I say? I get attached easily, and I detach with difficulty. But there are lots of players that are very forgettable.

Maybe I should miss Renteria. Damn, another extra base hit.

L-girl said...

I was about to ask you if you miss Renteria when he hit another double.

I understand it. I used to be the same way, or similar. Before I became ruthless. :)

redsock said...

Lester:
5.1 IP
5 H
4 R
4 BB
0 K

L-girl said...

remy says "ardsmer"

redsock said...

royals and chokers 0-0 after 3.

redsock said...

ardsmer cranks up the last two fastballs to 94 and 95 to fan brandon and the angry inge.

Amy said...

Aardsmer---isn't that it's said?

(Just kidding, but it sounds almost right to me after living in MA since 1975.)

OK, we need to score some runs this time. No more kidding around. At least Lugo made the third out. And the first two.

Amy said...

I guess that was the inning before. Shit, I must be tired.

Amy said...

Leadoff single. Go, Manny!

I finally find out what happened to Lowell.

redsock said...

I guess that was the inning before.

The 5th went by pretty quick.

the mayor and onfire will come thru.

redsock said...

the mayor and onfire will come thru.

In the 8th or 9th, I mean.

Amy said...

Can Tek tie the game?

L-girl said...

That would be fun. It's in the realm of possibility.

Amy said...

Not meant to be.

Patrick said...

Who is the guy with Joe Castig? I just turned it on, and he is terrible! I can't take it. I hope Joe does the 7th.

Amy said...

Patrick, I wondered about that also when I was listening in the car on my way home. When Thames hit the HR, he made it sound like a regular flyball to left field. Who is he?

redsock said...

jeez, as soon as thames hit it, you knew it was gone.

maybe he's the anti-trupe. thinks nothing is a home run.

s1c said...

Dale Arnold is saying that CI will probably miss the weekend series.

L-girl said...

That's a shame. When the Yankees lose, fans can blame it on that.

redsock said...

Rally Time:

Lyndon
Lugo
FY
Yook
etc....

redsock said...

2-0 Royals, in the bottom of the 5th

Amy said...

So is that Dale Arnold with Castiglione tonight?

nick said...

Not that I've been here the whole time, but gotta run--it's radio time.

go LBJ!

Patrick said...

Dale's speech is kind of blocky and slow. He seems a step behind. After another half inning, I don't think he's terrible, but I think I liked Glen Gefner better. Though I heard that a lot of people didn't like Glen.

L-girl said...

So many people complained about Gefner so much. I only heard him a few times, but I liked him well enough. I really didn't like the Trupe/Castig combo, so to me it was a nice change.

Patrick said...

I was hoping we would capitalize on Detroit's inferior bullpen, but this just seems like a losing game. My hopes are low.

redsock said...

And that happened!

L-girl said...

SLUUUUUGO!

Amy said...

Lugo trying to redeem himself. I am ready for it.

L-girl said...

Down two runs in the 7th? Your hopes should rise!

Amy said...

Was that John Mayer the singer on the "And that happened" video? Could he really know nothing about baseball? Or was he goofing?

redsock said...

of course it was a goof.

L-girl said...

It was such a perfect mimic of a pbp announcer's rythmn and cadence. I thought it was great.

Amy said...

Shoot, that had hit all over it.

Two more innings to score two more runs. Not at all beyond the ability of this team.

redsock said...

corey in

Amy said...

It was hysterical. I figured it was a goof---the guy grew up here in New England---he couldn't be that ignorant about baseball. :)

So...forgot to tell you all we are going to the game at Fenway on Friday night. Another chance for Harvey and me to test our ability to watch a Sox/Yankee game in public together.

redsock said...

lips warming

L-girl said...

Oh yeah, you said you were going on Friday (on wmtc), but I forgot it was Yankees game.

redsock said...

KC 3, NYY 0 (6th)

Amy said...

I am starting to wish Renteria was still on the team if only so he wasn't hitting against us.

nick said...

Alright. In the 3 minutes it took me to get to the station they go down.

"And that happened" has already entered my lexicon. we'll see how long it lasts.

2 innings left. I've the utmost faith.

redsock said...

KC 4-0 as Farnsworthless and Kennedy not gittin' it done.

L-girl said...

crap

Amy said...

I guess the Tigers might actually finally win a game.

L-girl said...

nice work, corey. almost as good as his appearance in toronto.

Patrick said...

I'm glad you guys are keeping the faith.

I'm waiting for tomorrow at this point.

s1c said...

Most likely that will be the last time we ever see Corey. Timlin probably will be activated after the game.

L-girl said...

Well, I'm a lot less hopeful at 6-2 in the 8th than I was at 4-2 in the 7th.

redsock said...

shit, if we can't get 4 runs in 2 innings, we ain't playing in october.

bot 8th:
flo
manny
mayor
werd

L-girl said...

And that's supposed to make me feel confident, huh?

Patrick said...

We won the mothers day miracles after I stopped watching at the end of the 8th. I'm off to other things hoping my mere absence will be the difference.

Amy said...

Why is Casey the Mayor?

L-girl said...

Patrick is sacrificing himself for the good of the team.

redsock said...

that's his nickname around MLB - he is apparently the friendliest and nicest guy on earth.

Amy said...

This is ugly. What is with the bullpen?

I hope you are right about Corey and about Timlin.

redsock said...

no no no -- you are supposed to hit batters with no one on base -- and sheffield up.

Amy said...

So not a JOS nickname. I have to make sure I remember which ones are recognizable outside of this mini-universe within Red Sox Nation.

Amy said...

Nice DP!

s1c said...

Sexy does the Job!!!!

redsock said...

that's a sexy DP.

L-girl said...

Speaking of Sexy Lips, I loved how in the ring ceremony, the clip of Tavarez showed him pointing to first base, directing the throw. Nice touch.

Joe Grav said...

Well, that was a lucky break, let's see what we c an do.

Amy said...

I didn't see that clip or any other clips during the ring ceremony---just each player walking across to get their ring. Where did you see clips?

I did see Tavarez sort of dancing out while striding across to get his ring.

Amy said...

At least Ortiz is making him work hard. Now just hit it!

Ugh.

Amy said...

Papi is 1 for 19? Yikes.

redsock said...

we watched mlbtv on the computer - i assume it was on the scoreboard at fenway or nesn -- little in-game highlights for each player.

Amy said...

Cheap hit there for Manny, but at least it's a hit.

Amy said...

NESN did not show those clips. Oh well.

Amy said...

Not looking to likely with bottom of batting order coming up and four runs down.

But at least the Yankees are trailing....I assume still?

L-girl said...

Wow, that sucks. We assumed everyone saw them. It was really nice.

redsock said...

KC 4-0 bot 7th

gonna be a fun 9th -- better not leave.

Amy said...

I'm not leaving. Here til the fat lady sings.

But not feeling optimistic.

But then again, it's only game 9.

Nice stop by Lopez.

Amy said...

I guess MLBtv had a different camera angle. We also couldn't hear or see the players' names announced. But Nesn flashed it on the screen (not that I needed them to, except for Royce Clayton, who I would not have recognized at all).

Why wasn't Mirabelli wearing a Sox jersy? Clayton was, as were Daubach, McCarty and the other 2004 player whose name I am forgetting.

Amy said...

Shit, I think that definitely seals it. But I will still hang in here til the 54th out of the game.

redsock said...

i suppose i agree.

L-girl said...

It was Leskanic.

Boo on this game. Better game tomorrow.

redsock said...

a pen arm is getting cut on friday.

lopez is not doing himself any favors, though tito does love his loogy.

redsock said...

we can totally get 5 runs off todd jones.

redsock said...

last chance for the mfy. down 4-0 in the top 9th.

redsock said...

and so it begins ....

Amy said...

One left to go. Tomorrow will be better.

Leskanic, that's right

Apparently, not one I have missed!

Two on, two out. Arggh.

redsock said...

cora 3-3 , still on pace for a 1.000 average

s1c said...

Classic example of how walks slow down a game, MFY's started 1 hour later but may end before this game.

Amy said...

Bases loaded! Wish there weren't two outs. YOUK---keep us alive.

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