Enough Already: Twins-Sox Gamer V

Apparently, the Red Sox thought they were playing in the Metrodome last night; how else to explain the futility they exhibited, particularly in the ninth? Likewise, Josh Beckett could have all but sealed the Cy Young with a 21st victory that clinched the division, to boot. Instead, he made us wonder if the Sox might not be better starting their series on the road.

Never mind that. Today’s a new day. Two games up, three to play. Still a comfortable margin, as the Sox’ destiny is entirely within their hands. Win two, and they’re in. So let’s start tonight.

Tonight, it’s Daisuke Matsuzaka, who has not been good in about a month, against Kevin Slowey, who’s given up just one run in each of his last three starts.

The Sox, meanwhile are putting perhaps the best starting lineup they’ve had all season out there — Manny and Youks back, with Ellsbury in center. A 2008 Opening Day preview, perhaps?

Oh, and Clay Buchholz is down for the season. Fatigue. Based on the Papelbon experience, this is obviously a smart move — and it makes one wonder whether the situation might be worse had the Sox begun relying on Buchholz heavily in an eighth inning role down the stretch.

Comment away!

Boston:
1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
2. Manny Ramirez. LF
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Mike Lowell, 3B
5. J.D. Drew, RF
6. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
7. Jason Varitek, C
8. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
9. Julio Lugo, SS

SP: Daisuke Matsuzaka

Minnesota:
1. Jason Bartlett, SS
2. Jason Kubel, LF
3. Torii Hunter, CF
4. Justin Morneau, DH
5. Michael Cuddyer, RF
6. Garrett Jones, 1B
7. Matt LeCroy, C
8. Brian Buscher, 3B
9. Nick Punto, 2B

SP: Kevin Slowey

156 comments… add one

  • I’m bummed for Clay to be shut down, was hoping he’d do some relief duty in the playoffs against teams who’d never seen him before, but understand why they’re doing it.
    I don’t doubt in the future there’ll be a version of the Joba-HouseRules for all young pitchers in MLB.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF September 28, 2007, 6:24 pm
  • Wow, I’m sad that Buchholz is out too. Better safe than sorry though–this kid is too good to risk.

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 6:30 pm
  • Agreed on those sentiments. It’s a shame, but I’d rather this than blowing out his arm in the postseason. The Sox can win a lot more with him in the rotation for years to come than without him.

    Paul SF September 28, 2007, 6:42 pm
  • Up 2-0 after 1.5 innings, courtesy of an Ortiz double, Lowell RBI single, and a Drew RBI double (I’m happy to see Drew really turning it around for a prolonged period of time…) and two clean innings from Daisuke.

    Jackie (SF) September 28, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • Sox go down 1-2-3. However, good at bats for everyone but (!) Ellsbury.

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • Clean inning for Dice. But Im not wild about his K/BB ratio.

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • err.. I mean strikes to ball

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • ROY singles

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • Manny able to get to second on a muffed ball. Veddy nice.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF September 28, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • Manny? *pokes gameday* What happened after Pedroia singled?

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 7:58 pm
  • Gameday has gone insane. Pedroia singles.. then ball 1 to Papi hat gets away.. and lets Manny reach second? How’d Manny get on? Where’s Dustin?

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • OK.. there we go. Papi singles, Manny holds at 3rd.
    Ball in the air, Mikey. Just get it in the air deep enoguh to score him.

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • Good enough! Groudn out scores the runner.

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • I need to see that replay.. between Mikey and Papi I wonder what kind of groundball doesnt get 2.. or at least get Papi.

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • Drew makes an out. No boos from me. Youve been good this month, keep it up.

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 8:02 pm
  • Withotu Guthrie/Bedard the Os are a joke btw.

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 8:03 pm
  • Bedard was one of their highlights of the year, my goodness, he’s good.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF September 28, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • ugh, a 123 from Slowey. Blah.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF September 28, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • Bedard is beyond good. He’s the kidna player you build around, to borrow a cliche. The Os HAVE pieces. If their management would spend some money properly to get the last few pieces (ie a bullpen that WORKS) they’ll be a contedner.
    The Jays ARE contenders. If it wasnt for all those injuries, they’d be in the mix.

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • Another strogn inning for Dice.

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • Absolutely, I thought when the Blue Jays came in second last year the AL East was in for a real fight this season. Losing BJ Ryan before the season even began was rough (for them) and then it was all downhill thereafter.
    wtf- I want to remind the Orioles that they’re up against Mike Mussina, he of teh suck this year.
    But whatever, as long as we win-win-win.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF September 28, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • Yanks break it open. *sigh*
    Manny goes down after a good at-bat.
    Pleas ehold the line.. PLEASE.

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • Dice strieks out Hunter to end the 6th. Despite his impressive line thus far, Im still unhappy wiht his stirkes-balls ratio. He’d be dead against a playoff team unless he throws more strikes

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • YOUK! Singles in Mikey! Drew was producive moving Mike to third.

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • The Orioles are rallying, scoring 3 runs in the 5th. 7-5 now, Moose coming unravelled.

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 9:00 pm
  • Orioles score again, 7-6 now.

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • Orioles crawl back to trailing the Yankees by only 7-5. This could be the night the Sox clinch, with any luck and a Yankee bullpen meltdown.

    SoxFan September 28, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • Morneau homers. Fuck.
    But I still can’t hate him, cause he stole Jeter’s MVP award last year. Gotta love him after that!

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 9:03 pm
  • I doubt it Fan. We can win, btu the Yanks will be throwing two innings of Joba and one of Mo for the rest of the game. One of Viz too, I suppose. Even assuming the Os Bullpen hodls the line (laughable).
    Ramon tryign to stretch that doubel into a triple ended the Os chances.

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • 7-6 in the NY game. It could happen

    rootbeerfloat September 28, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • SoxFan, don’t jinx it dude!

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • Dont let it get to you Dice.
    And Papi? Manny? Pedroia?.. lets get some more insurance.

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • OK, 8-6 on a Damon HR

    rootbeerfloat September 28, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • Johnny Damon lead-off homer. Grrrrrr.

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • What did I say? I knew that Os bullpen was no good.

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • Time to pull Dice.

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • PULL PULL PULL!

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • Things are getting dicey for Dice-K.

    SoxFan September 28, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • WHY IS DICE IN THIS GAME STILL? DAMN YOU TITO?!

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • Francona must be keeping Matsuzaka in so as to “see what he has” (ala Gagne) for the postseason.

    SoxFan September 28, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • 4-2 now. Runner on 3rd. Two outs.
    WHERE IS THE PEN?

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • WE WANT TIM-LIN *clap clap clapclapclap*

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • Oh thank sweet zombie jesus.

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • Dice-K gets himself out of it. Whew.
    2 runs over 7 innings is really good for Daisuke, especially considering how he’s pitched lately.

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • Still throws WAY too many balls, Atheose.

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 9:15 pm
  • Ellsbury groudns out. I wonde rif he’s tiring a little? This is the longest he’s played. Minor league seasons are long over.

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • ARE YOU SHITTING ME?!!

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • Is Gameday correct and Dice-K is still in?!

    SoxFan September 28, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • Why is he out there? WHY GOD?
    What the HELL Terry?

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • Why is Daisuke in? WHY IS DAISUKE IN?

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • ach, mein stomach ist shredded.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF September 28, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • Ugh Joe Castig is tlaking baout how the reason Beckett shoudl win the Cy is that he has 20 Wins.
    Wins. Are. A. Bad. Stat.

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • Markakis strikes out with runners on 1st and 2nd. Goddamnit.

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • 3-2 on Kubel. One out.

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • Kubel walks. Can we PLEASE use our pen now?

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • I will be sooooooooooo happy if there’s a GIDP here. pleaseohpleaseohplease.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF September 28, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • Walked him. Hunter is up as the tyign run.
    WHERE IS TEH GOD DAMN PEN?!

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • Im gonna kill Tito. Devour his soul.

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • Francona must have dozed off in the dugout and nobody wants to wake him.

    SoxFan September 28, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • Daisuke is STILL not getting pulled? Someone go make sure Tito didn’t choke to death on his Big League Chew, cause I don’t think we have anyone managing our team right now.

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • Oh my god. Oh my God. 2-1. WHY WHY WHY

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • DOUBLE PLAY! THANK GOD!!!!!!

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • HOLY SHIT nosleeptilbrooklyn called it. Double Play.
    Tito, I swear to god… don’t ever scare us like that again.

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • YAY!! BABY BASEBALL-JESUS HEARD MY PRAYER!!

    no sleep til brooklyn SF September 28, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • Terry was DAMN close to pulling a Grady

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 9:28 pm
  • Yanks threatening in the top of the 7th

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • Homer Ortiz! 5-2 Sox. We had BETTER see Paps in the 9th instead of Gagne.

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • PAPI! BREATHING ROOM!

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 9:31 pm
  • O’s have closed the gap to 8-6

    rob September 28, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • Yanks are poopyheads, they ruin all the fun.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF September 28, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • Yanks fail to score. Farnsworth in.

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • Drew reaches on an error, that may have actually been a hit.

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • ooo Punto makes a nice grab to rob Youk

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • One pitch, one out.

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • Two.

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • THREE!
    Magic Number is ONE!

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • Win #95.
    Now, go Orioles, GO.

    Jackie (SF) September 28, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • ONE BABY! ONE!!!

    no sleep til brooklyn SF September 28, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • COME ON ORIOLES!

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • Fun Fact: Sean Henn is startign for the Yanks on Sunday

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 9:45 pm
  • ARod puts some more insurance runs up on the board. I’m so goddamn sick of his purple lips.

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • Ach, stupid Yankees- they spoil all the fun.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF September 28, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • Vizcaino is in now… maybe they do want to cough up the game after all.

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • Scott Moore with a 2-out single in the 8th. Top of the lineup now.

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 9:59 pm
  • Brian Roberts doubles! Runners on 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs.

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 10:03 pm
  • Bases loaded, bottom of the ninth, dare I dream?

    no sleep til brooklyn SF September 28, 2007, 10:27 pm
  • THE ORIOLES TIE IT ON A TRIPLE! The AL East division is now 90 feet away!

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • Scott Moore grounds out. Time for bonus baseball!
    I can’t believe my rally-cap worked! I’ve never used it for a non-Red Sox team.

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • Is it just me, or have the Yankees played like 23846 extra innings games over the past two weeks?

    Jackie (SF) September 28, 2007, 10:36 pm
  • God damn jeter.

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 10:37 pm
  • Two down. Giambi though. Fuck.

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 10:41 pm
  • Whew.
    LETS GO Os!

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 10:45 pm
  • Orioles! Orioles!!

    no sleep til brooklyn SF September 28, 2007, 10:49 pm
  • Had Tiek been running right out of the box, he’d be on third.

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 10:50 pm
  • Tike doubles! AL East-winning run is in scoring position.

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 10:50 pm
  • PASSED BALL! Runner on third!

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 10:51 pm
  • Passed-ball by Molina, runner at 3rd with 1 out. Come on Markakis!

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 10:52 pm
  • If I were Torre I would walk Markakis and Tejada.

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 10:52 pm
  • Shit. Intentional pass. DP is in order. Pitching change.. I bet Joba.
    Please Tejada!

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 10:52 pm
  • Bah, Torre listened to me.

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 10:53 pm
  • Intent.
    Its all up to, of all people, Kevin Millar.

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 10:54 pm
  • Its all up to, of all people, Kevin Millar.
    Well, this is beyond ironic.

    Jackie (SF) September 28, 2007, 10:55 pm
  • Git er done, Millar…

    Tyrel SF September 28, 2007, 10:55 pm
  • Dammit Kevin. Whyd oyu swing at that ball?

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 10:55 pm
  • cowboy up kevin.

    sf rod September 28, 2007, 10:55 pm
  • FUCK! That was NOT a strike!

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 10:56 pm
  • well….i don’t miss that at all.

    sf rod September 28, 2007, 10:56 pm
  • Ok.. Mora.

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 10:57 pm
  • Cowboy K’s. Mora up.
    I’m betting there’s a HBP which drives in the winning run.

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 10:57 pm
  • YES! IN PLAY RUNS! WE WON THE DIViSION!

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 10:57 pm
  • SOX WIN THE DIVISION! OH MY GOD!

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 10:58 pm
  • no way, squeez play.
    and paps in a jockstrap.

    sf rod September 28, 2007, 10:58 pm
  • BUNT LOL.

    Jackie (SF) September 28, 2007, 10:58 pm
  • A bunt single! VICTORY!

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 10:58 pm
  • WHOOOOOOO!

    Bullfrog September 28, 2007, 10:59 pm
  • GOD BLESS MELVIN MORA

    rootbeerfloat September 28, 2007, 10:59 pm
  • WON THE DIVISION!!!! YES!!!

    no sleep til brooklyn SF September 28, 2007, 11:00 pm
  • Oh my god OH MY GOD!

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 11:00 pm
  • The pennant is ours! YAAAAAAAYYYYYYYY!!!!!

    Devine September 28, 2007, 11:00 pm
  • F*CKING RIGHT!!!

    Josh SF (D1) September 28, 2007, 11:00 pm
  • Anyone else sipping champagne?

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 11:00 pm
  • Thank you, Jay Payton. Thank you, Chad Bradford.
    THANK YOU MELVIN MORA, FOR THAT BEAUTIFUL, UNEXPECTED ENDING!!!

    Devine September 28, 2007, 11:01 pm
  • Hell, I’m sipping champagne.
    Eliminate the Halos for us. Thanks.

    J (yf) September 28, 2007, 11:03 pm
  • Im covered in champagne!

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 11:04 pm
  • Im wearign half the bottle.. drinkign the other half.

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 11:04 pm
  • The Cubs just clinched too. Wow!

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 11:04 pm
  • This SUCKS… my roommates are all out of town and my girlfriend doesn’t get off work until midnight. I don’t have anyone to high five!

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 11:05 pm
  • *virtual five to Atheose*
    *SLAP*

    Devine September 28, 2007, 11:09 pm
  • Does this also clinch home-field advantage for the Division Series?

    Ron Newman September 28, 2007, 11:09 pm
  • Yeah Devine!

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 11:11 pm
  • By the way, am I the last person in the world to find out that Buchholz has a blog?
    http://www.buchwild.com/

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 11:11 pm
  • Don’t have champagne but I’m drinking wine! CONGRATS RED SOX!!!

    no sleep til brooklyn SF September 28, 2007, 11:14 pm
  • There’s nothing like a good bottle of Louis Bouillot that I’ve had chilled for two nights. I didn’t spray any all over me, but 2/3 of the bottle is now gone.

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 11:16 pm
  • chandon with a splash of welchs strawberry soda.

    sf rod September 28, 2007, 11:23 pm
  • When was the last time both the Cubs and Sox won their divisions?

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 11:24 pm
  • I sprayed it all over myself. No one here to help. About 3/4 of the bottle remained. Down to a 1/4 now

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 11:25 pm
  • 1918?

    Ron Newman September 28, 2007, 11:26 pm
  • I will admit.. tis cheaper champagne. If we get to the Series. then I break out the super-expensive stuff.
    And no that wont stop me from wearing part of it.

    Dionysus September 28, 2007, 11:27 pm
  • RAWsox spoke the truth!!! Who’s the clownboy now??!!!! I love it AL EAST CHAMPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ed September 28, 2007, 11:32 pm
  • Don’t feel bad Dionysus, my bottle cost $12. I’ll buy a $100 bottle if we go up 3-0 in the World Series, though.

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 11:33 pm
  • I really like how the guys were talking tonight, they’re clearly focused on the bigger prize

    Ed September 28, 2007, 11:33 pm
  • Congrats on the division, although my bias and utter disgust at flipping past NESN will only let me congratulate you on clinching not being the #4 seed in the playoffs.
    You take care of business, we’ll take care of business. See you in two weeks.

    yankeesnj September 28, 2007, 11:33 pm
  • I had a couple of Sam Adams, the Dom Perignon only comes out in world series

    Ed September 28, 2007, 11:34 pm
  • I believe we (and the Indians) have also clinched not being the #3 seed, as the Angels lose all possible tiebreakers even if they win out.

    Ron Newman September 28, 2007, 11:38 pm
  • THanks for the news, Ron. I feel high right now.
    Going deep in the playoffs in the main goal, but winning the division for the first time in 13 years feels really, really good.

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 11:42 pm
  • By the way, I feel bad for the Mets. I just saw David Wright’s post-game interview, and he seems really drained.
    I live in Norfolk, so I saw Wright play for two years for the AAA Norfolk Tides. So I’m somewhat biased.

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 11:44 pm
  • we led the division since april 18th. that is quite a feet to behold. congrats.
    i now prepare for the throng of angel goons to open their ill informed mouths, out here in so cal.

    sf rod September 28, 2007, 11:45 pm
  • Congratulations Sox fans. Big night for you. Can’t say I liked anything about it (other than another nail in the Mets coffin). Hope to meet up in the ALCS.

    IronHorse (yf) September 28, 2007, 11:49 pm
  • Thanks Ironhorse. Congrats on the Wild Card… it’s a huge feat considering how horrible the Yanks started off. I would be celebrating too if I was a Yankee fan.

    Atheose September 28, 2007, 11:52 pm
  • “And there’s pandemonium on the field.”
    Congratulations, gentlemen.
    “Mercy!”
    I’m trying to decide which member of this team to name my baby daughter after.

    I'm Bill McNeal September 28, 2007, 11:53 pm
  • Well, if everyone else is drinking… (goes to get whiskey)

    Jackie (SF) September 29, 2007, 12:19 am
  • I finished the bottle of champagen just as Baseball tonight started. Settling in, a bit drunk to watch the Sox on it

    Dionysus September 29, 2007, 12:20 am
  • Bill! Where have you been!!

    SF September 29, 2007, 12:21 am
  • Bill ahould name his daughter Dusortilowbury

    Dionysus September 29, 2007, 12:46 am
  • This lurker is enjoying a Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA. Or two.
    Sox fans with me in NYC, show your colors tomorrow. Turn the town red. Or blue.

    thecomicbookguy September 29, 2007, 1:06 am
  • Bill ahould name his daughter Dusortilowbury
    It’s too bad LoGoLoYoVa is no longer in service…

    Jackie (SF) September 29, 2007, 1:28 am

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