Knuckle Sandwich: Sox-Rays Gamer I

Tim Wakefield is an unfathomable 19-3 lifetime against Tampa, and has punched the Rays in the mouth 9 rounds to 1 at the Trop, which may leave them wishing they stayed in MousePark. He gets the start tonight with personal catcher Kevin Cash behind the plate, as the flu has knocked several Sox for a loop including Tek, Beckett, Dice, and probably several others who are powering through; Francona has had to do a fair amount of juggling to field a team. Matt Garza gets his first start after returning from the 15-day DL.

Lineups follow, comments go.

Boston
J. Ellsbury cf .290
D. Pedroia 2b .351
D. Ortiz dh .189
M. Ramirez lf .356
K. Youkilis 3b .345
J.D. Drew rf .284
S. Casey 1b .346
J. Lugo ss .321
K. Cash c .250
T. Wakefield 3.96
 
Tampa Bay
A. Iwamura 2b .209
C. Crawford lf .302
B.J. Upton cf .296
J. Gomes dh .283
E. Longoria 3b .282
E. Hinske 1b .322
D. Navarro c .444
G. Gross rf .000
J. Bartlett ss .222
M. Garza 9.00

23 comments… add one

  • Between Lester and Wakefield the Sox have two excruciatingly unwatchable pitchers.
    Please let Masterson be the real deal.

    SF April 25, 2008, 7:30 pm
  • Manny Ramirez drinks your milkshake

    Atheose April 25, 2008, 7:30 pm
  • Great patience Drew.

    Atheose April 25, 2008, 7:34 pm
  • Hey, it’s wierd saying that without the sarcasm!

    Atheose April 25, 2008, 7:34 pm
  • *Prays for 2008 Lugo to be at the plate, and not 2007 Lugo*

    Atheose April 25, 2008, 7:39 pm
  • Hooray for both Drew AND Lugo having plate discipline this year! 1-0 Sox on three straight walks.

    Atheose April 25, 2008, 7:42 pm
  • Seriously, Wake, retire. Go away, please. Thanks for everything — I really mean that. But you are just not watchable. Every fifth day I simply cannot watch the Red Sox. That’s not fair!

    SF April 25, 2008, 8:43 pm
  • what happened to the unbeatable at the tropicana wakefield i came to count on?
    will someone please pop the inflatable raymond already.

    sf rod April 25, 2008, 8:56 pm
  • Um, why not Papelbon right now?

    SF April 25, 2008, 10:20 pm
  • well good news is Pedroia gets another shot to extend his hit streak.

    TJ April 25, 2008, 10:51 pm
  • yay D

    TJ April 25, 2008, 10:57 pm
  • uhg. that was ugly.

    sf rod April 25, 2008, 11:00 pm
  • papelbon warming. timlin in a self induced jam. tito elects to stay with mike. game over. thanks for that.

    sf rod April 25, 2008, 11:11 pm
  • Nice job Tito.

    SF April 25, 2008, 11:12 pm
  • “Manny Ramirez drinks your milkshake”
    haha- humor keeps us breathing during trying times. 3 game losing streak. sigh.

    Ric April 25, 2008, 11:28 pm
  • The Sox are overrated. Don’t be surprised if the Rays shock everyone. A little FYI: The sox didn’t lose tonight’s game because they choked. They lost it because the RAYS ARE THE BETTER team. Drink some water with that pill.

    Ray-Fan-Man April 26, 2008, 6:11 am
  • Straight hilariousness RFM. Enjoy the bitterness.

    Devine April 26, 2008, 12:45 pm
  • Ahahaha it’s tough not to be bitter when your team has never had a career over .500.
    The Rays are good Ray-Fan-Man, if you read some of the prediction posts on this website you’ll see that we all agree. But they’re not better than the Red Sox, and probably not better than the Yankees. They’ll continue to improve with their young talent for a while though.
    In any case, there’s no need to be a dick about it dude.

    Atheose April 26, 2008, 12:53 pm
  • Tampa Bay will finish second to Boston in the east.

    TJ April 26, 2008, 1:55 pm
  • I wouldnt say any of the teams in the AL east have proven they can pitch or win on a consistent basis this year.

    sam-yf April 26, 2008, 3:35 pm
  • “…Tampa Bay will finish second to Boston in the east….”
    or, toronto will finish second to the yanks in the east…all things are possible… in april

    dc April 27, 2008, 8:02 am
  • A Tampa Bay Devil (sorry) Rays fan talking trash!
    Chuckle. Chuckle.

    SoxFan April 27, 2008, 12:53 pm
  • …or, toronto will finish second to the yanks in the east…all things are possible… in april…
    Was just a feeling I had even before the season started. Im hoping my streak of wild predictions continues, Last spring before the season I picked a Sox vs Rox world series. :)

    TJ April 27, 2008, 2:05 pm

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