16-11: Yanks-Sox Gamer VI

The first three games of The Rivalry this year were epic.

A pair of late home runs to give the Red Sox an improbable rally off Mariano Rivera and extra-inning win. A steal of home plate punctuating a series sweep … and in the middle, the Battle of Hastings.

That is, a 16-11 war in which tonight's starters — Josh Beckett and A.J. Burnett — washed out early and the Sox won the battle of bullpens.

Since that start, Beckett is 4-1 with a 3.11 ERA, including three total earned runs in his last four starts, while Burnett is 2-2 with a 4.27 ERA and has yet to find the consistency that made him such an attractive free agent over the winter.

What awaits these clubs under the gray, drizzly skies tonight? Hopefully a Red Sox win to tie up the division, go 6-0 against the Yanks on the season and get things back on track at home. Here's your spot for all the action. Comment away!

302 comments… add one

  • What annoys me about this series is there isn’t one good matchup. I don’t want to watch Burnett suck tonight. Wake is always watchable except against the Yanks. Wang gets killed at Fenway. And we’ve already covered Penny. Couldn’t you guys use the off day to bump up Lester the Molester?

    Rob June 9, 2009, 5:43 pm
  • These next two starts are going to tell me all I need to know about Burnett – Becks then Santana. I don’t expect him to win either. Hopefully I’m surprised.

    Rob June 9, 2009, 5:46 pm
  • I don’t want to watch Burnett suck tonight. Wake is always watchable except against the Yanks. Wang gets killed at Fenway.
    Reverse jinx. Reverse jinx. Reverse jinx>

    rootbeerfloat June 9, 2009, 5:53 pm
  • Anything but a rainout will be fine by me… I’m going to a new, reasonably authentic Mexican restaurant down the road to watch the game.

    Hudson June 9, 2009, 6:03 pm
  • Couldn’t you guys use the off day to bump up Lester the Molester?
    I wish I had a good answer for this. In no way should Brad Penny be facing the Yankees when Jon Lester is an option on regular rest.

    Paul SF June 9, 2009, 6:03 pm
  • Where? I’ll be in Columbia County this weekend, so curious.

    SF June 9, 2009, 6:10 pm
  • Reverse jinx. Reverse jinx. Reverse jinx>

    Rob June 9, 2009, 6:12 pm
  • Sox sweep, obviously.

    Nick-YF June 9, 2009, 6:19 pm
  • Obviously. The killer is going to be Penny clinching it.

    Rob June 9, 2009, 6:21 pm
  • We are going to get swept again…no way we even win a game. we totally suck monkey balls.

    krueg June 9, 2009, 6:23 pm
  • We are going to get swept again…no way we even win a game. we totally suck monkey balls.

    SF June 9, 2009, 6:24 pm
  • The killer is going to be Wang clinching it.

    SF June 9, 2009, 6:25 pm
  • Actually, it will be Sabathia.
    No wait! He’s going to suck monkey balls.

    Rob June 9, 2009, 6:25 pm
  • If you try and keep up with me…it’s going to be a LONG night for you. ;)

    krueg June 9, 2009, 6:27 pm
  • Looks awful up there on YES…tarp on the field, Buffalo-ish dark gray miserable sky…YUCK.

    krueg June 9, 2009, 6:28 pm
  • I heard the Sox all got food poisoning from Lowell’s wife, so they’re all too busy throwing up their guts to play. So the Yankees will be playing the Pawtucket Red Sox for the next three days.
    Go Zink!

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 6:33 pm
  • god-OUT-za is not in the lineup!!!! WOO HOO!!!! I AM SO HAPPY!!!! Not that it matters…we’re still going to lose.

    krueg June 9, 2009, 6:37 pm
  • we’d still lose…

    krueg June 9, 2009, 6:38 pm
  • It’s just too bad the 48-year-old David Ortiz will never have another meaningful hit in his life.

    Paul SF June 9, 2009, 6:39 pm
  • Julio Lugo sucks.

    SF June 9, 2009, 6:41 pm
  • Sorry, got that wrong.
    Julio Lugo REALLY sucks.

    SF June 9, 2009, 6:43 pm
  • Lugo’s the type of player who could lose all three games just by playing tonight.

    SF June 9, 2009, 6:44 pm
  • Beckett is going to throw at Teixeira (how could he NOT?) and a fight will ensue, and the Sox will end up having 8 players ejected. The rest of the game will be played with the bullpen band batting 2-9 (Pedroia won’t be ejected because the ump won’t be able to see him biting ankles)

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 6:46 pm
  • I love how I have spread the negativity…hope it doesn’t wear on the SF’s that aren’t used to my patented negative reinforcement! Or do I??? :)

    krueg June 9, 2009, 6:46 pm
  • Why the hell isn’t mlb.tv working? It’s disabled for each game right now.
    ANGRY FACE.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 6:49 pm
  • Karma my friend…karma

    krueg June 9, 2009, 6:52 pm
  • DAMN YOU BASEBALL GODS! *shakes fists at ceiling*

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 6:53 pm
  • krueg, my comments about Lugo aren’t negative. I positively hate that motherf*cker.

    SF June 9, 2009, 6:54 pm
  • “Media error: the game is temporarily unavailable right now.”
    Heads need to roll for this.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 6:55 pm
  • it’s the nicest thing any of us have said about lugo all year.

    rootbeerfloat June 9, 2009, 6:55 pm
  • I once stated the fact that Lugo was batting 9th, and I didn’t throw in any insults.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 6:59 pm
  • MLB.TV IS UP AND RUNNING!
    Baseball gods, you are too kind.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 7:00 pm
  • THERE’S NO SOUND?!?!?!

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 7:02 pm
  • yeah…i get that from my SF’s here. He’s your god-OUT-za or veras or al-ba-la-DOUCHE-ho or basically any of our relievers…

    krueg June 9, 2009, 7:03 pm
  • Pathetic weak grounder by Jeter…game over.

    krueg June 9, 2009, 7:11 pm
  • Wet conditions + Josh Beckett + Yankees = 7 players ejected in the first inning.
    Calling it now.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 7:11 pm
  • Hey all, gotta go to my boy’s 8th grade graduation tonight, so I’ll catch the archived game on MLB.tv. Do some swearing at the Yankees for me, will ya Krueg? GO YANKS!!!

    nettles June 9, 2009, 7:13 pm
  • …and another. perfect game for beckett.

    krueg June 9, 2009, 7:13 pm
  • here come the rally killers!!! woo hoo!

    krueg June 9, 2009, 7:13 pm
  • word.

    krueg June 9, 2009, 7:14 pm
  • Beckett throws 5 straight curveballs to Teix. Finally hitting his spots with it.
    Oh shit, did anyone else see that fan almost fall over the ledge?

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 7:14 pm
  • Beckett’s throwing curveballs like they’re fastballs.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 7:16 pm
  • choke-rod will K.

    krueg June 9, 2009, 7:16 pm
  • impressive at bat for choke-rod. burnett sucks. 5 runs in the first??? maybe 6???

    krueg June 9, 2009, 7:18 pm
  • Good inning, though Teix made him throw too many pitches.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 7:18 pm
  • …for you guys.

    krueg June 9, 2009, 7:20 pm
  • first pitch ball…burnett sucks.

    krueg June 9, 2009, 7:20 pm
  • 2-0…walk the leadoff hitter dickhole.

    krueg June 9, 2009, 7:21 pm
  • 3-0…what a f-cking joke.

    krueg June 9, 2009, 7:21 pm
  • HE THREW A STRIKE!!!!!

    krueg June 9, 2009, 7:21 pm
  • Burnett is awesome; 1/27th of a perfect game so far.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 7:22 pm
  • he got an out…unbelievable.

    krueg June 9, 2009, 7:22 pm
  • ball…boy, dickhole is dealing. not.

    krueg June 9, 2009, 7:23 pm
  • 2-0 again…F-CK YOU BURNETT YOU LOSER!!! THROW SOME F-CKING STRIKES!!!

    krueg June 9, 2009, 7:23 pm
  • SFs – How’s Remy doing? I never liked Eck and he’s a homer. At least he has interesting things to say about the art of pitching. Still, I’d much rather listen to Remy.

    Rob June 9, 2009, 7:23 pm
  • OMG…2 outs.

    krueg June 9, 2009, 7:23 pm
  • CHUCK IT AT HIS HEAD!!!! I kid, i kid… ;)

    krueg June 9, 2009, 7:24 pm
  • Eck seems like a prick…the kind of guy who hits on your wife while you are in the pisser.

    krueg June 9, 2009, 7:25 pm
  • Scared to throw it by him…pathetic.

    krueg June 9, 2009, 7:25 pm
  • They’ve been very quiet about Remy’s recovery, so I’m not sure Rob. I really do miss him too: Eck is a ton of fun to listen to, but he’s a huge homer. He’s great when he talks about pitching, but aside from that it’s bleh.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 7:26 pm
  • f-cking walk…nice job dickhole.

    krueg June 9, 2009, 7:26 pm
  • 2 run HR coming…

    krueg June 9, 2009, 7:26 pm
  • wild pitch by dickhole.

    krueg June 9, 2009, 7:26 pm
  • With a porn ‘stache like that, how could he not hit on your wife?
    Passed ball, and now we have a RISP that we can strand.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 7:26 pm
  • burnett fits in perfectly with our choke-job team…

    krueg June 9, 2009, 7:27 pm
  • haha…nice.

    krueg June 9, 2009, 7:27 pm
  • Exactly.
    I do like how he talks about pitch selection though.

    Rob June 9, 2009, 7:27 pm
  • thank god. you SUCK DICKHOLE!!!! THROW STRIKES!!!

    krueg June 9, 2009, 7:28 pm
  • 1/9 of a no-hitter here for AJ “Why am I always squinting?” Burnett

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 7:28 pm
  • krueg/et al: can we tone down the language a little?
    Thx…

    SF June 9, 2009, 7:29 pm
  • Here comes another 1-2-3 for joshy…

    krueg June 9, 2009, 7:29 pm
  • No NESN for me, I get stuck with tweedledee, tweddledum, and tweedleevendumber on the Yankees’ broadcast. Sound goes off.

    SF June 9, 2009, 7:30 pm
  • Why the hell is Girardi batting Cano 5th, Posada 6th, and Swisher 7th? Swisher should be 5, easily.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 7:31 pm
  • i knew this wouldn’t last…as opposed to all my thousand other posts on the yankee gamers. I’ll just stick to those from now on.

    krueg June 9, 2009, 7:31 pm
  • Get in the box, Cano, ok? Jeez.

    SF June 9, 2009, 7:31 pm
  • What are “Yankee Gamers”?

    SF June 9, 2009, 7:32 pm
  • Seriously, Cano is asking for it.

    SF June 9, 2009, 7:32 pm
  • THAT WAS A FUCKING STRIKE!

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 7:32 pm
  • Tough 2-2 pitch, there, looked like the ump got fooled even.

    SF June 9, 2009, 7:33 pm
  • SF, I thought you had MLB.tv

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 7:33 pm
  • Ath, language! Let’s use the Carlinisms with restraint…

    SF June 9, 2009, 7:33 pm
  • I do have MLB.tv, but I am assuming that it is blacked out in NY, since I get local coverage over the air. Haven’t bothered checking.

    SF June 9, 2009, 7:34 pm
  • I could listen to WEEI on my iPhone with the sound down, but the radio is like a pitch or two behind, so it gets annoying.

    SF June 9, 2009, 7:34 pm
  • The gun cannot be trusted. Just registered 96 on a Beckett curveball.

    SF June 9, 2009, 7:35 pm
  • Go sit down Posada.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 7:36 pm
  • Also, Ath, as much as I hate Michael Kay, and even if the game were on the laptop, I can’t really justify watching on a 13.3″ screen vs. a 42″ HD picture.

    SF June 9, 2009, 7:39 pm
  • Perfectly understandable. There’s a mute button for a reason.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 7:41 pm
  • One hopes that Burnett cannot continue to go 3-0 to hitters and get away with it.

    Paul SF June 9, 2009, 7:41 pm
  • Big Poopy up.

    SF June 9, 2009, 7:41 pm
  • If Burnett burns the knees like that first pitch, not much the Sox can do.

    SF June 9, 2009, 7:42 pm
  • Hh, that’s wild: The prez of the Baseball HOF was once a statistician intern for Joe C and the rest of the Sox radio gang. That’s pretty neat.

    Paul SF June 9, 2009, 7:42 pm
  • Papi late again on a straight fastball. Lays off the high 0-2 pitch, waste, 1-2 now.
    I really can’t even foresee Papi getting a hit.

    SF June 9, 2009, 7:43 pm
  • ORTIZ FUCK YES FUCK YOU YANKEES

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 7:44 pm
  • Watching this dipshit is maddening.

    Rob June 9, 2009, 7:44 pm
  • REVERSE JINX IN DA HOUUUUUUZZZZZZZZEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!

    SF June 9, 2009, 7:44 pm
  • ORTIZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2-0!!!!!!!!

    Paul SF June 9, 2009, 7:44 pm
  • Of course.

    Rob June 9, 2009, 7:44 pm
  • I really can’t even foresee Papi getting a hit.
    EPIC REVERSE-JINX!

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 7:44 pm
  • Papi!!!!!

    Rob SF June 9, 2009, 7:44 pm
  • David Ortiz: 1.030 OPS in June.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 7:45 pm
  • What, no curtain call on a second inning homer? What is this, anywhere but Yankee Stadium?

    SF June 9, 2009, 7:45 pm
  • papi hitting over 300 this month with 2 HR’s!!!

    Rob SF June 9, 2009, 7:45 pm
  • Do we have a new euphemism for something? “Eye drops”? Is this the “flaxseed oil” of our day?
    I kid.

    SF June 9, 2009, 7:46 pm
  • Must have been the eye drops he is using

    Rob SF June 9, 2009, 7:46 pm
  • Strike zone enlargens on Tek there. Is “enlargens” a word, even?

    SF June 9, 2009, 7:46 pm
  • The big man really seems to be putting it back together, which is great to see.

    Paul SF June 9, 2009, 7:46 pm
  • Oh, wait, there WAS a curtain call! Mea culpa.

    SF June 9, 2009, 7:47 pm
  • game over. nice language by the way guys…

    krueg June 9, 2009, 7:47 pm
  • Burnett all over the place. Even during Tek’s at-bat he wasn’t that close, but got a couple of borderline calls.

    SF June 9, 2009, 7:48 pm
  • Hey, I’ve asked both YF and SF alike to tone it down, krueg, don’t want you to feel singled out.

    SF June 9, 2009, 7:48 pm
  • And now Burnett walks Kotsay. If nothing else, the pitch count is getting elevated.

    Paul SF June 9, 2009, 7:48 pm
  • i didn’t even use bad language…d-ckhole is my pet name for sorry-ass burnett but whatever.

    krueg June 9, 2009, 7:50 pm
  • 0-2 to Green, takes a ball, then spoils a good curve. 5 pitch AB, minimum, so that’s ok.

    SF June 9, 2009, 7:50 pm
  • “suck dickhole” in succession, krueg!

    SF June 9, 2009, 7:50 pm
  • A-Rod, not sharp.

    SF June 9, 2009, 7:51 pm
  • An Ortiz homer, an ARod error… it’s like 2004 all over again!

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 7:51 pm
  • Double clutch got him. That ought to be an error, and not a fielder’s choice.

    SF June 9, 2009, 7:51 pm
  • 44 pitches for Burnett already.

    SF June 9, 2009, 7:51 pm
  • burnett is atrocious…arod even worse. sox are the better team as if there was ever any doubt.

    krueg June 9, 2009, 7:52 pm
  • A-Rod comes back and makes a really good play to get Pedroia, going to his right and throwing from foul ground. Hell of a play.

    SF June 9, 2009, 7:52 pm
  • That was an error for ARod, SF. He makes up for it with a good play right afterwards though.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 7:53 pm
  • Dead Money at the plate. That’s the new nickname for Drew. Dead Money.
    Thanks, Mazz.

    SF June 9, 2009, 7:53 pm
  • Dead Money!!!!! Two runs in on a near dinger off the monstah.

    SF June 9, 2009, 7:54 pm
  • Drew misses a homer by a few feet, 4-0 Sox.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 7:54 pm
  • SF now 2 for 2 with reverse-jinxes.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 7:54 pm
  • i have better things to do than watch this piece of sh-t team. talk to you YF’s on friday.

    krueg June 9, 2009, 7:54 pm
  • Drew delivering to make it 4-0

    Rob SF June 9, 2009, 7:55 pm
  • Full to Youk…

    SF June 9, 2009, 7:56 pm
  • Anyone up in the bullpen for NY?

    Rob SF June 9, 2009, 7:57 pm
  • Youk singles, Burnett at 56 pitches.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 7:58 pm
  • YOOOOK. Single to left, too shallow to score Drew.

    SF June 9, 2009, 7:58 pm
  • Youk on, 1st and 3rd…Bay

    Rob SF June 9, 2009, 7:58 pm
  • Might have run on Johnny there, he barely reached the mound from short left.

    SF June 9, 2009, 7:58 pm
  • OK, 2-1 to Bay. I think this is the pitch…

    SF June 9, 2009, 7:59 pm
  • that makes the count 3-1. Forgot to finish the post.

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:00 pm
  • Bah, Bay missed a cookie on 3-1.

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:00 pm
  • Tomko is up in the bullpen.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 8:00 pm
  • Crap, the 3-2 pitch wasn’t much better, Bay drives it to medium deep left center, but really just a routine fly.

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:01 pm
  • dang…flies out to center

    Rob SF June 9, 2009, 8:01 pm
  • Good inning, no matter. It will be important to see some more pitches next inning, don’t want Burnett to skate through the bottom/middle of the order too quickly considering the pitch count.

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:01 pm
  • Josh Beckett gets a friendly call on the outside

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 8:04 pm
  • Melky whiffs.

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:04 pm
  • Eckerseley bringing up a good point: Beckett has talked to the umpire between innings in most of his starts this season. I wonder what he’s saying.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 8:06 pm
  • Soft tapper by Jeter follows a popout by Gardner. Good inning for Josh.

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:08 pm
  • “Papelbon? That kid is a total moron”

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:08 pm
  • Lowell walks.

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:11 pm
  • Burnett is getting uber-squeezed now. Not that I’m complaining.
    Okay Ortiz, do it again!

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 8:11 pm
  • WEEI is about one pitch behind, so I am putting up with it.

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:11 pm
  • Not squeezed on that call, Ath. That fourth ball to Lowell was well outside.

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:12 pm
  • Now behind 2-0 to Ortiz.

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:12 pm
  • Is there any benefit to holding Lowell on first with Papi up?

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:12 pm
  • 3-1 to Papi…

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:13 pm
  • Papi with the right idea there, but golfs one the other way. That was a good pitch to drive to left, but he just missed it.

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:13 pm
  • Hey, remember when Burnett had a 3.50 ERA against the Red Sox?
    Yeah, me neither.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 8:14 pm
  • Behind Tek 2-0.

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:14 pm
  • Tek waves at an offspeed pitch, weakly.

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:15 pm
  • Uh, what the F was THAT?!?!!!?!

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:15 pm
  • Missed hit-and-run, Lowell out by 10 feet.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 8:16 pm
  • Seriously, what the hell happened there? Hit and run with a guy who CAN’T THROW A STRIKE AND LOWELL ON FIRST? Are you kidding me?

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:16 pm
  • That had to be a missed sign/misinterpreted sign. That makes less than zero sense.

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:16 pm
  • What a waste. That’s a completely inexcusable mistake with Burnett struggling and the bottom of the order coming through. Really, that’s just terrible.

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:17 pm
  • So why were they hitting-and-running when Burnett’s command has been all over the place?
    Varitek ends up walking.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 8:17 pm
  • Tek walks.

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:17 pm
  • Kotsay rips one off Cano, probably a hit, but maybe should be an error? Need to see the replay. 1/2, two down.
    WTF Lowell/Hale/Tito/Tek!?!?

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:18 pm
  • HAHA Cano plays the ball off to his side like it’s a can of corn, and it goes right by. It was a hard hit ball, sure, but you gotta block it with your body buddy.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 8:18 pm
  • First pitch to Green not even close. Take.

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:19 pm
  • 2-0. Take.

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:19 pm
  • Doesn’t take, misses. 2-1.

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:19 pm
  • YES!!! Green laces one over Swisher (not Damon, as I thought earlier). 5-0!

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:20 pm
  • Nick Green refuses to strand more runners. 5-0 Sox.
    Lugo, pack your shit.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 8:20 pm
  • It wasn’t even Burnett’s worst pitch of the night, a low pitch that Green did a good job ripping.

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:20 pm
  • He’s going to need one enormous suitcase.

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:21 pm
  • Dear Girardi,
    Thanks for switching around your rotation so Burnett could pitch against us on 2 extra days rest.
    Love, Red Sox Nation

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 8:21 pm
  • Not a good night for Burnett. Tomko coming in.

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:21 pm
  • Just you and me, Ath, it looks like.

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:22 pm
  • SF, for some reason that comment gave me a case of the giggles. See how happy we all are when Lugo isn’t in the lineup?

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 8:22 pm
  • If roles were reversed I would have jumped out my window too.
    RIP Krueg.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 8:23 pm
  • Did Green just yell “ha” at A-Rod on Pedroia’s popup!?

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:25 pm
  • Seriously?

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 8:25 pm
  • If so, I am not sure whether I should be embarrassed or amused.

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:26 pm
  • Howdy all! For the first time in 4 years, I have both net access and a tv with the game on. Nice game we got going on here, I see…

    FenSheaParkway June 9, 2009, 8:26 pm
  • Just had tor rewind the DVR. Green came around third, A-Rod set up to make the catch, and Green, right behind A-Rod, put both arms out almost in exclamation. He then looked back at A-Rod after passing him and the catch had been made. But in retrospect I think it was that Green, making the turn, was making sure he didn’t slip, and was a bit closer to A-Rod than he thought or meant to be.

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:28 pm
  • WTF blue?! Beckett paints TWO corners, the first maybe a ball, the second totally on the paint.

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:28 pm
  • if it’s true SF, then Green deserves a pay raise.
    Close pitch called a ball, though clearly inside by a smidge. Next pitch gets him though!

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 8:29 pm
  • No matter, Damon Ks on the next pitch, right over the middle of the plate.

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:29 pm
  • The booth guys haven’t brought it up.

    FenSheaParkway June 9, 2009, 8:29 pm
  • Sox pick High Schooler Raymond Fuentes with their first pick in the draft, #28 overall. 18 years old. See you in 2013/4, Ray!

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:29 pm
  • I think it was what I described in my second post, I think Green was a bit closer to A-Rod than he though, didn’t want to lose balance making the turn. But the initial visual was pretty funny considering the context and the history.

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:30 pm
  • Beckett not getting any close pitches now.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 8:31 pm
  • SF, I don’t think that’s what FSP is referring to.
    A walk to Teixeira, and I’m 100% fine with that.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 8:31 pm
  • Tex walks. Grrr.

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:31 pm
  • Then what is he referring to? The bad calls? Castig mentioned that Damon “looked like he knows he got away with one” there, so the radio guys mentioned it, for sure. Not sure about Orsillo/Eck.

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:32 pm
  • Beckett is throwing curveballs like they’re tic-tacs. Everyone is sitting on his fastball, and they’re failing miserably.
    A fourth straight curveball strikes out ARod!

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 8:33 pm
  • I opened a bottle of wine, the wife is supposed to be home soon. She better get home soon, that’s all I am going to say.
    A-Rod whiffs!!!!

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:33 pm
  • Well, nm then. No-hitter over on an amazing play that Pedroia ALMOST made. Ball is wet though.
    FSP, were you referring to the no-hitter earlier?

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 8:35 pm
  • Medium sized jam here with Posada up, Cano gets on after a grounder that Pedroia can’t handle. Bear down, Josh. 0-2. Set him down.

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:36 pm
  • K!!!!

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:37 pm
  • JOSH BECKETT! Strikes out the side to get out of it.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 8:37 pm
  • So far, Josh looks great. Not more one can ask of their starter. No jinx, baseball gods!

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:37 pm
  • No, I was referring to Kay and Singleton not mentioning any gamesmanship by Green. Sorry about that, I got delayed.

    FenSheaParkway June 9, 2009, 8:38 pm
  • Dead Money at the plate.

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:39 pm
  • Yeah, I think it was nothing, but it looked like something in the moment.

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:40 pm
  • K. Straight fastball totally fooled JD.

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:41 pm
  • If I was a rapper, I’d be named Dead Money.

    FenSheaParkway June 9, 2009, 8:41 pm
  • Ahh my bad. Tomko getting squeezed now, right on the inside corner to Youk.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 8:42 pm
  • What was wrong with the 1-2 pitch to Youk? Very lucky call, in my mind.

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:42 pm
  • Youk with a great piece of hitting.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 8:43 pm
  • I think “Dead Money” is a great f*ck you nickname for JD, it’s perfect, especially if he performs and the press keeps sh*tting on him.

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:44 pm
  • That almost makes up for the botched running last inning.

    FenSheaParkway June 9, 2009, 8:45 pm
  • Youk steals? Did they change the hit and run sign and not tell the hitters?

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:45 pm
  • Wow Youk stole that base easily. Great jump.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 8:45 pm
  • SF, you know it’s easier for the press to write articles without doing any research. Who cares that Drew has the 3rd-highest OPS on the team? It’s easier to sh*t on him!

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 8:46 pm
  • OK, dinner is here, taking a minor break for a while. Bay walks.

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:47 pm
  • Lowell Connector!

    FenSheaParkway June 9, 2009, 8:48 pm
  • Oh snap, 6-0 Sox. Papi up!

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 8:48 pm
  • Papi was very demonstrative for that pop up.

    FenSheaParkway June 9, 2009, 8:51 pm
  • Wow Ortiz FURIOUS that he didn’t get all of that ball. He threw his bat in the air and then hit it hard with his palm, yelling at himself the whole time.
    Settle down big guy.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 8:51 pm
  • Papi VERY unhappy with himself, misses a cookie. Same as last at-bat, pops to shallow left.

    SF June 9, 2009, 8:51 pm
  • I appreciate that Ortiz wants to push himself, but I don’t want this season to give him an aneurysm

    FenSheaParkway June 9, 2009, 8:53 pm
  • I am totally on board the Dead Money bandwagon. Also totally on board with a 2-0 lead being 5-0 when I get back from a walk with the wife (and 6-0 shortly thereafter)…

    Paul SF June 9, 2009, 8:54 pm
  • The Sox’ first-round draft pick was born in 1991… The year of the Persian Gulf War. He was 10 on 9/11.
    If that doesn’t make you feel old, nothing will.

    Paul SF June 9, 2009, 8:55 pm
  • Geez, even I remember the first gulf war. I was only 5, but I remember it.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 8:57 pm
  • Yet another K.

    FenSheaParkway June 9, 2009, 8:58 pm
  • Raymond Fuentes, from SoxProspects.com:
    Athletic centerfielder plays the game at full tilt, the type of player that will make a lot of highlight reels. Wiry frame. Line drive hitter, makes excellent contact, without a ton of power. Excellent swing mechanics. Top line speed. Excellent range and glove in the outfield, projects to stay in center. Fluid, gets good jumps on the ball. Below average arm.
    Really, sounds just like Ellsbury.
    Five straight outs on strikes for Beckett. He’s on an incredible run — the best he’s ever had in Boston.

    Paul SF June 9, 2009, 8:58 pm
  • 5 straight strikeouts for Beckett.
    Paul, your wife makes you go on walks during Sox/Yanks games?!?!

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 8:58 pm
  • I was 9, Ath. I remember watching CNN at my grandparents’ house when the bombing started. One of my earliest news memories…

    Paul SF June 9, 2009, 8:59 pm
  • Paul, your wife makes you go on walks during Sox/Yanks games?!?
    Not ordinarily, but my parents are in town, so I’m also part host. Plus, I find my state of mind is healthier if I force myself to not watch/listen to every inning, especially against the Yankees.

    Paul SF June 9, 2009, 9:00 pm
  • That was definitely my earliest news memory, with the OJ Simpson trial a few years later. Nothing else really happened from 91 to 94, right? I remember the second Clinton election but not the first.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 9:02 pm
  • Aflac question: who are the only two players to make postseason appearances for the A’s, Red Sox and Yankees?
    Hmm, I can’t think of any.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 9:04 pm
  • Looks like all the big-time signabiliy guys were selected early — Purke, Crow, Tate, Turner, Matzek, etc. Everyone thought the Sox would take catcher Max Stassi, but he’s still on the board.

    Paul SF June 9, 2009, 9:05 pm
  • who are the only two players to make postseason appearances for the A’s, Red Sox and Yankees?
    Johnny Damon springs immediately to mind.
    Alan Embree?

    Paul SF June 9, 2009, 9:06 pm
  • BAH, I thought of Mark Belhorn (who played for all three teams) but he didn’t play in the postseason for Oakland or New York.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 9:06 pm
  • I was 22, getting started with grad school. I remember my first encounter with Wolf Blitzer.

    SF June 9, 2009, 9:06 pm
  • Embree didn’t pitch for the Yanks or Oakland in the playoffs.
    I can’t believe I missed Damon though. I knew there was one obvious one I was missing.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 9:07 pm
  • Jose Canseco.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 9:10 pm
  • 3 pitches, 2 outs.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 9:11 pm
  • TEIX STRIKES OUT LOOKING! 6 pitch inning, beautiful.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 9:13 pm
  • Now that’s a 1-2-3 inning.

    FenSheaParkway June 9, 2009, 9:13 pm
  • OT: I see the draft is up to #41… thirty-one away from the Mets FIRST pick. Le sigh…

    FenSheaParkway June 9, 2009, 9:15 pm
  • Tito went up to Beckett in the dugout and told him that he’s done for the night. Not a bad move, considering how long his breaks were in-between innings.
    Delcarmen up in the pen.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 9:17 pm
  • The booth is talking about Veres going into the game to basically experiment on pitches. Is that ever an option in a series of this caliber? It’s only 6-0, guys.

    FenSheaParkway June 9, 2009, 9:18 pm
  • Bay hit. A Boston player has been hit in every game against the Yanks this year.
    Suspensions!

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 9:19 pm
  • The Yankee dugout will be happy to hear Beckett isn’t coming back, after Veres plunks Bay.

    FenSheaParkway June 9, 2009, 9:20 pm
  • Maybe Tito will send him back out there to hit ARod for good measure before pulling him.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 9:22 pm
  • Papi with another hard hit ball, but right at Cano.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 9:22 pm
  • Why is Beckett out?

    SF June 9, 2009, 9:26 pm
  • It still depresses me to hear the “steroids” chant with ARod at the plate.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 9:27 pm
  • So glad I can’t watch this game.
    *Sent from my blackberry, which I will now throw against a wall.*

    attackgerbil June 9, 2009, 9:27 pm
  • MDC has thrown three strikes, and the count is 3-1. Come on, Ump.

    SF June 9, 2009, 9:27 pm
  • The large gaps of time between innings worried Tito, SF. I’d love to see him go 7 innings, but I guess I don’t have a problem with this since we’re up 6-0.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 9:27 pm
  • NO LEADOFF WALKS.

    SF June 9, 2009, 9:28 pm
  • No leadoff walk! A-Rod grounds to Lowell.

    SF June 9, 2009, 9:28 pm
  • Got it.

    SF June 9, 2009, 9:28 pm
  • Been eating dinner and drinking wine, only viewed the game tangentially the last 30 minutes or so.

    SF June 9, 2009, 9:29 pm
  • Wow, it’s a wonder Kotsay made that catch.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 9:30 pm
  • Kotsay skates around center, picks up a well hit ball by Cano. Two down.

    SF June 9, 2009, 9:30 pm
  • I am not going to miss Posada when he’s gone, for even a half a second.

    SF June 9, 2009, 9:31 pm
  • MDC walks Posada on four pitches. Bad Manny.

    SF June 9, 2009, 9:32 pm
  • I once had a homeless man ask me for chance, and he looked EXACTLY like Posada–so much so that I did a double-take. Same front teeth, ears, rat-like appearance. I told him I didn’t have any, and he gave me a little pin that said “Smile, someone loves you.”
    True story.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 9:33 pm
  • Err, change, not chance.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 9:34 pm
  • Swish grounds out to Pedro. 7 done.

    SF June 9, 2009, 9:34 pm
  • No Swishaliciousness tonight?

    I'mBillMcNeal June 9, 2009, 9:34 pm
  • Green!

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 9:43 pm
  • GREEN!!!!

    SF June 9, 2009, 9:43 pm
  • Posada injured.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 9:44 pm
  • Delcarmen starting to look a little shaky.

    SF June 9, 2009, 9:51 pm
  • 3-0 to Jeter. Poor.

    SF June 9, 2009, 9:51 pm
  • Four pitch walk to Jeter. That’s really inexcusable with a seven run lead.

    SF June 9, 2009, 9:52 pm
  • Tito takes out MDC, here comes Ramirez.

    SF June 9, 2009, 9:52 pm
  • Jeter walks and Manny is out. Ramirez time.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 9:53 pm
  • GIDP makes Tom Cruise smile.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 9:56 pm
  • GIDP for Damon!

    SF June 9, 2009, 9:56 pm
  • Dead Money to lead off the eighth. Yankee pitchers have thrown nearly 170 tonight. Egads.

    SF June 9, 2009, 9:59 pm
  • Bay scrapes the wall in deep center, a triple for Bay.

    SF June 9, 2009, 10:03 pm
  • Bay triples?!?! Sweet!

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 10:06 pm
  • Bard.
    Welcome, Daniel.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 9, 2009, 10:09 pm
  • Red Sox have done a fantastic job working the count tonight. They’ve seen an average of more than 20 pitches per inning.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 9, 2009, 10:10 pm
  • Last pitch from Bard hits 100.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 9, 2009, 10:12 pm
  • Two down!

    SF June 9, 2009, 10:12 pm
  • I hereby declare Josh Beckett the AL Pitcher of the Month for June.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 9, 2009, 10:13 pm
  • Bard really has a fluid, easy motion, and he throws 100. From the stretch.

    SF June 9, 2009, 10:14 pm
  • K!
    A pair of firsts tonight: Red Sox first shutout of the season, first time Yankees shut out this season.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 9, 2009, 10:16 pm
  • Cano down swinging! Curveball from Bard gets him.
    Superb win. I had hoped the Sox would take at least one in this series, and it’s good to know they did it tonight and just need to split to win the series.
    Beckett seems, well, back to what we had hoped for.

    SF June 9, 2009, 10:16 pm
  • Ballgame, tied for first

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 10:16 pm
  • That was my first time watching Daniel Bard. Holy crap.

    FenSheaParkway June 9, 2009, 10:19 pm
  • Gotta give a lot of credit to Burnett, too.

    I'mBillMcNeal June 9, 2009, 10:21 pm
  • He’s great, isn’t he FSP?

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 10:25 pm
  • I can now, if not condone, then at least wrap my head around those who say the Sox should let Papelbon walk.

    FenSheaParkway June 9, 2009, 10:29 pm
  • Well it’s either that or pay him 15mil a year, FSP.

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 10:30 pm
  • Yes, I understand the rationale, but not the nonchalance. Even if I agree that it might be necessary or a good idea, I might still grimace at the thought. Until tonight that is: I now welcome our new ninth-inning overlord.

    FenSheaParkway June 9, 2009, 10:46 pm
  • Was that a geeky reference there, FSP? Like, the kind you would see on slashdot?!?!

    Atheose June 9, 2009, 10:53 pm
  • What an awesome day! I think I’m losing my job and the Yankees proved me right. Sox are by far the superior team, no doubt about that. (as if there ever was) Congrats SF’s. I won’t be tuning in tomorrow for Wang giving up about 10 runs in the first inning. I might watch CC, but I doubt it. I think CC and dickhole should watch some tape of Beckett, a true ace, and get a f-ing clue. Teixiera is the only dude on the roster worth a sh-t. I f-cking hate them so much.
    Goodnight boys. 2 months until football season.

    krueg June 9, 2009, 11:21 pm
  • I am nothing if not for geeky references.
    But yeah, other SF’s I’ve talked to who can watch games more frequently are sort of cavalier about the inevitable loss of Papelbon, which has always left me a bit aghast. It’s helpful to finally see why.

    FenSheaParkway June 10, 2009, 12:02 am
  • from the looks of the wrap sheet on yankees first rounder slade heathcott, he may be jobas lost brother.

    sf rod June 10, 2009, 7:16 am
  • I don’t understand why many Sox fans can be so casual about it either FSP, but seeing Bard certainly makes it easier to accept. It sucks, but there it is.
    It’s funny to think that the Sox have 5 guys who could be closers in their bullpen: Delcarmen, Okajima, Saito, Papelbon, Bard. Talk about dominance.

    Atheose June 10, 2009, 7:33 am
  • Let’s not go overboard. Okajima and Saito don’t belong in that group.
    Bard is filthy. Just nasty.
    I hate Cashman so much this morning. Just an awful signing. Meanwhile, Phil Hughes sits in the bullpen and they brought Wang back too early. Any idiot can sign the best players available. A decent GM makes good borderline moves. Instead we get $180 million spent on Igawa, Pavano, and Burnett. The worst part is Cashman never came around to see Pavano for what he is. Four more years of this? Good God.

    Rob June 10, 2009, 8:31 am
  • Three straight years of an ERA under 2.61 disagrees with you, Rob. He doesn’t have blinding speed, but you don’t need to when you’ve got great stuff. And as for Saito, he’s already a somewhat established closer with a career ERA just over 2.00. There are plenty of teams who would love to have either closing for them (Angels, Giants, Pirates, Phillies, Diamondbacks, Orioles, Marlins, Tigers, Cubs, Indians, Rays).
    I have never been too impressed with Burnett. The man has awesome stuff, but it never seems to translate to healthy success; when he’s great he’s injured, and when he’s healthy he’s average (or he’s in a contract year, in which case he’s both).

    Atheose June 10, 2009, 8:57 am
  • To elaborate, their career numbers:
    Hideki Okajima: 2.43 ERA, 1.054 WHIP
    Brad Lidge: 3.32, 1.233
    Trevor Hoffman: 2.73, 1.039
    Mariano Rivera: 2.09, 0.989 (as a reliever)
    John Smoltz: 2.65, 1.016 (as a reliever)
    Joe Nathan: 2.02, 0.949 (as a reliever)
    Obviously it’s silly to compare Oki to some of the greats, but from what we’ve seen so far his numbers are very good and he would be an improvement over maybe half of the current closers out there today. Having said that, he seems to be atrocious with inherited runners, though I don’t feel like looking it up.

    Atheose June 10, 2009, 9:06 am
  • Let me make myself clear before everyone starts telling me how stupid I am: I’m not saying Okajima is as good as Mariano Rivera, I’m just saying he would be a better closer than half the teams currently have. And don’t put too much stock in his number of blown saves: most of them came from inherited runners, where I admit he’s horrible.

    Atheose June 10, 2009, 9:14 am
  • Agree to disagree.
    Holy crap. Did anyone know there’s actually a Miyagi, Japan? That’s where Saito’s from.
    Still, with the bullpen strength, why didn’t the Sox swap Delcarmen for Nick Johnson? That seems like a fair deal.

    Rob June 10, 2009, 9:23 am
  • I saw that on his baseball-reference page! Makes me want to rewatch Karate Kid, which I haven’t seen in maybe 10 years. Also interesting: apparently Saito’s nickname is “Sammy”.
    Not sure Rob, though Manny’s current numbers would make that a great trade for both sides. Johnson is currently making 5.5 mil, but that’s due to go up. Hopefully Papi is out of his slump and we won’t need to pull the trigger on that deal though.

    Atheose June 10, 2009, 9:45 am
  • why didn’t the Sox swap Delcarmen for Nick Johnson?
    Because that deal never existed. Last I heard, the Nats’ owner/GM/whatever they have over there said there was never any talks with Boston involving Johnson and Delcarmen.
    Otherwise, I agree. The Sox should trade MDC for Nick Johnson without a second thought, but I think the Nats, unfortunately, know they could get more than that.

    Paul SF June 10, 2009, 10:00 am

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