April 9, 2009

G3: Rays 4, Red Sox 3

Rays    - 012 100 000 - 4 10  2
Red Sox - 000 001 011 - 3 7 0
Jason Varitek began the bottom of the ninth with a solo home run, but the Red Sox could not push another run across.

David Ortiz walked with two outs, but Kevin Youkilis (who had walked, singled, doubled, and singled in his previous appearances) flew out to the dirt of the triangle.

Boston also stranded runners at second and third in the eighth.

***

Matt Garza (2008: 3.70, 120 ERA+; Spring 2009: 20.2 IP, 6.10 ERA) / Daisuke Matsuzaka (2008: 2.90, 159 ERA+; Spring 2009: 9 IP, 1.00 ERA)
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Kevin Youkilis, 1B
J.D. Drew, RF
Jason Bay, LF
Mike Lowell, 3B
Jed Lowrie, SS
Jason Varitek, C
Also: Junichi Tazawa gets the ball in Portland's season opener today.

***

Daniel Barbarisi has a ProJo article in which he discusses what the Boston lineup looks like
as the Red Sox evolve from the Manny-Ortiz home run duo to a top-to-bottom, grinding lineup.
This is bizarre. Haven't we been hearing about the 1-to-9 grinders for at least five years? Hell, we heard that back in the dark pre-Tito years when the Pro was batting 7th and 8th?

Julio Lugo begins a week of workouts in Florida today. Mark Kotsay is scheduled to face live pitching next weekend.

Some Red Sox players (Jason Bay, Mike Lowell) had little beef about last night's home plate umpire Bob Davidson. Jason Varitek had no comment. David Ortiz: "Wow. That's all I've got to say. Wow. You can make your own comment on it."

Meanwhile:

198 comments:

redsock said...

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
5. J.D. Drew, RF
6. Jason Bay, LF
7. Mike Lowell, 3B
8. Jed Lowrie, SS
9. Jason Varitek, C

1. Akinori Iwamura, 2B
2. Carl Crawford, LF
3. Evan Longoria, 3B
4. Carlos Pena, 1B
5. Willy Aybar, DH
6. Matt Joyce, CF
7. Gabe Gross, RF
8. Shawn Riggans, C
9. Jason Bartlett, SS

Ish said...

Gorgeous day for baseball. Not a cloud in the.... Okay a couple of fair-weather clouds in the sky. Already it's 54° in Boston and is expected to be right around 60° by 1:30.

Patrick said...

The thing that bugs me about Ortiz, is that he does get bad calls from the umpires and I think it goes to his head. I see a lot of doubt in that man.

PLEASE DON'T SUCK DAISUKE! I really don't want to lose to Matt Garza and The Rays again.

redsock said...

Plus he bitches way too much, though it is usually with head shaking and eye rolling. He really ought to cut that out.

nixon33 said...

I hate Garza. Him and his auto-pilot-spitting-1000-times-a-mintue. It's vile the way he spits. I don't usually mind ballplayers spitting, whatever right? But this motherfucker drags his front teeth along his tongue to gather his cotton mouth spittle before projecting it from his gob. It kinda drives me fucking crazy.

Ok enough of that shite, just beat the son of a bitch.

L-girl said...

Nice description of the spitting.

L-girl said...

I love day baseball.

L-girl said...

Crap. Rays announcers.

redsock said...

fuck - i was right

dee-wayne and ance face

redsock said...

Kevin "I last managed in MLB in 1995 and am totally qualified to manage again yet for some reason I have received not one call in almost 15 years, maybe they don't have my new number" Kennedy

Ish said...

That was a very nice looking changeup. I'd like to see that more often!

nixon33 said...

I'm glad JD is back in the lineup. I wish he could hit lefties. I'm not sold on Baldelli...
I guess we'll see

redsock said...

2 quick outs

and KK complaining about a wide zone on crawford.

redsock said...

staats calling bob davidson "bob davids" and our pitcher "matsuzaki"

Ish said...

Matsuzaki. Brilliant.

Patrick said...

Bah!

Ish said...

Castig: "Dice-K strands two in the top of the first inning and picks up where he left off last year."

Bryon Harris said...

Hey all,

I ponied up my 15 bucks to mlb and am home listening to the game (first chance this season) on the internet.

It's been a while since I lived I was a Mainer and listened to the sox on the radio. Who's the new guy?

Patrick said...

That that! I would love Carl Crawford if he was on our team. As it is, after him pulling Coco's hair and whining, I despise him.

redsock said...

chokers also playing this afternoon.

0-0 bot 1st

Patrick said...

I think Daisuke will always have an ERA that defies his WHIP.

Patrick said...

LETS SEE SOME STEALS!!

L-girl said...

that's my boy :)

Ish said...

It's been a while since I lived I was a Mainer and listened to the sox on the radio. Who's the new guy?

You mean Dave O'Brien?

Ish said...

If you can drop one down and leg it out, why not? I loved that bunt.

Ish said...

Dice-K went to his mouth in the top of the first...

nixon33 said...

SPEED KILLS, TAKE IT WITH ACID!

Patrick said...

Do people ever use the word 'balk' in real life situations?

nixon33 said...

Patrick, I've heard it used, yes.

nixon33 said...

What looks different about Youk? Is he bigger? Is his helmet bigger? something is different...

Ish said...

My leg's balking at me.

Ish said...

Youk did shave the crazy beard for spring training and grew it back out through the course of the spring.

Patrick said...

J.D. Dong! (I am so bad at calling these)

L-girl said...

I noticed something different about Yook, too. I think he's thinner, in better shape.

redsock said...

fsn's cf camera is higher than usual, but i don't think you're watching that channel.

nixon33 said...

Ish, it's not that, yet I did follow his beard trends.
Hmm...

L-girl said...

I use the word balk.

Ish said...

Other than the beard I've got nothing.

nixon33 said...

FUCK

Ish said...

ohhhHHHHHHHHHHHH..... Awwwwwww.....

nixon33 said...

don't forget Baulk!

Bryon Harris said...


You mean Dave O'Brien?


yea what happened to Trupiano?

redsock said...

i forgot this last inning:

"there goes the no-walker"

nixon33 said...

Eh...

Patrick said...

God damnit.

Ish said...

yea what happened to Trupiano?

He was axed after the 2006 season.

Bryon Harris said...

Did he deserve it?

Patrick said...

That was like Saito's inning last night.

Ish said...

Did he deserve it?

Well, I liked him. I don't know why they let him go. In 2007 O'Brien only did a handful of games during the season and I didn't like the guy they used when O'Brien was doing ESPN games. I've banged on about this for awhile, but I wish Trupiano would have been allowed to stay. But I wasn't asked. Everyone has their opinions on him.

nixon33 said...

Speaking of, I WAS TRUPED!

redsock said...

when the sox played the jays i was blacked out and had to listen on the net - i couldn't do it. hated trupe too much.

Bryon Harris said...

Cool thanks. I also liked the dynamic the way it was is why I ask.

Ish said...

Byron, I will say I really do like Joe and Dave on the radio too. I think at this point better than Trup. But I'm 21 years old - I grew up listening to Joe and Jerry.

redsock said...

i'm in the clear minority, but i can pretty much take or leave castig too. the two of them were insufferable, but i can deal with castig & whoever now, for the most part (unless he starts in on college sports, then i flip out).

Ish said...

Meh I don't feel like pitching to you, Aki. Here's first base. Next!

Bryon Harris said...

I'm gonna hafta log some hours before I get much of an opinion about the current personel. And speaking of hours ive run short on them...See ya folk...go Red!

Ish said...

Angels/A's game has been postponed tonight.

nixon33 said...

MOTHERFUCKER

nixon33 said...

I Hope our bats come alive today.

nixon33 said...

O's 1 - FUCKFACES 0

nixon33 said...

OK BATS. 3 RUNS ISNT INSURMOUNTABLE

nixon33 said...

TEX just hit a homer for the MFY. Sterlings Tex HR Call?

"MARK DELIVERS A TEX MESSAGE!"

L-girl said...

I think that's kind of cute, Tex Message.

Glad I don't have to hear it, but it is cute.

redsock said...

someone at sosh mentioned the call during the cubs exhibitions. also something like, you've made your mark, teixeira.

but his name has nothing like TEX in it. not the sound or spelling.

Benjamin said...

This'd be more fun if we scored some runs.

redsock said...

i'm close to muting these shitheads and watching in silence.

YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOk

Benjamin said...

"Teixeira puts one right up their tush-era. You really know how to fark, Mark."


Bleh, 3-1 MFYs on a Swisher dong.

Ish said...

I wonder what Sterling's Swisher dong call was.

L-girl said...

"but his name has nothing like TEX in it. not the sound or spelling."

But it's his nickname, and it's used all the time. A-Rod's name isn't really A-Rod, Kevin Youkilis is not really Yoooook. Etc.

L-girl said...

fuckety fuck

Benjamin said...

Sigh. Maybe I should just go back to playing Passover.

nixon33 said...

Ish, he didnt really do a Swish call, but did mention something about Jolly St. Nick...

A fan reached over and took it away from Markakis, according to Sterling.

L-girl said...

argh

Benjamin said...

3-2 MFYs.

Ish said...

You'd think sitting here with the window open at 63° out a bright, beautiful April afternoon watching a Red Sox game would make me very happy. Well, not only is this a really boring game but it's windy and dry out too. 18% humidity plus a stiff breeze... Well, try driving and holding your hand out the window at 63°... Your hand will get cold.

Oh well. I know I shouldn't be complaining, but.

nixon33 said...

O's hitting the ball HARD off of Carol today.
Another just missed a HR.

Ish said...

Joe and Dave talking about how fidgety Puffin Face is.

Castig: "He'd make a cup of coffee nervous!"

Obie: "He's like a cat on a high-tension wire."

nixon33 said...

UGH. it feels like this game is over, WTF?

L-girl said...

I would say Josh Beckett is the Puffin Face. Or maybe that's just Puffy Face. He always looks a little swollen.

redsock said...

feels like we ought to be in the 14th inning or so

redsock said...

brawl pls

L-girl said...

Is it too late to blame going to Japan?

Zenslinger said...

I stayed home from work and vaporized...for this?

Amy said...

Hi all, still stuck with the netbook which makes it impossible to type. But here watching Tek fly out. Boo. Hope everyone is well. I am also in the midst of Passover, so cannot stick around. Hope things turn around in this game.

L-girl said...

I wonder why Amy can't type on the netbook.

Happy Passover to those who celebrate. It was always my favourite holiday when I was observant.

Amy said...

Time for a SB?

vrictare said...

I'd like to take a moment to remember Nick Adenhart, who passed away today after a hit-and-run following his first start of the year.

Amy said...

Keyboard is so small that I make numerous erros and have to keep making corrections. VERY annoying. BUt actually, I think I am adjusting. Did this one with only two errors that I corrected.

Amy said...

Damn Crawford. (That took at least four re=typings.)

redsock said...

bedazzle?

L-girl said...

Very sad about that pitcher and the others in the car. I didn't know who he was.

* * * *

Amy, the more you use it, the more you'll adjust. If you keep using it, your old laptop will seem strange when it comes back.

Amy said...

Right...do I want to adjust again? Well, this is getting easier. The typing that is, not watching this game. UCH.

L-girl said...

I feel like I've been watching this game all day. Since I woke up at 7 this morning.

redsock said...

anyone know if leyritz was driving the other car?

Amy said...

Trup'd there.

What car accident? I must have missed that story.

Passover was once my favorite holiday also, Laura. Not so much any more. Too much traveling and the food gives me an upset stomach!

Amy said...

I thought the hit and run reference in that comment was to a play on the field, not a car accident.

redsock said...

mdc up

L-girl said...

Car accident killed an Angels pitcher and 2 friends. Hit-and-run driver went thru red light.

I liked Passover for the political overtones. My family always related the seder to civil rights and other people's freedom movements.

Pokerwolf said...

Hey, Sox fans! Just dropping a quick note to say GO SOX (although that's not really happening today, is it?) and I hope everyone's doing okay.

My Dad just snagged tickets to the Sox/Nationals game on June 23rd!! Woohoo!! I haven't been to a Sox game in a long time! I can't wait!

Amy said...

That is awful. (The accident.)

That's what I always enjoy about Passover also--the whole anti-oppression liberation story. Somehow these days that gets lost these days. My brother-in-law's seder is very traditional and virtually all Hebrew; my parents is chaotic and fun, but hardly inspiring!

Benjamin said...

Baltimore really doesn't want to win this one.

Amy said...

OK, time to go get ready to drive to Boston for the second seder after getting home at 1 am last night from NY after the first seder.

I hope the Sox find their bats.

L-girl said...

yoooook

L-girl said...

Life!

L-girl said...

Why are they playing that music in Fenway? Very Yankee Stadium-like.

Benjamin said...

Tripleu

Benjamin said...

Fucking Lowell.

Benjamin said...

Guy on third. One out. Nah, leave'im.

redsock said...

rays giveaway in a few days -- replica world series rings.

brilliant idea. why the eff didn't the sox do this?

redsock said...

manny being dice

Benjamin said...

Throw strikes, asshole.

redsock said...

mdc is on the fuck you train

redsock said...

boner.

Joe Grav said...

there we go Nomar

Joe Grav said...

I'm feeling runs, nowish

L-girl said...

What happens to people that makes them wear a Fenway Park replica on their head? Childhood trauma? Bullied excessively in middle school?

redsock said...

i wonder when tito will first PH for tek this year?

Benjamin said...

Can we just have Youk bat in all nine slots? Others can pinch run.

Ish said...

NHL Winter Classic will be played Jan 1. 2010 at Fenway! Cool beans. The Bruins against... well most likely either Montreal or the Rangers. The NHL has just approved it today.

Joe Grav said...

aww dammit...

Joe Grav said...

Ish, hopefully not Montreal, if so there will be 15,000 obnoxious Habs fans there.

I'm thinking Boston vs. NY is most appropriate for Fenway

Joe Grav said...

....hearing "Ole Ole Ole Ole" and "Go Habs Go" ring out from the hallowed seats at Fenway Park would be too much for my heart to bear.

redsock said...

here is something for jere to get annoyed at:

rays are selling tix to an upcoming homestand called "championship week". they are playing the yankees and white sox.

Ish said...

I agree whole-heartedly, Joe. You know that the nervous Habs fans have already eaten up a lot of the tix to tonight's game. Hearing Ole Ole at the Garden is enough for me as it is.

Ish said...

What a catch. Doctor doing some lunges.

Joe Grav said...

Ish, I half want the Habs to win just so they stay in 7th and not get to 8th and matchup with the B's.

But if they fall out of the playoffs... HAHAHAHA

Ish said...

Joe I think I'd rather play the Habs first round because the Rangers are just beginning to turn it on at the right time. Plus the Bruins have owned Montreal this season. Seven game series is not real fun sounding but they seem like the easier opponent right now.

Ish said...

Brian Shouse doesn't sound like someone who will get the Red Sox out in order here in the 8th. Then again he must be in here just to get Ortiz.

Joe Grav said...

7 run rally here, Sox.

Ish said...

Huh. Shouse stays out there. Looks a lot more like a match-ups guy.

redsock said...

stays in for yook, and gets drew.

Joe Grav said...

there we go

Ish said...

Sweat-Powered!

Ish said...

Yook now batting .727

redsock said...

WHAT DO WE WANT? DONGS!
WHEN DO WE WANT 'EM? NOW!!!

Ish said...

Castig has put the word "pillow" into the rotation for describing bases.

Joe Grav said...

crack a doung!
hit a homre!!

redsock said...

homre!

is that new? did we not think of that until now?

redsock said...

CALL THE D0CTOR

Ish said...

Dr. Doubles!

redsock said...

R MOTHERFUCKING X!!!!

redsock said...

jed - lugo wants your job. what you gonna do?

redsock said...

that is outside, shithead

redsock said...

fuck nuts

Benjamin said...

Just brutal.

Joe Grav said...

shitpile

redsock said...

more good news

in the 9th: nyy 9-2.

Joe Grav said...

homre

Yeah, that is new.

Sadly, no homres yet this year.

At least we have life with an inning to go.

Joe Grav said...

Ish - if you're looking for something to watch between games tonight, check out ESPN2 - the Bemidji State Beavers of Destiny continue their improbable Frozen For run against Miami (OH). Probably the best Underdog Story Nobody's Ever Heard Of in sports right now.

Joe Grav said...

Baldelli for Tek, singles
Jacoby singles, 1st and 3rd
Pedroia singles
Papi smash

redsock said...

hold the line, jeems, then it's time for "the day before good friday miracle".

will tek bat? will tito use carter?

redsock said...

i can't see tito phing for tek. not in game 3. he should, but ....

Ish said...

It's too bad they're tearing down the old Yankee Stadium. They should have done something like this to it.

Joe Grav said...

Holy Thursday Miracle

redsock said...

KK thinks Tek will hit -- "no matter what the score is, in the bottom of the 9th"

redsock said...

WTF - ring him up

redsock said...

piece of shit ump.

this inning was over 8 pitches ago.

redsock said...

THROW STRIKES, YA BUM!

Ish said...

Jeemer being Dice-K.

redsock said...

god dammit -- get one fucking out, for fuck's sake.

Joe Grav said...

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhh

redsock said...

donkey time

Benjamin said...

Runs, please.

redsock said...

percival?!!

... lock and load ...

Joe Grav said...

lets GOOOO

redsock said...

we don't get paid for overtime

3 runs - now.

Ish said...

These two men do not walk softly.

redsock said...

no balls, tery, no balls.

Ish said...

Ride, Captain, ride on your mystery ship!!!

redsock said...

OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG

Ish said...

And that was a mystery too! Anti-truped there!

Benjamin said...

!!!

Patrick said...

Thank you Tek! Just listen to Magadan please. You're kicking ass!

redsock said...

tito = genius

Ish said...

What's great about this is now we start the ninth anew, down a run with the top of the order.

Patrick said...

He's the conductor of the fuck train! It's leaving the station!

Ish said...

Varitek thunders above .100

redsock said...

percival era in 21 games at fenway: 8.44

Ish said...

I find it funny that the Rays expect to go deep with this guy as their closer.

redsock said...

NOW he calls that shit

fuck you

Ish said...

It's ok though. Percival's just punched his ticket to the Laser Show.

Benjamin said...

:(

Benjamin said...

Please.

redsock said...

win it, yook.

win it

Patrick said...

Oh youk. You could repay all of my anguish (not much) with just a glimpse of your dong.

Ish said...

Fail. The water remains clean.

I hear though, that the water is dirtier out west.

Benjamin said...

:(

Ish said...
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nixon33 said...

FUCK! so close, yet so far...
WHAT A TEASE

Joe Grav said...

Gary Thorne used to be the #1 NHL announcer, Ish

Joe Grav said...

That game was such a Red Sox (TM). They love to tease.

Oh well. 159 more

Ish said...

Gary Thorne used to be the #1 NHL announcer, Ish

Shows you how much I know! I really only got into hockey after the lockout.

Jere said...

"here is something for jere to get annoyed at:

rays are selling tix to an upcoming homestand called "championship week". they are playing the yankees and white sox."

Isn't that just referring to the fact that it's the week in which they celebrate last year's AL championship? I know the Phillies had several days of events--they didn't get their rings till day 3 I think.

andy said...

How do you pronounce "Teix" as it is written on on the cover of one of the papers you posted.

redsock said...

Isn't that just referring to the fact that it's the week in which they celebrate last year's AL championship?

Yes, but I thought you might take exception to the MFY being included in anything relating to a championship.

redsock said...

How do you pronounce "Teix" as it is written on on the cover of one of the papers you posted.

Tuh-shuh?

How do you spell shuh so it rhymes with Tuh?

Ish said...

"Teix"?

Tesh?

Jere said...

"Yes, but I thought you might take exception to the MFY being included in anything relating to a championship."

Ha, well, if they priced certain games as "championship games" and those were only Yanks, then I'd be pissed. Or especially if they called them "Class Games."

We're almost getting a 200 out of this game--you know, if I hadn't been there, this was a definite 200...