Red Sox - 000 000 000 - 0 6 3Liriano (7-4-0-2-8, 96) had a fantastic slider the Sox batters could not lay off and Wakefield and Scott Schoeneweis melted in the middle innings.
Twins - 010 032 20x - 8 15 0
Dustin Pedroia had three of Boston's six hits. Only three Red Sox runners got past second base -- and just one of those came after the second inning.
Tim Wakefield / Francisco Liriano
Mike Lowell will DH today, with David Ortiz (.154/.241/.269, and at least two strikeouts in each of his last five games) getting the afternoon off against a lefty. Flo:
[People] have no idea how badly you're struggling mentally, and how bad you try to do your stuff. ... So when people come out and start to try to bury your ass, it hurts.Jacoby Ellsbury will also not play today. Terry Francona says
the soreness is getting a little more centrally isolated, which is good. He's still having a little trouble rotating. ... As much as we love having him out there, it's not a good thing to go too quick.Ortiz has had a terrible start to the season, but J.D. Drew (.167/.259/.292) and Victor Martinez (.229/.270/.400) are not much better. Martinez's slugging is helped out by having three doubles and a dong among his eight hits. OPS+-wise, only Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis are truly above average.
Adrian Beltre (.345 average) and Mike Cameron (.217) have reached base the same number of times (10). Beltre has not walked in 30 plate appearances. And speaking of 30 plate appearances, Marco Scutaro did not strike out in his first 29 trips to the dish, before fanning in the eighth inning yesterday.
Through eight games:
W-L RS RA PA H 2B HR BB AVG OBP SLG TBBoof Bonser will have his shoulder examined on Friday.
Yankees 5-3 46 36 328 78 20 9 42 .278 .376 .459 129
Red Sox 4-4 41 37 312 78 23 10 25 .281 .344 .478 133
I'm liking Peter Abraham, who notes that Congress wants MLB to ban smokeless tobacco:
Well that is excellent news. Because if Congress has nothing better to do than worry about ballplayers dipping tobacco, every person must have a job, all diseases are cured, every homeless person is off the streets and we're not waging war anywhere in the world.Henry Waxman (D-CA):
We don't let baseball players go stand out there in the field and drink beer.For me, seeing Youkilis go over by the foul line and take a long pull off a tall boy in a brown bag would be pretty cool.