Tim Tests Texas Tonight: Sox-Rangers Gamer V

Last night Daisuke Matsuzaka couldn’t keep his food down.  Apparently it was coming out faster than how it went in.  We do not hope for the same thing tonight with Tim Wakefield’s knuckleball – if the ball follows the same path as Daisuke’s pregame meal it might be a long evening for our squad.  Wake has struggled against the Rangers historically: the last three years he’s made even starts against Texas and has compiled a 6.70 ERA.  He’s pitched 44 innings in that span and allowed 50 hits, including 10 dingers.  Considering his poor outing against the Yankees on Monday, we’re more than a little nervous about the possibilities in a warm Texas environment.  The Yankees have already lost, so a win tonight would increase the Sox’ lead to a bulging 11.5 games over their rivals.  Chat away here.

Lineups are not yet available, we’ll try to post them when they are disclosed. 

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  • Boston:
    SS Julio Lugo
    1B Kevin Youkilis
    DH David Ortiz
    LF Manny Ramirez
    RF J.D. Drew
    3B Mike Lowell
    CF Coco Crisp
    C Doug Mirabelli
    2B Alex Cora
    P Tim Wakefield
    Texas:
    CF Kenny Lofton
    SS Michael Young
    1B Mark Teixeira
    RF Sammy Sosa
    DH Frank Catalanotto
    LF Marlon Byrd
    2B Ian Kinsler
    C Gerald Laird
    3B Ramon Vazquez
    P Vicente Padilla

    Anonymous May 26, 2007, 6:52 pm
  • Free Dustin!

    Paul SF May 26, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • Of course. Vincente Padilla, he of the 1.55 WHIP and 27/27 K/BB comes in and throws nothing but strikes. Flat-out dominance so far, only well-hit ball was Manny’s single. This is making me mad.

    desturbd1 May 26, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • d1 – you must be a little happier now :)

    rootbeerfloat May 26, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • Reverse jinx!

    desturbd1 May 26, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • Wake with 6 pitches that inning

    Rob May 26, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • Padilla striked out Belli and Cora.

    Rob May 26, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • And another groundball double. You’d think Lowell would be hugging the line a little more there…

    desturbd1 May 26, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • Three runs that inning. The good new is that Padilla is at 80 pitches. How is thier middle relief?

    Rob May 26, 2007, 9:33 pm
  • Why does Texas not play like the crappy, last-place team they are and have been for years when they’re playing the Sox? At least the Angels are always in the playoff hunt.

    Paul SF May 26, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • Because they exhaust thier “roll over and play dead” on other teams.

    Rob May 26, 2007, 9:37 pm
  • Looks like Ortiz took that one for a ride…

    Paul SF May 26, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • Wow….Manny with a triple?

    Rob May 26, 2007, 9:41 pm
  • HOLY HELL MANNY WITH A TRIPLE!

    Anonymous May 26, 2007, 9:41 pm
  • There we go! Still a little bit of play dead left in the Rangers after all!

    Paul SF May 26, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • Game tied..
    Manny scores on a wild pitch

    Rob May 26, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • Wow – that doesn’t happen often in a Red Sox game. Someone scores on a wild pitch and Wake isn’t on the mound.

    rootbeerfloat May 26, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • I dont get it i can see if it was a long drive and the OF didnt give chase and hit the top of the wall but then Manny likely woulda been weatching it and woulda had a long single…. was there a bad play by the OF??

    Anonymous May 26, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • I still do not know how he could get a triple. Manny normally loses his concentration around 2nd base.

    Rob May 26, 2007, 9:44 pm
  • If it’s not a guy like Crisp or Lugo, I’d say it’s probably a single or double with an outfielder’s miscue thrown in. Just a guess, as I am also on GameDay. GameDay does show the ball having landed outside the field of play in the right-field corner…

    Paul SF May 26, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Padilla now at 99 pitches

    Rob May 26, 2007, 9:47 pm
  • Manny’s triple came on a shot down the right-field line that hit the wall and stopped dead, with no bounce or roll. It was an honest-to-goodness legged out triple by Manny. Wonders never cease.

    Ayuh - SF May 26, 2007, 9:48 pm
  • Maybe Manny’s embarrassed that he went into this game in 4th place in TB on the team…

    rootbeerfloat May 26, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • mirabelli walked to load’em up. there’s the texas we know and love!

    minomni SF May 26, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • Nice walk for Youk

    Anonymous May 26, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • Papi is soooo due for a big fly.

    Anonymous May 26, 2007, 10:07 pm
  • Miserable ab by Ortiz. Tried to pull an outside 3-1 pitch instead of…I dunno…finding out if Benoit was capable of throwing two strikes in a row. Oh well, can’t complain a whole lot about a 5-run inning.

    desturbd1 May 26, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • Tough night for Papi. Not sure I would have swung at the 3-1 the way Benoit was walking the park.
    Still, five-run inning, 11 men sent to the plate. Awesome.

    Paul SF May 26, 2007, 10:10 pm
  • damn it

    TJ May 26, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • Hehe. Great minds, D1. I wonder if the homerless streak is in Papi’s head a little bit? Tonight would tie his longest drought as a member of the Sox.

    Paul SF May 26, 2007, 10:12 pm
  • Let’s give Papi the benefit of the doubt- he thought he had a pitch to hit at 3-1 and he just didn’t hit it. That’s baseball. Ted Williams (who knew a thing or two about hitting) said that hitting a baseball is the single hardest thing to do in sports.

    Ayuh - SF May 26, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • frank got out?? against boston??

    rootbeerfloat May 26, 2007, 10:16 pm
  • my god Manny could get a cycle in this game.

    TJ May 26, 2007, 10:20 pm
  • Back from Pirates! Awesoem movie. Good Geeky fun!
    GO SOX!

    Dionysus May 26, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • Nice to see Youk extended his streak. 18 games now?

    Dionysus May 26, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • PAwSox update!
    PawSox lost 10-7 (Blown save by some guy named Burns)
    HOWEVER!
    Jacoby went 3 for 5 with an RBI and he scored 2 runs. His BA is now .299.
    Brandon Moss impressed even MORE going 4 for 5, a homerun short of the cycle.

    Dionysus May 26, 2007, 10:33 pm
  • yes, Youk had a 18 game streak and featured by Jayson Stark in his 10 most under-rated players this week.

    rootbeerfloat May 26, 2007, 10:36 pm
  • Aww hell.. that sounded well hit, just located wrong.

    Dionysus May 26, 2007, 10:39 pm
  • As of today’s Youk’s hitting streak is now 18 games longer than Derek Jeter’s. :-)

    Ayuh - SF May 26, 2007, 10:39 pm
  • Teronna had a 3 run lead going into the bottom of the 9th and a 1 run lead going into the bottom of the 11th and blew them both tonight.

    Ayuh - SF May 26, 2007, 10:41 pm
  • LEad off walk. I’m ready to vomit again.

    Dionysus May 26, 2007, 10:43 pm
  • I’m not sure why Okajima isnt in. I know he pitched last night.. but… still. He’s had some rest leading up to last night

    Dionysus May 26, 2007, 10:45 pm
  • Got ‘im!

    Dionysus May 26, 2007, 10:48 pm
  • I agree with you Dio- Oki didn’t work a lot last night, and he likes to pitch often. This seems tailor made for his situation.

    Ayuh - SF May 26, 2007, 10:48 pm
  • Joe alwasy makes it sound like a checked swing went around, getting me all excited…
    then the ump tells us he did not. Tease.

    Dionysus May 26, 2007, 10:50 pm
  • and the inning is over.
    Little more insurance, perhaps?

    Dionysus May 26, 2007, 10:53 pm
  • Nice play by Lowell for the 2nd out that inning- picking the short-hop and then getting the lead runner. Looks like a grounder on the scorecard, but it really helped kill the inning.

    Ayuh - SF May 26, 2007, 10:55 pm
  • From around the league
    Lyle Overbay just singled in CLayton and the Jays now lead by a run in the top of the 13. One out.

    Dionysus May 26, 2007, 10:56 pm
  • No cycle for Manny, as he singles to go 4 for 4.

    Ayuh - SF May 26, 2007, 10:58 pm
  • And by one out I meant two.
    Manny does NOT get the cycle, but goes 4 for 4. Looks like he’s back ladies and gentlmen.

    Dionysus May 26, 2007, 10:58 pm
  • Manny singles in what should be his last AB. Falls the homer shy of the cycle.

    Rob May 26, 2007, 10:58 pm
  • Well, at least Drew can draw walks. Can’t do much else, but he can do that.

    Dionysus May 26, 2007, 11:00 pm
  • To be honest, the cycle is cool, but you can have a better day and not hit for the it. I can’t remember who it is, but the other day somebody came up in his last atbat needing a double for the cycle, and he hit a 2nd homer. Sure, he missed the cycle, but I’ll take 4 for 4 with 2 homers anyday!

    Ayuh - SF May 26, 2007, 11:02 pm
  • Papelbon time.
    Blue Jays win in Minnesota. That will push the Yankees into fourth place in the division – or tied for third depending how much you value miniscule percentages.

    Dionysus May 26, 2007, 11:06 pm
  • If it makes the Yankees look worse, Dio, I’ll take the percentages.

    Ayuh - SF May 26, 2007, 11:08 pm
  • Lugo makes a real nice play. Then screws it up with a bad throw.

    Dionysus May 26, 2007, 11:10 pm
  • One.

    Dionysus May 26, 2007, 11:11 pm
  • Two!

    Dionysus May 26, 2007, 11:13 pm
  • Oh crap. Laird is the tying run at the plate.
    Come on Paps.

    Dionysus May 26, 2007, 11:14 pm
  • THREE!!
    SOX WIN!

    Dionysus May 26, 2007, 11:15 pm
  • At what point does your average Red Sox fan get a tad confident?

    rootbeerfloat May 26, 2007, 11:16 pm
  • When the seasons over, rootbeer, and not before. Those who forget the lessons of the past…

    Dionysus May 26, 2007, 11:18 pm
  • I’ll be comfortable with an 11 game lead with 10 games left, not before.

    Ayuh - SF May 26, 2007, 11:20 pm
  • I’m suddenly in awe of Tito’s not using Okajima in the 8th.
    Why? Because now having pitched two nights.. Paps may not be available tommorrow and Okajima, fresh, can slide right into that 9th inning spot.

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 12:04 am
  • Strange. The radar gun readings on NESN for Papelbon are all showing 91-93 mph; Gameday’s 2 mph faster, with everything showing as 94-95. Texas didn’t look too overpowered there…Laird in particular got a pretty decent swing on the ball. I wonder what the deal is.
    I’m still slightly concerned, regardless of the fact that he’s been effective lately. Velocity just hasn’t been at the same level since that Oakland game.

    desturbd1 May 27, 2007, 2:30 am
  • Even if he loses velocity on the fastball, the movement on it is still sick. As long as he keeps the movement with a great splitter, I think he can afford to lose a couple mph. More worrisome, of course, is what a loss in velocity would signify.

    Paul SF May 27, 2007, 1:28 pm
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