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Jon Lester finally gets his wish tonight; the focus will be solely on his performance as it relates to baseball, and not as it relates to what doctors told him about his body 11 months ago. (Of course, if we keep saying how cancer finally won’t be the focus for this start, isn’t cancer in fact still the focus?)

While we were impressed, and we thought Lester did a fine job, especially given the circumstances, you’ll have to forgive us if in the calm light of day, we feel a little like Chad Finn — three walks and a hit-batsman is a bit too much like last season’s Lester for our tastes. If he can’t gain command of his pitches, Lester will never fulfill the elite-prospect status he had before his callup, and he may start putting up more starts like he had immediately before his diagnosis — starts we were willing to give him a pass on, considering we just don’ know when the cancer started affecting his ability to pitch.

On the other side, the Devil Rays send up James Shields — who put up an impressive negative-three game score against the Yankees last time out. That’s the fourth-worst game score put up by any starter this season, but lest we get too cocky, two of the other three are Ryan Feierabend (5 IP, 0 ER vs. the Sox) and Jon Garland (4.11 ERA this season).

Random news: Ken Rosenthal says the Sox had a three-way trade in place for Jermaine Dye, but it fell through. Are we really going to bench J.D. Drew five months into a four-year, likely untradeable contract? The idea is that Dye would collect enough at-bats between spelling Drew vs. lefties and giving Manny and Ortiz breathers. I think Wily Mo Pena might have something to say about that idea.

Dustin Pedroia is out with a pain in his side, says he’ll be back tomorrow.

Comment away!

Stats since the All-Star break

Boston:

  1. SS Julio Lugo — .344/.375/.475
  2. 1B Kevin Youkilis — .189/.313/.283
  3. DH David Ortiz — .354/.426/.542
  4. LF Manny Ramirez — .421/.500/.807
  5. RF J.D. Drew — .186/.280/.279
  6. 3B Mike Lowell — .333/.387/.439
  7. C Jason Varitek — .194/.286/.306
  8. CF Coco Crisp — .359/.397/.516
  9. 2B Alex Cora — .133/.188/.200

SP Jon Lester — 1-0, 3.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 6 K, 6 IP

Tampa Bay:

  1. 3B Akinori Iwamura — .259/.328/.621
  2. SS Brendan Harris — .235/.328/.314
  3. CF B.J. Upton — .431/.524/.667
  4. 1B Carlos Pena — .246/.368/.526
  5. RF Delmon Young — .362/.413/.466
  6. DH Ty Wigginton — .319/.400/.574
  7. LF Jonny Gomes — .189/.205/.216
  8. 2B Josh Wilson — .344/.371/.531
  9. C Josh Paul — no PA (.245/.302/.245 in 1st half)

SP James Shields — 1-2, 9.37 ERA, 1.96 WHIP, 5 K, 16.1 IP

75 comments… add one

  • Just in: Ty Wigginton is out of the lineup because he’s been traded to the Astros for Dan Wheeler. I was hoping the Sox could land Wigginton, and I’m not sure why the Rays think getting a guy with a 5+ERA in the NL will shore up their wretched bullpen.

    Paul SF July 28, 2007, 6:53 pm
  • Not a good start. Shields Ks the side.

    Paul SF July 28, 2007, 7:18 pm
  • Like Paul, I’ve been accidentally posting in the YFs thread. (We were pretty much the only ones there.)

    Hudson July 28, 2007, 7:52 pm
  • Hudson – Couldn’t agree more about Lowell. I don’t know what his stats are but there is something that makes me say, “Thank You!” when he comes to the plate.

    rootbeerfloat July 28, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • Lester is through 2 innings with no runs and just 21 pitches. Nice.

    Hudson July 28, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • Meanwhile, Baltimore goes up 2-0 on the Yankees, and still batting with 2 runners on in the 2nd inning.

    Hudson July 28, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • Clemens is looking a little shaky over there.

    rootbeerfloat July 28, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • Nice hustle by Ortiz – maybe it will rub off on Manny.

    rootbeerfloat July 28, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • The only way I could fault Lowell is that he could walk a bit more…
    I know some will say we have to start planning for the future, and Texeira could be a big part of that. But having come this far toward a serious shot at another Series ring, I think you have to try to win it now.
    Some might cite the Nomar trade as the kind of painful deal one has to make at times, but I’d counter that Nomar was dealt to *preserve* the Sox’s 2004 chances, not as a move for the future.

    Hudson July 28, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • Manny grounds out unproductively to third, keeping Papi at second.

    Hudson July 28, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • Drew gets it done! Single makes it 3-0 Sox.

    Hudson July 28, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • Lowell keeps it rolling with a single.
    Can we play the Rays every game for the rest of the year, please?

    Hudson July 28, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • Check the schedule, Hudson- it almost looks like we DO play the Rays every game!

    Ayuh - SF July 28, 2007, 8:04 pm
  • Jermaine Dye? Pass. Big time.

    SF July 28, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • Nice play by Manny! But Lester is giving up a TON of flyballs.

    Ayuh - SF July 28, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • I disagree, SF. Jermaine Dye is a nice player.

    Regular_Brad July 28, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • I love the D-Ray pitching staff.

    Regular_Brad July 28, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • Papi single gives a little breathing room, 4-2 Sox. More, please.

    Hudson July 28, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • Manny sac fly makes it 5-2. I’m breathing easier.

    Hudson July 28, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • hey tito, time to wake up.

    sf rod July 28, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • Solo shot by Gomes, glad Boston got those two in the top of the seventh… Lester’s at 94 pitches with 2 outs, this ought to be it. Another decent outing, assuming he gets #3.

    Hudson July 28, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • Ugh, jinxed it. Another solo shot makes it 5-4. I guess you can’t have 16 of your 17 outs come from fly balls and not expect that.

    Hudson July 28, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • Here comes Tavarez. Aiiiiee, memories of last summer are flooding back… Will it be Good Julian, or The Orc?

    Hudson July 28, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • At least Baltimore is still maintaining a two-run lead (3-1) on New York. Bottom of the seventh.
    [Anybody else here?]

    Hudson July 28, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • um…i put in the wake up call to tito hudson.

    sf rod July 28, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • Lester’s ERA went from under 3 to over 4 in one inning.

    Hudson July 28, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • Good Julian finally gets Iwamura to ground out on the 9th pitch. Phew.

    Hudson July 28, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • Yeah, we’re all here, Hudson. We’re just on the edge of the seat is all.

    Regular_Brad July 28, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • Just got back from my birthday dinner – yikes!! I thought we had it sewn up!

    rootbeerfloat July 28, 2007, 10:21 pm
  • happy b-day rbf. hopefully the sox will oblige.

    sf rod July 28, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • Well, they made my Mother’s Day so I’m hopeful!

    rootbeerfloat July 28, 2007, 10:31 pm
  • Johnny Damon is sure doing his part to help my birthday festivities out :).

    rootbeerfloat July 28, 2007, 10:33 pm
  • holy cow. paps in and I decided to grab a drink with the neighbor, and look what happens. I take full responsibility.

    Regular_Brad July 28, 2007, 10:33 pm
  • Regular_Brad – if you have ruined my birthday, I’m going to be pretty pissed…..

    rootbeerfloat July 28, 2007, 10:34 pm
  • could be high drama for a-rod in the ninth….on deck with two outs.

    sf rod July 28, 2007, 10:35 pm
  • Has everyone else also stopped breathing?

    rootbeerfloat July 28, 2007, 10:37 pm
  • OK, Yanks lost so we at least we can’t lose a game in the standings

    rootbeerfloat July 28, 2007, 10:40 pm
  • i need a drink………..or twelve.
    huge strike out for snyder.

    sf rod July 28, 2007, 10:41 pm
  • and a fly out…. still not breathing…. but drinking….

    rootbeerfloat July 28, 2007, 10:45 pm
  • yes is ripping into damon in thier post game show. showed everyone of his AB’s (none of which were good).

    sf rod July 28, 2007, 10:51 pm
  • sf rod – ok, that makes me smile

    rootbeerfloat July 28, 2007, 10:52 pm
  • julio!!

    rootbeerfloat July 28, 2007, 10:53 pm
  • Wow, Papi and Manny unclutch … It’ll end in tears.

    pale blue eyes July 28, 2007, 11:08 pm
  • i’s can takes nomore.

    sf rod July 28, 2007, 11:09 pm
  • that really sucked

    rootbeerfloat July 28, 2007, 11:10 pm
  • how many innings is snyder good for? anyone warming?

    rootbeerfloat July 28, 2007, 11:11 pm
  • Manny hit the ball hard, but got robbed twice, so I wouldn’t say he wasn’t clutch.
    Papi worries me- I can’t remember the last big hit he’s had.

    Anonymous July 28, 2007, 11:15 pm
  • when the sox go back to nine up in the divison tonite, will you yf’s disappear again? cause at 6 games back, i saw ya’ll puttin the pinstripe pride bumper stickers back on the irock z. it’s a week later and there’s not much talkin at 8 back.

    sf rod July 28, 2007, 11:15 pm
  • I love Mikey!

    rootbeerfloat July 28, 2007, 11:20 pm
  • Cora bats with ‘em loaded in the top of the 12th and 1 out.
    Just a deep flyball, pleeeeease…

    Devine July 28, 2007, 11:25 pm
  • sf rod, if you last post was directed at me: I am a Sox fan, my remark just came out of frustration at Papi and Manny getting the runner home. I agree, it was a tough out for Manny. And though it might end in tears tonight, I believe will be all right at the end of the regular season and hopefully late in October.
    Bases loaded one out … here’s hope!

    pale blue eyes July 28, 2007, 11:26 pm
  • Force out at home on the grounder…now it’s Lugo.

    Devine July 28, 2007, 11:26 pm
  • 3-1 count…
    …ball 4! Go-ahead run on a walk!

    Devine July 28, 2007, 11:29 pm
  • no on ewarming so we’re leaving it up to Snyder no matter what

    rootbeerfloat July 28, 2007, 11:29 pm
  • And Julio walks. Sox take the lead. Who’ll pitch the bottom of the inning?

    pale blue eyes July 28, 2007, 11:30 pm
  • Pitching change…could really use another walk or hit to help close the door. Chance to build on the lead against the Yankees.

    Devine July 28, 2007, 11:30 pm
  • Lopez warming…wonder how Timlin is doing…

    Devine July 28, 2007, 11:32 pm
  • The Devil Rays seem to have an unlimited supply of relief pitchers with atrocious ERAs.

    pale blue eyes July 28, 2007, 11:33 pm
  • 10-6 Boston. HUUUUUGE double by Youkilis!!!

    Devine July 28, 2007, 11:34 pm
  • ok, breathing

    rootbeerfloat July 28, 2007, 11:34 pm
  • Youk clears the bases!!! No tears tonight after all, hopefully now …

    pale blue eyes July 28, 2007, 11:35 pm
  • Really wanted this one very badly. I only tuned in starting in the bottom of the 10th, but really nice to see Snyder pull it together. Some unlucky breaks earlier (like the Manny line drive to 3rd), but it really looks like they have got it in hand now (*crosses fingers for no big innings in the bottom of the 12th*).

    Devine July 28, 2007, 11:37 pm
  • Ok, I am going to consider this a personal birthday present….

    rootbeerfloat July 28, 2007, 11:39 pm
  • HA! Manny doubles up the middle! 12-6…strangely the ball hooked very much toward left field in the middle of its flight and got by the center fielder, allowing Papi to score 12th run all the way from 1st.
    Drew grounds out on a nice play by the second baseman.

    Devine July 28, 2007, 11:40 pm
  • Manny’s ball looked like one of my duck-hook drives.

    Anonymous July 28, 2007, 11:42 pm
  • Hey Lopez…just throw strikes.

    Devine July 28, 2007, 11:43 pm
  • Drew! Nice running grab.

    Devine July 28, 2007, 11:43 pm
  • 2nd out on the grounder to 2nd.

    Devine July 28, 2007, 11:45 pm
  • Give Snyder player of the game. Red Sox win!

    Devine July 28, 2007, 11:48 pm
  • Up by 9 again!!
    Daisuke can go for the sweep tomorrow!

    pale blue eyes July 28, 2007, 11:49 pm
  • yahoooooooo

    rootbeerfloat July 28, 2007, 11:49 pm
  • So I’m watching Gone With the Wind with my wife (hey, you gotta watch it sometime, right?), and it’s on two discs cuz it’s soooooooooo long, so in the middle, I check the Sox score. “Oh, 6-4 in the 8th. Great. Papelbon will come in and it’ll be another win for the Sox.”
    Come back to see the final score is 12-6 … in 12! Wish I woulda been there to see it. Crazy game, this baseball.
    Like Rod, I wonder if the Yankee fans will grace us with their ruminations about which slumping Red Sox have been on steroids now that the Yanks have lost three in a row and three straight games in the standings…

    Paul SF July 29, 2007, 12:10 am
  • So I’m watching Gone With the Wind with my wife….
    I’m sorry, Paul. I’ve been there through both discs, and believe me, I’m sorry brother.

    Regular_Brad July 29, 2007, 1:01 am
  • Just checking back in…. How this game got (temporarily) away from the Sox is beyond me; never shoulda happened. But the outcome is happy, and the 9-game lead is a welcome respite from the Yankees edging in closer last week… Make it more than 10 and the A.L. East is nearly mathematically assured. [NO JINX!]

    Hudson July 29, 2007, 3:10 am
  • BTW, Boston’s magic number is now 50 (and New York’s is 68), with 58 games to go.

    Hudson July 29, 2007, 3:13 am

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