Hell Kansas City Freezes Over: Sox-Royals Gamer II

Daisuke Matsuzaka [ed: Josh Beckett] is in the house (as is Paul!), and all eyes will be watching.  But the question of the night is not "how will he fare", but rather "will the blister-prone hurler have all his fingers after the game is over since they might have to be lopped off due to frostbite".  Who are the geniuses who schedule all these night games the first week in April?  Whatever happened to the idea of protecting an investment, about not putting players out in conditions conducive to injury and/or undue strain?  MLB should be smarter about this: their star players are their collateral.  I am not so naive as to forget that money drives everything, and ticket sales and TV ratings are the key, but at some point these silly, potentially frost (or snow!)-laden fields are going to get someone hurt, and the game and the league will suffer from their folly.

Consider this your afternoon open thread for Sox chat as well as a game thread for tonight’s chilly contest between the Sox and Royals.

236 comments… add one
  • Uh, Josh Beckett’s getting the start. If Matsuzaka gets frostbite it’ll be from the bench. :)

    desturbd1 April 4, 2007, 1:33 pm
  • paul has as good a chance of starting tonite for the sox as dice k. beckett tonite, dice k thursday. swing……and a miss.

    sf rod April 4, 2007, 1:34 pm
  • Come on SF, you had me so excited, I thought maybe there was a change, I’m so bummed tomorrow is a day game…
    Grrrrr………

    LocklandSF April 4, 2007, 1:40 pm
  • SF can not respond to these comments, he is too busy jumping the gun.

    shawng April 4, 2007, 1:47 pm
  • What Sox fan in his right mind wants to face the inevitable crapfest that is a Josh Beckett start? ;)

    Nick-YF April 4, 2007, 1:48 pm
  • I did not know the CHB had a blog.
    http://thechb.com/

    Tyrel SF April 4, 2007, 2:01 pm
  • Aw, crap, I’ll correct. I remembered that Paul was going to see Daisuke, and he said he was going tonight, and I didn’t realize he was seeing two games…

    SF April 4, 2007, 2:02 pm
  • All I know is this weird fantasy league I’m in scores you on several categories (“hits”, “average”, “total bases”, “ERA”, “wins”, “saves”, etc.) and whoever wins the most categories in a given week wins for that week.
    How ’bout a W and 12 K’s, eh, Beckett?
    Note: Beckett was a late-round pick, definitely not my first choice. He’d better do better than Carpenter, Bonderman, and Schilling have this week. Jesus.

    Devine April 4, 2007, 2:02 pm
  • That’s quite a staff you have there, Devine. How many teams in the league?

    Nick-YF April 4, 2007, 2:03 pm
  • Gah, the six and half week old infant is doing wonders on my cognitive skills.
    I wonder how Beckett has done in the cold, historically. Last year he gutted out a game on Texas (not in the cold), if I recall, in his first start. Tonight the temperature will be in the 30s: what does this do to his grip, which is famously related to his precarious fingertip health? Do we see more fastballs tonight?

    SF April 4, 2007, 2:08 pm
  • Eight teams. Schilling and Beckett both went really late. My other two starters are Brett Myers and Chris Capuano (who somehow got picked last in the draft).
    My relief corps are Papelbon and Hoffman. (I would’ve picked Mariano if he’d been available of course).
    One guy’s staff is perhaps as good as mine or better: Halladay, Sheets, Matsuzaka, Kazmir, Wainwright.
    I have Troy Glaus playing shortstop. Heh.
    How many teams you on, Nick?

    Devine April 4, 2007, 2:17 pm
  • Anyone know if a game has ever been called on account of cold?
    Seriously, this is just stupid.

    LocklandSF April 4, 2007, 2:19 pm
  • That is to say, “leagues you in” rather than “teams you on”. I’m in just this one (though I thought about the YFSF one…).
    Last year I got second in my league with the same guys playing. I’m hopeful, but the new scoring methods and the head-to-head format are playing with my head.

    Devine April 4, 2007, 2:20 pm
  • I’m in a 16 team league. We had an auction draft two weeks ago that lasted 10 hours. I’m not exaggerating.
    My rotation is probably the strongest in the league:
    Halladay
    Lackey
    Schmidt
    Penny
    Wainright
    Speier-We have holds (9×9)
    Chad Cordero
    Fuentes
    But the hitting is the issue. 16 teams can have you starting guys like Willie Taveras. Uggh.
    That Sheets-Halladay-Dice K-Kazmir combo is pretty lethal. Jeez!

    Nick-YF April 4, 2007, 2:22 pm
  • Buck up folks. A little chill ain’t gonna kill ‘ya. Does SF think we should cancel the WS too? Gets cold in late October, doncha know….

    YF April 4, 2007, 2:34 pm
  • That’s a wonderful pitching staff you have there, Nick. Who’re your hitters that have you so worried?
    Mine are:
    1B: Derrek Lee
    2B: Robinson Cano
    3B: Ryan Zimmerman
    SS: Troy Glaus
    C: Joe Mauer (he was my first pick, then Carpenter–I got Mauer last year too…that worked out pretty well…)
    OF: Vernon Wells
    OF: Gary Sheffield
    OF: JD Drew
    Bench: Ryan Freel (2B, 3B, OF), Tony Graffanino (1B, 2B, 3B, SS), Michael Barrett (C)
    Yes, 8 teams gives you a bit more room to maneuver than 16(!). Did you block off the whole day to do the draft?

    Devine April 4, 2007, 2:35 pm
  • yes, blocked it off two months before. People flew in from California and Seattle. We had conference room reserved at Random House.
    My hitters:
    C-Ianetta
    1b-Prince Fielder, Helton
    2b-Kent
    3b-Alex Gordon-Ensberg
    SS-Furcal, Peralta
    OF-Berkman
    OF-Granderson
    OF-Corey Hart
    OF-Taveras
    OF-Winn
    There are a few decent players there, but it’s not my strength. Again, there are more more categories than normal, and with those in mind, it’s a pretty balanced offense, but I have a lot riding on young players.

    Nick-YF April 4, 2007, 2:40 pm
  • former sock for a weekend, andy marte, just homered in the snow in chicago. sorry midwest, so cal will see a sunny 80 degrees today. think i’ll go to the beach before the 5:10 start. suckers.

    sf rod April 4, 2007, 2:40 pm
  • I love how much of an event your draft was, Nick.

    Devine April 4, 2007, 2:44 pm
  • there’s something comforting in the fact that there are 15 other wackos like me willing to do such a thing.

    Nick-YF April 4, 2007, 2:49 pm
  • Hmmm…as far as being wackos–it’s not baseball-related, but…me and my girlfriend and several of her friends (some of them my friends by association) are renting a vacation house in Virginia this summer for the weekend of the final Harry Potter’s release.
    So yeah, I understand mutual insanity made sane by numbers.
    God, I wish the Red Sox game (or the Yankees game for that matter) was on right now.

    Devine April 4, 2007, 2:57 pm
  • I can recall that Andy Pettitte start at the Stadium in early April 5 or 6 years ago with the snowflakes coming down. Kind of a surreal scene.

    Whatever April 4, 2007, 3:53 pm
  • Wait, wait, wait, wait… Back the truck up.
    Devine, do you mean to tell me that you’re all going to hold up in a vacation house for a weekend so you can all read the last Harry Potter at the same time in a weekend?
    Freaking brilliant! I admit that I am a closet Harry Potter addict, I have called in sick to work in order to finish them in one sitting, more than once.
    Ok, you all know my secret shame now.

    LocklandSF April 4, 2007, 3:58 pm
  • Lockland! Fellow Harry Potter addicts/shame-faced-adults unite!
    So, uh, what’s your favorite book in the series? I like Goblet of Fire myself. Well-structured mystery (where the heck did that aspect of the books disappear to the last couple outings?), great climax/reveal. Prisoner of Azkaban is my second-favorite. I’ve been a tad disappointed with the last two books, but I’m still looking forward to the last one (getting to know ALL THE ANSWERS).
    How long you been a fan? I heard about them in late ’99 from my dad (I was in college), and have been hooked since. My girlfriend actually co-created a fairly popular Harry Potter website…it’s how we met. Geek love is a beautiful thing.

    Devine April 4, 2007, 4:14 pm
  • umm…

    “manny being merlot”?
    http://www.charitywines.com/
    i don’t know what to say, other than to acknowledge that this is for charity.
    but…
    …wow…

    Yankee Fan In Boston April 4, 2007, 4:25 pm
  • AH HAHAHAHAHA! That’s awesome, YFiB.
    I keep expecting Manny to whack the f*** out of those grapes behind him in the picture.

    Devine April 4, 2007, 4:39 pm
  • after a bit of thought, i am left wondering why they chose schilling and wakefield for the other ones. maybe they were the first to sign up or something…
    “dice-k chardonnay” sounds better than the schilling one.

    Yankee Fan In Boston April 4, 2007, 4:43 pm
  • perhaps “ramirez shiraz” would be an improvement, too. this will serve as a distraction during my class tonight.

    Yankee Fan In Boston April 4, 2007, 4:47 pm
  • Devine, I actually don’t really think of them as individual books, just this crazy place I get to visit once in a while and really wished I went to school there.
    I got the first 4 books in the hard cover boxed set a few years back for Christmas, from my mom of all people, and I have been hooked since.
    I will admit that I scoffed at them at first, a kids book, I thought. Then one night, this was when I was still single, there was nothing on TV, my buddies weren’t doing anything, I think it was a Monday, cold as shit out, so I opened book one and started reading…
    The next thing I know it’s morning and I’m half way through the 3rd book, I called in sick and read straight through the day, on no sleep, finishing the 4th book at some point in the wee hours of the next day, slept for a couple hours, then went to work.

    LocklandSF April 4, 2007, 4:52 pm
  • Great link, YFiB.

    SF April 4, 2007, 5:29 pm
  • The thing that annoys me is that I hate Merlot and Cabernet, and Chardonnay unless it’s really good.
    What’s a brother got to do to get a Sauvignon Blanc or a Pinot Noir around here?

    LocklandSF April 4, 2007, 6:01 pm
  • …what’s the kind of red wine they sell for like $10 at gas stations? That’s the only kind I’ve ever had…it was my buddy’s 20th and he decided we would each down a bottle at 12 in the afternoon. First I got full, then I felt like crap…I don’t like wine anymore. Heh.

    desturbd1 April 4, 2007, 6:13 pm
  • Merlot: the grape of Petrus, one of the world’s greatest wines. Merlot gets a bad name because of all the easy-drinking California stuff that washed the market in the 80s, and also because of “Sideways”. Some Merlot is unbelievable.

    SF April 4, 2007, 6:13 pm
  • God, did I just write that last comment? Someone shoot me. (though what I wrote is true…)

    SF April 4, 2007, 6:14 pm
  • Sideways–I disliked that movie
    I like Merlot. Pinot Noirs are my favorite. But I know not of what I speak. I think highly of Clines wines because I visited while living in SF and found the people who ran the vineyard to be some of the nicer ones you can run across in that very snobby mean world. Also, the wine is good and relatively affordable.

    Nick-YF April 4, 2007, 6:19 pm
  • I bet this is the only page in the history of the Internet to include fantasy baseball, Harry Potter, and a comparative discussion of wine. Now that’s intellectual diversity.

    desturbd1 April 4, 2007, 6:28 pm
  • Red Bordeaux. White Burgundy. Can’t beat it.

    john April 4, 2007, 6:32 pm
  • Jesus, Harry Potter and Wine, we need this game to start STAT!!!!!

    LocklandSF April 4, 2007, 6:34 pm
  • Nick:
    I always found when visiting Napa that half-decent wines tasted really good if the tasting room person was nice and welcoming. The hospitality factor was noticeable. If the wine was bad, though, there was no rescuing it.
    The same was true in Italy, even though I barely spoke the language. In Tuscany, we went to Castello Banfi, a massive, almost legendary vineyard – the tasting room staff was rude, the wine, though good, received no elevation. On the other hand, we went to a kind of garage winery, run by two brothers who hardly spoke english, they took us in their cellar, opened a couple of bottles, and it might as well have been ambrosia, they were so friendly.

    SF April 4, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • Question:
    Has any Mac user here succeeded in getting MLB.tv to work? If so, what browser do you use?
    I’ve been on hold for a good 25 minutes trying to get customer service. It’s maddening.

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • that definitely had to have an influence on neophytes like me and my girlfriend. There seemed to be a strong correlation between the experience and the taste of the wine. Drinking is a social activity…or at least it should be.
    The wine tasting happened the same time of the world cup trip? Man, you lived a charm life that week!

    Nick-YF April 4, 2007, 7:46 pm
  • No, the wine tasting was in 2000. It actually predated my now half-decent knowledge of wine. But the theory holds regarding the friendliness of the serving staff, regardless of one’s knowledge level.
    Another issue is that the truly astounding, cult vineyards don’t really have tasting rooms. So some of the smallest batch, hardest to find (and therefore priciest) wines are almost impossible to taste. They aren’t good because they are expensive, but in many cases they are expensive because they are good and in such limited supply.

    SF April 4, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • Arroyo with 5 Ks through 3, why can’t we get players like that?
    :-)

    LocklandSF April 4, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • Hudson, Firefox with Windows Media is the best and should be on both PC and MAC. Flash should be the best, but MLB.tv kind of sucks.

    LocklandSF April 4, 2007, 7:58 pm
  • What’s going on with the game? It’s almost 8:15 and nothing going on…

    SF April 4, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • Why is Lugo leading off again?

    Devine April 4, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • I see .277 lifetime batting average and, you know, I wonder. He grounds to 3rd. Good play by the first baseman to stay on the bag grabbing the throw.

    Devine April 4, 2007, 8:12 pm
  • Why is MLB.com not covering the game? I am telling you, this service has gotten off to a horrid start as far as I am concerned.

    SF April 4, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • Youkilis flies to right.

    Devine April 4, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • Thanks, Lockland… That’s what I’m using, and I’m getting nuthin’ (not even skaky/jumpy video). Now been on hold with MLB.tv customer service for a full hour. Ready to kill.
    Devine, maybe Francona figures “there’s no way Lugo can do worse tonight than on Monday…”

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • Odalis Perez looking like a Cy Young candidate.

    john April 4, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • It’s weird, SF. Try going through the Boston team page.

    Devine April 4, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • Ortiz walks.

    Devine April 4, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • Finally got MLBtv started. Jeez. Ortiz at the plate and…walks.

    SF April 4, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • Manny singles to left.

    Devine April 4, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • Manny singles. Let the LOB parade begin!
    (I’m such an optimist!)

    SF April 4, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • JD baby!~

    Brad April 4, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • …it’s not like he’s going to change the lineup because a guy did poorly in the first game of the season. Lugo’s there for at least a month, rightly or not; I’m not going to start bitching until May 1st at the earliest if he does a crappy job.

    desturbd1 April 4, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Drew–RBI double. Manny stops at 3rd.

    Devine April 4, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Or not! Drew doubles in Ortiz, 2/3 2 down now.

    SF April 4, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • MLB.tv has a blackout in the region(anything within 4 hours apparently as even lincoln nebraska is blacked out i hear). the MLB radio is working fine, I am listening to it on my cell phone right now. as for MLB.tv I don’t know, I have been watching mosiac all day and it worked fine, and on the redsox home page I just looked and saw this game on it.
    in summary…MLB.TV sucks ass, but it is free for me since I am a cox cable user haha

    TheTree1918 April 4, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • Lowell takes the count to full.

    Devine April 4, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • Lowell! 2-RBI double!

    Devine April 4, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • 2 out scoring is always fun :D

    TheTree1918 April 4, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • I don’t like when a pitcher sits this long.

    Brad April 4, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • Both doubles were pulled, Drew’s to right, just fair, Lowell’s to left, just fair.

    Devine April 4, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • Odalis fades in the Cy Young race. Think I’ll watch the Mets.

    john April 4, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • Mikemike is back! 3-0 Sox on a shot down the leftfield line.

    SF April 4, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • Come on, Toast…

    SF April 4, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Tek just got under that.

    Brad April 4, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • Way to go, 3-6! Varitek flies to center.

    Devine April 4, 2007, 8:24 pm
  • I’m pissed off that Greinke is pitching tomorrow. I thought he was their 4 or 5 still…don’t really want to face him. He had one hell of a spring, and if MVP baseball is any indication, nasty stuff. :)

    desturbd1 April 4, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • Beckett had such a weird year last year. .245 BAA, just one walk every three innings or so, and a 5+ ERA. So odd. Nick better pray he doesn’t hold those HR numbers down…

    SF April 4, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • Beckett’s getting squeezed…

    desturbd1 April 4, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • Not squeezed on that not-close ball 4.

    Devine April 4, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • Think I’ll watch the Mets
    ha. sure ya will.

    Brad April 4, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • Leadoff walk. Blech.

    SF April 4, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • you said that right, SF. Nick is going to eat a helping of stomach expanding crow pie when this is all over. I still have those comments bookmarked for ease of pasing later.

    Brad April 4, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • 5-4-3! Well started by Lowell, turned at second.

    SF April 4, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • That’s interesting about the first inning and all.
    DP. Lowell can pick it so nicely.

    Brad April 4, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • Nice to leave on a fairly high note. DP! I’m gone for awhile. Later, y’all.
    (Oh darn, the bloop double kinda spoiled it…oh well.)

    Devine April 4, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • Does Manny not like Beckett or something?

    Brad April 4, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • 0 0 in the second, Brad

    john April 4, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • What’s the math on how far behind reality MLBtv is? At this very second, it’s 1-1 on Coco.

    SF April 4, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Teahen with a reasonably good grab on a sinking liner from Dustin.

    SF April 4, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • 2 down for Lugo, who takes the count to 2-2 before tapping to 3rd. Lugo not doing much so far.

    SF April 4, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • I actually tend to get antsy when the Sox score a lot of runs early… Anecdotally, it feels like the team’s bats often go dead once they have an early, big lead.

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • K. 1 down for the Royals.

    SF April 4, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • I like the fact that Beckett isn’t throwing that heater where you expect him to.

    Brad April 4, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • Soft pop to Pedroia, two down.

    SF April 4, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • Beckett with the K and the soft line-out to Pedroia.
    (I actually got MLB.tv to finally work while on hold for 1 hour 26 minutes with their “customer service” which never picked up. During that time I re-installed every piece of software that it could possibly need to rely on. After three attempts at logging in, suddenly the video started. I consider this a fluke, not a solution, and expect to go through the same b.s. tomorrow. Buyers, beware.)

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • 10 games need to go by so Teahen can be an OF on my fantasy team. Jason Kubel ain’t cutting it.
    Old nemesis Ted Lilly outpitching Arroyo…8 K’s, 1 BB, 3 H and 1 ER through 6.

    desturbd1 April 4, 2007, 8:50 pm
  • Gload lays off two curveballs and the count is 3-1. Those curveballs weren’t even close — Beckett’s gotta do better. Gload walks on a check swing, good call by the ump.

    SF April 4, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • But then again, there’s nothing prettier than watching them swing behind it…

    Brad April 4, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • “I like the fact that Beckett isn’t throwing that heater where you expect him to.”
    What else is he throwing? Any sign of the change?

    Tyrel SF April 4, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • that blows, Hudson.

    Brad April 4, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • Jason LaRue attempts to swat a 2-0 fastball to Omaha. He misses. 2-1. Beckett comes back with a nice, low, outside corner fastball but doesn’t get the call. 3-1. LaRue cuts and misses at an offspeed pitch on the inside corner, a really nice pitch. 3-2, LaRue lines one to Manny on the edge of the track for the third out. Phew.

    SF April 4, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • Beckett looks like he’s throwing pretty hard, though, when he wants to. Gets out of the inning with a fly-out to Manny a little short of the track. 37 pitches through two innings.

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • Tyrel: at 3-1 he threw what looked like a seriously good changeup – started over the heart of the plate and faded inside, out of the zone. LaRue missed by 4 or 5 inches. Good stuff from Beckett, gutsy at 3-1.

    SF April 4, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • i signed up for the 5 day free preview. after monday decided the quality wasnt worth $5 let alone $15 so im gonna cancel after Dice K pitches tomorrow, I look tonite and they already took the $15 from my bank account :@

    TJ Sox Fan April 4, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • yeah, he’s thrown it a few times. It’s not working, and I blame the cold, but he looks fine. You can’t see, T?

    Brad April 4, 2007, 8:56 pm
  • Perez has settled down. Sox doing very little now, not working the count, not hitting the ball very hard (other than Pedroia’s lineout).

    SF April 4, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • Two easy outs for Perez, Manny at the plate.

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • Manny stares at strike three on the outside corner, a pitch that was no better than the 2-1 pitch by Beckett to LaRue. Man, I hate inconsistent umpires.

    SF April 4, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • Manny the K.

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • He’s settled down now. Beckett needs that inning as well.

    Brad April 4, 2007, 9:00 pm
  • This blue needs to figure out what he wants to call strikes and balls.

    Brad April 4, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • Tony Pena’s got Klingon ears in his Gameday picture.

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • Ditto. This is ridiculous. Yesterday everything anywhere near the plate to a left-handed batter was a strike, and today there’s no discernible rhyme or reason to anything. Irritating.

    desturbd1 April 4, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • I also detest the super-wide strike zone, but if the ump is consistent at least the players can adjust, if they are paying attention. With inconsistency, there’s nothing a hitter can do, and it’s completely unfair to both batter and pitcher.

    SF April 4, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • Beckett looks like he’s trying to repeat as the league-leader in pitches over 95 mph.
    Lowell with the rare miscue…

    desturbd1 April 4, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • Lowell misplays a shot, shorthopped off the glove and into short right, DeJesus to first on what should be an error.

    SF April 4, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • Apparently, not that rare of a miscue…

    desturbd1 April 4, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • Wow, make that two in a row. Lowell with another error! 1/2, one down.

    SF April 4, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • That’s my fault for complimenting him. I can’t believe I just saw that. Beckett needs to pretend he never saw that.

    Brad April 4, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • Well, there goes Lowell’s Gold Glove candidacy…
    I hate these situations, so often pitchers seem to lose their mental edge thinking, “It’s not my fault, I should be out of this by now…”

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • this has been an A Rodish kinda inning for Lowell

    TJ Sox Fan April 4, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • thank god he missed that. NO FASTBALL on 3-1!

    Brad April 4, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • Beckett struggling now after the two errors. Teahen given the green light on 3-0, and swings through a fastball. Now it’s full. The payoff pitch…

    SF April 4, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • WHIFF! Good low fastball by Beckett.

    SF April 4, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • Sweeney…
    I can think of better situations to be in.

    Brad April 4, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • Beckett with a clutch K, from down 3-0. Nice.

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • TJ Sox Fan April 4, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • Oh boy…
    Drew’s off to a pretty damn good start as a Red Sox.

    desturbd1 April 4, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • Drew looks to have gotten a really nice jump on a line shot to the gap by Sweeney, and picks it off for the third out on the full run.

    SF April 4, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • Thank you, J.D. That looked like big trouble off the bat to the right-center gap.

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • Thankfully, no harm no foul. That was his best breaker of the night to Sweeney.
    Lowell is getting razzed terribly I bet.

    Brad April 4, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • Nice, the Sox are actually playing like a baseball team today. Nice save by Drew. Nixon wouldn’t have even been close to that one.

    Andrew April 4, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • Beckett’s strikes-balls ratio is 29-29… I guess I can’t complain with no runs scored, and getting out of that inning with two errors, but it’s a bit worrisome.

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • Wow, that’s great TJ. I better be able to get my money back for MLBtv…

    SF April 4, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • Anddddd he’s lost at the plate on that one. Still, saved two runs, he’s allowed to strike out.

    Andrew April 4, 2007, 9:15 pm
  • Drew Ks, Lowell pops up. (Note: MLB.tv way behind GameDay, which itself is no doubt way behind NESN.)

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • The Sox’ bats are completely dead. Including Tuesday’s debacle and minus the first inning tonight, not too impressive.

    SF April 4, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • Toast! Singles to left.

    SF April 4, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • Tek single to left through the infield.

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • Perez is f*cking dealing now. Tek hits it hard, but still on the ground; one of those situations where if I were a Royals fan, I’d be cursing Lady Luck.

    desturbd1 April 4, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • But it all evens out when Crisp hits the ball even harder, but right at the third baseman. Oh well.

    desturbd1 April 4, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • High heat for the first out.

    SF April 4, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • Oh look, another ball Manny should have been able to catch. And then he tops if off by throwing to the wrong base. Awesome.

    desturbd1 April 4, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • Manny looks to have taken a poor line on that fly ball, which falls in for a double. Second and third, one out. Trouble here.

    SF April 4, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • Run conceded on the fly to Manny. 2 down, now 3-1.

    SF April 4, 2007, 9:28 pm
  • Sac fly makes it 3-1, Beckett now at 75 pitches…

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 9:28 pm
  • I’m not sure Manny can be expected to get that hit to the corner, but the throwing decision was indeed questionable.

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • Gonna be another bullpen night.

    SF April 4, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • 2-2 pitch very borderline, but probably low. Beckett disliked the call. Here comes the 3-2 pitch…
    Strike three. See ya. Beckett a little rust, not great control, but he’s made some good pitches when he’s needed to. It would be nice if he could somehow have a quicker inning next frame, maybe get into the sixth. I thought Schill might be able to do that as well, so what do I know.

    SF April 4, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • Jb_Yf April 4, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • Middle-relief-by-committee?

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • Boy, the Sox’ bats are just hideous so far. Pedroia with a weak tapper to third.

    SF April 4, 2007, 9:37 pm
  • Pedroia almost clubbed a line-drive home run near the left field pole… Just foul. Then grounds out weakly. Shades of Denny Doyle.

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 9:37 pm
  • Lugo walks. That’s a sin for a pitcher, walking someone who gets on base mainly by putting it in play.

    SF April 4, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • Just when I was about to bitch about the fact that Odalis Perez seems to have turned into a strike machine…he throws 6 bad ones in a row. Cool beans.

    desturbd1 April 4, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • Lugo walks. It’ll do.

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • Youks grounds into a DP to end the inning. Damn, they had a real chance to chase Perez there.

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • Am I the only one who feels like every game with Youkilis is either really, really good or really, really bad? Like he either goes 2/4 with a walk, or 0/4 with a GIDP? Like there’s no in between…

    desturbd1 April 4, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • Right now it’s 40 degrees in KC, wind chill making it feel like 35. Rough.

    SF April 4, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • The Mets are up 4-0 in the seventh, which means the Cardinals may have to play 3 games over .500 the rest of the way to win their division.

    SF April 4, 2007, 9:47 pm
  • Bah, two out walk to Teahen. Grrr.

    SF April 4, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • Teahen walk, then Sweeney pops out to end the inning. 94 pitches for Beckett, that may be all for him. 5 innings, 2 hits, 1 run, 5 Ks, 4 walks. Apart from the pitch count and strike-ball ratio (46-48), a decent (or one might say half-decent) outing.

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • Snyder and Lopez warming.

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • The wind helps keep an Ortiz drive to left in the park, one down, Odalis’ pitch count at 87.

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • How about 55% decent?

    SF April 4, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • Drew rips one through the hole between first and second. Perez yanked. Runs, please?

    SF April 4, 2007, 9:59 pm
  • Manny with the walk, drew moves him to 2nd with a single. I like the middle of this order…

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 9:59 pm
  • Lowell walks. Toast up with the bases juiced.

    SF April 4, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • Big opportunity for the Toastmaster here…

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 10:07 pm
  • Tek nicely fights off an inside pitch for a sac fly. 4-1 Sox.

    SF April 4, 2007, 10:08 pm
  • Sac fly to right gets Drew home, 4-1.

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 10:08 pm
  • Sorry, that was Manny scoring.

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • Coco doesn’t look any less confused at the plate than last year. He leaves the bat on his shoulder for almost the entire at-bat (he’s done this a few times), then takes a middling hack on 3-2 and fouls out. Not inspiring at all.

    SF April 4, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • Crisp pops out. Still batting .000 on the year.

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 10:12 pm
  • Lopez in for the Sox.

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 10:12 pm
  • Julio Franco at bat for the Mets, and Gary Cohen indicates that Franco is starting his THIRTIETH professional season. Insane.

    SF April 4, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • The Cardinals’ outfield is playing like Tony LaRussa drives. 7-0 Mets after Preston Wilson plays a soft lineout into a 2 run “double” for Julio Franco.

    SF April 4, 2007, 10:16 pm
  • Lopez gets two outs, then gives up a single. Tito brings in Kyle Snyder.

    SF April 4, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • Snyder comes in after Gload’s single. 2 down.

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • Why pull Lopez after 9 pitches? I hate the way bullpens are used in 21st century baseball. It may make for some marginal advantages to look at every match-up and percentage, but it makes for a much less enjoyable game.

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 10:20 pm
  • Snyder (who is working a Derek Lowe look) gets a short fly-out to right to end it.

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 10:23 pm
  • Pedroia with the leadoff walk. I wonder if Tito will use Lugo to bunt him over, playing for one more run, or if he’ll look for a bigger inning.

    SF April 4, 2007, 10:26 pm
  • Pedroia works a walk to leadoff. Time for Lugo to make solid contact for a change…

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 10:27 pm
  • Lugo squares almost before he reaches the batter’s box, and there’s my answer.

    SF April 4, 2007, 10:27 pm
  • Nice, Youk’s a solid hitter.

    Andrew April 4, 2007, 10:28 pm
  • YOUUUUUUUK!!!

    mattymatty April 4, 2007, 10:28 pm
  • Good bunt by Lugo, Pedroia now on second. Typically I don’t love that play with the top of the order, but seeing as it’s April, it’s 35 degrees, the Sox have a three run lead, and Lugo gets on base about as often as I do, I don’t mind it so much.
    And Youk follows with a BOMB! 6-1 Sox.

    SF April 4, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • What I want to know is, why, with a three run lead, was Lugo bunting?

    mattymatty April 4, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • Yay Youk.

    desturbd1 April 4, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • Lugo makes the sac bunt, Pedroia on 2nd with 1 out for the meat of the order.

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • Has anyone else noticed how inconsistant this ump is? He calls the low corners almost at random.

    mattymatty April 4, 2007, 10:31 pm
  • mattymatty: see comments way earlier in the thread, noting the problematic umpiring. He’s been inconsistent from the get-go.
    As for Lugo bunting, I don’t think you’ll see that happen in a similar situation later in the year, but tonight it seemed like a decent call, considering the conditions, the late inning, the meat of the order.

    SF April 4, 2007, 10:35 pm
  • Bonds has homered.
    Boooooo.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 4, 2007, 10:36 pm
  • Sorry for repeated comment, I’m late to the thread today.
    As for the Lugo bunt, I hope it doesn’t happen later in the year, SF. I hate that call. If the guy can’t hit with runners on late in the game he shouldn’t be hitting lead-off.

    mattymatty April 4, 2007, 10:37 pm
  • Ortiz walks, then Ramirez does the same after a classic 9-pitch Manny at bat where he battles back and fouls off pitch after pitch.

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 10:39 pm
  • I don’t disagree with you in concept, mm, but in that situation it did make some sense. It was defensible.
    Drew just rocketed one right into the wind, I think, turning a sure extra-base hit into a fly out. 2 down, men on 1/3.

    SF April 4, 2007, 10:40 pm
  • Lowell hits one to the warning track in the left/center gap. Tough, hard out. 6-1 going to the bottom of the 7th.

    SF April 4, 2007, 10:43 pm
  • Man! Drew and Lowell just crushed those balls, and they both seemed to die. The wind must be blowing in something fierce.

    mattymatty April 4, 2007, 10:43 pm
  • Wow, and Lowell also skies one way deep that probably would have been gone on a different (warmer, less windy) night. Inning over, 6-1 Sox.

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 10:43 pm
  • Two runs, but too bad that wasn’t more. Some great ABs against ex-Cub Wellemeyer.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 4, 2007, 10:44 pm
  • WAAAAAAAAAAAAY BAAACK!
    WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY BAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK!
    Sorry.
    Having a Trupiano moment.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 4, 2007, 10:45 pm
  • I know it’s the Royals, but I really, really like Snyder in the pen.

    desturbd1 April 4, 2007, 10:49 pm
  • Nice hook by Snyder on 2-2 to get Grudzialnengnangeek, or whatever his name is. Nice work by Snyder.
    Who pitches the eighth? Does Tito bring back Snyder to start the inning with a short leash? Why not, right?

    SF April 4, 2007, 10:52 pm
  • Not in this cold.
    I’d bet he tries to get someoone else some work.
    He told Dale and Holley today that Paps would get some work tonight, too. (Of course, that would be the ninth.)
    …..
    Anyone else listening on the radio?
    Thoughts on O’Brien?

    I'mBillMcNeal April 4, 2007, 10:54 pm
  • Coco – the bat, when deployed, looks slooooow.

    SF April 4, 2007, 10:55 pm
  • And Coco doesn’t need to use the bat, as Braun walks him. Here comes Dustin.

    SF April 4, 2007, 10:57 pm
  • Hit or error?

    I'mBillMcNeal April 4, 2007, 10:59 pm
  • Pedroia laces one to shortstop which is mishandled. Probably an error, but great contact by Pedroia.
    (and somehow they rule it a hit)

    SF April 4, 2007, 10:59 pm
  • I really worry about Crisp-Pedroia-Lugo becoming a major gap in the lineup (though Dustin has performed well so far). Add Mirabelli in Tek’s place every fifth game and the major gap becomes a black hole…

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 11:00 pm
  • That’s an error – it was right at him and hit his glove! He’s a Major League ballplayer, it should have been handled.

    SF April 4, 2007, 11:00 pm
  • JT, OB bewildered it’s called a hit.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 4, 2007, 11:00 pm
  • JC, not JT. Sorry.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 4, 2007, 11:01 pm
  • Lugo screwed on that 3-1 pitch, which was clearly inside. Instead, Lugo singles on a blooper down the line and drives in a run, 7-1 Sox.

    SF April 4, 2007, 11:02 pm
  • OK, I am off to bed. Getting up in like 90 minutes to feed the six-week old, so I need to hit the hay.

    SF April 4, 2007, 11:03 pm
  • I picked the wrong inning to worry, as Lugo drives in the 7th run for the Sox.

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 11:03 pm
  • Hudson – I’m worried about Lugo, Crisp, and Varitek, but Pedroia doesn’t scare me at all. He is patient at the plate, and makes good contact most of the time. He’ll get on base, and get his share of hits. I think he’s going to be a consistantly above average second baseman for years to come.

    mattymatty April 4, 2007, 11:03 pm
  • Hudson, give it time. It’s early.
    But how can you not include Varitek?

    I'mBillMcNeal April 4, 2007, 11:04 pm
  • I wonder if Papelbon will get some work in tonight even with the big lead.

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 11:05 pm
  • Well, think about when he last threw. (I’m not sure when. Did he go against Philly?) That’s why he’ll get work.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 4, 2007, 11:08 pm
  • Theres no need to put Paps in tonight as long as the lead stays this big. We’ve got a game tomorrow at 2 in the afternoon that we might really need him for.

    mattymatty April 4, 2007, 11:09 pm
  • Good point, Matty.
    Cafardo writes that Risky David Riske will close the majority of the Royals games while Dotel is on the DL.
    Why didn’t the Yankees keep Dotel? That would have made me happy.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 4, 2007, 11:11 pm
  • Romero looked pretty good there, huh?

    mattymatty April 4, 2007, 11:13 pm
  • 11-pitch inning for Romero. I’d send him out for the 9th.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 4, 2007, 11:13 pm
  • I’m with you, Bill. I’m going to guess right now that Francona is going to send Paps out there, despite the day game tomorrow. Hope I’m wrong there…

    mattymatty April 4, 2007, 11:16 pm
  • WMP pinching for Manny.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 4, 2007, 11:16 pm
  • Joe C hasn’t said if ahyone is warming in the Sox pen.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 4, 2007, 11:18 pm
  • And as quickly as I type that, he says Piniero might pitch the 9th.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 4, 2007, 11:19 pm
  • The 6, 7, and 8th place hitters in the Royals lineup are coming up. Hopefully Francona realizes we don’t need to kill the flys with a shotgun (i.e. don’t use Paps).
    Ahh.. and here’s Pinero. I say he gives up 3 runs.

    mattymatty April 4, 2007, 11:21 pm
  • The Sox pen has been perfect for three innings.

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 11:22 pm
  • I’m going to totally jinx him here, but Pinero looks like he’s got some good movement on his pitches tonight.

    mattymatty April 4, 2007, 11:24 pm
  • I swear two seconds after the KC announcer said “Lowell never makes an error” Lowell made two errors on consecutive plays. That was error number three. This is A-Rod-esque.

    mattymatty April 4, 2007, 11:28 pm
  • Lowell commits his third error of the game. Jeez.

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 11:29 pm
  • E5. Good God.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 4, 2007, 11:29 pm
  • An entire region can now relax. After three days, the Red Sox have finally won a game! Tomorrow me make it a winning streak.
    Go Sox!

    mattymatty April 4, 2007, 11:29 pm
  • Bite your tongue, Matty.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 4, 2007, 11:30 pm
  • So the Sox (and Josh Beckett) pick up their first win of 2007… A combined three-hitter.
    We’re a half-game out of first and gaining fast! ;^>

    Hudson April 4, 2007, 11:30 pm
  • That should have been “WE make it a winning streak.” Obviously, my role in any Red Sox winning streak is minimal.

    mattymatty April 4, 2007, 11:32 pm
  • Great work by the pen.
    ….
    Weather not expected to be good tomorrow afternoon in KC.
    Good night, all.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 4, 2007, 11:34 pm
  • Ouch. There goes Lowell’s Gold Glove.

    Andrew April 5, 2007, 12:20 am
  • good game sf’s…
    sorry to hear so many having problems with mlb.tv, but with bpud selig being so in touch with his customer base, i’m sure they’ll work out the technical and customer service issues for the right price…do you think solving that crisis of epic proportions, all star game ties, is enough to get him in the hall of fame, or does he need to fix mlb.tv too?…
    good to see indemand work out a deal to carry extra innings for cable customers…
    on a related note, i called dishnet yesterday to break the news that thanks to bpud’s genius i was going to have to break off our long-running relationship, and after being on hold a whopping 10 seconds, a very nice customer service rep asked me to hold off for another week…the guy was also a huge baseball fan [an extra innings customer], and as bummed as i was that it might not be available for dishnet customers…i gave him the week…

    dc April 5, 2007, 7:59 am

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