Kick Him Back to Texas: Sox-Yanks Gamer XIV

This is Josh Beckett’s time.

He’s on the mound in a game that is arguably the Red Sox’ best shot
at easily securing the one win they need to effectively seal a division
title. His boyhood hero opposes him on the Yankee Stadium mound. Want
to seal your place in Red Sox lore? Here’s where you start, kid.

Do what Pedro did in 1999, when he struck out 12 Yankees in the ALCS
while Clemens did what he always seemed to do in the postseason — find
a way to blow it. Pedro didn’t blow it. He outpitched Clemens in Game 7
in 2003, he outpitched him in 1999, the same postseason in which he
came into a key game despite an injury (as opposed to leaving a key
game because of one).

Now it’s Josh Beckett’s turn. This isn’t 1986 Roger Clemens. This
isn’t even 1995 Roger Clemens. This isn’t even close to 1999 Roger
Clemens. This is the most expensive league-average pitcher in baseball
history, a starter who has allowed at least four earned runs in every
start against the Red Sox since May 2003. Never even mind the
three-inning disaster he produced with the season on the line for the
Yanks in Game 7. This Clemens is beatable, decidedly so.

Beckett, on the other hand, is in Clemens’ mold. Fiery. Outspoken.
Texan. Good. Very damn good. No pitcher in baseball has more wins. No
pitcher in baseball has a better combination of strikeouts-, walks- and
home runs-per-9. He was 4 years old when Clemens made his Major League
debut, and he’s the undisputed ace of a Red Sox team that is rolling to
a probable division title. It’s time to show why it was a mistake for
the aging, lumbering veteran to tempt this rivalry again.

Beckett v. Clemens. It’s on.

319 comments… add one

  • Baseball is fun!

    Devine August 29, 2007, 6:44 pm
  • Sometimes.

    Devine August 29, 2007, 6:44 pm
  • Oh thank goodness a new thread. Wanted to rip my eyes out listen to Woosta go on and on about W-L records being relevant to a pitcher’s skill.

    Atheose August 29, 2007, 6:50 pm
  • Aw, Atheose, why’d you say his name? Two more times and he’ll magically appear to pick a fight in this thread.

    Jackie (SF) August 29, 2007, 6:53 pm
  • reading all that about wore me out…i hope i don’t fall asleep during the game…

    dc August 29, 2007, 6:56 pm
  • In case anyone forgot:
    YANKEES
    Damon LF
    Jeter SS
    Abreu RF
    Rodriguez 3B
    Matsui DH
    Posada C
    Giambi 1B
    Cano 2B
    Cabrera CF
    Clemens RHP (5-5, 4.34)
    RED SOX
    Lugo SS
    Pedroia 2B
    Ortiz DH
    Lowell 3B
    Youkilis 1B
    Drew RF
    Varitek C
    Crisp CF
    Hinske LF
    Beckett RHP (16-5, 3.21)

    YF August 29, 2007, 6:57 pm
  • Fill me in everyone – I am off to barbecue (again) with occasional game thread checks.

    SF August 29, 2007, 6:57 pm
  • What’s on the grill tonight SF?

    rob August 29, 2007, 7:01 pm
  • What’s on the grill tonight SF?
    Clemens, obviously.

    Jackie (SF) August 29, 2007, 7:02 pm
  • Sausages, fresh sweet corn. Nothing fancy.

    SF August 29, 2007, 7:03 pm
  • YES announcers talking about Roger’s splits home vs. away. Apparently much better in Yankee Stadium than on the road. I’m interested in knowing which teams he’s faced where…

    Jackie (SF) August 29, 2007, 7:03 pm
  • And SF bailing….again!
    Seriously, I’d rather watch the game than comment here.
    For SF’s , you should pray mightily you don’t see me. Or, you know, go hide under the bed.

    Woosta YF August 29, 2007, 7:04 pm
  • >>For SF’s , you should pray mightily you don’t see me. Or, you know, go hide under the bed.
    I’ll play Woosta. What exactly am I supposed to be hiding under the bed for?
    DISCLAIMER: Joking :)

    rob August 29, 2007, 7:06 pm
  • Jackie, I remember he played the Pirates at home. Can’t remember past that.

    Atheose August 29, 2007, 7:07 pm
  • Great one-liner, Jackie.

    Paul SF August 29, 2007, 7:10 pm
  • So I’m lost are we commenting on this thread or the other? Help…

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 7:10 pm
  • !! Who called the Pedroia HBP earlier today?

    Jackie (SF) August 29, 2007, 7:10 pm
  • Pedroia HBP, one out.

    Devine August 29, 2007, 7:11 pm
  • Not sure Jackie. But it did not look intentional.

    Rob August 29, 2007, 7:11 pm
  • This one, Trisk. You’ll notice I made some “adjustments” to the other.

    Paul SF August 29, 2007, 7:11 pm
  • Hinske sitting at the bottom of the lineup looks like a blck hole tonight.

    Rob August 29, 2007, 7:12 pm
  • Pedroia looked like he may have been safe until he slid past the bag.
    Already things not looking good. Lugo with a slapper taken away, Pedroia caught stealing.

    Rob August 29, 2007, 7:14 pm
  • Ok, I was just going to say, “Does Roger Clemens honestly think Dustin Pedroia is going to try to steal here?”
    Now I’ll say, “What the hell was Dustin Pedroia doing trying to steal there???!!!!”

    Paul SF August 29, 2007, 7:14 pm
  • Seems to be a little more drama in the game tonight.

    Rob August 29, 2007, 7:14 pm
  • John – commenting here, since the last thread went on an… interesting tangent.

    Jackie (SF) August 29, 2007, 7:14 pm
  • First time Pedroia caught stealing this year. Grrrrrr.

    Devine August 29, 2007, 7:14 pm
  • Papi just missed on that one, he had his pitch there. Rocket got lucky.
    Let’s see if the offense can score some runs early.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 7:15 pm
  • *sigh* I love his energy and all, but DP should not have been thinking stolen base with a hot Papi at the plate.

    Paul SF August 29, 2007, 7:16 pm
  • Go, Beckett, go! God, I’m already mad.

    Devine August 29, 2007, 7:16 pm
  • Thanks guys.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 7:17 pm
  • Any word on the HBP? Why would it be intentional? Unless Clemens confused “Pedroia” for “Piazza”…

    Paul SF August 29, 2007, 7:17 pm
  • He was 3-3 prior to that caught stealing correct?

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 7:17 pm
  • Unless Clemens confused “Pedroia” for “Piazza”
    Clemens threw a bat at Dustin?

    SF August 29, 2007, 7:18 pm
  • I don’t think it was intentional, but I remember someone saying Roger would throw at Pedroia (might not have been here though)… picking on the little guy, something like that. I just thought it was funny.

    Jackie (SF) August 29, 2007, 7:18 pm
  • I don’t think it was intentional Paul. Rocket, as we all know, can hit you where he wants, when he wants. He wouldn’t hit him on the elbow on purpose.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 7:18 pm
  • Way to go “4 Rings and his own scent”

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • Double over the head of Stephen’s brother by the Yankee captain. Runner on 2nd, 1 out.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 7:21 pm
  • Pop up to Mike Lowell, 2nd out.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 7:22 pm
  • what happened to Manny? not playing today?

    mike August 29, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • Back issues (spasms?)

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 7:23 pm
  • mike: strained lower oblique, I think.

    Devine August 29, 2007, 7:25 pm
  • Its reported to be a strained oblique too.

    ToddSF August 29, 2007, 7:25 pm
  • I will take more innings like that, Beckett. (Can you keep the baserunners out of scoring position to keep my blood pressure down, though?)

    Devine August 29, 2007, 7:26 pm
  • Manny Ramirez was not in Boston’s starting lineup Wednesday night because of a strained muscle on his left side, and the Red Sox slugger likely will be sidelined for several days.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 7:26 pm
  • maybe Drew will pick up the slack today. maybe?

    mike August 29, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • Devine – I’ll take runners on 2nd and 3rd every inning as long as they don’t cross the plate!

    Jackie (SF) August 29, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • maybe Drew will pick up the slack today.
    I said earlier, I’m hoping that the No. 7 uniform has some residual anti-Clemens properties from Trot’s career with the Sox.

    Jackie (SF) August 29, 2007, 7:29 pm
  • One can dream, eh, mike?

    Devine August 29, 2007, 7:29 pm
  • Lowell DEEP fly to left. Pheww. 1 Out.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • one can always dream, devine

    mike August 29, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • “That would have been an RBI in Boston” … not without anyone on base, dumbasses.

    Jackie (SF) August 29, 2007, 7:31 pm
  • Again Girardi calls him “Mikey” Lowell, that’s 2 nights in a row.
    Long run by Bobby, 2 Outs.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 7:31 pm
  • GameDay made it look like Damon robbed a homer, but GameDay seems to push fly balls back a bit from where they actually are…

    Paul SF August 29, 2007, 7:31 pm
  • I think he meant it was a HR Jackie, not that I like defending Mr. Singleton.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 7:31 pm
  • Wasn’t impressed with Drew yesterday.

    Paul SF August 29, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • Walk to Stephen’s brother. Runner on 1st, 2 Outs.
    Now is a good time to steal.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • Drew: at least his eyes are still working (yesterday’s final “swinging” strike not withstanding).

    Devine August 29, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • Takes four straight for a walk here though. Two-out rally!

    Paul SF August 29, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • an easy walk? why

    mike August 29, 2007, 7:33 pm
  • When did Roger start taking meth? That GameDay mug is AWFUL…

    Paul SF August 29, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • Seattle lost.

    Devine August 29, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • Ah, I understand. I think it would have bounced off the wall in Fenway though – probably a double. Which would knock in runners… so that was my confusion.

    Jackie (SF) August 29, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • Roger’s command is way off.
    Walks old C chest. Runners on 1st and 2nd, 2 Outs.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • Eight straight balls from Clemens. Would loooove a hit by Crisp. Score some runs before I have to leave for the better part of the night.

    Paul SF August 29, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • Nice! 8 pitches, two walks. I’m ready for Clemens’ wheels to come off. (Come to think of it, I’ve been ready for, oh, ten years).

    Jackie (SF) August 29, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • Ground ball to Giambi, he fields beats Coco to the bag. 3 Outs, 2 runners left on.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 7:36 pm
  • Yankees need to score here, doesn’t look like Rocket has his best stuff tonight.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • Go, Beckett, go!

    Devine August 29, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • The Sox need to get those two straight walks closer to the top of the order. No use putting runners on with two out when you got the 8/9 hitters up.

    Paul SF August 29, 2007, 7:40 pm
  • Matsui down on strikes. 1 Out.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • 2 Ks for Beckett. 2 BBs for Clemens.
    Seriously though, TV watchers, how does Beckett look?

    Paul SF August 29, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • Base hit back up the middle. Jorge on 1st, 1 out.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 7:42 pm
  • Ugh. Enough with the hits.

    Paul SF August 29, 2007, 7:42 pm
  • Who is the Yankees first baseman? Good golly, he has the reflexes of a cat! Maybe he injected some kitty-juice this morning.
    Nice curve from Beckett to Matsui, big ‘ol awkward chopper from Posada. And now here’s Mr. Gold Glove himself! They obviously don’t use him for his bat.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 29, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • What is Posada on this year, anyway?* No 36 year old catcher should be hitting the way he is.
    *not an actual accusation

    Jackie (SF) August 29, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • Just you and me, Trisk?

    Paul SF August 29, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • Beckett looks nasty Paul. He has them off balance. Definitely has good stuff.
    Pop up to Youk, 2 Outs.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • Oop, never mind. Here are some people!

    Paul SF August 29, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • Announcers are on the squirrel again.

    Jackie (SF) August 29, 2007, 7:45 pm
  • That’s the funny thing about baseball, Beckett has given up 2 hits, to Clemens zero, but Beckett has some nasty stuff tonight and Roger is having location issues.
    Yeah Paul, slow night.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 7:45 pm
  • Walk to Cano. Runners on 1st and 2nd.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 7:46 pm
  • Maybe everyone’s still over in the other thread arguing? I dunno.
    I’m happy with the way Beckett’s pitching although I noticed him shaking off Tek a couple times, which is not usually a good sign. And obviously I’d prefer fewer baserunners, so…

    Jackie (SF) August 29, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Squirrell isn’t still there, is he?
    That’s what can be so aggravating. It always feeels to me like the breaks go the Yanks’ way. First inning last night, Pedroia and Ortiz rip liners that find gloves, but Damon’s hit barely gets out of the infield and a bad strike call to Abreu would have ended the inning with no score.
    Them’s the breaks.

    Paul SF August 29, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • I think Posada is on something called ‘contract year’, it works wonders on older players. Lowell is taking some right now and it’s working very well.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 29, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • By that, I mean a called ball that looked like a pretty clear strike to me. I think it was to Abreu.

    Paul SF August 29, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • Beckett’s curve is SICK!!!

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • No, the squirrel has left the stadium, they’re just… still talking about it.

    Jackie (SF) August 29, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • Of course, the Sox caught some pretty good breaks in ’04 (Clark’s GRD, for example), so I shouldn’t complain.

    Paul SF August 29, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • Ok John, enough with this reverse jinxing. Beckett’s stuff obviously sucks.

    Jackie (SF) August 29, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • Base hit Posada scores, Cano to third, Melky RBI.
    Why come back with the fastball, bad pitch selection there.
    1-0 Good Guys.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • 1-0 Yankees.

    Devine August 29, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • F*ck

    Paul SF August 29, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • And I gotta leave on that note? I hate this game.

    Paul SF August 29, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • 1-0 Good Guys.
    Are the White Sox playing tonight?

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 29, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • LOL Jackie, I am being honest. I swear.
    Wild pitch, Cabrera to second. 2 Outs, 2 runners in scoring position.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • A 90 MPH changeup, that’s just nuts. Unfair. Add to that the curve…Full Count to Damon.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • 2 RBI’s Damon, single to left.
    3-0 Good Guys.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • Disgusting.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 29, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • Well, I hate baseball. Night everyone. Probably watch more anger-inducing stupidity at home.

    Devine August 29, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • Johnny Damon is really starting to get on my nerves.

    Jackie (SF) August 29, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • Not to be a d*ck, but Hinske has an awful arm.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • Steal a base here Joe, now’s the time!

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • OK 1-1 to Jeter, HIT AND RUN

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • John – you say that, but clearly whatever you’re doing is working. I’m on to you!

    Jackie (SF) August 29, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • Squibber up the 3rd base line, bad throw by Beckett gets past Youk. Damon to rhird, Jeter to 2nd. Abreu up, 2 Outs.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 7:58 pm
  • Also: OH JESUS WHY DOES JETER ALWAYS GET THOSE SQUIB HITS? IT’S ALWAYS JETER I HATE HIM.

    Jackie (SF) August 29, 2007, 7:58 pm
  • whoops. I had a couple funny [expletive deleted] things in that last comment, but typepad read it as html. Shouldn’t use those [expletive] brackets.

    Jackie (SF) August 29, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • Chopper to 2nd, Pedroia fields fires inning over.
    End of 2 Good Guys up 3-0.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • Third out, finally. I’ll be interested to see how much stuff Beckett breaks when he goes back to the dugout.

    Jackie (SF) August 29, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • 3-0 is not impossible to come back from, let’s hope Rajah is feeling 45.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 29, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • Damn. Coulda had the knockout blow there. Or loaded for Alex.

    YF August 29, 2007, 8:02 pm
  • YF’s here, now the fun can start.
    Pretty cool camera angle, able to see the 4 seam grip.
    Ball 4 to Hinske. Runner on 1st no outs.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • I’m glad the Sox hitters are still being patient despite the deficit, that’s a good sign.

    Jackie (SF) August 29, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • Spoke too soon Jackie, Lugo is swinging like he’s double parked.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • Hold that thought, Lugo’s swinging at air and grounding out.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 29, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • Ground ball to Giambino, takes it himself. 1 out, Hinske on 2nd.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • That was retarded, why bunt directly back to Clemens?

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 29, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • Pedroia bunts right back to Clemens. 2 Outs, runner on 3rd. Up steps Big Papi.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • Good Lord, another long drive, caught at the wall by Damon. Bottom 3rd, Good Guys still up 3-0.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 8:10 pm
  • Stepped away for about 30 minutes to come back to a 3-0 deficit. Great.

    Rob August 29, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • Ok this might be a reach here, but David Wells threw his perfect game on Ty Beanie Baby Day (It was a dog I think) This Saturday, Ian’s first start…Ty Beanie Baby Day…Coincedence….

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 8:12 pm
  • Ripped down line by A-Rod, takes HUGE turn…7-4-3 he’s out.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • What was ARod doing there?

    Rob August 29, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • Being as superstitious as I am, I’m starting to wonder whether my presence on this thread is bad juju.
    On the other hand, that last play was HILARIOUS.

    Jackie (SF) August 29, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • Trisk -
    I am supposed to be on a conference call but heard a lot of distant screaming about that out for A-Rod – was it close?

    rootbeerfloat August 29, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • I guess the thought was Hinske has an awful arm, take a big turn and see if he fields it cleanly…they got the ball in quickly and it backfired.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • Trisk, if you start dropping ‘can of corn’ and ‘can you put it on the board- yesssss!’ you’re going to have to move to Chicago and change teams, lol.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF August 29, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • No, he was out RBF. Perfect relay back to Youk.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • Stuck at work here. What happened with Arod? Another purse slap gone awry?

    mp August 29, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • NSTB I just snorted I am laughing so hard, my wife wants to know if one of my make believe friends made a joke, LOL.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • Just the other day I was thinking Alex’s baserunning this year has really been outstanding. For a long time, I thought Jeter was just about the best baserunner I’d seen, or at least the smartest, but Alex has been just phenomenal. But that wasn’t so good. And now it cost a run. Matsui trip.

    YF August 29, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • Dude Coco cannot dive there, he was 2 feet away from the ball.
    Triple by Matsui.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Beckett isn’t a #1 either.
    How do you say “Who’s your daddy?” in Doofus?

    Woosta YF August 29, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Beckett looking very hittable tonight. The Sox only chance in the series may come down to Schilling tomorrow night.

    Rob August 29, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Beckett looked like he overthrew that first one to Jorge. He’s really raring back.
    This reminds me of that 14-5 (3?) game of the Boston Massacre last year.

    YF August 29, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • First inning Beckett looked nasty. Don’t get it, at times he looks unhittable.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • Yeah, that was terrible (Coco).

    Jackie (SF) August 29, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • Strike 3 Jorge looking. 2 Outs, runner on 3rd.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • “How do you say “Who’s your daddy?” in Doofus?”
    Answer: Woosta

    Tom sf August 29, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • Beckett gets out of the jam with back-to-back K’s.

    Rob August 29, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Beckett gets the call on Jorge (fair enough), and rings up Giambi. Impressive.

    YF August 29, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Well right on cue, Beckett gets nasty again. Giambi swings at a worm burner. End of 3 Good Guys up 3-0.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Fly ball by Lowell to Giambi. 1 Out.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • Lowell a pop out.

    YF August 29, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • Great job by Lowell to leadoff the inning.

    Rob August 29, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • Youk Ks.

    YF August 29, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • Youk down swinging.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • Drew pop to Melkster, who isn’t screwing around with the call-offs anymore. 3 up 3 down. That looked easy!

    YF August 29, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • What was that, 5 pitches? Sox are not helping themselves at all here. It is like the drank from the dumbass fountain today.

    Rob August 29, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • I hate to break the luck chain, but I have to sign off for a few, my laptop is about to die. If does give up a ____ it’s my fault, I’ll take the blame!

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • Did you want to say “hit” John?

    Rob August 29, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • Cano a quick out but his podner Melkster beats out a comebacker. 1 on 1 out.

    YF August 29, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • JD a pop out.

    YF August 29, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • LECHE!! Tagged out trying to steal.

    Rob August 29, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • Melky tossed stealing. Yanks losing a lot of runners here.

    YF August 29, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • What? Sorry? Clemens has a no-hitter going? Is that what he was getting at?

    Jackie (SF) August 29, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • >>Yanks losing a lot of runners here
    I would really like the Sox to start having that problem.

    Rob August 29, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Tek walks to leadoff the inning.

    Rob August 29, 2007, 8:41 pm
  • Leadoff walk for Tek.

    YF August 29, 2007, 8:41 pm
  • Damn, Coco strikes out. Really not helping ourselves.

    Rob August 29, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • Returns from 3-1 to K Crisp.

    YF August 29, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • Crisp got rooked on strike 2, IMHO.

    Hudson August 29, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • I thought it was a strike Hudson, but i thought Jorge was expecting it on the opposite side of the plate.
    Down 3-1 again here to Hinske.

    YF August 29, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • Sox are at least building Rahjah’s pitch count a little this inning.

    Hudson August 29, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • Hinske flies out to Melky. 2 Outs.

    Rob August 29, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • Fly to center for Hinske. 2 down.

    YF August 29, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • Hinske flies out. Damn, off the bat I thought it might be a bloop single.

    Hudson August 29, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • JLug grounds out. Walk wasted, and so much for building the pitch count. Grrr.

    Hudson August 29, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • Lugo grounds out. Still no hits.

    Rob August 29, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • Grounder to Alex, 5-1. Another clean inning for Rocket!

    YF August 29, 2007, 8:49 pm
  • Sox need a big sixth in a big way.

    Hudson August 29, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • Sox need a big something.

    Rob August 29, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • DJ K.

    YF August 29, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • Abreu nubber, Beckett forced to back off by Tek, and Abreu is safe. Another infield hit.

    YF August 29, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • DP to end the inning. Maybe a little momentum to kick the next inning off?

    Rob August 29, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • But Alex follows it with a 6-4-3 dp on the first pitch he sees. Feh.

    YF August 29, 2007, 8:56 pm
  • Pedroia fly out to lead off.

    Rob August 29, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • Pedroia falls behind 0-2 and is a fly to right center.

    YF August 29, 2007, 9:00 pm
  • PAPI!

    Hudson August 29, 2007, 9:00 pm
  • PAPI!!!!!
    BREAKS UP THE NO-NO in a HUGE way.

    Rob August 29, 2007, 9:00 pm
  • (3-1)

    Hudson August 29, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • And there goes your no-no. Man was that far. Yeesh. If you’re gonna give it up…..make it a no doubter?
    Okay. Hold it together now.

    YF August 29, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • Beautiful play by Cano.
    I was just about to say I smell blood.

    Rob August 29, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • Cano saves one for the Spankees.

    Hudson August 29, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • Sweet play by Cano to get the ball redirected off Clemens. Lowell out 2.

    YF August 29, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • Why are all the Sox swinging at pitches #1/2? It’s only worked for Ortiz.

    Hudson August 29, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • Wow, “Spankees.” Never heard that one before. Boy, does it hurt my feelings.

    doug YF August 29, 2007, 9:03 pm
  • Finally, Youks works the count full… and walks. That’s more like it.

    Hudson August 29, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • Youk walks…you know who (Rally killer) is up.

    Rob August 29, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • JD – for once in your life, DO SOMETHING

    mp August 29, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • Meanwhile, Detroit is losing again to Kansas City, 0-5. Uber-prospect Andrew Miller couldn’t last the inning, and we see what can happen to excellent prospects in the majors, even against crappy-hitting teams.

    AndrewYF August 29, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • Wheels. Coming. Off.
    Even the outs hit hard this inning.

    YF August 29, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • That was a crap 3-0 called strike to Drew.

    Rob August 29, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • Drew single.

    YF August 29, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • Drew with a hit? Advanced a runner?

    Rob August 29, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • Clemens goes 3-0 to Drew… Rahjah gets a questionable call on pitch #4… Drew singles, Youks goes to third with 2 out.
    Big moment here: Sox could narrow or tie it and chase Roger, or squander the chance and see Clemens again in the 7th, helping the NY pen.

    Hudson August 29, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • Nice stall move by the Yanks. Send the ump out to break it up.

    Rob August 29, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • Tek needs to, uh, captain up.

    Hudson August 29, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • Tek career .158 against Clemens.

    Rob August 29, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • Escape. 3-1. Let’s get it back.

    YF August 29, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • Clemens done after that inning?

    Rob August 29, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • Nope. Weak grounder.

    Hudson August 29, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • Phewww that was close.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • So, what’s it going to be? Vizcaino for the seventh? Or, dare I say it, Farnsworth?

    AndrewYF August 29, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • Was Mussina warming up in the pen?

    Rob August 29, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • This ump…

    Hudson August 29, 2007, 9:15 pm
  • Crap…Get someone up fast.

    Rob August 29, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • 1st and 2nd, single by the Giambino. Runners on 1st and 2nd, 1 Out.
    Lopez and Timlin warming up.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • Lopez and Timlin up.

    Rob August 29, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • “…Tek needs to, uh, captain up….”
    funny line hudson…is there going to be a yfsf contest to guess what the “c” stands for?…
    by the way, it’s official, ortiz annoys me…

    dc August 29, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • Cano with the 1st pitch fly out.

    Rob August 29, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • Blech. Cano lets Beckett off the hook.

    AndrewYF August 29, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • Hinske has a Mohawk huh?
    Pinch runner for Giambi, Andy Phillips.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • Phillips in to run for Giambi

    Rob August 29, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • Melky with an infield hit.
    The most recent version of Sox Killer, Damon is up.
    Lopez in?

    Rob August 29, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • Real nice play by Lugo, Melky safe. Bases loaded 2 outs. Johnny Damon is up.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • Down 2-0 to Damon already.

    Rob August 29, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • 3-1 to Damon.

    Rob August 29, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • 3-2

    Rob August 29, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • Ground ball that Youk fields, flips to Beckett, beats a sliding Damon to the bag by a step or two.

    Rob August 29, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • Nice play by Beckett and Youk. 3 Outs.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • New Pitcher is Vizcaino.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • 12 hits and a walk thru 6 for Beckett, yet only 3 ER. Clemens has had 5 walks, none of whom have scored. Neither team really taking advantage of the opportunities they’ve gotten.

    JoshA August 29, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • any other yf’s concerned about the yanks squandering these opportunities?…i’ve seen too many games like this i guess that wind up with an unhappy [for me anyway] ending…

    dc August 29, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • Couldn’t agree more DC

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • DC..not a Yank fan, but it would seem that neither team has really done anything to earn the win. The Sox don’t take advantage of the walks, the Yanks with 12 hits. Yet the score is only 3-1.
    If find it odd that the announcers are discussing which pitcher was more “on.”

    Rob August 29, 2007, 9:34 pm
  • Lugo with the 2 out walk.

    Rob August 29, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • Viz does not want to scre around and let Papi get to the plate.

    Rob August 29, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • Proclamation: the Yankees will need more than three runs to win.
    I made this proclamation (to myself) back when the Yankees first had three runs.

    AndrewYF August 29, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • Pedroia flies out to end the inning.

    Rob August 29, 2007, 9:40 pm
  • Viz doing the job.

    walein August 29, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • Maybe someone will slip Steve Phillips a roofie and we can get some peace and quiet in this game.

    walein August 29, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • Why is Beckett out there?

    Rob August 29, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • Oh no Farnsworth for the 8th!!!

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 9:45 pm
  • Just at 100 pitches. Wanted him to face Jeter and Abreu (who hasn’t hit him today). Hopefully Abreu can change that right here.

    walein August 29, 2007, 9:45 pm
  • I meant Abreu hasn’t hit him well historically.

    walein August 29, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • DJ a long out. Wow. Beckett really pushing here.

    YF August 29, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Whoa! Off speed hook on the outside corner and Abreu is a K. Hell of a pitch. Alex up now. Possible homer time.

    YF August 29, 2007, 9:47 pm
  • I call homer this ab.

    YF August 29, 2007, 9:48 pm
  • SOOOTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Alex!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YF August 29, 2007, 9:48 pm
  • ARod with a HR…that should be the game.

    Rob August 29, 2007, 9:48 pm
  • An Aaaaa-Bomb from Aaaaa-Rod!

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 9:48 pm
  • Thanks Tito…your late again to the mound.

    Rob August 29, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • Beckett dismissed by Alex.

    YF August 29, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • Yep. Francona doing his best Grady Little impersonation.

    JoshA August 29, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • “Proclamation: the Yankees will need more than three runs to win.
    I made this proclamation (to myself) back when the Yankees first had three runs.”
    Is 4 enough Andrew?

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • With the Pride of Abraham Badlwin Agricultural College set to appear for the Yanks, no lead is safe.

    YF August 29, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • Ssssssit down Beckett!!

    doug YF August 29, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • Tito trying to get Beckett to 20 wins…especially knowing that Farnsie is on tap.

    dknyc August 29, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • 6.2 IP 13 H 4 ER 1 BB 5 K ?
    Not a #1.

    Woosta YF August 29, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • I’d like some credit for the call! People!!! Proclaim my genius!!! Saw it coming!!!!

    YF August 29, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • I walk in after a long commute and see Alex put the Sheriff away for the night. (In a Mr. Burns voice) Excellent.

    bloodyank78 August 29, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • All hail the mighty YF!!! Great job buddy!

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • Very sooth YF

    bloodyank78 August 29, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • No taunting Woosta.
    Matsui single.

    YF August 29, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • “…Sox don’t take advantage of the walks…”…good point rob, i kind of lost count, but i know roger gave up at least 5 walks…not good, despite the lack of hits…you could argue that he had a no-hitter going because he didn’t give them anything to hit… ;)

    dc August 29, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • YF, you are a clairvoyant golden god.

    doug YF August 29, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • Thanks guys.

    YF August 29, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • You can’t handle the truth!!!

    Woosta YF August 29, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • Posada walk. Lopez out. Timlin in. Betemit for Philips? Probably not.

    YF August 29, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • Betemit in for Phillips. Boy it’s nice to have a bench.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • by the way yf, you’re the man re. “the call”…

    dc August 29, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • YF clairvoyants don’t put ??? at the end of statements, LOL.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • I put no question marks. the call was definitive!!!
    Betemit stays on the bench.

    YF August 29, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • What? Sorry fellas, Phillips does hit.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 9:58 pm
  • No I meant on the Betemit for Phillips.
    Your call was legit and going forward it will be known as such, “The Call”

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 9:59 pm
  • woosta, relax man…you win the point for tonight’s game, and maybe a few others that beckett has pitched against the yanks [mostly last year]…all i know is that with the year beckett is having he has silenced one of his most outspoken critics…me…i trashed him unmercifully [and i still believe deservedly] last year for not living up to the hype, but he has shown me something this year, despite his struggles in this game…it’s the human element…these guys are not perfect, so it’s good that’s not the standard, except maybe in your world…

    dc August 29, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • Joe keeping his defense in with the lead. Also a bit more flexibility for the future, I suppose. Though the lefty bat would be an improvement here. On the otherhand, doesn’t Betemit have a big split favoring his right?
    Moot now. AP pops to 1st.

    YF August 29, 2007, 10:01 pm
  • Pop up to Youk, 3 away.
    End of 7, Good Guys 4-1.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 10:01 pm
  • Cmon Kyle, time to buzz Ortiz…

    dknyc August 29, 2007, 10:03 pm
  • ugh=farns…i can’t look

    dc August 29, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • Pop up to Melky, 1 Away.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • Good work Kyle

    dknyc August 29, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • Goodnight fellas, my battery is dead again on the laptop. Hopefully we can hold on here. Go Yanks!

    John - YF (Trisk) August 29, 2007, 10:07 pm
  • Now there’s the Kyle I know…

    dknyc August 29, 2007, 10:08 pm
  • How bout a 5 out save for Mo?

    dknyc August 29, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • gee, i never saw that coming…f’n farnsworth!!

    dc August 29, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • yeah, but here comes the Drew we know and love.. :(

    rootbeerfloat August 29, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • I step away for 2 seconds and Farns gives up 2? Seriously? This has debacle written all over it.
    Drew ks.

    YF August 29, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • Need to get Tek here in order to give Mo a 4 man cushion before Ortiz in the 9th

    dknyc August 29, 2007, 10:12 pm
  • Mo gets crisp, and with one of the longest underhand tosses youll see. 3 pitches to save Farnsy’s bacon.

    YF August 29, 2007, 10:19 pm
  • In the words of R. Kelly, “I’M-A COUNT TO FOUR!”
    ONE!

    doug YF August 29, 2007, 10:20 pm
  • Robi a ground out.

    YF August 29, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • Melky pops to 3rd.

    YF August 29, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • JD fly to center. Mo time.

    YF August 29, 2007, 10:27 pm
  • just popped in, and i see an r. kelly reference… beautiful. (mr. show biz is a musical genius.)
    this game has given me a new ulcer.

    Yankee Fan In Boston August 29, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • TWO!!
    (of the 4-out save)

    doug YF August 29, 2007, 10:31 pm
  • Hinske an easy tapper back to Mo. He was luck not to get punched out on 0-2. 1 down.

    YF August 29, 2007, 10:31 pm
  • Good time for one of those much-ballyhooed comeback wins. Looked like Clemens had it tonight and Beckett did not.

    Paul SF August 29, 2007, 10:32 pm
  • Lugo hotshot to Alex is a 5-3 out. Nice play. 2 down.

    YF August 29, 2007, 10:32 pm
  • This reminds me, I need to watch the last 2 chapters of “Trapped in the Closet” after the game.

    doug YF August 29, 2007, 10:32 pm
  • THREE!!
    (of four)

    doug YF August 29, 2007, 10:33 pm
  • woo hoo!

    Yankee Fan In Boston August 29, 2007, 10:34 pm
  • Damn Red Sox. Can’t make it easy on us, can they? Tomorrow’s as close to a must-win as you can get with a 6-game lead in September.

    Paul SF August 29, 2007, 10:35 pm
  • Pedroia another grounder to Mo. Nice play to gun down Pedroia at first. GAME!

    YF August 29, 2007, 10:35 pm
  • FOUR!!!
    GAME. PINSTRIPES.

    doug YF August 29, 2007, 10:35 pm
  • i need to check out the original game thread… sounds like i missed some action.
    are the yankees tied for the WC?
    wow. i had given up hope last weekend…

    Yankee Fan In Boston August 29, 2007, 10:36 pm
  • Niiiiice.

    bloodyank78 August 29, 2007, 10:36 pm
  • Congrats now you just 6 games out lol, still the largest lead in baseball

    TJ August 29, 2007, 10:36 pm
  • With today’s victories I am reborn.
    To Paul, you were barely an opponent. I pity you.
    To Brad, You were at least intelligent. For a bit.
    To “Playthegametherightay”, you are not a #1 either.
    I am Woot.
    Woot!

    Woosta YF August 29, 2007, 10:38 pm
  • TJ: Try again, kid.
    THEEEEEEEEEEEE YANKEES WIN!!!

    doug YF August 29, 2007, 10:39 pm
  • If you’re Beckett, at least you can take consolation that you lost to your childhood hero. Right?

    bloodyank78 August 29, 2007, 10:39 pm
  • TJ, all we need is the wild card…Sox fans have been telling us that for years…

    dknyc August 29, 2007, 10:39 pm
  • “This Clemens is beatable, decidedly so.”
    Bwahahahahahahaha!

    Woot August 29, 2007, 10:40 pm
  • Yay. My proclamation was correct. Bedtime (going into work at 3 am as per request…not fun)

    AndrewYF August 29, 2007, 10:41 pm
  • Where are all these Yankee fans coming from? Hardly any names I recognize as having posted back in June. So interesting…

    Paul SF August 29, 2007, 10:45 pm
  • Ugh. Apparently my leaving the thread wasn’t quite enough to get the Sox the W. :P Two days, two games decided by HRs from two of the Yankees that I loathe most (which is a long list, but still).
    I said I wouldn’t be happy with 1 of 3 and I won’t, but 6 GA is still 6 GA. See you tomorrow…

    Jackie (SF) August 29, 2007, 10:48 pm
  • “See you tomorrow…”
    I think you should take a day off :p Good things happened after you stopped posting…. Take onme for the team and stay away… you can come back Friday :)

    TJ August 29, 2007, 11:49 pm
  • 6 of the last 8 from the sox for the yanks. I like our chances against them if we can make to the ALCS somehow.

    Sam-YF August 30, 2007, 12:02 am
  • Report from the stadium:
    Farnsworth entered to utter silence – he could have been stumbling into his apartment at 3am and heard less of a welcome – but it was decidedly not boos as his recent performance bought him at least a mute 55K fans. Of course, he did not leave that way. He is a p…r…o…b…l…e…m…
    Newsflash:
    1. Papi can hit a ball far, but it still counts for only one run.
    2. Sure Beckett is gunning for his first Cy Young, but Roger Clemens has seven. Last night gave a glimpse at why – regardless of walks, the old man sure knows how to pitch.
    3. A-Rod will always find a way to be either the goat or the hero…sometimes both in the same game.
    4. An extremely rested Red Sox bullpen is for some reason not a resource that Terry Francona feels he should exploit.
    5. Manny Ramirez has all the heart of one of those white fuzzy seal things that PETA has on all their posters.
    Also: Joba Rules apparently relaxed from here on out according to ESPN and 660am (ny) as I am sure some here have already heard. Not a moment too soon thanks to Mr. Bigglesworth, the meltdown king.

    IronHorse (yf) August 30, 2007, 12:08 am
  • TJ – I was thinking the same thing. :) I’ll be here for pre-game chatter but you can bet I’ll have disappeared by gametime!

    Jackie (SF) August 30, 2007, 12:52 am
  • One more Yankee win and the Boston Red Sawx pillow-biters will be in full force.

    yf2k August 30, 2007, 1:18 am
  • Sam -
    The difference is Chase Wright isn’t starting for the Yanks anymore.
    And ALCS? I want the division.
    Iron -
    I thought Torre had horrible bullpen management. Now Terry wants to wait until he has the lead before throwing Okajima, Gagme, or Papelbon!?

    Woot August 30, 2007, 8:01 am
  • “Josh Beckett’s time”? Ho ho ho.

    ugh August 30, 2007, 8:06 am
  • “Josh Beckett is 3-3, 7.49 against the Yankees since Game 6 in 2003.”

    Woot August 30, 2007, 8:10 am
  • Woke up, saw the Sox lost. Sucks. But what really would suck is if the Sox lost and had a five (maybe after today!), four, three, two, one, zero game lead, or were behind in the wild card standings. They’ve lost two in a row in tight fashion on the road against a bleeding animal. Good show by the Yankees, what else can you do but give them credit for their wins?
    But both teams probably have the same mantra: make the playoffs. That’s it. Yankee fans should understand this.

    SF August 30, 2007, 8:20 am
  • “They’ve lost two in a row in tight fashion on the road against a bleeding animal.”
    ouch.

    Yankee Fan In Boston August 30, 2007, 8:54 am
  • YFiB: That’s not an insult, “bleeding animal”. The Yankees are playing like their season depends on it, and that’s the way it should be. Sounds like the Sox aren’t playing smart, still, from what I have read.

    SF August 30, 2007, 8:59 am
  • i wasn’t disputing the description. it was apt, but it still stung.

    Yankee Fan In Boston August 30, 2007, 9:11 am

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