Mo[re] Drama! Yanks-Sox Gamer II

Wow. Okay. That was some way to kick things off. And today has the promise of another memorable episode in The Greatest Rivalry In Sport, with the erstwhile Marlins AJ Burnett and Josh Beckett facing off in a marquee matchup on national television. Last night was low-scoring kind of by accident and despite a ton of men on the pads. Today, one suspects, runs will be hard to come by again, but you never know. As we like to say, these teams just wear each other out. Meanwhile, roster moves from the Yanks:

-Chien-Ming Wang has been placed on the DL with a severe case of Homeritis* a "hip" injury. 
-Cody Ransom has been placed on the DL for being Cody Ransom with a leg strain.
-Brian Bruney has been placed on the DL because the Yanks can't catch a break with some kind of elbow thing that is either (a) not serious or (b) a major problem.
-David Robertson, Angel Berroa, and Mark Melancon are their replacements. 
*From WebMD: Homeritis: A severe inflamation of the ERA. Can be extremely painful, but generally more for the fans of the patient than the patient himself.

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  • i’ll kick us off: nice piece by alan schwarz in the nyt today on beckett. don’t have to read between the lines much to figure out that josh beckett is probably not the best guy to hang out with at a bar.
    helluva pitcher though!

    YF April 25, 2009, 4:08 pm
  • usain bolt tosses out the first pitch. hopefully that’s a sign.

    YF April 25, 2009, 4:10 pm
  • meanwhile, people like to pick on angel berroa, but really it’s not a character flaw that he’s lousy at baseball.

    YF April 25, 2009, 4:11 pm
  • Usain Bolt – a sign that the game will go quickly?

    Jackie (SF) April 25, 2009, 4:12 pm
  • I have to go get on a bus in about half an hour, so I’m hoping for some good Red Sox action before I leave.

    Micah-SF April 25, 2009, 4:13 pm
  • Four-pitch walks are not good.

    Micah-SF April 25, 2009, 4:15 pm
  • SWISH! 1-0.

    YF April 25, 2009, 4:21 pm
  • Beckett not looking (sounding?) especially sharp so far. The radio guys seem to think he’s getting squeezed a bit too.

    Jackie (SF) April 25, 2009, 4:25 pm
  • God, Beckett’s control is awful.

    Micah-SF April 25, 2009, 4:25 pm
  • Jorge! a 2-out hit with risp. where were those last night???
    2-0.

    YF April 25, 2009, 4:27 pm
  • Finally a strike, count should be 2-2.
    Homeplate ump is the brother of Randy Wolf, Joe C sez.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 25, 2009, 4:27 pm
  • matsui a ground out. ate into the pitch count there but a few more woulda been nice.

    YF April 25, 2009, 4:30 pm
  • Well, guess that could have been worse. Let’s get to Burnett for the first time in, oh, ever.

    Jackie (SF) April 25, 2009, 4:31 pm
  • pedroia solid single but an easy 663 for the captain and the yanks are back to bat.

    YF April 25, 2009, 4:36 pm
  • Jeter 2-out knock.

    YF April 25, 2009, 4:42 pm
  • damon pops to ells.
    beckett settled?

    YF April 25, 2009, 4:44 pm
  • Beckett hitting the strike zone this inning… that’s more like it.

    Jackie (SF) April 25, 2009, 4:44 pm
  • Is Mel Kiper styling his hair to look like a football helmet?

    I'mBillMcNeal April 25, 2009, 4:47 pm
  • mark sanchez, welcome to ny.

    YF April 25, 2009, 4:47 pm
  • Sanchez announces his retirement from football.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 25, 2009, 4:48 pm
  • a walk to jd but another good inn. from aj.

    YF April 25, 2009, 4:53 pm
  • Well, this game is over. The Sox were either going to tattoo Burnett early or not. They have not. Dang.

    Paul SF April 25, 2009, 4:55 pm
  • Looks like Sox only chance is if AJ gets hurt.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 25, 2009, 5:00 pm
  • wow. beckett ks swish on one crazy breaking ball. off the table. swish was swinging for sommerville.

    YF April 25, 2009, 5:01 pm
  • CANO!!!!!! BOMB off the PP.
    4-0.

    YF April 25, 2009, 5:01 pm
  • robi golfed that one. not a terrible pitch. it was outside and low–a ball for sure.

    YF April 25, 2009, 5:02 pm
  • jorge follows with a ripped single up the middle.

    YF April 25, 2009, 5:03 pm
  • Cano the star, I think, arrives this year.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 25, 2009, 5:04 pm
  • Cano is on my fantasy team. Win-win!

    doug YF April 25, 2009, 5:04 pm
  • In homage to last night’s thread:
    Burnett>Beckett
    (at least thru 2.5 innings)

    sam-YF April 25, 2009, 5:07 pm
  • I’m sticking through his half-inning. I f the Sox can’t get back in it, I have a lawn to mow…

    Paul SF April 25, 2009, 5:11 pm
  • waddayaknowrobicano!
    6-0.

    YF April 25, 2009, 5:26 pm
  • Robbie Cano, once again!!

    doug YF April 25, 2009, 5:26 pm
  • beckett closing in on 90 pitches after 4. he may go another but the yanks gonna get deep into the bullpen here a day after extras. nice.

    YF April 25, 2009, 5:28 pm
  • YES! Holy crap, Varitek?!?!

    Jackie (SF) April 25, 2009, 5:45 pm
  • gotta be kidding me.

    YF April 25, 2009, 5:45 pm
  • GRAND SLAM!!!! HOLY CRAP!!! JASON FREAKING VARITEK!!!!

    Paul SF April 25, 2009, 5:45 pm
  • … you know, I don’t believe that just happened.

    Jackie (SF) April 25, 2009, 5:46 pm
  • CAPTAIN CLUTCH!!!

    I'mBillMcNeal April 25, 2009, 5:46 pm
  • “More drama” indeed.

    Devine April 25, 2009, 5:49 pm
  • Epic fail, AJ Burnett.
    That’s inexcusable.

    doug YF April 25, 2009, 5:49 pm
  • Beckett finds his stuff. We have a game again.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 25, 2009, 5:54 pm
  • “Epic fail, AJ Burnett. That’s inexcusable.”
    100 percent correct.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 25, 2009, 5:55 pm
  • Dr. Beckett cruising through the likely-stunned Yankees lineup in that inning. Hope to see more of him and less of Mr. Where’s the Strike Zone Again.

    Jackie (SF) April 25, 2009, 5:57 pm
  • Oak 4, TB 1, bot 6.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 25, 2009, 5:57 pm
  • Jacoby! TIE GAME!!!

    Jackie (SF) April 25, 2009, 5:57 pm
  • ELLSBURY!!!!
    WOOOOOOOOO!!!!

    I'mBillMcNeal April 25, 2009, 5:57 pm
  • Pedroia now 2 for 2…. and the Sox smell blood…

    Jackie (SF) April 25, 2009, 5:58 pm
  • A.J. Burnett just gave up home runs to Jason Varitek and Jacoby Ellsbuy. Is this really happening?

    Paul SF April 25, 2009, 5:58 pm
  • Ortiz with the double! 2/3 none out with Youk-Drew-Bay coming up!

    Paul SF April 25, 2009, 6:01 pm
  • I’m not sure, it seems entirely possible that I’m hallucinating this whole thing. Up to and including Papi’s bat coming to life with a wall ball double.
    Announcer understatement: “Burnett looking very unhappy.”

    Jackie (SF) April 25, 2009, 6:02 pm
  • Youks hit by the pitch! All loaded up!
    Surely this isn’t really happening. I’m going to wake up and have to relive this whole day until this point…

    Paul SF April 25, 2009, 6:05 pm
  • Youks HBP.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 25, 2009, 6:05 pm
  • Drew and these freaking double plays… *grumble*

    Paul SF April 25, 2009, 6:06 pm
  • F*ck. Leave it to Drew.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 25, 2009, 6:06 pm
  • Ugh, JD, enough with the GIDPs. That’s, what, four in the last two games?

    Jackie (SF) April 25, 2009, 6:06 pm
  • Third GIDP of the series for Nancy.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 25, 2009, 6:07 pm
  • BAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! 8-6!!!!!

    Paul SF April 25, 2009, 6:08 pm
  • Let me just say, I love Jason Bay.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 25, 2009, 6:09 pm
  • Sign the man, Theo!

    Paul SF April 25, 2009, 6:09 pm
  • Bay makes me not care. LOVE IT.

    Jackie (SF) April 25, 2009, 6:09 pm
  • Why the EF is AJ still out there?

    I'mBillMcNeal April 25, 2009, 6:10 pm
  • There is no doubt that the Sox are a better team, period.

    krueg April 25, 2009, 6:10 pm
  • We will be lucky to make the playoffs…80’s all over again. Unreal.

    krueg April 25, 2009, 6:12 pm
  • “a better team, period”
    Right this second, probably. Yanks aren’t at full strength. I’m not comfortable saying either team is clearly stronger right now, so many unexpected struggles for so many people on both teams.

    Devine April 25, 2009, 6:12 pm
  • This has been an amazing pair of games. Beckett still on the mound in the sixth. He could wind up winning this thing. Unbelievable…
    Shut ‘em down, Josh.

    Paul SF April 25, 2009, 6:13 pm
  • I’m sick of the excuses…there is enough talent on this team to win games, yet they don’t. This team with all it’s changes, looks exactly like last year…if not worse.

    krueg April 25, 2009, 6:15 pm
  • Walk = you need to pull Beckett, Tito.

    Devine April 25, 2009, 6:15 pm
  • Winner could pick up a half-game on Toronto today. Jays pay the White Sox tonight and it’s raining like hell here right now.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 25, 2009, 6:15 pm
  • A leadoff walk is not in any way shutting ‘em down.

    Paul SF April 25, 2009, 6:15 pm
  • I wouldn’t fret SF’s…this game is over. Only thing in question is whether or not Pettitte can avoid the sweep.

    krueg April 25, 2009, 6:16 pm
  • Is anyone warming in the pen?
    Either pen?

    I'mBillMcNeal April 25, 2009, 6:17 pm
  • I wouldn’t fret SF’s…this game is over.
    I reject your jinx attempts.

    Paul SF April 25, 2009, 6:18 pm
  • You were saying, krueg?

    I'mBillMcNeal April 25, 2009, 6:19 pm
  • Ain’t this a f*cking game?

    Devine April 25, 2009, 6:19 pm
  • And Damon ties it up. Why was Beckett still in the game?
    And out comes Francona, two batters too late. Shades of the ’08 ALCS.

    Paul SF April 25, 2009, 6:19 pm
  • Tito should have pulled him after he walked Jeter.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 25, 2009, 6:20 pm
  • Here comes MDC.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 25, 2009, 6:20 pm
  • i’m just a pessimistic fan, sorry. We’ll still blow it.

    krueg April 25, 2009, 6:21 pm
  • We’re all gonna need a couple of drinks after this one.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 25, 2009, 6:22 pm
  • Boom! Instant two-spot.
    The starting pitching has really been a cripple fight, huh, guys

    doug YF April 25, 2009, 6:22 pm
  • Teixeira…killing me.

    krueg April 25, 2009, 6:23 pm
  • We really need ARod back…like now. Maybe Teixeira can relax and hit then?

    krueg April 25, 2009, 6:25 pm
  • Well, we were right. Beckett and Burnett certainly pitched their teams to a draw, didn’t they?

    Paul SF April 25, 2009, 6:26 pm
  • Jesus, I step out when it’s 6-0 to do some errands and miss all the fun.

    Hudson April 25, 2009, 6:27 pm
  • Vikings drafting now at 22; Patsys next at 23.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 25, 2009, 6:28 pm
  • Fins at 25…you guys better not take Maulauga!!!

    krueg April 25, 2009, 6:29 pm
  • Paul, are you callin’ this a pitcher’s duel? ;^)

    Hudson April 25, 2009, 6:29 pm
  • I leave for three seconds (it feels like) and the game’s tied up. Gah.

    Jackie (SF) April 25, 2009, 6:30 pm
  • Well, by the strict definition of the words comprised in the phrase, yes, Hudson, yes, I am. :-)
    Delcarmen shows the big boys how to pitch around allowing a baserunner. Let’s get that lead back!

    Paul SF April 25, 2009, 6:32 pm
  • Our bullpen is more erratic than Hunter S. Thompson…this is going to suck.

    krueg April 25, 2009, 6:32 pm
  • Never fear, Melancon and Robertson are here.

    doug YF April 25, 2009, 6:33 pm
  • Patsys deal pick to Baltimore. No word on what they got back.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 25, 2009, 6:36 pm
  • Hope you are right dougie fresh…

    krueg April 25, 2009, 6:37 pm
  • one more pick and the Fins can grab maulauga!!!! come on falcons…pick someone else!

    krueg April 25, 2009, 6:38 pm
  • great job veras…not.

    krueg April 25, 2009, 6:39 pm
  • Ellsbury is still hot … at the plate, I mean. Um, anyway.
    Heart of the lineup up with two in scoring position…

    Paul SF April 25, 2009, 6:39 pm
  • why not load them up and give up yet another grand slam…what’s the record for most GS’s given up in the first month of the season?

    krueg April 25, 2009, 6:40 pm
  • Juiced again…

    Jackie (SF) April 25, 2009, 6:42 pm
  • Big Papi GS…here we go!!!

    krueg April 25, 2009, 6:42 pm
  • Bases loaded for Papi, who will face Coke… This would be an excellent time for Ortiz’s first home run of 2009.

    Paul SF April 25, 2009, 6:42 pm
  • It’s in the bank Paul…

    krueg April 25, 2009, 6:43 pm
  • Vontae Davis…i really wanted Maulauge. In Tuna I trust though! Go Fins!

    krueg April 25, 2009, 6:47 pm
  • Full count now. Wow. What a game!

    Paul SF April 25, 2009, 6:47 pm
  • WTF?!? Stupid baserunning Pedroia. At least we get the go ahead.

    Jackie (SF) April 25, 2009, 6:48 pm
  • That’s some really stupid baserunning. A lead and I still feel snakebit.

    Devine April 25, 2009, 6:48 pm
  • Well, sac fly is better than nothing, but Pedroia stupidly tries to advance to second and is tagged out. Why would you do that with Youkilis coming up?
    At least the Sox have the lead, but I could see that coming back to bite us.

    Paul SF April 25, 2009, 6:48 pm
  • I know, I feel lame complaining about anything after the team comes back from 6-0, but that was infuriating.

    Jackie (SF) April 25, 2009, 6:54 pm
  • Patsys deal 26th pick to Green Bay.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 25, 2009, 6:55 pm
  • I would really like for this AB to end with a K… thank you. :D

    Jackie (SF) April 25, 2009, 7:04 pm
  • Seriously, THAT’S how the Sox are going to cough up the lead? That’s annoying.
    Hey, Damon picked off! Well, that’s a little bit of consolation.

    Paul SF April 25, 2009, 7:11 pm
  • Chance this game ends 10-9 is zero.

    sam-YF April 25, 2009, 7:12 pm
  • Whats that 9 HRs in 2 games? The ball flies out of Fenway more than the new Yankee stadium

    sam-YF April 25, 2009, 7:21 pm
  • //Chance this game ends 10-9 is zero.
    Factually correct.

    Jackie (SF) April 25, 2009, 7:21 pm
  • And that’s without Wang…

    Jackie (SF) April 25, 2009, 7:23 pm
  • Wow. What an incredible contest…

    Paul SF April 25, 2009, 7:25 pm
  • Yeah…for you guys!

    krueg April 25, 2009, 7:27 pm
  • Make it ten. *rolls eyes*

    Jackie (SF) April 25, 2009, 7:29 pm
  • Man, and I was hoping the Sox pen would be able to hold this one down. 12-11 now.
    The amazing thing here is Fenway isn’t even a home run park. It’s a doubles park with a right field that is homer-unfriendly, a center field that is very homer-unfriendly, and a left field that arguably takes away as many dingers as it grants.
    I think the juiced ball theory is gaining credibility with every day.

    Paul SF April 25, 2009, 7:32 pm
  • I really want to go get something to eat, but am afraid that I’ll miss another six runs if I leave again.

    Jackie (SF) April 25, 2009, 7:32 pm
  • Agreed on the juiced ball theory… HR’s up 6% across the league is, uh, statistically improbable. (And makes Papi’s lack of a single dinger even more concerning.)

    Jackie (SF) April 25, 2009, 7:34 pm
  • Jackie (SF) April 25, 2009, 7:36 pm
  • I hate to say it but this is one of those games that SFs are glad the sox are the home team for. Last team to bat wins?!

    sam-YF April 25, 2009, 7:37 pm
  • Pedroia regains his defensive form. And we go to the bottom of the 8th….

    Jackie (SF) April 25, 2009, 7:42 pm
  • Might this be one of the ugliest baseball games ever? It is certainly one of the ugliest I have ever seen/seen part of (didn’t get watching until about three innings ago).

    SF April 25, 2009, 7:46 pm
  • Seems like a distinct possibility, though I can think of a few one-sided massacres that were uglier for the losing team.

    Jackie (SF) April 25, 2009, 7:48 pm
  • Ellsbury able to shoplift 2nd despite a pitchout. Damn.

    Jackie (SF) April 25, 2009, 7:49 pm
  • That was horrible by the second base ump, really terrible. They just should not miss that call.

    SF April 25, 2009, 7:50 pm
  • …? ESPN gamecast just took a run away from NYY and says it’s 12-9, Boston. I wish!

    Jackie (SF) April 25, 2009, 7:51 pm
  • and the call costs us a run. Im going to dinner now….

    sam-YF April 25, 2009, 7:54 pm
  • And he didn’t even need to steal the base, now they’re giving them out for free! ;)

    Jackie (SF) April 25, 2009, 7:56 pm
  • Worst. Game. Ever.
    Discuss.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 25, 2009, 7:58 pm
  • Drew apparently saving all his hits for tomorrow… and we have yet another pitching change…

    Jackie (SF) April 25, 2009, 8:03 pm
  • Jesus Christ, Lowell. Think I can go get my burrito now.

    Jackie (SF) April 25, 2009, 8:07 pm
  • What a pathetic team we are…going to be another October-less year. Awesome.

    krueg April 25, 2009, 8:08 pm
  • Talked to Nick on the phone…he’s pondering whether or not he’ll turn to another sport from now on.

    walein April 25, 2009, 8:15 pm
  • Jays, White Sox tied at 2 in the 4th.
    Guess it’s not raining on the Southside.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 25, 2009, 8:19 pm
  • This might be the craziest stat of the day: Tex is 0-for-1.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 25, 2009, 8:22 pm
  • And who would have thought that at the end of April, both Beckett and Burnett would have ERAs well above 5.00.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 25, 2009, 8:24 pm
  • Nine in a row! Wheeeeee

    Paul SF April 25, 2009, 8:31 pm
  • 9-game win streak for Boston; longest in April in team history.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 25, 2009, 8:31 pm
  • I clearly got no yardwork done today.

    Paul SF April 25, 2009, 8:33 pm
  • Rob April 26, 2009, 3:42 pm

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