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Ellsbury leads off with a double, and cynically NESN has sold sponsorship of DOUBLES. So when Ellsbury slides in safe, Orsillo immediate launches into “safe at second, and safe and secure with New York Life”, and a logo flashes on the screen. Somehow I hadn’t noticed this despite watching most of the games. It’s awful, and I wish it would die.
Gonzo!!!! Double into the gap (man is he slow, that was nearly an out at second) and it is 1-0.
For some reason I read Shaughnessy’s column today, and he took Gonzo to the woodshed for his start this season. It was a pathetic column, as usual.
I want to look up the stats, but something tells me that Youk has swung and miss at a much higher rate this year than in the past.
that should be “missed”.
I guess everyone is out sniffing around for painted eggs…
Youk works the walk. And the Sox have already run the pitch count to 20 on Palmer here in the first. Papi coming up. No DPs please. Make this guy work.
Papi with the hitters’ 3-1 count…
Papi stares at a nice pitch, and somehow thinks he was wronged. Get back up, Papi, it was a strike.
Papi single to LF! Gonzo scores and it is 2-0. Papi went the other way last night nicely, so this continues the trend. Good hitting. Didn’t do too much with it, just right.
I’m around. Happy Easter everybody. Nice start to the game after the delay.
Mike Cameron making a bid to get a hit in my viewing presence for the first time ever. I have honestly never seen Cameron get a hit, I don’t think. Hence, I think him an awful, awful hitter.
Cameron fails to get a hit, but does the job with a productive out. Ortiz out on a force at second, Youk scores, Cameron safe at first on the FC.
33 pitches…a very good first inning here.
Let’s hope Lackey can continue this magic run by the starters.
Youk with the slick play at third, barehanding the bunt attempt and getting Aybar at first.
Lackey won’t get far with pitches like the one he just served up to Abreu – for some reason Jerry Remy said “pretty good pitch”, but it was a flat change up in the zone.
Hunter then rips one to right, but it is caught. Angels not fooled by Lackey so far. Good luck on that last one. Two down.
Good curve on 2-2, but it was outside. Lackey pulls an Ortiz, huffing, but it was so obviously outside. I don’t know why he thinks he should get that call.
Five fouled off – good at bat from Callaspo. Still full count here.
Make that six fouls. Tough work here.
If not for the wet grass Pedroia might have made that play, but then Wells flies out.
And Callaspo wins the battle, Pedroia knocked it down on a long stretch but it squirted away and he couldn’t quite catch Callaspo at first. Bad luck there, though it would have been a good play.
Lackey gets the liner to end the inning. Balls hit hard there in general, so not confidence-inspiring. More runs please!
Heading out for a walk with my daughter, back in a bit!
Celtics up by six after one quarter.
Lackey strikes out the side. Still 3-0 Sox.
Celtics up by 10 now. Rondo with 9 points and 5 assists.
Another save for Mariano Rivera. Yankees win 3-2 in Baltimor.
Celtics up by 14, middle of the second quarter.
Instead for the safe out at first Gonzales goes to second but does not get the runner. Two on, nobody out.
And Abreu nicely hits into a DP.
Not the wisest play by Gonzo, Bourjos is quick. GIDP by Abreu makes all well, though. Lackey makes a nice pitch to induce the grounder.
Then Lackey hits Torii Hunter.
Looks like Rivera blew it in Baltimore, but the Yanks dodged a bullet and threw out the winning run at home. Now they are threatening in the tenth. So assume they will win, but it was almost a big steal by the O’s. Oh well.
Lackey a bit wild right now.
Wow, game day fucked up. Orioles actually tie it in the bottom of the ninth. Extra innings in Baltimore!
I wonder how close the play at home was in Baltimore.
Can of corn to Crawford. Lackey out of the jam. So far so good for the big, unlikeable fellow.
Callaspo flies out to end the inning. Lackey at 47 pitches after 3.
It’s funny, PBE: I also had the Yankees up on Gameday, but shut it down when I saw “in play (outs).” Go figure.
If game day is to be believed Yankees don’t score in the top of the 10th.
Ok, just watched the play at home in the ninth for the Yanks to save the game, it wasn’t even close – ball arrived at least two full strides, if not three, ahead of the runner.
Double play to end the top of the tenth – A-Rod flies to center and Jeter gunned down at home! Go O’s!
(that was the reverse jinx in full effect, by the way. I take full credit – the O’s owe me!)
SF: what about the play ending the top of the 10th? Was Jeter close? Just curious.
waiting for them to post the replay, SW.
Boo, Cameron, first pitch swinging. At the least see a few pitches, this guy is one long inning away from being spent.
Cameron STILL hasn’t gotten a hit in my viewing presence, across two seasons. It’s uncanny.
Ah, thought maybe you had a fancy cable package or such.
The bats have gone dead. Terrible.
Well, I do get YES (I live in NYC) but I am watching the Sox on Apple TV and I’d need to switch the TV input, so it’s a pain.
One down, 6-3.
Orioles go weakly, headed to the 11th in Baltimore.
Kendrick flies to Ellsbury. Two down.
Easy inning for Lackey. Nevertheless, some more runs would be nice.
Orsillo is sitting about two feet higher than Remy in the booth. I am unsure how Remy can see the game. Either that or Orsillo is on a very high barstool. It’s weird.
And Lackey strikes out Trumbo. Nice inning. Still good from the big, grumpy lug!
Celtics up 55-38 at halftime!
Hey, it’s the “Eastern Bank Fifth Inning”. Because who doesn’t associate fifth innings with banks.
The Knicks without a healthy Stoudemire are not a playoff team – the Celts better whoop them in that shape.
Rain delay in Baltimore.
And another hit for Lowrie.
ScoTAHRo with a single to left.
Lowrie? I’m an idiot. Scutaro, of course.
Jeter was doubled up on a CRAZY play. Jones aired one from mid-center and Jeter had the throw beat (it was a really good throw, though), and Wieters blocked the plate perfectly and DJ never touched home. Great play by the Orioles.
ELLZ singles. 1/3, one down. Come on Pedey.
Palmer is very worried about the baserunners. All his trouble has been from the stretch today, also.
Pedey with some good hitting, reaches and lifts one to left, sac fly. 4-0 Sox.
Palmer up to 92 pitches, and 2-0 to Gonzo. Put him away, Adrian.
Off to cook for the kids. Back in a while hopefully.
Still 4-0 after 5. Lackey at 68 pitches.
I was hoping that Cameron would get a hit there just to show SF that he can hit, but he comes up with a DP instead.
First Red Sox home run for Carl Crawford. 6-0 Sox!
But Crawford makes it alright with his first HR. Nice.
1-2-3 for Lackey.
That inning gets Lackey’s ERA down below 7. Baby steps…
Congrats, Carl, nice to see the smile. What pitching! What a road trip and turnaround. Still in the hole, but climbing out of it nicely.
Celtics lead down to 10 after 3 quarters.
RBI for Gonzo. 7-0 Sox.
Play has resumed in Baltimore. Yankees now with a 4-3 lead and still batting in the 11th.
Youk almost takes the home run lead away from Ellsbury, but it hooks just foul.
Instead he walks.
84-80 now. Celtics want to play an extra game?
93 pitches for Lackey after 7. One more for him and we’ll take a well rested bullpen to Baltimore, especially with the off day tomorrow.
Yankees win 6-3, for real this time.
Cameron goes 0 for 4. Obviously for him to get a hit SF needs to stay away for the whole game when he’s in the line-up.
Celtics pulling away again. Lead back to eleven with two minutes to play. That should be enough.
Celtics 101-89. Bring on the Heat.
Lackey with his first walk, but preserves the shut-out. Fantastic run for the starters right now.
Three hit game for Adrian Gonzalez.
Woohoo, just one game under .500. Who knew that that could feel so good?
Sub-1 ERA for starters over 9 games. Silly.
10-11, 1 under .500. Pretty amazing given they were 2-10 9 games ago. Just keep climbing the hill.
Not to underestimate the Orioles, but with them and the Mariners coming next there’s a decent chance to get above .500 before the end of April. Seemed impossible just ten days ago.
This is a remarkable run. I mean, I know I was down on the Sox (it should be said that I was not down on the team’s skills, but rather down on the big hole they dug for themselves), but they have come back faster than I ever could have expected. Faster than almost anyone might have expected, I might say.
Now we need the Yankees to start sucking.
I think what’s most surprising is the performances by Beckett, Lackey and Daisuke. Daisuke especially.
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