Hello Cleveland: Indians-Sox Gamer I

While the lesser teams of the AL battle it out north of the border, the class of the league meets up in Beantown tonight for their first series of the year.  The Sox return home having swept the Rangers in Texas, and the Cleveland Indians come in on a hotstreak of their own – they’ve won four games in a row, nine of twelve, and now lead the Central by 2.5 games.  The Indians are a very good squad; we picked them for the division before the season began and we’re sticking to our guns: they scare us. 

A few interesting facts, some Indians-related, some not.

  • Since Roger Clemens squeezed his big white horse into George Steinbrenner’s box a couple of Sundays ago the Red Sox have gone 10-4, pushing the Yankees 5.5 games further behind.
  • Those same numbers apply from the time that Curt Schilling (tonight’s Sox starter) supposedly gave everyone major bulletin board material when he spouted off about the Sox "not needing" Roger.
  • On the other hand, in the three starts since he spouted off Curt has looked more like a Colorado Leskanic than himself.
  • Kevin Youkilis has seven straight multi-hit games (yep, SEVEN).  In those games he’s collected fifteen hits.  He’s now hitting .353 for the season.
  • Andy Marte, the man traded for Edgar Renteria and Coco Crisp, is hitting .180 in 16 games.
  • Kelly Shoppach, also involved in the Crisp deal, is hitting .326 and has proven to be a superb backup to Victor Martinez.
  • Old friend Trot Nixon comes back to Beantown for the first time, and he’ll surely receive a major standing ovation, deservedly.  This year he’s stayed healthy, is hitting .281, has 20 RBIs, and has played in 38 games to this point.

Comment about the action here.  Happy Memorial Day, everyone.

The Sox’ David Ortiz-less lineup (along with the Indians starting nine) are after the jump.

Red Sox

1. Julio Lugo, SS
2. Coco Crisp, CF
3. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
4. Manny Ramirez, DH
5. J.D. Drew, RF
6. Mike Lowell, 3B
7. Jason Varitek, C
8. Wily Mo Pena, LF
9. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

SP – Curt Schilling


1. Grady Sizemore, CF
2. Casey Blake, 3B
3. Travis Hafner, DH
4. Victor Martinez, C
5. Trot Nixon, RF
6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
7. David Dellucci, LF
8. Ryan Garko, 1B
9. Josh Barfield, 2B

SP – Cliff Lee

240 comments… add one
  • How long is Ortiz going to be out for? I thought it was just yesterday…

    Max May 28, 2007, 5:13 pm
  • So did I and that makes me nervous, Max.
    I hope he’s ok.
    I’m gonna be takign this game off. At least most of it. I have a lot to do around the home and will be checking in buyt.. I really need to get stuff done and can’t keep waiting for off-days :-)

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 6:30 pm
  • I’m optimistic that Drew is finding a groove after his 3 BB performance Saturday and 2 hits yesterday. If Pena decides to be something other than a windmill tonight, the Sox lineup looks about as good as it possibly could without Papi.
    Will Pedroia ever earn his way out of the 9-hole?

    Froggywomp May 28, 2007, 6:48 pm
  • I’m not sure if I WANT him too Froggy. It’s kidna niuce to have a bat down there. It lets him turn the lineup over in an inning, giving people like Youkilis another crack.

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 7:02 pm
  • I prefer Pedroia batting 9th for the time being. Other teams sometimes put their weakest hitter 8th, and have a guy with a little more pop at 9. It reallys seems to jumpstart a rally when it works.
    Given the swing he has, he probably is at best a #2 hitter, maybe a 7.

    Ayuh - SF May 28, 2007, 7:05 pm
  • You beat me to it, Dio! :-)

    Ayuh - SF May 28, 2007, 7:07 pm
  • Well. I took a peak. I can’t tell how much Curt has his stuff tongiht from Gameday. I don’t like his two straight balls to open the 2nd batter.
    I’m off to chores. Later and GO SOX!

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 7:11 pm
  • I’m watching the game, and so far Schilling looks sharp. Struck out the first 2 batters and has had good location and movement.
    He’s 1-2 on the 3rd batter right now.

    Ayuh - SF May 28, 2007, 7:14 pm
  • Curt comes out swinging and K’s the side.

    Rob May 28, 2007, 7:16 pm
  • Schill Ks Hafner on a nasty split. Good inning, probably his best in four starts.
    Just one inning though, let’s not forget.

    SF May 28, 2007, 7:17 pm
  • Nice touch by NESN- they don’t break for commercial as Trot goes out the the field, and Remy & Orsillo stay quiet for the audio on the crowd reaction.
    He gets a nice ovation from the crowd- lots of people standing.

    Ayuh - SF May 28, 2007, 7:17 pm
  • Lugo falls behind 0-2, sees a ball, fouls one off, then drives one the opposite way on a line, right at Nixon though. One down.
    Lugo has a ridiculous number of RBIs for a guy who can’t buy a hit.

    SF May 28, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • Lugo has 1 RBI less than Manny

    Rob May 28, 2007, 7:21 pm
  • Coco with the soft grounder to short, two down. Six pitches, 11 for Lee through two batters.

    SF May 28, 2007, 7:21 pm
  • Youk at 2-2, fouls one off. The next 2-2 pitch is a tough one, low but a strike. Excellent pitch from Lee.
    No score going to the second, 17 pitches for Lee.

    SF May 28, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • Martinez grounds to Pedroia on the first pitch, with Dustin handling a weird hop with ease.

    SF May 28, 2007, 7:26 pm
  • Trot comes to bat,gets the predictable nice ovation.

    SF May 28, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • Nixon singles to…Drew. Perfect!

    SF May 28, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • Peralta goes down swinging on another great splitter. 4 Ks for Curt. Nixon still at first, two down.

    SF May 28, 2007, 7:29 pm
  • Crickets here in the Sox thread too.
    I’m all alone…

    SF May 28, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • Good for Trot. He was always good guy to have on the Sox, especially for his grit and determination. I was sorry to see him go.
    Let’s hope he gets stranded, though.

    Ayuh - SF May 28, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • I’m watching on gamecenter SF, of course the game is blacked out and carried on three different channels.

    Rob May 28, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • Dellucci gets a cheapie, a seeing-eye grounder that hops up on Pedroia as he ranged to the middle (that’s the second ball that’s hopped up at the last moment). 1st and 3rd now with two down. Tough break, but Curt needs to get through the bottom of the order here.

    SF May 28, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • Didn’t Dellucci play for the Yanks?

    Rob May 28, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • Wow, Trot is back. Yey!
    Schilling has runners on the corners.

    Rain SF May 28, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • Curt’s fastball is topping out at 88 right now. Garko swings through a high one, and the count now stands at 2-1. Curt looking not nearly as good this inning, as Garko rips a hanger foul to make it 2-2. Lucky.
    The 2-2 pitch is swung through. 5 Ks now for Schill.

    SF May 28, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • Garko Ks to end the inning

    Rob May 28, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • 3 pitches, 2 outs. Opposite of last inning.

    SF May 28, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • 6 pitches for Lee. I’d chalk that up to good pitching, but there weren’t enough pitches to know if he was pitching any good. Argh.

    SF May 28, 2007, 7:40 pm
  • Curt gives up the lead off single

    Rob May 28, 2007, 7:46 pm
  • Oof, Curt squeezed a little on the 0-2 pitch to Sizemore. Getting angry here.

    SF May 28, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Crap, Schill hits Sizemore on a 1-2 count. Schill has gotten worse each inning. This is not looking good.

    SF May 28, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • Obviously I am missing something…Barfield has 5 SBs on the season and Curt is launching pick off attempts at a rapid rate.

    Rob May 28, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • Wow, almost a triple play (two strides late at first). Lowell to Droid to Youk. Two turned regardless, that’s big.
    Remy recalling a game I was at – the ONLY game in MLB history where a team turned two triple plays in one game: the Twins did it against the Sox, and somehow the Sox still won.
    Youk fields a grounder to end the inning. Good escape by Schill.

    SF May 28, 2007, 7:52 pm
  • Popping in to wonder…
    which is rarer:
    The Unassisted Triple Play (one was made earlier this year)
    The Inside The Park Grand Slam

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • Nice DP.
    Now the bats have to work Lee a little bit. Come on, Sox!

    Rain SF May 28, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • No score in Toronto, for those wondering.
    Interestingly, the “best” result for the Sox is a Yankees win, which would extend the Sox’ lead on the division. Rooting for the Yankees to lose would be in the interest of burying the Yankees, not in extending the Sox’ lead on the next-closest team.

    SF May 28, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • Eh, check that – the Jays and Yanks both have 27 losses. Go Blue Jays.

    SF May 28, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • Wily Mo down on a single swing. BAD WILY.
    The Droid singles up the middle.

    SF May 28, 2007, 7:58 pm
  • Dpod with our first hit

    Rob May 28, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • Lugo lays down a bunt and beats it out. Two on, two down.
    Up in Toronto, Lyle Overbay homers to put the Jays up 1-0.
    Lee screwed on the 0-2 pitch to Crisp (perfectly good pitch, called a ball) but comes back to get Coco on a floater to left field. Two left on base.

    SF May 28, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • At least we had two hits in a row that inning.

    Rob May 28, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • Man, I just don’t liek Coco in the two-spot.

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 8:02 pm
  • At least we had two hits in a row that inning.
    Well, one was a seeing-eye single, the other a mediocre bunt. They are not hitting Lee at all.

    SF May 28, 2007, 8:03 pm
  • I think we can break through, if Curt can keep us in the game. He needs a quick inning desperately, though. I don’t care about Ks, I just want fast outs.

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 8:03 pm
  • At this point, I’m definitely hoping for NY losses. The further down they get, the better. Get ’em down and keep ’em there.
    I just don’t see Toronto as being the potential threat that the Yankees could be. They’ve had a ton of injuries as well, but I don’t see them as having the potential to go on a monster streak.
    Ideally? That the Jays take 2 out of 3, while the Sox do the same or sweep.

    Ayuh - SF May 28, 2007, 8:03 pm
  • Lee is throwing a LOT of strikes and working fast. Pretty hard to work the count on him.

    Ayuh - SF May 28, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • There’s the quick inning, 1-2-3. Sox coming up.

    SF May 28, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • NESN keeps showing “Best of Trot” clips- they just did “Best Fights”!

    Ayuh - SF May 28, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • Thank god, a quick innign for Curt.
    Wasn;t I supposed to be gettign thigns done instead of watching this game? Damn this addiction!

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • “At least we had two hits in a row that inning.
    Well, one was a seeing-eye single, the other a mediocre bunt. They are not hitting Lee at all.”
    Not sure how to do the cool italics thing, but on Gamecenter it was an accomplishment.

    Rob May 28, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • I just don’t see Toronto as being the potential threat that the Yankees could be.
    Agreed, though if Halladay comes back and Burnett stays healthy (big if) the Jays aren’t un-dangerous.

    SF May 28, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • Is it just me, or does Jhonny Peralta look too big to be a shortstop? He’s a bulky kid.

    Rain SF May 28, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • Youk doubles, stretching the hitting streak to 20.

    SF May 28, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • Youk extends his hittign streak to 20 games!

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • Lead off ground rule double by Youk, hitting streak intact.

    Rob May 28, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • Youk with a double!
    Up to Manny to drive him in, now. Come on, Sox!

    Rain SF May 28, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • And as I post my last comment, Manny swings at the first pitch. Bleah.
    At least Youk advances to 3rd.

    Rain SF May 28, 2007, 8:12 pm
  • SF- too many “if”s for Toronto, I think. Also, just about any team COULD be dangerous.

    Ayuh - SF May 28, 2007, 8:12 pm
  • Manny moves him over.

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • JD!
    Double to the gap puts the Sox up 1-0.

    SF May 28, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • Drew singles in Youk!

    Rob May 28, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • Drew comes through!

    Rain SF May 28, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • GO DREW!
    All he needy was to see Trots standing O and say “Well, dang… I want some of that”
    You’ll never get THAT much love Drew, but you can have some.

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • Lowell rips one down the line – 2-0 Sox!

    SF May 28, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • Lowell doubles!!

    Rob May 28, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • Now Lowell!!

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • Nice to see JD coming around again. Lowell drives him in.
    The second time around the lineup looks to be a little harder for Mr. Lee. Looks like the Sox have noticed that his first pitch is usually a strike, might as well hack at it.

    Ayuh - SF May 28, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • Its a doubles parade now. First Youk, then Drew, then Lowell.

    Rain SF May 28, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • Rain- are you able to watch the game in the Phillipines?

    Ayuh - SF May 28, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • Wild Pitch moves Lowell over. One out.

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • 2-0 up in Toronto, Canucks in the lead. End of four.

    SF May 28, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • Thanks for the update, SF. No one is posting on the Yanks game thread, but they’re going postal over at LoHud Yanks- I was wondering what was going on.

    Ayuh - SF May 28, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • Tek havign an epic at bat

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Damn, can’t strike the guy out..just peg him then.

    Rob May 28, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Jeez, what a friggin’ at-bat from Tek. 12 pitches and he gets hit in the foot.

    SF May 28, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • Ayuh – if I’m lucky I get Sox games. Right now, all I’m gonna get from ESPN is the replay of the Angels – Yankees game later. ESPN Philippines seems to like the Yankees. :P

    Rain SF May 28, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • Wow, why didn’t Lowell tag up? Mistake there – Sizemore made a great diving catch in shallow right center, but Lowell should have been tagging since he would have scored easily if it dropped anyhow.

    SF May 28, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • Bases plugged for Lugo.

    SF May 28, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • Let’s see if Lugo can add to his RBIs now.

    Rain SF May 28, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • Yanks go down softly in the fifth, still 2-0 Jays.

    SF May 28, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • Lugo screws up a perfect opportunity

    Rob May 28, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • SF- Lowell couldn’t tag. He had to play half-way, so if the ball dropped he could have scored. He wouldn’t have scored if it dropped and he was standing on third, the ball was too shallow.

    Ayuh - SF May 28, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • Lugo does squat, whiffing on an eye-high pitch. Three more left on base, and though the Sox jump out to a lead, it should be at least 3-0 right now, so one run gifted back to the Indians.

    SF May 28, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • Darnb it, Lugo.
    Still. we got two and shook Lee up real good. We may be able to get more in our next chance.
    May I say juts how much I LOVE our homegrowns? Youk, Pedroia, Paps…

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • 2 run lead. Not comfortable by any means, but we still have lots of chances to do damage.
    Man, imagine if Foulke didn’t retire — we’d be facing him too.

    Rain SF May 28, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • He wouldn’t have scored if it dropped and he was standing on third, the ball was too shallow.
    Subjective, that. My take is that Sizemore wasn’t going to pull up and let it bounce, he had to dive to make a great play. Lowell should have been tagging – he makes it home either way in my opinion.

    SF May 28, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • 3-0 Jays, Overbay drives in Clayton. Bottom five up in the GWN.

    SF May 28, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • Over in the Yankees game Lyle Overbay doubles in Clayton for his dsecond hit and second RBI.
    3-0 Canadians.

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • Dion — I thought you had chores? :P
    Anyway, Delluci lines out — Schill facing Garko.

    Rain SF May 28, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • Tek with a clumsy (but sweet as hell) grab of a foul popup, totally windblown. Nice play!

    SF May 28, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • Cleveland honest to goodness scares me more than the Tigers right now. Maybe thats cause they just swept the Tigers.
    Maybe its because the thought of FACING Trot.. just makes me uneasy. Its seems wrong, unnatural.

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • Did Youk trim up his goatee? His facial hair doesn’t look like a wild animal so much anymore, or maybe I’m getting used to it.

    Ayuh - SF May 28, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • I thought so too, Rain. But apparently I’m like a crack addict when it comes to the Sox.
    I literally told myself “Alright.. I’ll watch the top of the first, just to see if Schill has anything”
    Then, literally again, it became “Gotta listen to Trot’s first AB”
    Then.. well… here I am.

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Bases juiced up in Toronto for the Jays, Thomas coming to bat.

    SF May 28, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • Schill through five unscathed.

    SF May 28, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • And Viz is pitching now for the Yanks!
    DeSalvo was doing well but utterly imploded in the inning: out, walk, out, wild pitch, double, walk, hit the batter.

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 8:41 pm
  • Haha, same here man. Sox addict, through and through. I’d watch the replays on ESPN of Sox games, even though I know how it will turn out, just to see them.
    Just something I’d like to share: I had a friend who went to the US for a convention, and she got me this Red Sox keychain with my name on it. Sweet. :P

    Rain SF May 28, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • Viz actually gets someone out. Thomas Ks to leave the sacks full.

    SF May 28, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • Manny tater! 3-0!

    SF May 28, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • I have the Red Sox 2204 World Series DVD, Rain. I watch the games all the time.. and the little movie narrated by Dennis Leary is AWESOME

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • LASER BEAM. Crushed on a line into the Monster seats. Just ROPED it.

    SF May 28, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • Game center showed that Manny homer about 1 foot off the outside part of the plate.

    Anonymous May 28, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • Aaaaand Manny with a homer!

    Rain SF May 28, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • Game center showed that Manny homer about 1 foot off the outside part of the plate.

    Anonymous May 28, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • sorry, double post was mine

    Rob May 28, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • Game center showed that Manny homer about 1 foot off the outside part of the plate.
    Gamecenter would be…on crack. It was a waist-high fastball.

    SF May 28, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • Oh yeah. 2004 Sox. Wow.
    Unfortunately they don’t sell any of those here.
    Maybe when another friend goes to the States, I can ask them to get one for little old me. :P

    Rain SF May 28, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • GameDay is ALWAYS on crack. Soemtimes its really funny in its crack-filled glory.
    Like when Ron Villione replaced.. Ron Villione in a Yankee game.

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • I hope Schill quiets the big bats. Hafner, Peralta, Sizemore — these kids scare me.

    Rain SF May 28, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • Yanks down in the 6th, 3-0 Jays.

    SF May 28, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • This will be Schill’s last inning if he completes it, judging from his pitch count.
    You could go.. Snyder or Donnelly for the 7th, Oky for the 8th and Paps for the 9th, I’d imagine
    I think I’d rather use DOnnelly now. Snyder is capable of being a logn man and I’m not sure how restrictive Beckett’s pitchcount will be tommorrow.

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • Sizemore down swinging.

    SF May 28, 2007, 8:56 pm
  • Blake doubles off the wall. Gulp.

    SF May 28, 2007, 8:56 pm
  • Dustin McGowan’s night is probably over as he finishes the 6th at 100 pitches.
    0 runs, 3 hits, 1 BB, and 6 Ks for him.

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • Blake with a double. Anybody in the pen, guys?

    Rain SF May 28, 2007, 8:58 pm
  • Great split Ks Hafner.

    SF May 28, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • NESN hasn’t shown anyone warming yet, Rain.

    SF May 28, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • Big K.
    But Schill is still facing a good hitter in Victor Martinez.

    Rain SF May 28, 2007, 9:00 pm
  • Martinez rips one back up the middle. 3-1 Sox. One swing and we have a tie game, scarily.

    SF May 28, 2007, 9:00 pm
  • Whew – popout on one pitch. End 6, 3-1 Sox.

    SF May 28, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • Victor signles in Blake. 3-1 Sox.
    Come on Schill.. get us out of it. You’ve had a great night so far.. don’t blow it.
    Nixon flies out and Schills night is done!
    GREAT rebound outing for Schilling, ESPECIALLY agaisnt such a tough team.
    6 innings, 5 hits, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 Ks

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • Apparently the Toronto Manager WANTS to suck and sends Dustin back out after 100 pitches.. so his night is NOT done.

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • Hmmm, Toronto brings McGowan back out for the 7th, though he’s already thrown 100+ pitches.

    SF May 28, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • Read my mind, Dio!

    SF May 28, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • Of course, McGowan gets Cano, Abreu, and Melky 1-2-3 easily. So what do we know…

    SF May 28, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • Toronto proves AGAIN why I’m not a major league manager as Dustin retires the side on 6 pitches.

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • pedroia is on fire :o

    minomni SF May 28, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • Um, maybe Pedroia could bat second, and Coco could hit 9th.

    SF May 28, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • Stop that SF! ;-)

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 9:07 pm

    SF May 28, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • I simply do not like Lugo at all.

    SF May 28, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • Fifty bucks Pedroia is benched tomorrow.

    SF May 28, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • I’m begining to join you SF. I love his wheels.. but… meh.
    I imagin he will join the Red Sox shortstop revolving door in the off season unles she has a spectacular stretch.
    Of course PEdroia was freakin’ hittign sub-200 in APril.
    Now he’s almost at 300

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • echoing that sentiment SF. maybe pedroia can bat lead off with lugo and cirsp rounding out the lineup? their speed will still be a factor if they can get on.

    minomni SF May 28, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • Whoa. Schill is back in the 7th, facing Peralta.

    Rain SF May 28, 2007, 9:12 pm

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • And Schilling comes back out for the 7th, and Peralta singles. Tito lets him throw. Why is he still out there?!

    SF May 28, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • *grabs his vomit bag and closes his eyes*
    This one is ALL on Francona.

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • Two days in a row, Tito has done this. Yesterday he was super-slow with the hook on Tavarez, now he’s leaving Schill out there to potentially self-sabotage a superb effort. Bad f*cking managing, in a season of mostly superb managing.

    SF May 28, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • I think when youk isnt batting 2nd Pedroia should be.

    TJ May 28, 2007, 9:15 pm
  • Its not liek he has a logn stretch he needs to save releivers for. There’s an off day on Thursday!

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 9:15 pm
  • Why didn’t Lugo tag Peralta? Dellucci strikes out, but it looks like Lugo doesn’t apply a tag. Replay shows that’s the case, he just didn’t slap a tag down. WTF!??!

    SF May 28, 2007, 9:15 pm
  • I have premonitions of a 4-3 deficit.

    SF May 28, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • Glaus up with the bases full in Toronto.

    SF May 28, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • Tito’s been slow with the hook all year, and it seems to have worked out OK. There’s something to be said for that approach, as opposed to pulling guys early (see Torre, Joe).

    Ayuh - SF May 28, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • Sometimes Tito baffles me with these decisions. Schill’s at athe century pitch mark, and we had a chance to replace him in the 7th with a fresh arm, what is going on?
    I just hope it doesn’t implode.

    Rain SF May 28, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • This is really absurd. I dont understand it at all.

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • Garko works the count full.
    3-2 pitch coming…nice play by Lowell fielding a tough, high hop. Two down for Josh Barfield.

    SF May 28, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • 4-0 up in Canada as Glaus singles. Bases still full for Frank “I should retire” Thomas.

    SF May 28, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • Bottom of the order is up, so I’m guessing that is why Tito is leaving Schilling in.

    Ayuh - SF May 28, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • Well, Tito’s gamble pays off – that’s why he’s a manager and I sit at home in gym shorts and bitch over the internet. Barfield grounds to short, inning over. Curt with a stellar effort tonight.

    SF May 28, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • Villione walks Frank, bringin another run in.

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • Villone pulling a Chernobyl in Toronto

    Rob May 28, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • Hmm. Not a bad inning for Schill.
    I’m guessing Tito’s gonna replace him now. 3-1 is too slim not to use the Oki/Paps connection.

    Rain SF May 28, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • I’m in awe of Schilling.

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • Myers in to replace Villone. Yanks onto pitcher #4 in the seventh inning.
    To quote Trump, someone’s getting fired…
    (Big Stein’s got to fire someone, right?)

    SF May 28, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • That was just a godawful rendition of “God Bless America”. Just sing the song with the notes as written- forget all the damn embroidery.

    Ayuh - SF May 28, 2007, 9:22 pm
  • Hill singles off Myers, 7-0 Jays. Is this rock bottom yet for the Yankees?

    SF May 28, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • Myers joins in in the Yankee meltdown

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • Ok, good night all – off to watch the game away from the computer. Go Sox!

    SF May 28, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • Holy crap, Youk with a standup inside the park dinger!

    SF May 28, 2007, 9:26 pm

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • Youk with the inside-the-parker!!!

    Ayuh - SF May 28, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • Youk with an in the park homerun? Not like the guy is greased lightning running the bases.

    Rob May 28, 2007, 9:27 pm
    HOLY CRAP!!!!

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • zHOLY HELL!!

    TJ May 28, 2007, 9:28 pm
  • More evidence that posters at LoHud Yanks are clinically delusional:
    “Trade Mariano to Boston – get Lester, and a couple of minor leaguers”
    Yeah, I can see Cashman making that phonecall. “Hey, Theo, it’s Cash. Just wondering, how’d you like to get Riviera from us, even though you already have a closer and setup guy, and you send us a great prospect… Hello? Hello?”

    Ayuh - SF May 28, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • Whoa. How did that happen?

    Rain SF May 28, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • That is truly delusional, Ayuh

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 9:37 pm
  • WHy Romero?

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • oh god….
    tying run at the plate.

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 9:41 pm
  • The guy who writes Canyon of Heroes wrote that the Yankees should go get Johan Santana and Mark Teixeira. I wrote about it on my blog (fenwayparkeffects.blogspot.com), but to sum up: STUPID STUPID STUPID.
    Thats gotta be it for Romero. What a lousy performance that was. Walking the only two guys you face on like 10 pitches. Just terrible. I was ecited to have Romero on the team, but he’s been pretty mediocre. I’m not sure why Francona brought him in in the eighth innning of a close game. I guess he’s gotta pitch at some point though, right? Maybe…?

    mattymatty May 28, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • I didn’t even realize he just walked the two guys directly in front of Hafner… good lord…

    mattymatty May 28, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • I think that’s just it, Matty. Gotta give your bullpen a chance to prove itself, but Romero was just horrible. This time, Tito wasn’t slow with the hook.

    Ayuh - SF May 28, 2007, 9:45 pm
  • Yep MAtty.. I’m currently not lookign at the game
    Staring at the Yankee game on gameday, just waiting for the innign in Boston to end

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • And Lopez strikes out Hafner. 2 down.

    Ayuh - SF May 28, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • If they tie it, I imagine Curt beats Romero to death with his PC.

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 9:47 pm
  • Why did Sizemore not score on that? Crisp couldn’t throw him out if he was running backwards.

    mattymatty May 28, 2007, 9:48 pm
  • Aww… Trot… man, this sucks. I hate rooting against Trot.

    mattymatty May 28, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • Oops, one out after the K. Wishful thinking on my part.

    Ayuh - SF May 28, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • On emore out…

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • Donnelly does it!
    Man that was scary!
    Lets get some more insurance and save Paps, boys!

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • Yanks Done. 7-2 Blue Jays

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • Yankees just lost. I’d like to see Clemens fix this.

    mattymatty May 28, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • I think Paps is still coming in, even if the Sox score more runs. He had a day off yesterday.

    Ayuh - SF May 28, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • Paps is warming. He’ll be in for the ninth against the bottom third of the Indians order.
    I smell 13.5…

    mattymatty May 28, 2007, 9:57 pm

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 9:59 pm
  • Pedroia for President!

    TJ May 28, 2007, 9:59 pm
  • Shut up, matty. Shut up.

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 10:00 pm

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 10:01 pm
  • Another hit for Pedroia! He’s now hitting .298.

    mattymatty May 28, 2007, 10:01 pm
  • That stupid safety feature held up my comment.
    Lugo steals third!

    mattymatty May 28, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • Lugo steals third! 15 for 15 in steal attempts!

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • Tito seems to be going with the idea of having his relievers pitch shorter outings more often. I think more frequent work keep Paps and Oki sharper.

    Ayuh - SF May 28, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • Crisp draws a walk!

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 10:03 pm
  • He shouldn’t have walked Crisp (who can’t hit). Now he faces Youk (who can’t not hit).

    mattymatty May 28, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • Crisp steals!

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • Dah! Oh well… I’ll take 5-2 with three outs to go and Paps coming in.

    mattymatty May 28, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • Awww.. Youk grounds out.
    Still.. Inside the Park homerun, man.

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • Uh oh.
    Matty I may have to hurt you for your earlier comment.
    Grabbign my vomit bag as a precaution.

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • Yikes… Paps is scaring me.

    mattymatty May 28, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • Good lord, why is Willy Moe Pena still out there?

    Ayuh - SF May 28, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • Oh, man… Paps is getting rocked. I don’t think this is going to end well. Their down by two with runners on second and third with no outs.

    mattymatty May 28, 2007, 10:12 pm
  • Pull him. He doesnt have it. Get Okajima in.

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • I don’t think theres time to pull him. He’s going to have to work out of it himself.

    mattymatty May 28, 2007, 10:14 pm
  • One.

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 10:15 pm
  • I’m just throwing this out there, and not to be like the morons calling for Drew’s head, but Papelbon has not been the same guy the last four times I’ve seen him. I don’t know what it is, but for whatever reason, it’s just not the same.
    Also, Dio, Trot was a worthless human being who took up roster space from the hospital every year. If you try to make him out to be any more than a part-time player while comparing him to Drew (who is slumping) the I have to consider you part of the EEI crowd.
    Trot had done NOTHING to garnish more love or ovation than any other player on the field, and I’m tired of reading about a guy’s intangibles when he played 60 games a year. Thank GOD he’s gone.

    Regular_Brad May 28, 2007, 10:15 pm
  • One down! Sizemore pops up. Two more to go.

    mattymatty May 28, 2007, 10:15 pm
  • I was (and am) a big Trot fan. He had some injury problems to be sure, but he was a good if not great player for the Sox for many years, just not the last few.
    I agree with you about Paps. He has had decreased velocity in the last few outings.
    He DEFINITELY swung at that.

    mattymatty May 28, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • Two!
    Go Francona, go!

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • TB gets walk off win, NY in last place! :)

    TJ May 28, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • He’s out? Why is he out? It looked, at minimum, like a foul ball. What am I missing here?

    mattymatty May 28, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • Brad- you’ve got a point about Trot being injury prone, but replacing him with JD Drew is basically a push from that standpoint.
    And Trot was anything BUT a “worthless human being.” In an era where players are accused of being self-centered, loafing, passionless bums, Trot is an example of someone who never complained, always played hard, and was pretty damn productive.

    Ayuh - SF May 28, 2007, 10:20 pm
  • Wow! Paps has to take advantage of this. Come on Paps!! One more!

    mattymatty May 28, 2007, 10:20 pm
  • With two balls maybe you just walk Hafner here?

    mattymatty May 28, 2007, 10:21 pm
  • Could someone exlpain how Blake was out?? Makes no sense. Either he gets first or its a foul ball…am i right?

    baisbolfan May 28, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • matty, I agree. But all this love for a guy who has done NOTHING since his first two years and basically hurt the Red Sox more than he ever helped them is lunacy. Saying that you’d rather have Trot than Drew is absolutely crazy, and once said, I can’t take the speaker seriously afterwards, and am forced to write the person off as retarded.

    Regular_Brad May 28, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • 2-2… come on PAPS!!!

    mattymatty May 28, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • THREE!
    SOX WIN!

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 10:23 pm
  • YEAAAAH!!!!
    PAPS DID IT!!!

    mattymatty May 28, 2007, 10:23 pm
  • Could someone exlpain how Blake was out?? Makes no sense. Either he gets first or its a foul ball…am i right?

    baisbolfan May 28, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • Baisbolfan- if you swing and miss at a 3rd strike, you’re out, even if the pitch hits you.
    It’s one of the more less known rules in baseball.

    Ayuh - SF May 28, 2007, 10:25 pm
  • 13.5 baby!! What a great job by Paps. After sucking royally, I mean. But, great job to come back like that. All they needed was a hit and they got three chances to do it with the meat of their order and all they got was a pop up and two Ks. NICE!!
    Man, I can’t even see the Yankees in my rear view mirror.

    mattymatty May 28, 2007, 10:25 pm
  • Look, Brad, in a candid moment.. I’ll admit it. Drew is probably a better player by the numbers. But Trot has a attitude and personality and.. aura.. that made us love him.
    DO I think lettign Trot go was the best thign for the team, long term? Absolutely.
    Do I miss him? You bet.

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 10:25 pm
  • Brad, I’ve been saying the same thing about Papelbon for days now. Though the velocity is actually there right now…he’s touched 97 today and thrown 96 several times. Location’s just been off; though the Indians deserve a little bit of credit for their approach.
    Ball hit him on the hand but he swung. If the ball hits you and you swing, you’re out. The ruling is the ball didn’t hit the bat and he went around. Judgment call about whether he actually swung–very close–but it definitely hit his hand, and not the handle.
    Not getting in on the Trot-Drew thing…I don’t feel like reading back on how it started. I liked Trot but I’m glad he’s gone; solid player when healthy, and a good guy…but made of glass. Calling him and Drew a push in terms of injury risk is completely ignoring the nature of Trot’s injuries compared to Drew’s over the last few years.
    I actually think Papelbon looked better tonight while almost blowing it then he has in some other nights where he pitched clean innings. Better velocity, better split. That said…he got pretty lucky with the Blake call, that could have gone either way pretty easily. So I’m still not happy.

    desturbd1 May 28, 2007, 10:27 pm
  • Great game, guys. I’m off to get married tomorrow, so you won’t see me around these parts for a few weeks. But, I’ll leave you with this bit of wisdom: GO SOX!!

    mattymatty May 28, 2007, 10:27 pm
  • Ayuh, I can’t agree there. If he was so big on “playing hurt”, and “gutting it out”, then why was he out so friggin much. I loved Trot as much as anyone, but to compare a good Trot to a slumping Drew and wishing that Theo made one choice over the other is silly. The guy has been hurt every year.
    I loved Trot, but it may be time to move on. Maybe “worthless..,” was a bit rough, and I take it back, but I’m tired of the Drew bashing around here when the Red Sox are a dozen up and winning every night. A team isn’t made up of hall of famers at every position…sometimes it takes a guy who moves runners and plays good D.
    I’m sick of it a little bit. Nobody is ever happy. I’m tired of the hindsight predictions is all.

    Anonymous May 28, 2007, 10:28 pm
  • “Do I think letting Trot go was the best thing for the team, long term? Absolutely.
    Do I miss him? You bet.”
    My thoughts exactly on Trot, Dio. Thanks.

    Ayuh - SF May 28, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • Regular Brad – I think we’ll all let the personal attacks slide, this once. This is a great site, and very rarely are there people that I’d feel fine letting someone else call ‘retarded.’
    And matty makes a great point – it’s very hard to root for Drew right now, he seems to put little heart into his game and has an injury history just like Trot. But Trotter was a Dirt Dog, and whatever you take from that phrase, you had fun rooting for him. You knew that often he was either on the DL or GIDPing, but every once in a while, he’d make a play on the basepaths or in RF that he had no freakin business making. And you knew each time he went out there, he’d tear pieces off his body to do so, and that was why he was loveable (and yes, he did indeed tear pieces off his body doing some of those things, EARNING time on the DL). You know that if Drew keeps slumping and ends up on the DL, it will have a very different feeling.
    Different players, until Drew shows a little more to us.
    (btw, thanks paps, for making it interesting. I think he thrives on adrenalin, and when there’s not a close enough game he tries to make it so to create a standing crowd).

    rk May 28, 2007, 10:32 pm
  • I didn’t say that I wish the Sox had kept Trot and not signed Drew. Like Dio says, I do miss Trot. He was fun to watch play.

    Ayuh - SF May 28, 2007, 10:33 pm
  • Hey everyone.. arent any of you gonna congragulate matty?

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 10:34 pm
  • That’s right- CONGRATS MATTY!
    But couldn’t your bride wait until the off-season? :-P

    Ayuh - SF May 28, 2007, 10:37 pm
  • Sorry, that was me.
    I’m happy, all the way around. The Sox win, the Yanks lose, and one of our regulars is getting married tomorrow. Congrats Matty!
    Let’s just enjoy whats going on and stop with all the negativity. We should absolutely be trolling over at LoHud, and twisting the knife whenever possible.
    I like talking to you guys, but I can’t get down with all the negative stuff. This team is awesome, and Theo and Co. deserve to be praised for what they’ve done. Anyone attempting to bring this down isn’t really rooting, but waiting. Waiting for waht isn’t going to happen, and that’s sad for those people.

    RegularB_rad May 28, 2007, 10:41 pm
  • I disagree with the trolling, Brad.
    Let’s NOT do that. Prove that we’re classier fans. By trolling we simply fulfill the insultign stereotype they use on us and it demeans us.
    Let’s be better than that.

    Dionysus May 28, 2007, 10:43 pm
  • “…sometimes it takes a guy who moves runners and plays good D.”
    Good point in theory, Regular Brad. But guys who meet that description usually don’t get $55 million contracts (without also putting up huge slugging numbers). Plus it’s hard to make the “plays good D” argument for Drew when he owns a lower fielding percentage than Delmon Young, Jose Guillen, and Bobby Abreu, to name a few.
    Agreed that Drew deserves at least a full season to prove himself, but those of us who loved and miss Trot have valid reasons.

    Columbus-SF May 28, 2007, 10:44 pm
  • I love lurking on LoHud, but I won’t troll. They make idiotic statements enough on their own, we don’t need to go to their level.
    Plus, it’s so much more satisfying to tell a Yankee fan “hey, don’t get too discouraged, things HAVE to get better soon, don’t they?” Being condescending is much better than being obnoxious.

    Ayuh - SF May 28, 2007, 10:48 pm
  • J.D. Drew > Trot Nixon. If you want grit and heart and a guy who LOOKS LIKE he’s giving it 110 percent, David Eckstein’s waiting for you. I don’t give a crap how Drew looks on the field, and I can’t really take seriously those who argue that Drew looks nonchalant while laughing at Manny being Manny. I didn’t hear anyone wishing Manny wasn’t on the Sox after six straight weeks of non-production this season.
    Drew is a better all-around ballplayer than Nixon, and at the end of the season, the numbers will bear that out. I, too, am a bit tired of the nonsensical Drewbashing, as if he’s the only player to go into a protracted slump in his first season in a new league.
    That said with the usual disclaimer that I loved Trot while he was playing for the Red Sox; I just wish he was able to play for the Red Sox a bit more often.

    Paul SF May 29, 2007, 12:37 am
  • congrats matty.
    i agree with brad about the hesitant rooting. you know if the shoe was on the other foot we would hear all about it. right now is splended time to be a sox fan. pile on.

    sf rod May 29, 2007, 1:32 am
  • Yo, I was there. We went nuts at Youk’s ITP home run. Also, Papi was smoking balls during BP, no worries there.
    More importantly, Jerry Remy signed my baseball.

    Kazz May 29, 2007, 3:06 am

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