The AL Mediocre: Yanks-Sox Gamer II

Not quite how the prognosticators scripted it.

All five teams in the AL East sit within 1.5 games of each other, each in its own maddening state of mediocrity. No division in baseball has a team in first with a worse record than Baltimore’s 6-4. Likewise, no last-place team has a better record than Boston’s 5-6.

Indeed, the Sox seem to be the picture perfect specimen of mediocre baseball — looking horrific one series (at Tornoto), pretty good the next (vs. Detroit). The Yankees aren’t doing much better. Both teams will likely improve as the days go on.

Last night, Chien-Ming Wang was dominant in his own unique way. J.D. Drew continued his torrid early April (with some help from Bobby Abreu, and — I kid you not — I actually predicted an Abreu-assisted home run by Drew in my head before the game. Of course, I also predicted a Red Sox win …). Today, each team tries to break away from a mediocre first 10 games while keeping the other mired in blehhh. It’s Josh Beckett, with an unknown amount of stamina, against Mike Mussina, with an unknown amount of career left.

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  • mcarver and buck have a new favorite in joba after he read the lineups. surprise surprise. i guess that means he’s just holding jeters place until he can rightfully reclaim their favoriteness.

    sf rod April 12, 2008, 3:59 pm
  • Damon pops up for the first out. Beckett getting ahead of both him and Melky so far, a good way to start things off.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 4:00 pm
  • Normally I’d say today’s matchup favors the Sox: Home game, ace Beckett vs. aging Mussina… But with JB yet to prove he’s fully recovered from his injury, and the Sox bats mostly asleep so far this year (apart from the one Detroit massacre), this one looks like a toss-up.

    Hudson April 12, 2008, 4:00 pm
  • BecKett.

    Paul SF April 12, 2008, 4:00 pm
  • As goes Ortiz/Ramirez, so goes the lineup. Right now, the Sox are relying on Drew and Youkilis, but when Ortiz, Ramirez and Lowell are making outs in between them…

    Paul SF April 12, 2008, 4:01 pm
  • Now THAT is how you start a ballgame.

    Dionysus April 12, 2008, 4:02 pm
  • BecKKet! Abreu check swing at a strike.

    Paul SF April 12, 2008, 4:02 pm
  • P.S. MLB.com really needs to figure out a financial arrangement that gets around the blackout nonsense. It’s really irritating to pay $80/year and not get the Sox/Yanks games here in the Hudson Valley.
    Gameday is actually well ahead of the MLB.com audio right now.
    Nice inning for Beckett, easy flyout and 2 Ks. Let’s go, Jacoby.

    Hudson April 12, 2008, 4:02 pm
  • Anyway, I’v got to head out to go out for dinner with my friend from Philly (wants to welcome me to the area, I jsut moved in to my new apt on Thursday)

    Dionysus April 12, 2008, 4:03 pm
  • Just the kind of start I wanted to see. More like that, please!

    Jackie (SF) April 12, 2008, 4:03 pm
  • 11 pitches, 9 strikes for Beckett. Hope his legs feel a little stronger today…

    Paul SF April 12, 2008, 4:03 pm
  • Well, that was a very pretty first inning. I want more like that. Now let’s hope we get Old Mussina today, and it helps Papi break out.

    Micah-Sf April 12, 2008, 4:04 pm
  • Casey Reading Lineup = Agony

    Dionysus April 12, 2008, 4:04 pm
  • Would love to get some first-inning runs here…

    Paul SF April 12, 2008, 4:04 pm
  • Hudson, I am magically getting the FOX feed on MLB.tv – not sure but I think maybe the blackouts don’t start until later in the season? You could try it, anyway… although I’m debating whether I’d be better off with just audio through WEEI than Buck/McCarver.

    Jackie (SF) April 12, 2008, 4:05 pm
  • Sox have exactly one first-inning run this season. Not so good.

    Paul SF April 12, 2008, 4:06 pm
  • Ellsbury leads off with a hit! “Giambi a statue at first base.” “It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a first baseman not be able to get to a ball like that.”
    WEEI not impressed with Giambi’s fielding there.

    Paul SF April 12, 2008, 4:07 pm
  • Ellsbury singles!

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 4:07 pm
  • And the steal!

    Paul SF April 12, 2008, 4:08 pm
  • …aaand they took it away IN THE MIDDLE OF AN AB. Augh, jackasses!

    Jackie (SF) April 12, 2008, 4:08 pm
  • Great steal by Ellsbury. Hope to see that a lot this year.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 4:08 pm
  • JACOOOOOOBY! Get him in, Pedroia!

    Micah-SF April 12, 2008, 4:08 pm
  • Pedroia singles back to Moose, who can’t hold on to it. Great knock-down though to keep Ellsbury at 2nd.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 4:09 pm
  • EEI says Mussina’s fastball is no longer as fast as Beckett’s change-up. Talk about your contrast in styles…

    Paul SF April 12, 2008, 4:11 pm
  • Ortiz with a CRAPPY check swing for a DP. Goddamnit.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 4:12 pm
  • David Ortiz is just an outs machine right now. It’s brutal…

    Paul SF April 12, 2008, 4:13 pm
  • That was ATROCIOUS. SNAP OUT OF IT!

    Micah-SF April 12, 2008, 4:13 pm
  • i swore i was gonna get stuck with the rockies/d-backs game out here on the left coast. thank goodness it’s sox/yanks.

    sf rod April 12, 2008, 4:14 pm
  • We need to stop this LOB crap.

    Paul SF April 12, 2008, 4:16 pm
  • Manny! Sigh. Keep us going, Beckett.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 4:17 pm
  • The fact that we can’t score with two on nobody out and Mussina throwing like that makes me want to put my fist through my TV.

    Micah-SF April 12, 2008, 4:17 pm
  • Clutch pitching by Mussina.

    AndrewYF April 12, 2008, 4:18 pm
  • Josh.

    Dionysus April 12, 2008, 4:24 pm
  • 21 pitches, 16 strikes for Beckett. He’s cruising so far. Let’s get him some effing run support!

    Paul SF April 12, 2008, 4:24 pm
  • At least the way Beckett is pitching, if he’s got stamina today, we’re only going to need a couple runs. But first we need to STOP SQUANDERING.

    Micah-SF April 12, 2008, 4:24 pm
  • These Burger King commercials make babies cry.

    yankeemonkey April 12, 2008, 4:25 pm
  • GREAT play by Cano, damnit.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 4:28 pm
  • Niiice DP.

    bloodyank78 April 12, 2008, 4:28 pm
  • Yeah, Cano is pretty damn good defensively. One of the best in the game.

    AndrewYF April 12, 2008, 4:28 pm
  • mccarver and buck getting their rocks off. “ooooohhhhh ohhhhhhh”.

    sf rod April 12, 2008, 4:28 pm
  • ha ha, nice base running Tek.

    bloodyank78 April 12, 2008, 4:30 pm
  • There is nothing fun about watching this team hit right now. Nothing. What a joke. What a complete joke.

    Micah-SF April 12, 2008, 4:30 pm
  • Oh my lord, I am absolutely loving this game so far.

    AndrewYF April 12, 2008, 4:30 pm
  • Mussina is getting hit HARD, but two double plays and great play by Abreu are keeping him out of trouble. Keep it going Beckett!

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 4:31 pm
  • Oh JESUS.

    Jackie (SF) April 12, 2008, 4:31 pm
  • And then Tek makes an awful baserunning play. Can this team suck any worse?

    Paul SF April 12, 2008, 4:31 pm
  • > Can this team suck any worse?
    Yes. They could be the Yankees.
    (Or the Tigers)

    yankeemonkey April 12, 2008, 4:33 pm
  • Wow, what ugly baseball by Boston.

    AndrewYF April 12, 2008, 4:34 pm
  • Great play by Abreu? He slid to play it on a hop and Varitek was out by fifteen feet.

    A YF April 12, 2008, 4:35 pm
  • Great, E by Pedroia. Just what we needed.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 4:35 pm
  • A YF, he got up and threw it straight there. Too many times you see the outfielder lazily toss it back in, which is what ‘Tek expected him to do.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 4:36 pm
  • Come on JD, 2 out ribbie here, I feel it..

    bloodyank78 April 12, 2008, 4:37 pm
  • Holy crap I am LOVING Sean Casey on this team.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 4:37 pm
  • At least Casey makes a nice play. God, I hate this. Let’s get Damon out now. No bullshit run please.

    Micah-SF April 12, 2008, 4:37 pm
  • And Alberto Gonzalez responds with more ugly baseball by sliding into first. He needs to be whipped.

    AndrewYF April 12, 2008, 4:38 pm
  • Jesus christ Manny scares me whenever a ball is hit his way.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 4:38 pm
  • Damn you, rat nest haired Manny.

    bloodyank78 April 12, 2008, 4:38 pm
  • Oh MANNY! :)

    Jackie (SF) April 12, 2008, 4:39 pm
  • Moose is giving up a run or two this inning, those DP’s cant save him all afternoon.

    bloodyank78 April 12, 2008, 4:40 pm
  • I like the characterization of that as “a little fly ball flip”. Any LF other than Fenway and that would have been a hit, am I wrong?

    Jackie (SF) April 12, 2008, 4:43 pm
  • I was wrong.. good.

    bloodyank78 April 12, 2008, 4:43 pm
  • Great, just what we need – the team letting Moose settle down when he’s throwing 81mph fastballs. I am despising this game right now.

    Micah-SF April 12, 2008, 4:43 pm
  • Don’t all players know by now that is is guaranteed faster, 100% of the time, to run instead of dive into first?

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 4:44 pm
  • Ok, clearly this is going to be another loooong short ballgame.

    Jackie (SF) April 12, 2008, 4:44 pm
  • Beckett is playing like he did in the postseason–he’s getting ahead of batters, and coming right after them. Ugly weather looks to be brewing though. Hopefully it won’t screw things up.
    Oh thank goodness Lugo caught that.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 4:47 pm
  • Beckett’s still dealing, at least.

    Micah-SF April 12, 2008, 4:48 pm
  • Wait wait wait how the HELL did they score that groundball to Pedroia last inning a hit? That was SUCH an error!

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 4:49 pm
  • 2 hr. sox yanks game…….never (FOX wont stand for it).

    sf rod April 12, 2008, 4:52 pm
  • Damn, Ortiz finally gets a good piece of one but it floats to Abreu. At least he made good contact.
    Who would have thought that by April 12 DJ Drew would have an average SIX TIMES higher than Ortiz?

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 4:54 pm
  • THANK YOU MANUEL!

    Micah-SF April 12, 2008, 4:55 pm
  • MANNY!

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 4:56 pm
  • Kapow!

    Jackie (SF) April 12, 2008, 4:56 pm
  • couldn’t tell if he watched it, anyone know?

    sf rod April 12, 2008, 4:58 pm
  • Didn’t look like he posed too much, for Manny. Not that there was any question – he KILLED that thing.
    Also, that Burger King commercial is creepy.

    Micah-SF April 12, 2008, 4:59 pm
  • Im still furious they counted Cano’s grounder a hit. That was a bloody error!

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 4:59 pm
  • Im still furious they counted Cano’s grounder a hit. That was a bloody error!

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 5:00 pm
  • Me too, Atheose. That was bullshit.
    Steroid Jason flies to right.

    Micah-SF April 12, 2008, 5:01 pm
  • I wish he HAD watched. I’d rather see him do it against the Yanks than anyone else.
    That Giambi fly-out scared me.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 5:01 pm
  • Man, those two pitches not even close.

    Mark (YF) April 12, 2008, 5:06 pm
  • The two fastballs on the outside corner? He’s been calling them for the last few innings, Mark.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 5:09 pm
  • Did Carver SERIOUSLY argue that Varitek’s first hit wasn’t a bad baserunning play? What an idiot.
    The offense continues to say to me that we’re going to have to win this game 1-0. C’mon, Josh, keep it going.

    Micah-SF April 12, 2008, 5:11 pm
  • They looked well off too me. Varitek set up pretty far outside and Beckett threw them right to the glove.

    Mark (YF) April 12, 2008, 5:13 pm
  • Molina with a hit. Bah.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 5:13 pm
  • Again Mark, the ump has been calling that a strike for most of the game.
    Yanks trying the hit-and-run. Interesting.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 5:14 pm
  • Carver just said that you shouldn’t bunt the runner over when you’re on the road. What kind of BS logic is that?

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 5:15 pm
  • Bah, back-to-back hits for the Yanks. Didn’t expect that from the 8 and 9 hitters, despite the fact that Molina has been on a tear.
    Settle down Beckett.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 5:18 pm
  • I. Cannot. BELIEVE. ALBERTO. GONZALEZ. IS HITTING THAT.

    Micah-SF April 12, 2008, 5:18 pm
  • Damon sacrifices. Good decision, Girardi.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 5:18 pm
  • Jeter who?

    A YF April 12, 2008, 5:18 pm
  • Runs please.

    AndrewYF April 12, 2008, 5:21 pm
  • Beckett blows one by Melky. Full count.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 5:21 pm
  • Ellsbury makes the catch but both runners advance. 1-1, goddamnit.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 5:22 pm
  • Jeter who?

    A YF April 12, 2008, 5:23 pm
  • Wild pitch, another run scores. Good baserunning–Jeter wouldn’t have been able to score on that.
    Settle down Beckett.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 5:23 pm
  • WILD PITCH?!??!?!
    My anger at this game knows NO BOUNDS.

    Micah-SF April 12, 2008, 5:23 pm
  • Man, the Yankee backups are really carrying the team.

    AndrewYF April 12, 2008, 5:24 pm
  • What makes it worse is listening to Carver talk about random bullshit that’s completely irrelevent.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 5:24 pm
  • Beckett’s fastballs are topping out at 91 now. Bah.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 5:25 pm
  • Just joining in, though watched the last two games.
    AG definitely stepped it up on that WP. Didn’t think he would’ve been able to score, and I want whatever Moose’s eating.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 5:25 pm
  • Beckett strikes out Abreu, but Abreu made him worked a little bit.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 5:26 pm
  • beckett at 65 pitches through 5 innings. 45 for strikes.

    sf rod April 12, 2008, 5:27 pm
  • I’m “watching” on the radio… Was that pitch that got away from Tek wild, or did he muff it? Just curious.

    Hudson April 12, 2008, 5:27 pm
  • took a wicked bounce away from tek. but it was in the dirt for sure.

    sf rod April 12, 2008, 5:29 pm
  • It was a very wild curveball, Hudson. Bounced wide and too early.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 5:29 pm
  • By the way, after 5 and a half inning, 2-1 Yanks.
    Moose at 55 pitches, an amazing 41 for strikes. Beckett with 71 pitches, 49 for strikes.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 5:29 pm
  • It’s McCarver. And Gameday has Beckett regularly at 97 mph.

    A YF April 12, 2008, 5:30 pm
  • that was ball 4. uhg.

    sf rod April 12, 2008, 5:31 pm
  • K’s or not, Gamescore or not, Wang was dominating last night.
    In either case, I thought the last one was low, but some of the previous pitches were close, so maybe it’s a respect thing.
    Lugo then grounds out for one out on 6 pitches.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 5:31 pm
  • That was low. That was ball four. And then he grounds out. This game is bullshit on every conceivable level.

    Micah-SF April 12, 2008, 5:31 pm
  • Matt Cain has a no-no through 6.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 5:31 pm
  • Abreu’s AB was 8 pitches. That’s his value right there.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 5:32 pm
  • This strikezone is all over the place. He’s gotten really inconsistent.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 5:32 pm
  • And Ells drops one to left field, base hit.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 5:33 pm
  • >>> Moose at 55 pitches, an amazing 41 for strikes <<< Especially amazing considering that he had 20+ in the 1st.

    Hudson April 12, 2008, 5:33 pm
  • Jacoby’s on again. Try for 11 of 11 steal?

    Hudson April 12, 2008, 5:34 pm
  • PEDROIA!

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 5:34 pm
  • Put in Joba. Good lord. Moose is done.

    Adrian-YF April 12, 2008, 5:34 pm
  • TIME TO BREAK OUT OF THE SLUMP NOW THANK YOU PLEASE.

    Micah-SF April 12, 2008, 5:34 pm
  • A double on a sinker that didn’t sink and hits it to the wall, right on top of the scoreboard.
    And here’s Ortiz.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 5:34 pm
  • Pedroia with a double off the wall, Ellsbury to 3rd…
    Time for this guy who claims he’s “David Ortiz” to prove he’s Big Papi.

    Hudson April 12, 2008, 5:35 pm
  • Hudson – ya, just checking in, so I’m trying to catch up and some things might not make sense. But ya, might’ve jinxed him a bit though.
    Ortiz looks at two strikes. The first one was dangerous, and the second might’ve been a little bit inside, but 0-2 regardless.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 5:35 pm
  • had lugo been on via the walk, we’d have a tie game and looking for more. ill.

    sf rod April 12, 2008, 5:36 pm
  • Jesus Ortiz.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 5:37 pm
  • Foul tip (or tip foul, i just finished reading that fact book but still confused.. ;))
    Ortiz strikes out as Molina holds on.
    2 outs.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 5:37 pm
  • Here’s Manny, who already hit a shot.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 5:38 pm
  • Ortiz out on a foul tip. I will soon require a DNA test to believe that the real Ortiz is not being held prisoner somewhere in the Dominican.

    Hudson April 12, 2008, 5:38 pm
  • Manny most likely getting an IBB.
    Nevermind, they’re pitching to him. And he MAKES THEM PAY! 3-2 SOX!

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 5:38 pm
  • Manny doubles and 2 runs scores.
    3-2 Boston on the first pitch.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 5:38 pm
  • MANNY. FUCKING. RAMIREZ.

    Micah-SF April 12, 2008, 5:38 pm
  • Im shocked Manny didn’t get a IBB. Happy, but shocked.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 5:39 pm
  • At least we know it’s the Real Ramirez.

    Hudson April 12, 2008, 5:39 pm
  • no reason to pitch to manny there. dumb.

    sam-yf April 12, 2008, 5:39 pm
  • Ya, I really thought they were going to walk him. Which is more glaring now that they didn’t.
    Brian Bruney is coming in to face Lowell.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 5:39 pm
  • With first base open, as WRKO points out, why did they pitch to Manny?

    Hudson April 12, 2008, 5:40 pm
  • By the way, and this is both belated and a little bit mean, but I had to laugh back in the first when RKO busted on Giambi’s fielding prowess (“he’s a statue”).

    Hudson April 12, 2008, 5:41 pm
  • Granted Youk isn’t a shabby hitter, but still. Looks like Girardi learned that the hard way.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 5:41 pm
  • I think everyone here’s shocked.
    It seems like, ifthey’re going to pitch to him, at least let Joba do it or something. The non-IBB was not good.
    Joe G did come in to ask Moose. Moose probably didn’t wanted to walk him. In this case, and if that’s the case, Joe G should’ve been more assertive..

    Lar April 12, 2008, 5:42 pm
  • Why were they pitching to Manny there? Ridiculous.

    walein April 12, 2008, 5:42 pm
  • Youk, not Lowell as I said before. My bad.
    Youk singles off Bruney anyhow. 4-2.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 5:43 pm
  • Youk doubles scoring a run! 4-2 Boston.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 5:43 pm
  • YOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUK!
    Sorry, my ability to make rational comments has been summarily destroyed by this game.

    Micah-SF April 12, 2008, 5:43 pm
  • Manny beats the throw home, 4-2, Youks on 2nd!

    Hudson April 12, 2008, 5:43 pm
  • Drew pops it up to end the inning. 4-2 at the end of 6.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 5:43 pm
  • I would say that the 6th was obviously bad, but that was a “good” outing for Moose. He is the #5 starter, right?

    Lar April 12, 2008, 5:45 pm
  • Agreed Lar, Joe should have TOLD him to walk Manny, not ask his opinion. Pretty arrogant of Moose, especially after Manny’s earlier homer.
    Drew pops out, Beckett back out for the 7th.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 5:45 pm
  • Though of course, stealing a game pitting Moose vs Beck would’ve been great.
    But hopefully the Yanks bat wake up a little bit. 3 hits, no walks, but somehow scratched out 2 runs. And the pitching couldn’t hold it..

    Lar April 12, 2008, 5:46 pm
  • bruney hadn’t allowed an inherited runner to score yet this year. he still hasn’t allowed a ER yet.

    sf rod April 12, 2008, 5:47 pm
  • Let’s hope ARod, the reigning MVP will bring us one step closer.
    Beck is good though, obviously. Let’s hope Giambi and Posada make him work.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 5:47 pm
  • 4-pitch walk to ARod. Not a bad time to walk someone, but I hope he was just pitching around him rather than losing control.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 5:48 pm
  • Get someone up now! He’s tired and not throwing strikes anymore. Don’t let them tie this.

    Micah-SF April 12, 2008, 5:48 pm
  • sf rod – _hadn’t_, unforunately.
    ARod walks on 4 pitches.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 5:48 pm
  • Got a gift call a little bit, but doesn’t feel like Beckett has his control..

    Lar April 12, 2008, 5:49 pm
  • good turn by youk. looked natural. look out lugo.

    sf rod April 12, 2008, 5:50 pm
  • You wouldn’t bunt with Giambi, but that would’ve been interesting, to the left side and at least move ARod around.
    Unforunately, Giambi grounds into double play thanks to the shift.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 5:51 pm
  • Beckett draws a great DP from Giambi. Woohoo.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 5:51 pm
  • Absolutely huge DP.

    Micah-SF April 12, 2008, 5:51 pm
  • That was a good pitch to hit too, but Giambi just didn’t get it. Ah well.
    First pitch strike to Posada.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 5:51 pm
  • It’s worth mentioning again that Beckett’s control is all over the place this inning.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 5:52 pm
  • Giambi now 0-3 with the DP.. I think I might hate him.

    attackgerbil April 12, 2008, 5:52 pm
  • due-ly noted.

    sf rod April 12, 2008, 5:53 pm
  • This is probably Beck’s last inning, with peple warmed in the bullpen and Beck not looking especially good.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 5:53 pm
  • Good punch-hit to left field by Posada.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 5:53 pm
  • Posada goes the other way and singles. Here’s Cano.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 5:54 pm
  • Still, Beckett only at ~85 pitches or so.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 5:54 pm
  • This has to be the last batter for Beckett, regardless of what happens.

    Micah-SF April 12, 2008, 5:54 pm
  • A wild pitch and Posada goes to second.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 5:55 pm
  • Probably so. If Posada hadn’t gotten on base I would have brought Beckett out for the 8th, but I don’t think so now.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 5:55 pm
  • WP pushes Posada over to second.

    attackgerbil April 12, 2008, 5:55 pm
  • ARGH. GET HIM OUT OF THERE.

    Micah-SF April 12, 2008, 5:56 pm
  • Cano doubles. Shit. Pull him Tito.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 5:56 pm
  • one batter too long.

    sf rod April 12, 2008, 5:56 pm
  • Another one gets by Tek, runner moves to 2nd with two out.

    Hudson April 12, 2008, 5:56 pm
  • Cano doubles off the top of the Green Monster, about 10 from being a HR.
    1 run game, 4-3. Beckett’s out.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 5:56 pm
  • Delcarmen comes in to pitch to Molina.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 5:56 pm
  • Ugh, and a double makes it 4-3. The Sox are giving runs away today.

    Hudson April 12, 2008, 5:56 pm
  • Two things looming very large right now – the erm…puzzling…decision to pitch to Manny with 1B open and the Giambi DP this inning. Fun game so far.

    Anonymous April 12, 2008, 5:58 pm
  • I do not like Delcarmen here. He lets inherited runs score all the time.

    Micah-SF April 12, 2008, 5:58 pm
  • Cano having a good day. He was due.

    attackgerbil April 12, 2008, 5:58 pm
  • That DP even bigger, and now Molina hits with a man in scoring position.

    Anonymous April 12, 2008, 5:59 pm
  • PLEASE don’t allow more inherited runners, Delcarmen. Seems he has been good at that lately.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 5:59 pm
  • Delcarmen has some pretty entertaining facial hair.

    Mark (YF) April 12, 2008, 5:59 pm
  • Delcarmen strikes the unbelievably hot Molina. 4-3 after 6 and a half inning.

    Anonymous April 12, 2008, 6:00 pm
  • Thank god Delcarmen gets a K. Hopefully Oki and then Paps for the 8th and 9th. Let’s get some insurance runs boys!

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 6:00 pm
  • Nevermind, nice strikeout. Two more innings. Need insurance!

    Micah-SF April 12, 2008, 6:00 pm
  • Interestingly, the Yanks 1-5 has 0 hits and only 1 walk to show for the day.

    Anonymous April 12, 2008, 6:01 pm
  • Some of the anons were me. =)
    The Yanks obviously needs to shut it down here if they want to hit against Oki and Paps with any chance..

    Lar April 12, 2008, 6:02 pm
  • Varitek grounds out on 2 pitches.
    Let’s keep them easy and keep them coming.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 6:03 pm
  • Bruney walks the light hitting Sean Casey with one out. That was not clutch.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 6:05 pm
  • Casey walks, good start to the bottom of the 7th.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 6:05 pm
  • Seems like the Yanks are not going to use the big guns unless they take the lead. Reasonable to me.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 6:06 pm
  • Lugo strikes out, which is huge now with the top of the lineup up.
    Ells up with 2 outs.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 6:07 pm
  • Bruney makes Lugo look bad.

    attackgerbil April 12, 2008, 6:07 pm
  • Ugly, ugly at-bat by Lugo.

    Micah-SF April 12, 2008, 6:07 pm
  • Yeah, with Joba pitching 2-innings a lot lately I can see why they want him rested. Bruney seems to be doing well enough.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 6:08 pm
  • Starts Ells up with two strikes, but can’t get him to chase the next two high fastballs.
    2-2 pitch..

    Lar April 12, 2008, 6:09 pm
  • this pitcher looks like artie lange

    ric April 12, 2008, 6:09 pm
  • A pitch low, as Ells worked his way to a full count..

    Lar April 12, 2008, 6:10 pm
  • Bruney loses Ells, walking his second batter of the inning, and here’s Pedroia.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 6:10 pm
  • Bruney walks Ellsbury. First and second, two away. Scary.

    attackgerbil April 12, 2008, 6:11 pm
  • it’ll have to be in the gap to score casey from 2nd.

    sf rod April 12, 2008, 6:12 pm
  • >>> the light hitting Sean Casey <<< He may be light-hitting generally, but he's done some damage for the Sox so far this year.

    Hudson April 12, 2008, 6:12 pm
  • Thunder and lightning. Bah, please don’t let there be a delay.
    Or, have the rain pour and call it!

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 6:12 pm
  • Beckett pitched a lot better than the final line indicates. Seems like the Yankees scored every time they had even a whiff of an opportunity, while the Sox have struggled to bring home any runs when anyone other than Manny is up. Frustrating game. We’re lucky to be ahead, yet we should be ahead by more.

    Paul SF April 12, 2008, 6:13 pm
  • Yeah, Casey is a great hitter. I’m really liking him so far.
    Pedroia pops up to Abreu/Cano, who almost screw up. 4-3 Sox still.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 6:13 pm
  • A bit of miscommunication there, as it looked like Abreu called Cano off, but Cano made the catch anyhow.
    Still 4-3, end of 7.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 6:13 pm
  • I haven’t followed him this year, so my adjectives are based on the past, and usually fantasy stats.. ;) Feel free to correct me.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 6:14 pm
  • Okajima now coming in for Delcarmen, as if that would be a surprise.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 6:15 pm
  • we’re through 5. it’s official. but a rain delay would upset my plans.

    sf rod April 12, 2008, 6:15 pm
  • Oki out for the 8th.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 6:16 pm
  • AG grounding out. Good, strong play by Lugo.

    Anonymous April 12, 2008, 6:17 pm
  • “light hitting” applies aptly lar. but currently he’s hitting lightly often.

    sf rod April 12, 2008, 6:17 pm
  • Me again.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 6:17 pm
  • if that ball gets behind drew, this game might be tied,

    sf rod April 12, 2008, 6:18 pm
  • Drew steals a base hit by Damon. A quick two outs for Oka. Let’s go Melky!

    Lar April 12, 2008, 6:18 pm
  • Nice defense this inning!

    Micah-SF April 12, 2008, 6:18 pm
  • sf rod – Ya, I thought that was a bit of a dangerous play..

    Lar April 12, 2008, 6:19 pm
  • I still don’t know how Oka do it. I mean, I think it’s reasonable for me to assume he’ll “normalize” to his Japanese ERA. Ah well.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 6:20 pm
  • Oki getting squeezed a bit and walks Melky. Tying run on board.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 6:20 pm
  • Papelbon time. C’mon, Tito.

    Micah-SF April 12, 2008, 6:21 pm
  • Melky does get a walk, and Abreu singles up the middle with two outs.
    Here’s ARod, with the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 6:21 pm
  • Thank goodness, Papelbon going out for the 4-out save.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 6:22 pm
  • Man, this inning could be a ot different…still…Paps vs. A-Rod in a huge spot. Who will be teh clutchest?

    Mark (YF) April 12, 2008, 6:22 pm
  • Paps comes in for Oki to face ARod.
    So Paps coming in for a 4 out save. SFs, is it worth it?
    Now all those strong defensive plays this inning looms big. Even a single by Damon (assuming everything goes the same, obviously) would’ve tied the game.
    In any case, I hope ARod did what he did last year against Paps at Fen.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 6:22 pm
  • This is a huge AB here.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 6:23 pm
  • clutch doesn’t happen in april. call it what you will.

    sf rod April 12, 2008, 6:23 pm
  • The tarp is coming out. Rain delay.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 6:23 pm
  • SHIT, bad time for a rain delay.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 6:24 pm
  • And the critcal A-Rod – Paps showdown now delayed by rain. Just to let the suspense build.

    Anonymous April 12, 2008, 6:24 pm
  • clutch doesn’t happen in april. call it what you will.
    sf rod, it doesn’t matter what month it happens in–this is a clutch situation here. Both for ARod and Paps.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 6:25 pm
  • I guess Oki would’ve been out anyhow – wouldn’t have been fair to make him pitch after a delay anyhow.
    Still, if Paps wasn’t ready, he’s ready now, which is possibly a bad break for the Yanks.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 6:25 pm
  • Call the game! Call the game!

    Micah-SF April 12, 2008, 6:26 pm
  • I’m all for calling the game, though I’d be furious if I were a Yankees fan.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 6:27 pm
  • Col-Arizona, we’re watching. I rather watch Stl-SF, if you ask me – a 5-5 game, bottom of 8th.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 6:27 pm
  • Justin Upton is from my area and I grabbed him in my fantasy league, and he’s been AMAZING so far for me.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 6:28 pm
  • Speaking of fantasy leagues, are you going to approve my trade Lar? ;-)

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 6:31 pm
  • http://tinyurl.com/5jkz6s
    Not looking great for finishing this game.
    Which means it’s looking great! ;-)
    If the game is called, does Okajima get the save? Or do these new-fangled make-up rules come into play?

    Paul SF April 12, 2008, 6:32 pm
  • I think the stats goes to the previously finished inning, so maybe Delcarmen gets the save.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 6:33 pm
  • No thanks, I dislike Zito. =)

    Lar April 12, 2008, 6:34 pm
  • i would agree that this is a pivotal at bat, but i’d rather have my “clutch” guy preform in october before throwing around a lofty character trait. call it what you will.

    sf rod April 12, 2008, 6:35 pm
  • if they call the game they finish it tomorrow before the game. No cheap 8 inning wins any more

    sam-yf April 12, 2008, 6:35 pm
  • Awww, I’m a huge fan of Kazmir. Was hoping you’d give him up since he’s injured and whatnot.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 6:35 pm
  • Wait, did you really try to trade Zito for Kazmir? If so, hahahahaha.

    Micah-SF April 12, 2008, 6:37 pm
  • I’d rather have my clutch player perform best in October too, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t a “clutch” situation.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 6:37 pm
  • Hey, I think Zito will turn it around! Plus Kazmir is on the DL.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 6:38 pm
  • looks to me like this pocket of rain will pass in the next 30-45 min.

    sam-yf April 12, 2008, 6:39 pm
  • >> Hey, I think Zito will turn it around!
    Aren’t you glad you can lie with a straight face over the internet? ;)

    Micah-SF April 12, 2008, 6:40 pm
  • ;)

    Lar April 12, 2008, 6:43 pm
  • ;-) At least my boy Haren is doing well.
    Wow, Randy Johnson is pitching in two days? I thought he was on the DL for a while.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 6:43 pm
  • yay.. col-ari game over. I would rather have watched the rain fall on the tarp.

    tells-yf April 12, 2008, 6:43 pm
  • Arizona is a GREAT young team… I know it’s early in the season, but I think they’re going to be great for several years. Especially now that they have Webb/Haren at the top of the rotation.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 6:47 pm
  • Wow, even the brainless Fox announcers are saying they should have IBB’d Manny.

    Atheose April 12, 2008, 6:48 pm
  • Any forecasts?

    Lar April 12, 2008, 6:57 pm
  • They seem to be doing something to the field that indicates that the game will start up some time soon.

    rootbeerfloat April 12, 2008, 7:07 pm
  • That’s got to be an advantage to the Sox. ARod finally back up after sitting there for awhile, but the tarp is coming off.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 7:12 pm
  • I don’t know – Paps has been sitting for a while too…

    rootbeerfloat April 12, 2008, 7:15 pm
  • But he never started pitching and can warm up a little bit. I’m not sure if you can warm up your batting again.
    Still though, all we need is a single.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 7:19 pm
  • Over/under on Papelbon’s IQ: 85

    AndrewYF April 12, 2008, 7:19 pm
  • i hope Arod is watching video from the early season in the rain match up with Papelbon last year around this time…

    sam-yf April 12, 2008, 7:20 pm
  • Under.

    Jackie (SF) April 12, 2008, 7:23 pm
  • Tarp goes back on. Bah.
    Paps sitting down again. Maybe advantage not so clear anymore.

    Lar April 12, 2008, 7:29 pm
  • Call the game! Call the game!

    Dionysus April 12, 2008, 7:31 pm
  • To be honest though, if they finished the inning, I wouldn’t mind calling the game. This is tough to call though, with an at bat that’s literally important.
    Still though. We’ll see.. we’ll see..

    Lar April 12, 2008, 7:33 pm
  • If they call the game, they finish it tomorrow. It doesnt really matter.

    sam-yf April 12, 2008, 7:36 pm
  • Home team’s ahead after the fifth. If its called, Sox win.

    Dionysus April 12, 2008, 7:41 pm
  • I dunno – there are certain scenios where they resume the game – the Yanks played a game last year against the O’s that was postponed in he middle of an inning (the Yanks were up by two in like the seventh or so) – and the game was resumed from that same point at a later date. Not sure what the conditions have to be for that to happen though.

    Mark (YF) April 12, 2008, 7:57 pm
  • Pretty sure since it’s mid-inning, they’ll pick it up tomorrow if it’s called.

    Devine April 12, 2008, 8:00 pm
  • From the official MLB rules off mlb.com on Suspended games due to weather.. a game is suspended IF:
    “Weather, if a regulation game is called while an inning is in progress and before the inning is completed, and the visiting team has scored one or more runs to take the lead, and the home team has not retaken the lead”
    So, while it an inning is IN progress, the visiting team has NOW taken the lead, so the game wil in fact be ruled official.

    Dionysus April 12, 2008, 8:08 pm
  • NOW = NOT

    Dionysus April 12, 2008, 8:08 pm
  • Anyone got a line on when/if this game resumes?

    Hudson April 12, 2008, 8:10 pm
  • >>> So, while it an inning is IN progress, the visiting team has NOW taken the lead, so the game wil in fact be ruled official. <<< How's that again, Dio? The visiting team has now taken the lead?

    Hudson April 12, 2008, 8:12 pm
  • Oh, I see the correction. OK.

    Hudson April 12, 2008, 8:12 pm
  • Game about to restart in a few minutes

    Mark (YF) April 12, 2008, 8:27 pm
  • Papelbon = Mr Awesome

    Dionysus April 12, 2008, 8:35 pm
  • WOW. That was a beautiful strikeout.
    Too bad they probably won’t be able to use him for the ninth. Timlin closing terrifies me.

    Micah-SF April 12, 2008, 8:35 pm
  • Bleh. Game’s not over yet, though.

    AndrewYF April 12, 2008, 8:36 pm
  • More crap from Papi. C’mon, Manny, more insurance!

    Micah-SF April 12, 2008, 8:38 pm
  • Why can’t they use him for the 9th? He’s thrown 3 pitches.

    Hudson April 12, 2008, 8:39 pm
  • He’ll be sitting down and then coming back out for a fourth time. They’ll likely decide that’s one time too many – health risk.

    Micah-SF April 12, 2008, 8:40 pm
  • Ples the, what, 30, from warming up 3 times Hudson

    Dionysus April 12, 2008, 8:41 pm
  • Nevermind, looks like he’s coming back in. Guess the Sox were trying to go down in order quickly so they could get him back in without cooling down.
    I swear. Totally what they were trying to do. :)

    Micah-SF April 12, 2008, 8:42 pm
  • Heh, that was my thought too Micah.

    AndrewYF April 12, 2008, 8:42 pm
  • Honestly, I wish Cy Young or Christy Matthewson or even Luis Tiant were here to comment on this “He can’t come back out! He had to warm up too many times!”

    Hudson April 12, 2008, 8:43 pm
  • WOW, that was strike three.
    … nevermind, THAT was strike three.

    Micah-SF April 12, 2008, 8:46 pm
  • Gameday locked up t 1-2 on Posada, whats happening>

    Dionysus April 12, 2008, 8:50 pm
  • Went to 2-2, battled for a few pitches, then Paps sent him down on 96mph gas.
    One more.

    Micah-SF April 12, 2008, 8:50 pm
  • Posada K’d, too. One to go.

    Hudson April 12, 2008, 8:51 pm
  • Gameday tells me Posada Ks. Three Ks ina row for Paps

    Dionysus April 12, 2008, 8:51 pm
  • Dio –
    You’re not getting this on Fox?

    rootbeerfloat April 12, 2008, 8:53 pm
  • Full count on Cano.

    rootbeerfloat April 12, 2008, 8:54 pm
  • I’m at friends apt. No cable. Internet too slow for mlb.tv.

    Dionysus April 12, 2008, 8:54 pm
  • Just go down, Cano!
    Argh, Fox cut off. FX time.

    Micah-SF April 12, 2008, 8:56 pm
  • We don’t have cable but we have it on broadcast.

    rootbeerfloat April 12, 2008, 8:56 pm
  • And as I write that, they switch to Nascar…

    rootbeerfloat April 12, 2008, 8:56 pm
  • It’s over! Paps is the man!

    rootbeerfloat April 12, 2008, 8:57 pm
  • Paps is a beast. Sets down four mighty Yankees in a huge clutch situation, including three Ks, for the win. Throwing almost exclusively fastballs. He should warm up multiple times more often.

    Hudson April 12, 2008, 8:58 pm
  • Well neither Paps nor Oki will be available tommorrow.
    It’ll be the Manny and Timmy show

    Dionysus April 12, 2008, 8:58 pm
  • Filthy, filthy water.

    Micah-SF April 12, 2008, 8:59 pm
  • This blows. My night now has a shadow cast over it. Lousy baseball.

    jonny YF April 12, 2008, 8:59 pm
  • Yeah, I’m kind of worried about tomorrow – Dice-K needs to be efficient, and the Sox need a lot of runs.
    And Papi needs to WAKE UP.

    Micah-SF April 12, 2008, 9:00 pm
  • DiceK has a rubber arm. Efficiency is not the issue with him, it’s effectiveness. And he’s been pretty solid so far this year.

    Hudson April 12, 2008, 9:03 pm
  • “the Manny and Timmy Show”
    which means we need to be ahead by 8 by the time Dice-K comes out…

    rootbeerfloat April 12, 2008, 9:31 pm
  • pfft. I have faith in those two. Timmy had a rough start his first day back but he was excellent, especally for his age, last season. As for lil Manny… I beleive in him.

    Dionysus April 12, 2008, 10:27 pm
  • I would say though, given Moose vs Becks, it was great to see the Sox burned Paps (I’ll be shocked to see hom out there again tomorrow) so hopefully Hughes can take the rubber game.

    Lar April 13, 2008, 12:52 am
  • Yeah, the Sox in no way should have been in a save situation. Not with the way they were crushing Mussina the first two or three innings.

    Paul SF April 13, 2008, 1:48 am
  • Paul, shots to the warning track all game don’t count as “crushing”…it’s categorized as pitching skill.

    Anonymous April 13, 2008, 11:04 am

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