Another Question To Be Answered: Sox-Rangers Gamer II

We’ve received at least tentative (and wholly useless, considering the sample size) answers to the Sox’ most pressing spring questions:

  • Is Diasuke any good? Yes.
  • Will Beckett learn to lay off the fastball? Yes.
  • Can the Sox bullpen pitch scoreless innings? Yes.
  • Will Jason Varitek ever hit again? No.
  • Is J.D. Drew any good? Yes.
  • Is it thoroughly impossible for the Sox to score runs when Tim Wakefield is on the mound? Yes.

The next question to watch for — Julian Tavarez’s role as a fifth starter, at least until Jon Lester returns. Tavarez pitched well in that role when the games didn’t count at the end of 2006. Can he repeat? Only if he improves on his 3.89 BB/9 and 1.07 K/BB ratios as a starter.

The weather is clearing over Arlington. Perhaps there will be some baseball tonight after all. Lineups after the jump.


  1. Lugo, SS
  2. Youkilis, 1B
  3. Ortiz, DH
  4. Ramirez, LF
  5. Drew, RF
  6. Lowell, 3B
  7. Varitek, C
  8. Crisp, CF
  9. Pedroia, 2B


  1. Lofton, CF
  2. Hairston, 2B
  3. Young, SS
  4. Teixeira, 1B
  5. Sosa, DH
  6. Blalock, 3B
  7. Wilkerson, LF
  8. Cruz, RF
  9. Laird, C

Sox: Tavarez (1st start)
Tex: Millwood (0-1, 5 IP, 3 ER)

100 comments… add one
  • Should be an interesting game. Radar images aside, says that Arlington’s to be 39 degrees and below after 8 pm. And it’s snowing.
    I wonder if this might actually help both pitchers. They both rely on contact and try to keep the ball on the ground; I would imagine the temperature would make that a little easier.

    desturbd1 April 7, 2007, 7:21 pm
  • Sox take the 1-0 lead on a Drew single, but Manny foolishly tries for third and gets gunned down. :-P Good to see Ortiz and Youks break slumps with hard-hit singles.

    Paul SF April 7, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • again we get NESN starting in the bot of the 1st :D
    And i still have a free trial for mlbtv sweet!

    Anonymous April 7, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • Excellent quick inning from Julian — K, ground to first, ground to second.

    Paul SF April 7, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • T-Man sets em down in order.

    Anonymous April 7, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • lowell gets a leadoff walk

    Anonymous April 7, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • tek hits a solid shot to first who gets the out at second.

    TJ April 7, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • Why on earth is NESN sponsoring a contest where the prize is a clinic led by Tino Martinez?

    Hudson April 7, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • The good news is that we have already tied yesterdays hit total

    Rob April 7, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • Two great defensive plays save Millwood a run.

    Paul SF April 7, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • Some nice fielding by the Rangers tonight so far.

    Hudson April 7, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • sb for Crisp

    TJ April 7, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • Crisp steals 2nd with 2 outs.

    Hudson April 7, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • Pedroia earns a walk

    TJ April 7, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • Pedroia draws a walk. Really enjoying his plate appearances so far…

    Hudson April 7, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • Lugo comes through

    Rob April 7, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • Lugo brings Coco home with a single up the middle! If only Wakes could get this run support…

    Hudson April 7, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • At this rate we should see the Texas BP soon. Millwood already at 43 pitches.

    Rob April 7, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • Lugo with an RBI single 2-0

    TJ April 7, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • Youks walks, bags full… Millwood can’t find the zone. Big Papi at the plate, this would be a great time for him to get his groove back.

    Hudson April 7, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • Please Papi…..

    Rob April 7, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • Lugo keeps messing with his right arm. Uh-oh.

    Hudson April 7, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • nice grba by Milwood.

    TJ April 7, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • Wow. Unlucky grab by Millwood for Ortiz.

    Andrew April 7, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • I was nailed by typepad just in time to see a first pitch hit back to the pitcher.

    Rob April 7, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • Nuthin’ doing from Papi, taps back to the mound. Inning over.

    Hudson April 7, 2007, 8:41 pm
  • Half-inning over, that is.
    Milwood’s at 50 pitches already.

    Hudson April 7, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • Tavarez looking sharp until a four-pitch walk to Blalock.

    Hudson April 7, 2007, 8:46 pm
  • Single past Lugo by Wilkerson.

    Hudson April 7, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • Tavarez now walks the bags full… Very odd, he was cruising along.

    Hudson April 7, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • Gets out of it with a shallow fly-out to right.

    Hudson April 7, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • Sox go quickly in the 3rd apart from a Lowell single.

    Hudson April 7, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • Niiiiice play by Lugo up the middle.

    Paul SF April 7, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • Lugo and Youks combine for a sweet play… 1 gone.

    Hudson April 7, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • Ohhhh no. What a terrible play. An error by Drew allows one to score. Bad throw to the plate allows Young to score on what should have been a single.

    Paul SF April 7, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • Inside-the-park home run to right by Young… WTF just happened?

    Hudson April 7, 2007, 9:08 pm
  • A hard-hit single now, and a wild pitch/passed ball sends Tex to second.

    Paul SF April 7, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • Inside-the-park home run to right by Young… WTF just happened?

    Hudson April 7, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • wasnt a HR

    TJ April 7, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • That’s a single and a THREE-base error, Hudson. At least it should be.

    Paul SF April 7, 2007, 9:11 pm
  • Wheels coming off here.

    Hudson April 7, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • Tavarez is pitching like a yankee starter -_-

    TJ April 7, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • The Orc gets a key K of Blalock with a nice breaking ball. 2 down, 1st and 3rd.

    Hudson April 7, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • if the ranger PA plays “phantom of the opera” one more time for a full count……….i’m gonna do something.

    sf rod April 7, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • That’s not Phantom…that’s Beethoven’s fifth.

    Andrew April 7, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • After going up 0-2, Tavarez loads the bags with a walk.

    Hudson April 7, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • Now, was that already a hit or did Manny just decide to play it on a hop an inch away from his glove?

    Andrew April 7, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • Single makes it 4-2 Rangers.

    Hudson April 7, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • There’s always the ninth, Sox fans….

    YF April 7, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • God I hate Taverez. I hate him so much

    Dionsysu April 7, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • I’m gonna go to bed.

    Dionysus April 7, 2007, 9:28 pm
  • he’s no seanez.

    sf rod April 7, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • Well, that’s the Tavarez we all came to know and loathe last year.
    Drew’s error wouldn’t have made much difference. Tex and Young would have scored anyway, seems like.

    Paul SF April 7, 2007, 9:30 pm
  • Depressing…Milwood’s still not a good pitcher. Plenty of time to light him up, right?

    desturbd1 April 7, 2007, 9:32 pm
  • tavarez makes me think of what a healthy clement might look like.

    sf rod April 7, 2007, 9:39 pm
  • agreed, rod. lots of movement and always throwing in the wrong spot. His fastball moves so much it’s rediculous.
    This lineup is no easy feat for a fifth pitcher.

    Brad April 7, 2007, 9:42 pm
  • Julian Tavarez, doing his best Carl Pavano. Boy, I sure do feel better about Boston’s chances with Papelbon in the bullpen.
    (And for the record, I’ve hated the switch since it happened. Putting Paps’ preferences aside for a moment, I’m going to be bitter about this until Lester is ready to contribute at a decent level)

    desturbd1 April 7, 2007, 9:43 pm
  • Wow. Ortiz has looked so fricken bad for the last month and a half…

    desturbd1 April 7, 2007, 9:47 pm
  • He’ll come around, D-1. I think, like last year, once the first one comes, he’ll get on fire..
    Or, maybe he’s another huge question mark in this lineup that can’t get through five, err, I mean hit the ball? Probably not though.:P

    Brad April 7, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • Javier Lopez in for Tavarez.

    Paul SF April 7, 2007, 9:51 pm
  • He immediately gives up a ball that was 1.5 inches from a home run. Ick.

    Paul SF April 7, 2007, 9:52 pm
  • C’Mon Lefty!!!!
    Millwood can be had!

    Brad April 7, 2007, 9:59 pm
  • Gets out of it though. Nice pitching.

    Paul SF April 7, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • okay!

    Brad April 7, 2007, 10:01 pm
  • Drew gets the three-run rally started.

    Paul SF April 7, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • JD continues to rake….

    Brad April 7, 2007, 10:03 pm
  • OK.
    Dear Red Sox,
    Let’s not waste leadoff hits any longer, ok?
    Thank you,
    Lowell’s bat is much faster this year than last. No way he fights that off late last year.

    Brad April 7, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • maybe tek has some hits left in that bat.

    sf rod April 7, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • Toast isn’t toast yet!

    Andrew April 7, 2007, 10:06 pm

    TJ April 7, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • TEK! Drives home Drew with the double. Come on, Crisp!

    Paul SF April 7, 2007, 10:07 pm
  • Toas..errr, I mean TEK!!!!!

    Brad April 7, 2007, 10:07 pm
  • nice homerun call by orsillo.

    sf rod April 7, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • dustins still looking for his first rbi or the year. the kid takes hacks.

    sf rod April 7, 2007, 10:12 pm
  • OK not watching anymore…bad things happen when I come back for a few minutes…

    desturbd1 April 7, 2007, 10:24 pm

    TJ April 7, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • eww.

    Brad April 7, 2007, 10:25 pm
  • following on gamecast here, and wondering why teixeira isn’t ibb’ed with 1 out and a man on third and sosa on deck. or if not ibb’ed immediately, given a pass after the count drops to 3-1.
    sosa follows with a homer but still gotta question the call.

    YF April 7, 2007, 10:26 pm
  • Sox bullpen looking like its old self.

    Andrew April 7, 2007, 10:26 pm
  • Also: why bring in Romero, the loogy, to face Tex if he’s a switch hitter? Doesn’t make sense to me.

    Andrew April 7, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • So J.C. Romero comes in, sucks, leaves.

    Paul SF April 7, 2007, 10:31 pm
  • ok…rally started.
    Let’s get it going, top of the order, Lugo on with a leadoff hit, and now all must contribute.
    Let’s go middle.

    Brad April 7, 2007, 10:49 pm
  • or not. Our bullpen looks like NY’s starting pitching.

    Brad April 7, 2007, 10:52 pm
  • mess around, and the Sox will be right back in this game.

    Brad April 7, 2007, 10:57 pm
  • My game day is stuck – anyone know what jd did?

    rootbeerfloat April 7, 2007, 10:58 pm
  • popped out

    Andrew April 7, 2007, 11:03 pm
  • Brad – hehe, Yankee bullpen reminds me of the Boston offense…when it comes to runs, they’re both anemic.

    Andrew April 7, 2007, 11:04 pm
  • I just log in, and I’m very disappointed that no one has commented on how much larger Sosa looks since we last saw him.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 7, 2007, 11:08 pm
  • i didnt notice it but says Youkilis came up lame last inning and thats why he was replaced.

    TJ April 7, 2007, 11:11 pm
  • I like that Pedroia is aggressive, but that was an awful at-bat.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 7, 2007, 11:15 pm
  • Another leadoff baserunner wasted.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 7, 2007, 11:17 pm
  • Actually, Andrews, I think you mean the starting pitching, no? I mean, the bullpen has carried NY so far this year. Boston’s bullpen has been good to date, but they sure have hiccupped tonight. Well, Drew’s error didn’t help anything. I contribute a large part of both teams issues to the cold weather they’ve both played in thus far. It sucks to play ball in the cold – even in the big leagues.

    Brad April 7, 2007, 11:17 pm
  • Seems to be trend thus far, IBM. It almost feels like Boston has had the leadoff guy on in every inning this year so far. It’ll work itself out.

    Brad April 7, 2007, 11:19 pm
  • We’re about to waste another one. (Yep, I’m already jaded.)
    BTW, great shot on NESN of the drunk Texas fans with a couple dozen beer bottles lined up on the top of the dugout.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 7, 2007, 11:29 pm
  • I’m Andrew, not Andrews. And I meant what I said, whether you have the Yankee bullpen or the Sox’s offense, you’re not really looking at many runs being scored :)
    All in good fun, the Sox will strike back in a big way I’m sure, just in time for their series against the Yanks.

    Andrew April 7, 2007, 11:31 pm
  • Crap. A winnable game, no?

    I'mBillMcNeal April 7, 2007, 11:37 pm
  • Devern Hansack posted a 2.08 ERA with an 8/2 K/bb and .92 WHIP in 8.2 innings this spring training. Friday, in AAA, Hansack went 5.2 innings, struck out 10 while walking only one and allowing 4 hits. He allowed one run, which scored on a solo homer.
    Screw Tavarez and his inability to throw strikes…Hansack should get a shot.

    desturbd1 April 8, 2007, 3:19 am
  • I give Tavarez a few more starts to see if he’s got it in him. You don’t dump a guy after one shot, no matter who he is.
    If he throws out four or five straight stinkers, then yeah, I’m all for gutting his remains and giving the spot to Hansack until Lester’s ready.
    If that time comes, I’d rather the team sever ties with Tavarez completely than to waste the roster spot sticking him in the bullpen. I see no reason that he’d ever be better than he was last year in that role. If the guy can’t start, then get rid of him…we’ve got a ton of guys who are better and more reliable relievers. Some team, like the Phillies, will pick him up on waivers.

    Steve April 8, 2007, 4:17 am
  • Yankee starters have a 9.87 era. The team era is 5.5, so the pen must be doing well.
    Yankee offense leads the leagues in runs.

    john April 8, 2007, 10:47 am
  • I don’t think Tavarez pitched that badly. I do think they pulled him early, he was starting to settle down. You just can’t walk people in Texas.

    Kazz April 8, 2007, 12:22 pm

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