August 1, 2004

He's An Early Hit, But Defense Lets Sox Down Again. Orlando Cabrera homered in his first at-bat with the team, but his 8th inning error (which should have been charged to Kapler) -- along with crappy bullpen work from Timlin -- led to Boston's 3-2 defeat Sunday afternoon.

The Red Sox held leads against both Radke and Santana this weekend, but ended up blowing both games. ... Pedro pitched very well (11 strikeouts and 2 runs in 7 innings), but Santana was even better: 8 innings, 2 hits (solo HRs from Cabrera and Manny) and 12 Ks. ... Oakland beat Texas 4-1, so Boston remains 1 game behind the Rangers for the wild card.

Red Sox players who have homered in first plate appearance with the club:
Player            Date                Opponent

Lefty LeFebre June 10, 1938 White Sox
Eddie Pellagrini April 22, 1946 Senators
Rip Repulski May 10, 1960 White Sox
Ken Harrelson August 29, 1967 Yankees
John Kennedy July 5, 1970 Indians
Rob Deer August 22, 1993 Indians
Curtis Pride September 19, 1997 White Sox
Orlando Cabrera August 1, 2004 Twins
In Chicago, Nomar Garciaparra grounded into a double play (on the first pitch) in his first AB as a Cub. He finished the game 1-for-4 with an RBI.

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