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Thursday, May 22, 2008

  Dr. Daisuke and Mr. Wild

Hmmmm, which Daisuke Matsuzaka will we get today? The one who pitches brilliantly and gets the win, or the one who gives us small heart attacks and gets the win?

I'll give you a hint: I have already taken two TUMS. And an Imitrex.

After one inning pitched against Kansas City this afternoon, Matsuzaka has already allowed a run on two walks, a wild pitch, and a hit. He has thrown 36 pitches.

But hey, he has two strikeouts.

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He walked way too many...but his strikeouts looked GOOD.

And his offense took care of the rest. WOOT!

Next Saturday, July 19th, Democratic US Senate candidate Jeanne Shaheen is going to be raffling two green monster seats for a July 25th Yankees game!

Go to our special Red Sox vs Yankees contribution page and make a contribution. http://www.democratsenators.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=dBqrM9A48waiESu5jSz%2BotFpJaA3DlZa

A contribution of $25 automatically enters you into a drawing for the tickets.
Each additional $25 you contribute will earn one additional entry. For example, $75 is equivalent to three entries. The full list of rules is posted at the contest webpage http://www.democratsenators.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=GEVVPBLQUgkLtA8W%2Fi2XqNFpJaA3DlZa .

The contest ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, July 18th.

Every dollar you give will not only give you a chance at winning seats on the Green Monster at Fenway Park, it will also help in our effort to make this country green again by moving toward a new energy future. It will help get the "green" out of the pockets of Washington special interests and into the pockets of America’s working families.


Monday, May 19, 2008

  Magical Happenings at Fenway

Updated 05/20/2008 at 13:23 EDT

Jason Varitek congratulates Jon Lester24-year-old Jon Lester faced the Kansas City Royals tonight to open the four-game series, and all he did was throw a no-hitter. It was the 18th no-hitter in team history (no American League team has more), the first by a Red Sox left-hander since Mel Parnell did it to the White Sox on July 14, 1956, and the first at Fenway Park since way back on September 1, 2007 when Clay Buchholz no-hit the Orioles.

The cherry on the sundae is that it was the fourth no-hitter caught by Jason Varitek, and that's a major league record. (Update: See today's Boston Globe for details on this record.) He was behind the plate for Hideo Nomo's second career no-hitter, also against Baltimore, on April 4, 2001; for Derek Lowe's no-hitter on April 27, 2002, versus Tampa Bay; and for last year's Buchholz gem.

Did I mention that my friend Lloyd was at this game? He has 20-game-pack tickets up in the new left field Pavilion, so he had a good view as the evening played out. Can't wait to have lunch with him tomorrow so he can tell me all about it.

(Note: When I eventually get onto Retrosheet.org, whose servers are probably being swamped by stats geeks like me, I'll post links to the box scores of the above games.) Links to the no-hitters mentioned have been added. Thanks to Retrosheet.org.

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Cheers of Red Sox triumph so far: 1

Next Saturday, July 19th, Democratic US Senate candidate Jeanne Shaheen is going to be raffling two green monster seats for a July 25th Yankees game!

Go to our special Red Sox vs Yankees contribution page and make a contribution. http://www.democratsenators.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=dBqrM9A48waiESu5jSz%2BotFpJaA3DlZa

A contribution of $25 automatically enters you into a drawing for the tickets.
Each additional $25 you contribute will earn one additional entry. For example, $75 is equivalent to three entries. The full list of rules is posted at the contest webpage http://www.democratsenators.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=GEVVPBLQUgkLtA8W%2Fi2XqNFpJaA3DlZa .

The contest ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, July 18th.

Every dollar you give will not only give you a chance at winning seats on the Green Monster at Fenway Park, it will also help in our effort to make this country green again by moving toward a new energy future. It will help get the "green" out of the pockets of Washington special interests and into the pockets of America’s working families.


Thursday, May 01, 2008

  Luck Runs Out

Well that sucked. Let's get the bats going for the series against mighty Tampa Bay, shall we?

And speaking of The Team Formerly Known as the Devil Rays, we are now out of April and the Rays are in first place. It's as if we're living in a parallel universe where Tampa Bay doesn't suck.

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  OK, I Was Wrong about Timlin

The Sox now move to the bottom of the ninth with the intention of scoring at least three runs. If they pull it off, I hope they just keep going and score four. I'm beat tonight and not looking forward to extra innings.

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  Comebacks Are Great, but Must We Rely on Them?

Granted, the last two games were phenomenally exciting, edge-of-your-seat contests that the Sox won with walk-off hits. It is nice to know these guys don't stop playing until the game is over.

The problem is that they can't pull off late-game heroics every time. Given that reality, it might be a good idea for the Sox to try to, you know, score before the ninth inning.

Take tonight's game, which the Blue Jays currently lead 3-0 in the top of the ninth inning. I know that Red Sox fans the world over realize a win is still possible, though not probable. On NESN, Don Orsillo is just pointing out that the Sox have had eight walk-off wins and 10 come-from-behind wins this season (I think I got that right). But come on, guys, give us a break here. And give a break to the poor guys who have to hit in the bottom of the ninth.

Wait, Terry Francona is making a pitching change—to Mike Timlin. I love Mike, really I do. But I'm afraid a come-from-behind win just got less probable, as I have no confidence that the score will still be 3-0 when he's done.

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