That [double] definitely will make the six hours a little easier to deal with. ... Every day, I feel like I'm about to break out of it, but it doesn't happen as fast as I want. I feel like it's going to get better, though.SoSH's Mark Brown posted some info showing that Crawford has had a slow start in four of the last six seasons, though 2011 has been especially bad.
Daisuke Matsuzaka's gem was the first game since Jon Lester's no-hitter (May 19, 2008) in which a Boston starter went 7+ innings and allowed two or fewer base runners. ... Terry Francona went to the bullpen even though Dice had thrown only 89 pitches because of his low pitch count (47) in his previous start.
The one thing that was a little shocking is before the game he got booed. It's funny how he came off the field and everyone was cheering. It's kind of foot-in-the-mouth right there.J.D. Drew began the Red Sox's first inning with a triple. According to the Herald's Ian Rapoport: "The last time the Sox had a triple to lead off the game, it was by Drew last June 27." While Drew did triple in that game, the hit came in the sixth inning and Drew was in the sixth spot in the lineup. (I believe Rapoport is referring to Boston's game on June 29, 2009.)
Marco Scutaro accepts, the likelihood of increased bench time.
It's special being on a winning team. Being on a losing team is no fun at all. Right now, [Terry Francona] is just trying to put the best guys out there to win games. ... You don't have to [talk to the manager] to understand what's going on.Matt Albers is scheduled to make a second rehab appearance (right latissimus strain) for Pawtucket tonight and then rejoin the Red Sox, possible in Anaheim on Thursday.
In the wake of Yankee reliever Pedro Feliciano suffering a (likely) season-ending tear in his shoulder, Brian Cashman admitted last Thursday that he often went behind Joe Torre's back to try and prevent his relief pitchers from being overused and put at a greater risk for injury.
Cashman said that Torre or his pitching coach would ask relievers if they felt good to pitch that day, and if the pitcher said yes, then he was available. Cashman did not endorse this approach:
You have to understand these players are competitors. They're never going to say no. ... I met with [Scott] Proctor and said, "You better stop telling the manager this because the way he manages" - I'm not criticizing Joe, that's just the way he is - "he wants an honest answer. Just tell him no." ...Reached by text message that same day, Torre stated: "No comment."
[I told Joe that you] have to have the knowledge enough to know that you've got to back off this guy, because he won't be honest with you, he'll lie to you even if he's dragging knuckles. So I met with those individual players and said, "You are hurting your career." ...
If you want to confirm to see I'm full of it, you can check with our former manager, you can check with our former pitching coach, you can check with those players, I don't really care. That's what happened.
Torre did talk about Scott Proctor in 2009, however. In October 2008, after pitching for Torre in Los Angeles, Proctor had right elbow surgery, a "cleanup procedure". In spring training with the Marlins the following year, he was still in pain -- and in May, he had Tommy John surgery after ligament fraying was discovered. Torre was no longer managing Proctor at that time, and he implied Proctor was a moron for pitching so much: "There's playing hurt, and then there's playing stupid." Classy statement, from the guy who used Proctor for 156.2 innings in less than two seasons and turned Proctor's last name into a verb, meaning to abuse the holy hell out of a pitcher's arm.