The Coin Keeps Ending Up Heads: Yanks-Sox Gamer I

Tom Stoppard's "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead" begins with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern betting on coin flips. Rosencrantz, who bets heads each time, wins ninety-two flips in a row. So consider us Yanks fans, Rosencrantz, and Sox fans, Guildenstern. And here's to the absurdity of unlikely events!

Hughes versus Lackey. It will probably be a pitcher's duel.

Enjoy!

329 comments… add one

  • Thanks in advance for helping break the streak, Nick.
    *slinks off to knock on a piece of lumber*

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 11:42 am
  • If I continue to hit my own head with a bat is this a double negative (wood-to-wood knocking), and therefore not of use?

    SF April 8, 2011, 11:47 am
  • I totally see Hughes getting crushed today – like four homers in three innings bad. Sox go up big early and then hold on.

    James YF April 8, 2011, 11:54 am
  • totally see Hughes getting crushed today
    +1

    Brad April 8, 2011, 1:16 pm
  • + 1 for Lackey and the same result as well.

    Brad April 8, 2011, 1:33 pm
  • Any one else watching on NESN?
    The big controversy before the game was whether the Sox should start the season against the Yankees.

    James YF April 8, 2011, 1:49 pm
  • The Sox bat boys are more like bat middle-aged men.

    James YF April 8, 2011, 1:51 pm
  • How long before we get a red goat from Jenks?

    James YF April 8, 2011, 1:52 pm
  • Aceves looks like he wants to murder someone with the crazy rapper lip smacking bit.

    James YF April 8, 2011, 1:52 pm
  • I get tired of the schedule basically always having the season start and end with the Yankees. I know why they do it, but it’s a little ridiculous to do it every year. I think it’s really hurt the intensity of the rivalry. There’s only so many times you can begin and end the season against your “feared and hated rivals” and still get yourself as pumped for it.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 2:04 pm
  • First-pitch strikes make me happy,
    0-2 counts to lead off the ballgame also make me happy.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 2:07 pm
  • Crappy home plate umpiring starting early today. And Gardner walks after taking Strike 3 one pitch earlier.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 2:09 pm
  • Jeter pops up the bunt. One down. Thanks, Derek!

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 2:10 pm
  • Ump better give those consistently.
    Padrona just called “gritty” by Leiter, I think. Asshole.

    SF April 8, 2011, 2:10 pm
  • Salty looked good on the first SB attempt yesterday, but twice since then he’s thrown the ball into center.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 2:14 pm
  • iPhone spell check! Padrona is Pedroia!

    SF April 8, 2011, 2:14 pm
  • Sox are going to need a catcher this year. Salty is a belly itcher.

    James YF April 8, 2011, 2:15 pm
  • Borderline call there, but the ump was right on that one. Looks to be a narrowish zone today, though we’ll see. Two on, two out.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 2:15 pm
  • Cano says
    “Watch this laser show!”

    James YF April 8, 2011, 2:17 pm
  • Yuck, Two-run double for Cano. That didn’t take long.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 2:17 pm
  • Since when did Lackey become a junk baller? And he’s begging for those crap pitches.

    James YF April 8, 2011, 2:19 pm
  • Lackey’s body language is awful. He wants every borderline call, but so far he’s only had a beef on the one pitch.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 2:19 pm
  • Well, nothing like putting pressure on an offense that has struggled to score runs for the past week. Let’s see how Crawford likes the leadoff spot.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 2:22 pm
  • Right on Lackey and when I’m the ump I’m even less likely to give those calls when the kids is bitching.

    James YF April 8, 2011, 2:25 pm
  • PEDROIA!!!!!!!

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 2:25 pm
  • Hope springs eternal…
    and dies seven days later.

    SF April 8, 2011, 2:25 pm
  • Ooof. I wish I didn’t call it…

    James YF April 8, 2011, 2:25 pm
  • Crawford hit the ball hard, too, but right at Cano. Perhaps a good time for the Sox to awaken those bats.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 2:26 pm
  • Just like another famous short person, Paul Simon, said, “Gee but it’s great to be back home!”

    AndrewYF April 8, 2011, 2:27 pm
  • MLBtv blacked out here in Brooklyn (expectedly) so I am subjected to Castiglione.

    SF April 8, 2011, 2:27 pm
  • Youk becomes the first Sox hitter this season, I believe to walk after going down 0-2. Small signs of hope.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 2:29 pm
  • Thought Ortiz had a wallball there for a second. Not quite enough. Still, 2-1 is better than 2-0. Now Lackey needs to get the ball an inch more over the plate, and he’ll be doing pretty well.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 2:30 pm
  • Hughes is going to make this look easy. That homer is out in most parks.

    James YF April 8, 2011, 2:31 pm
  • Why didn’t the Sox sign Martin?

    James YF April 8, 2011, 2:34 pm
  • James, Pedroia’s homer was a Fenway special. However, Hughes still doesn’t look like his old self.

    AndrewYF April 8, 2011, 2:35 pm
  • Crawford looked bad in his first opportunity with the Wall, but Granderson was gonna make it to second, regardless.
    The Sox didn’t want to do anything more than a minor-league contract, James.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 2:35 pm
  • I disagree, Andrew. The question with Pedroia’s homer was whether it had the height. The Wall came closer to taking away than giving on that one, I think.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 2:36 pm
  • Lackey is teh awfulz.

    Devine April 8, 2011, 2:37 pm
  • So which of those doubles are on Crawford’s defense?

    James YF April 8, 2011, 2:37 pm
  • I have always maintained that it was a huge mistake by the Red Sox to not go harder after Martin. That was their one real area of need and they went the ‘clever’ route.

    AndrewYF April 8, 2011, 2:38 pm
  • I think the second one is on Crawford. He was positioned too shallow. It turns out the Sox may be able to get some use out of his range out there after all…

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 2:39 pm
  • Neither, James. Granderson was making it to 2B regardless. Gardner’s double he played fine.

    AndrewYF April 8, 2011, 2:39 pm
  • Well, let’s make it a slugfest, Sox.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 2:40 pm
  • “Pedroia’s homer was a Fenway special.”
    Yankee Stadium is 318 down that line. Fenway is 310. That’s out in either park.

    James YF April 8, 2011, 2:40 pm
  • Hey, are you the Andrew YF from RAB?

    James YF April 8, 2011, 2:42 pm
  • Drew with the solid single. Hughes isn’t fooling the Sox yet, that’s for sure.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 2:43 pm
  • I’m the AndrewYF from EVERYWHERE.

    AndrewYF April 8, 2011, 2:43 pm
  • Agreed twice there, Paul. The second one was on Crawford. The first though could have been a close play if he played it well. Instead it could have become a triple.
    The difference between home and away doubles last year’s Sox gave up fascinates me. Is that the field itself (e.g, balls off the wall) or balls misplayed? Or both?

    James YF April 8, 2011, 2:45 pm
  • Going backwards to the first inning:
    http://www.brooksbaseball.net/pfxVB/pfx.php?s_type=3&sp_type=1&batterX=1&month=04&day=08&game=gid_2011_04_08_nyamlb_bosmlb_1%2F&year=2011&pitchSel=407793&prevGame=gid_2011_04_08_nyamlb_bosmlb_1%2F
    Lackey got totally hosed on that curveball to Gardner. The ball four pitch was very borderline, but outside the zone and basically a good call.

    SF April 8, 2011, 2:45 pm
  • Now would be a good time for Ellsbury to start hitting again. Seriously.

    Brad April 8, 2011, 2:45 pm
  • Salty follows up with the hit. Helped by the fact that Teixeira had to hold on Drew.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 2:45 pm
  • Loaded!

    SF April 8, 2011, 2:46 pm
  • NO SQUANDAHS

    SF April 8, 2011, 2:46 pm
  • They’re gonna have to bash him right now ’cause Lackey’s giving up at least three more.
    Bases loaded, no outs. Cash…the f***…in.

    Devine April 8, 2011, 2:47 pm
  • The difference between home and away doubles last year’s Sox gave up fascinates me. Is that the field itself (e.g, balls off the wall) or balls misplayed? Or both?
    My understanding is that the Wall turns a lot of home runs (and fly outs) into singles and doubles, so the park effects for homers end up being very pitcher-friendly, but Fenway allows tons of doubles and overall is good for hitters.
    Scutaro with a big bases-loaded opportunity here. I’d feel better with Lowrie up, frankly.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 2:47 pm
  • Hah! I followed your link here.

    James YF April 8, 2011, 2:48 pm
  • Just got out of a 3 hour meeting. Pleasantly surprised it’s a close game!

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 2:48 pm
  • Forceout at third is better than the DP I thought was coming when Scutaro hit that ball into the dirt.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 2:48 pm
  • one run here is not enough.

    Brad April 8, 2011, 2:49 pm
  • Another weak grounder. Too weak for the DP, SO 1st and 3rd, two out.
    A little frustrating that the Sox hit the ball hard until the bases are loaded. We need some two-out action from Pedey.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 2:50 pm
  • “In play, run(s)”
    WOOHOO!

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 2:50 pm
  • Fenway single, there.

    Brad April 8, 2011, 2:50 pm
  • PEDEY!!!!!!!!

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 2:50 pm
  • Wow, Hughes is a suckfest. Big surprise.

    James YF April 8, 2011, 2:50 pm
  • Little guy saves the inning (one run would have sucked).

    Devine April 8, 2011, 2:50 pm
  • a lead, a lead!!!!!

    SF April 8, 2011, 2:51 pm
  • a TWO RUN lead!!!!!

    SF April 8, 2011, 2:51 pm
  • Granderson was all sorts of bad on that play. He fielded it awkwardly (did he get a bad break?) and sailed the throw, allowing Pedroia to get to second.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 2:51 pm
  • More runs, according to Gameday! Yay!

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 2:51 pm
  • Yes.

    Devine April 8, 2011, 2:51 pm
  • Bad throw from Granderson costs them a run.

    James YF April 8, 2011, 2:51 pm
  • SAFE at the plate!!! 5-3!
    Gonzo beats the shift!!

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 2:52 pm
  • Wow, Hughes is a suckfest. Big surprise
    James, neither guy is getting the corners, and neither guy is going to be good without it. They’re both being forced to throw the ball down the middle, which is bullshit.

    Brad April 8, 2011, 2:52 pm
  • Hughes looks just absolutely terrible.
    Gives up homeruns, can’t put away hitters on 0-2 counts. Infuriating.

    AndrewYF April 8, 2011, 2:53 pm
  • Really surprised Pedroia 1. tried to score on a grounder to shallow left, and 2. was safe at the plate. Great slide. Martin somehow didn’t even touch him.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 2:53 pm
  • They shifted on A-Gon? Isn’t part of his game that he hits to all fields?

    Devine April 8, 2011, 2:53 pm
  • Nah, you run on play every time. It takes a perfect throw to get him and Gardner almost did.

    James YF April 8, 2011, 2:54 pm
  • Wow, twice in a row Youks turns an 0-2 count into a walk (or was this one just 1-2? Either way, good stuff.)

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 2:55 pm
  • Colon warming yet?

    Brad April 8, 2011, 2:55 pm
  • Yeah Devine, the Indians were using the shift against him and the broadcasters were confused about it as well.

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 2:55 pm
  • Lackey is the reason they called up Aceves today.

    Brad April 8, 2011, 2:56 pm
  • Nice inning. Quick turnaround, Lackey, ok?

    SF April 8, 2011, 2:56 pm
  • They shifted on A-Gon? Isn’t part of his game that he hits to all fields?
    Divine, yes, but apparently he pulls ground balls more often. I suspect he’s going to take the hits as long as other teams are willing to give them to him. I doubt we’ll see much shifting by the All-Star break.
    Ortiz drives home Gonzo for the 6-3 lead, and Youkilis is caught between second and third.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 2:57 pm
  • “In play, run(s)”
    Looks like Youk got thrown out at third. Oh well, fantastic break-out inning that the Sox have been waiting for.

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 2:57 pm
  • Does seem like Hughes is getting squeezed a little.

    Devine April 8, 2011, 2:57 pm
  • When do they send Hughes to the pen or to the minors? This is awful. He’s picked up the Javy Vazquez Virus – prone to induce crap stuff and long homers.

    James YF April 8, 2011, 2:57 pm
  • The pitch to Ortiz I thought looked really good GameDay says was juuuust off the plate. Except for that Ball 3 pitch to Gardner Lackey (and I) was sore about, this ump has been pretty consistent about not giving either pitcher anything off the plate.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 2:58 pm
  • 3-run lead plus Lackey pitching plus three awesome batters coming up = not comfortable.

    Devine April 8, 2011, 2:59 pm
  • a quick inning by Lackey here would go a long way, but I have zero faith in that.

    Brad April 8, 2011, 2:59 pm
  • Lackey needs to keep momentum going here.
    And by that I mean leave the mound this inning with even a one-run lead.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 2:59 pm
  • Wow. John Lackey just made Teixeira look bad.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 3:00 pm
  • But of course he follows that up by hitting ARod.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 3:01 pm
  • A-Rod hit by pitch. Not watching, was there any intent? Or just Lackey suck?

    SF April 8, 2011, 3:01 pm
  • …and then he hits ARod. Nice.

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 3:02 pm
  • Just a pitch that got away from him, smacked ARod on the elbow.
    And Cano follows it up with a double. Good grief.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 3:02 pm
  • Some things are better watched now: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SB2MVhQPcM

    James YF April 8, 2011, 3:02 pm
  • Just got home – actually scheduled two meetings this afternoon just to avoid leaving work early and having to watch a train wreak, now I regret it, and the non-baseball loving people on my staff are hating me for it

    BillsBurgSF April 8, 2011, 3:02 pm
  • …and then he throws a cutter right down the middle to Cano. Two runners in scoring position.

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 3:02 pm
  • Lackey is the new Matt Young.

    SF April 8, 2011, 3:03 pm
  • Shaping up to be a football game-like final score today. Over/under on 20 runs? :-)

    nettles April 8, 2011, 3:03 pm
  • Does that mean we get to see him take the loss in a no-hitter at some point this season? Really, I’m surprised we haven’t seen that already.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 3:04 pm
  • Remember when Lackey was an ace pitcher? When he actually got people out and maintained an ERA under 4.00? Seems like such a long time ago, now.

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 3:04 pm
  • So how much of Lackey’s contract are the Sox going to have to eat?

    SF April 8, 2011, 3:05 pm
  • Well, technically, that was him in the second half of 2010. Sadly, it doesn’t seem to have carried over.
    Run for an out. I’ll take the trade.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 3:05 pm
  • Not a bad out there, despite the run scoring, to be honest.

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 3:05 pm
  • Giving up one in an inning feels like victory…ugh.

    Devine April 8, 2011, 3:07 pm
  • It is sad when Lackey only giving back 1/3 of the lead is a victory of sorts.

    SF April 8, 2011, 3:07 pm
  • Actually, other than the HBP, not a bad inning for Lackey there. Cano’s double wasn’t exactly hit hard either.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 3:07 pm
  • Haha…nice, SF.

    Devine April 8, 2011, 3:07 pm
  • Always nice to watch a shortstop that can range up the middle.

    James YF April 8, 2011, 3:07 pm
  • “Pitcher’s duel,” huh?

    AlexDYF April 8, 2011, 3:08 pm
  • Colon will now throw five perfect innings.

    Devine April 8, 2011, 3:09 pm
  • I was really surprised to see Scutaro snag that ball behind the bag, James. It ended up being a pretty slow roller.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 3:09 pm
  • I want some of whatever Devine’s smoking.

    nettles April 8, 2011, 3:10 pm
  • Colon will now throw five perfect innings.
    Well, the man’s no Pedro Martinez. ;-)

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 3:10 pm
  • Wow, Colon starting the 3rd. Kinda surprised, despite Hughes’ struggles.

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 3:10 pm
  • Colon is gonna weave a gem here.

    Brad April 8, 2011, 3:10 pm
  • Awesome, now I get to watch this slob. At least Joba is the 7th inning guy.

    James YF April 8, 2011, 3:11 pm
  • Yeah, I figured they would have put Hughes out for one more inning, let him get some work in and try to figure out what’s going on. That’s more of a September decision than an April one.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 3:11 pm
  • Of course Colon will get the corners here.

    Brad April 8, 2011, 3:11 pm
  • Good call on Drew there. The ump has consistently called pitches right on the border like that as strikes.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 3:12 pm
  • How is Colon pitching in the mid-90s?

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 3:12 pm
  • The fat slob is hitting 94.
    Ladies and gentleman, your new 3rd starter.

    James YF April 8, 2011, 3:12 pm
  • Wow. Strike three?

    Devine April 8, 2011, 3:12 pm
  • But that call on Saltalamacchia was bad. Clearly inside and high.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 3:12 pm
  • Colon did well as a starter for the Red Sox. Ironically, he refused to move into the bullpen and fled to the Dominican when the Sox asked him to change his role for the playoffs.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 3:13 pm
  • “That’s more of a September decision than an April one.”
    That’s more of a “He sucks” decision. I will be very surprised if he gets another start.

    James YF April 8, 2011, 3:13 pm
  • Wow, impressive inning by Colon Blow!

    nettles April 8, 2011, 3:14 pm
  • Seriously, guys? Bats go quiet against this deadbeat?

    SF April 8, 2011, 3:14 pm
  • That’s more of a “He sucks” decision
    I admit I’m not up on why Hughes went from being one of the best pitchers in the AL to merely average last season, but I’d think they’d want to give him at least one or two more starts before pulling the plug on this latest iteration of his career.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 3:15 pm
  • Crawford’s wasted defense makes an appearance in left!

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 3:17 pm
  • I just realized that if the score holds, we’ll have Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon being asked to hold it. Now I feel bad.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 3:18 pm
  • Nice toss by Youk there. Martin has speed

    Brad April 8, 2011, 3:18 pm
  • Bobby Jenks hasn’t pitched in 3 days either, so we’ll see him at least.

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 3:19 pm
  • Lackey gets one of those borderline pitches on Gardner for Strike 1.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 3:20 pm
  • Boooo, he was so close to a 1-2-3 inning!

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 3:21 pm
  • Stop leaning in.

    Brad April 8, 2011, 3:21 pm
  • NESN finally showed a shot of the left-center field scoreboard. That’s impressive.
    Gardner with the triple. I think Gonzalez got a piece of it and slowed it down.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 3:22 pm
  • Buck Showalter approves of that pitch.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 3:22 pm
  • Sigh.

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 3:23 pm
  • Oh, good grief, Lackey.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 3:23 pm
  • Lackey a bit better than Hughes, but not by much.
    What is it about Sox-Yankees matchups that always ends up in slugfestss?

    AndrewYF April 8, 2011, 3:24 pm
  • I wish Lackey could just have one clean inning. The other team has scored in every inning, but one, that he’s thrown this year.
    Are you kidding me? Just bring in Aceves at this point. This is horrible to watch.

    Brad April 8, 2011, 3:24 pm
  • Pitch was down and away. Jeter reached out and got it. Good hitting. You can see Lackey’s expression, somewhere between disbelief and aggravation.
    And now Salty gives up the passed ball. Jeter to second.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 3:24 pm
  • 3-2 fastball homerun here.

    Brad April 8, 2011, 3:25 pm
  • Was it Salty’s fault, Paul? Gameday called it a wild pitch.

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 3:26 pm
  • Lackey got that pitch earlier this inning.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 3:26 pm
  • I am genuinely shocked that Lackey was able to get the out there. 6 straight off-speed pitches to Teix.

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 3:26 pm
  • Okay bats, let’s get crackin here. We’re going to need at least 5 more.

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 3:27 pm
  • In the dirt, hit off his glove and rolled away. He didn’t do a very good job of blocking it, I didn’t think, but then I’m never going to be a big-league catcher. :-)

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 3:27 pm
  • Yup, Tex was sitting fastball the entire time, betting Lackey would have to throw it sometime. Lackey pitched backwards the entire at bat.

    AndrewYF April 8, 2011, 3:28 pm
  • Love how MLB.tv froze, then refreshed to a commercial. Had no idea if it was because the inning was over or there was a pitching change after Teixeira had launched a bomb (or some other similar bad scenario).

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 3:28 pm
  • Hmm, pitch #2 to Scutaro looks pretty good according to Gameday.

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 3:29 pm
  • Come on offense, keep it going.

    Brad April 8, 2011, 3:30 pm
  • So, uhh, I guess Colon only knows how to throw fastballs? Literally 21 straight so far.

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 3:30 pm
  • Holy shit, a slider!

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 3:32 pm
  • Love how Don Orsillo is asking the guy with the career .334 OBP from the leadoff spot how he enjoyed being a leadoff hitter.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 3:32 pm
  • If Colon ends up saving the Yankees, I think it is only fair that he be named “this year’s Aaron Not-Small”.

    SF April 8, 2011, 3:33 pm
  • well, it’s working.

    Brad April 8, 2011, 3:33 pm
  • Colon with two perfect innings. Devine’s prediction is now 40% true.

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 3:33 pm
  • Pedroia has a beef with at least one of those two called strikes. Ump’s zone appears to be widening a little.
    This reminds me of that game a few years ago where the Sox were creaming Darrell Rasner, then he broke his leg(?) and they were shut down the rest of the game by Kei Igawa.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 3:34 pm
  • I think I owe you an apology, Devine! :-)

    nettles April 8, 2011, 3:35 pm
  • “…Crawford’s wasted defense makes an appearance in left!…”
    well, he is a bit of an upgrade from darnell mcdonald ;)
    friend of mine wants to have a couple of beers after the game…he doesn’t know much about baseball…he knew the game started at 2 and wanted to know if it would be over by 4…hahahaha…i told him it wouldn’t even be half over by 4…i’m on track

    dc April 8, 2011, 3:36 pm
  • Well, there’s the tie game. Freakin’ A, Lackey.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 3:36 pm
  • Fucking horrible.

    Brad April 8, 2011, 3:36 pm
  • Didn’t Colon eventually eat Kei Igawa in some sort of horrible refectory accident a couple of years back?

    SF April 8, 2011, 3:36 pm
  • Okay, please pull this fat sack of shit now.

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 3:37 pm
  • All four pitches to ARod in the upper part of the zone. Not good.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 3:37 pm
  • Matt f*cking Young.

    SF April 8, 2011, 3:37 pm
  • Somehow giving up one per inning does not feel like a victory anymore.

    pale blue eyes April 8, 2011, 3:40 pm
  • So Lackey then proceeds to set the side down quietly. Does he have some sort of a 1-run minimum per inning worked into his contract?

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 3:40 pm
  • The closest thing to a 1-2-3 inning that Lackey has had.

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 3:41 pm
  • Lackey so disappointing thus far in 2011.

    Brad April 8, 2011, 3:42 pm
  • I think we might need to invoke the ‘disregard Sox/Yankees matchups’. It always seems like anything can happen during these games, so it’s tough to make judgments based off of them.

    AndrewYF April 8, 2011, 3:42 pm
  • Didn’t Lackey used to wear horrible glasses? Or was that Brendan Donnelly? Or both? Even if he didn’t I think he should start wearing a Groucho Marx schnozz, or something ridiculous, if only to throw the batters off.

    SF April 8, 2011, 3:43 pm
  • The Jewish God of Walks.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 3:45 pm
  • Youk walks! The perfect relief outing is over!
    So do we see Rafael Soriano later on, even though he’s pitched in 3 of the last 4 games for the Yanks? He is the “8th inning guy”, after all.

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 3:45 pm
  • I’m for that, AndrewYF

    Brad April 8, 2011, 3:45 pm
  • $500 says Papi hits a homer here.

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 3:46 pm
  • I’ll take that bet. He’s 4/38 lifetime against him.

    Brad April 8, 2011, 3:47 pm
  • So are we going to start this, Lester pitches great and the bats were silent and when the bats heat up pitching goes to crap

    BillsBurgSF April 8, 2011, 3:47 pm
  • Either or an E-3 from Papi there. Runs are needed.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 3:47 pm
  • Awful.

    SF April 8, 2011, 3:48 pm
  • Come on, JD. Just a hit here. Just a measly little drive into a gap somewhere.
    Nevermind.

    Brad April 8, 2011, 3:48 pm
  • Swinging at the first pitch: Bad Drew.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 3:48 pm
  • We’re into the no-confidence portion of the lineup.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 3:49 pm
  • Nice time for Salty to get into one, here.

    Brad April 8, 2011, 3:49 pm
  • If they can get Youks in from third they need to get someone up in the pen

    BillsBurgSF April 8, 2011, 3:49 pm
  • I have zero faith in Salty being an every-day catcher, so I’m sure he’ll K right here.

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 3:50 pm
  • Salty!

    SF April 8, 2011, 3:51 pm
  • Salty … nice!

    pale blue eyes April 8, 2011, 3:51 pm
  • SALTY drives him home!! Very nice!

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 3:51 pm
  • Salty comes through!!

    BillsBurgSF April 8, 2011, 3:51 pm
  • My completely uninformed take on Salty is that I like his swing a lot. I have no idea if he is or will be even half a major league player, but I love his swing.

    SF April 8, 2011, 3:51 pm
  • IN PLAY, RUN(S)
    I take back everything I ever said, Salty!

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 3:52 pm
  • Afongool!

    AlexDYF April 8, 2011, 3:52 pm
  • Whoo, thought we might get lucky there. Still, the lead. Let’s see if Lackey can actually have a quiet inning.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 3:53 pm
  • One run is nice, but we should have had more there.
    Is anyone up in the pen? I’m going to cringe if Lackey is back out there.

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 3:53 pm
  • Yikes, YFs must have just winced there

    BillsBurgSF April 8, 2011, 3:53 pm
  • These games are just rediculous.

    Brad April 8, 2011, 3:53 pm
  • Ace in the game. Feel free to show up the team that cut you, please.

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 3:54 pm
  • No more Ramiro Mendozas.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 3:56 pm
  • Salty looks like he has a opposite field swing, maybe that is why Theo signed him, to scrape balls off the wall like that one, but for all I know he is a dead pull hitter and swung late on that pitch

    BillsBurgSF April 8, 2011, 3:56 pm
  • Wow, Aceves got away with a ball right down the middle there.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 3:57 pm
  • Ks Granderson. That’s always nice.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 3:58 pm
  • Aceves with the k

    BillsBurgSF April 8, 2011, 3:58 pm
  • 4:00, time to go home and watch the game on TV. Please keep this 7-6 lead while I’m gone, Ace.

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 3:59 pm
  • Seeing-eye single. Is a 1-2-3 inning too much to ask?

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 4:00 pm
  • I like that curveball he just threw to Gardner for strike two. So far Aceves has looked pretty good.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 4:04 pm
  • Of course, as soon as I say that, he throws two balls nowhere near the strike zone.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 4:05 pm
  • Aceves is a sloooooow worker with a runner on base … joining pretty much every other pitcher on the Red Sox staff. Is it a rule or something?

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 4:06 pm
  • We’ll need a double-digit number of runs to win this.

    pale blue eyes April 8, 2011, 4:07 pm
  • DP!! Nice turn by Pedroia there.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 4:08 pm
  • DP … maybe nine runs will suffice.

    pale blue eyes April 8, 2011, 4:08 pm
  • Thank goodness

    Brad April 8, 2011, 4:08 pm
  • the rangeless one

    dc April 8, 2011, 4:11 pm
  • Nice catch by Jeter to rob Scutaro of a hit. actually took a step and a half before falling down to get that one. ;-)

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 4:11 pm
  • Bad swing from Crawford there.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 4:12 pm
  • Good play by Jeter there.

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 4:12 pm
  • Wtf they just skipped a full at bat in order to show Girardi’s interview.

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 4:14 pm
  • The Sox are being too impatient against colon, I think. He’s not nearly as good out of the stretch. Just make him throw pitches and try to work a walk. Crawford especially went up there hacking.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 4:14 pm
  • They showed the pitches, Ath.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 4:15 pm
  • “…actually took a step and a half before falling down…”
    that’s all that was required…played perfectly by the rangeless one ;) surely will be one of espn’s top 10…francona’s filling out his gold glove ballot after this inning ;)

    dc April 8, 2011, 4:16 pm
  • Tex is going to smoke this ball.

    Brad April 8, 2011, 4:16 pm
  • Mark Texieria and John Lackey. Separated at birth?

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 4:17 pm
  • Huh, I’m watching the NESN broadcast through MLB.tv and didn’t see ‘em.

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 4:17 pm
  • Jenks channelling his inner Bard?

    pale blue eyes April 8, 2011, 4:18 pm
  • what an ugly game…it should end in a tie…neither team deserves to win…

    dc April 8, 2011, 4:18 pm
  • Here goes the lead right here. I don’t know why, but I feel this game is going to get a lot uglier than it’s already been.

    Brad April 8, 2011, 4:18 pm
  • Huh, I’m watching the NESN broadcast through MLB.tv and didn’t see ‘em.
    Interesting. So am I, and I did. :-)
    I thought Aceves would go another inning. Not wild about gambling with another reliever after a decent showing from Ace.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 4:19 pm
  • He’s channeling his inner Rick Vaughn, pre glasses.

    nettles April 8, 2011, 4:19 pm
  • Francona after the game will insist he went to Jenks because that’s his “7th-inning guy.”

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 4:19 pm
  • Hmm, I guess I need to pay more attention to the game and not my phone then!

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 4:20 pm
  • Throw strikes, asshole!!

    Brad April 8, 2011, 4:20 pm
  • K – that’s more like it.

    pale blue eyes April 8, 2011, 4:20 pm
  • Great K there.

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 4:20 pm
  • Wow, Jenks comes back and Ks ARod on three pitches after Young goes to the mound.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 4:20 pm
  • Cano scares me.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 4:21 pm
  • This’ll be one of those games, no matter the outcome, that both starters deservedly should have had a loss attached to them, but don’t.

    Brad April 8, 2011, 4:21 pm
  • Was he safe or out? Listening here..

    Brad April 8, 2011, 4:22 pm
  • Hard to get the 3-6-3 DP when you have a lefty at first. Gonzo needed an extra second to turn and throw, which meant Scutaro had to avoid the slide before throwing it back. Missed Cano by a step.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 4:23 pm
  • he looked out…scutaro made it closer by whatever that hitch move was all about…

    dc April 8, 2011, 4:23 pm
  • HR would be great here, Swish!

    nettles April 8, 2011, 4:23 pm
  • He was out. Good call, close, but not particularly so.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 4:23 pm
  • Manny Ramirez just announced his retirement…MLB basball confirming that they have recieved the intent from Ramirez today.
    Just in time before coming in on Monday, if you ask me!

    Brad April 8, 2011, 4:23 pm
  • I mean safe. Sorry. He was definitely safe.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 4:23 pm
  • HOLY SHIT, MANNY RAMIREZ RETIRES????

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 4:24 pm
  • Manny Ramirez has just announced his retirement after being informed by MLB of an issue in the drug testing program.

    sam-YF April 8, 2011, 4:24 pm
  • MLB says that MLB recently notified Manny Ramirez that he failed another drug test, thus causing Manny to announce his retirement.
    Wow.

    Brad April 8, 2011, 4:24 pm
  • Wow. Manny had a pretty horrible start to his season, so I guess it’s not a total surprise. But he had a decent enough year last year. Big blow for the Rays, as it removes any hope of getting his bat back.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 4:25 pm
  • Wow, that’s unbelievable. Good riddance, despite everything he did for Boston.

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 4:25 pm
  • Ahh, there it is. The drug issue. Oops.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 4:25 pm
  • “Rather than continue with the suspension process, Manny has elected to retire from the sport of baseball today, effective 2PM.

    Brad April 8, 2011, 4:25 pm
  • i thought cano looked out paul…but i dunno, those bang bang plays are tough even in slow mo

    dc April 8, 2011, 4:26 pm
  • Wow, just announced on NESN, Manny retired. Seems like MLB announced he was going to get suspended for PEDs, according to NESN

    BillsBurgSF April 8, 2011, 4:26 pm
  • CC

    pale blue eyes April 8, 2011, 4:26 pm
  • I think, if that’s true, it definitely destroys his HOF chances. Whether that’s right or wrong I’ll leave to another thread, but it seems that’s how the voters are going.
    Wow, NICE catch by Crawford right against the side wall down the LF line. That’s a tough play to make and hold on to.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 4:26 pm
  • that play by crawford has got to be a lot tougher than it looks

    dc April 8, 2011, 4:27 pm
  • It looked plenty tough. I know just from throwing the ball up in the air in my driveway when I was a kid, you’re looking up, the wall is next to you, it totally messes up your balance and everything.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 4:28 pm
  • It’s “understandable” to fail a drug test once. It’s happened to a lot of players, and whether it’s right or wrong it at least makes sense given the environment of the last 10 years. But getting caught, and then CONTINUING to do them? That’s pretty absurd, and unforgivable.

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 4:29 pm
  • They need to be patient here with Colon. He has to be tiring.

    Brad April 8, 2011, 4:30 pm
  • Hall of fame no way.

    Brad April 8, 2011, 4:31 pm
  • Did Adrian Gonzalez really just bunt his way on base? Wow. He’s all about beating the shift, I guess.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 4:31 pm
  • FOR TWO YEARS IVE BEEN SCREAMING FOR PAPI TO DO THAT>

    Brad April 8, 2011, 4:31 pm
  • Nice tribute video there to Lou Gorman, not hte greatest of GMs, but from all accounts a great person.

    BillsBurgSF April 8, 2011, 4:31 pm
  • I said there was no way Manny finished the year!

    WAY...SF April 8, 2011, 4:32 pm
  • My thought is that until we kick out Hank Aaron, Joe Morgan, Willie Mays and the rest of the PED users from the 1970s, there’s no cause to keep the PED users from the 2000s out.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 4:32 pm
  • Could be that Papi just can’t bunt very well.

    BillsBurgSF April 8, 2011, 4:33 pm
  • Well, Youk tried to be patient, but ppicked up a quick 0-2 count.
    Thank God, Colon is out. Who’s coming in? Is that Robertson?

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 4:33 pm
  • Time for Papi to do the same damn thing as soon as they shift. And every lefty in the lineup until someone makes them pay for it.

    Brad April 8, 2011, 4:34 pm
  • Ah, Boone Logan. Is he any good, YFs?

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 4:36 pm
  • Logan had great stats last year and terrible stats every other season. But he’s also young. Interesting.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 4:37 pm
  • Wallball!

    pale blue eyes April 8, 2011, 4:39 pm
  • Ortiz with the double!! He really skied that one. Thought it was AN out, then thought it WAS out, and it hits the Wall halfway up.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 4:39 pm
  • Grab some insurance here, please!

    pale blue eyes April 8, 2011, 4:39 pm
  • Very good play by Gardner, faking the catch. Probably saved a run.

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 4:39 pm
  • Gonzalez is too slow to score from first on a Wallball. Faking the catch made him misplay the carom, but Gonzo still couldn’t score.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 4:40 pm
  • Drew comes thru!

    pale blue eyes April 8, 2011, 4:43 pm
  • DREW with the two-run single!!!!!!! BIG hit for JD!!

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 4:43 pm
  • Drew had a great at bat there. Seven pitches, and I don’t think he swung at a single pitch outside the strike zone.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 4:44 pm
  • Call me crazy, but I want a bigger lead before Papelbard come out.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 4:45 pm
  • Not crazy at all, Paul.

    pale blue eyes April 8, 2011, 4:46 pm
  • I guess I’m not going to get it. To the eighth. I’d love to see Bard rediscover that crazy 100mph “slider” he threw to Swisher that one time.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 4:47 pm
  • Not even close to crazy.

    Brad April 8, 2011, 4:48 pm
  • I was in a meeting for a few and the lead increased. I may go back in the conference room just to keep the vibe going.

    SF April 8, 2011, 4:51 pm
  • I think Bard can hit 100mph anytime he wants but he can’t control it as well as 96 or 97. He HAS to throw strikes with his fastball to even think of the slider or changeup, which is then, sick.

    Brad April 8, 2011, 4:51 pm
  • K!

    SF April 8, 2011, 4:53 pm
  • Nice K of Granderson there. 96 on the gun.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 4:53 pm
  • I think Bard’s velocity is just taking a little to warm up. If he’s at 96 now, he’ll be able to sit at 98 in a couple weeks, I’d guess.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 4:54 pm
  • “…My thought is that until we kick out Hank Aaron, Joe Morgan, Willie Mays and the rest of the PED users from the 1970s…”
    dang…really paul?…like you said, we can save it for another thread, but what proof do we have about those guys?…i guess i’ve heard all the rumors about speed, but without testing how do we know who was and who wasn’t?…for that matter, even with testing how do we know?…

    dc April 8, 2011, 4:54 pm
  • Okay, Bard…

    Brad April 8, 2011, 4:54 pm
  • 3 great innings from the bullpen so far. Let’s see how Paps does.

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 4:54 pm
  • Well, that looked good!

    pale blue eyes April 8, 2011, 4:55 pm
  • .for that matter, even with testing how do we know?…
    My point exactly. I’m not arguing amphetamine users should be removed, even if we could know exactly who used and who didn’t. I’m arguing that the Hall has a long history of inducting known and suspected cheaters, from amphetamine and steroid users to ball scuffers and spit ballers.
    Nice inning from Bard.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 4:56 pm
  • this game feels like it’s over…i’m out, but i’m not giving up on the season…you sox fans get your brooms ready…leave it to the yankees pitching to be the streak breakers…sf will owe me a beer…he didn’t say he accepted the bet, but by not rejecting it, he tacitly accepted it, right?

    dc April 8, 2011, 4:57 pm
  • OK, let’s get 1 or 2 more insurance and put this away.

    BillsBurgSF April 8, 2011, 4:57 pm
  • Silence gives consent.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 4:57 pm
  • Nice backhanded pick by Teixeira there. Crawford had a good chance of beating that hit if it got by him.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 5:00 pm
  • what was the bet dc? I don’t typically bet. If the Sox sweep, I’d buy you a beer regardless, no wager necessary!

    SF April 8, 2011, 5:01 pm
  • Wow, Pedroia really reached down to get that one and line a single.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 5:03 pm
  • Well, this game sucks. At least our long national nightmare will be over.
    In other news, how the mighty have fallen:
    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=6310125
    To think he’s been caught twice after testing began.

    James YF April 8, 2011, 5:05 pm
  • So… Papelbon. Pins and needles.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 5:05 pm
  • Why am I totally petrified of Paps?

    SF April 8, 2011, 5:06 pm
  • Should have been strike 2 there. Ah well, he gets it on the next pitch.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 5:08 pm
  • One down …

    pale blue eyes April 8, 2011, 5:08 pm
  • Ks Gardner looking! Nice.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 5:08 pm
  • There’s one.

    SF April 8, 2011, 5:09 pm
  • Papelbon pounding the zone today, Good to see.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 5:09 pm
  • Oooh, and he mixes in the splitter and gets Jeter to fish.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 5:10 pm
  • Got him!!!

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 5:10 pm
  • Two down!!

    pale blue eyes April 8, 2011, 5:10 pm
  • There’s two!

    SF April 8, 2011, 5:10 pm
  • Seriously, Red Sox fans? A “Yankees Suck” chant is what you’re going with one out away from breaking an 0-6 streak?

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 5:11 pm
  • Better angels take over and override it with “Let’s Go, Red Sox.”

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 5:12 pm
  • Woohoo!!!!!

    SF April 8, 2011, 5:12 pm
  • Ballgame!
    Still undefeated at home!
    Excellent job by the bullpen.

    pale blue eyes April 8, 2011, 5:13 pm
  • BALL. FREAKING. GAME.
    The season is saved!

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 5:13 pm
  • Oh, thank god. Hopefully we’re done hearing about how broken the Sox are.

    James YF April 8, 2011, 5:13 pm
  • Gosh, what a relief. Take tomorrow now and win the series. Then win the next series. Sweeps not entirely necessary, just a whole lot of series wins. Great to get this first one, I can’t imagine the sentiments had they gone to 0-7. Phew.
    (hey Paul, get on those historical 1-6 starts, pronto!)

    SF April 8, 2011, 5:14 pm
  • Hopefully we’re done hearing about how broken the Sox are.
    Despite my pessimism, it wasn’t over the makeup of the Sox (or their “brokenness”). It was about the task they were burdening themselves with. They are still burdened. Today’s a huge relief, though.

    SF April 8, 2011, 5:15 pm
  • One down. Two to go.
    I’ll be at the game tomorrow for Buchholz. Hopefully my experience is better than Paul’s adventure in Texas.
    I’m out.

    Brad April 8, 2011, 5:15 pm
  • Hahaha, will do. :-) Glad to get the monkey off our backs.

    Paul SF April 8, 2011, 5:15 pm
  • And the worst Sox pitcher in the game gets the W. An excellent and telling stat indeed!

    pale blue eyes April 8, 2011, 5:22 pm
  • Oh man, they won! Feels weird.

    Devine April 8, 2011, 5:22 pm
  • Not the most reassuring start to Phil Hughes’ season. Was stuck on a boat for the entire game. Am glad I missed it and have no intention of watching the recording. Sad to see the Sox get off the schneid. Happy to see friendly SFs get off the ledge. Come on Yanks, end their winning streak at 1.

    IronHorse (YF) April 8, 2011, 5:38 pm
  • Crazy that Hughes, after all that babying, is much worse as a starter than Joba. Maybe Hughes could be the 6th inning guy?

    James YF April 8, 2011, 5:48 pm
  • Twitter posts by Buster and Bradford talking about how Theo gave a pre-game speech to the team. Bard said it was like the speech in Rudy and Ortiz said he never heard Theo talk that way.

    BillsBurgSF April 8, 2011, 6:27 pm
  • Finally. Now that the monkey is off the back some of the players might stop forcing things.
    Now if only we can get a solid game from a starter AND score some runs at the same time…

    Atheose - SF April 8, 2011, 6:36 pm
  • Ick.
    I’m so glad that it was impossible for me to watch this game.

    attackgerbil April 8, 2011, 8:02 pm

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