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So You’re Saying There Is A Chance

It’s 28 to 5, Toronto over Boston, in the middle of the ninth.

Yes, 28 to 5.

https://www.mlb.com/gameday/blue-jays-vs-red-sox/2022/07/22/663222#game_state=live,game_tab=,game=663222

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Sox/Rays Gamer 2

Chris Sale vs. Shane Baz

Let’s watch some baseball.

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Thieving Thieves

Back up against the wall. Go ‘Stros.

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Everything Is Broken: Sox-Yanks ALDS IV

Holy crap. I made a post for the first time in forever, the Yankees lost. I don’t make a post after making the last one, and the Yankees win. So, I don’t make another post, thinking I’m on to something about me not posting, and Boston scores a fajillion runs, as if they were playing a little league team. Elimination time for the Yankees, with Carston Charles Sabathia looking to hold the Red Sox to what, less than double digits? I ain’t superstitious, but Porcello is gonna cross that path.

Enjoy the game. Lineups after the fold.

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It’s Been A Long Time Since I Rock and Rolled: Yanks-Sox ALDS Gamer I

Red Sox manager Alex Cora and Yankees manager Aaron Boone faced each other on the field for the first time May 1st 2001 (I may be wrong.. I had to dig for a while to find it..), when the Dodgers lost to the Reds 7-6, on a three for four performance by Boone including a home run off Eric Gagne, the beginning of history between them as they face off for the first time as managers in the post season. Cora was with the Dodgers in ’04 and Boone sat that season out, injured, so neither figured in the last post-season meeting between the Sox and Yanks. But they will figure tonight, along with the brilliant and impossibly thin figure of Chris Sale on the bump for the home team Boston Red Sox, and J.A. Happ getting the start for the visiting New York Yankees.

This year’s story was the Sox outscoring the Bombers 116 to 102 heads-up, and Boston winning 10 to the Yankees 9. Perhaps most important is that in the height of the race in August, the Sox swept the Yanks four games at Fenway 28-13 including winning the last game in extras, where after putting their proverbial foot down, and won 108 games, never having to look back. The Yankees knocked off the A’s in their play-in game, and managed to win 100 games in the reggalar, third place behind Boston and defending World Champion Houston’s 103 win tally. The Yanks also slugged the most home runs ever in a season (267), while Boston ran away with runs (876) (yanks were 2nd at 851) hits (1509) and doubles (355): +56 for hits on the Cubbies.. Talk about two awesome offenses.

Houston posted a major’s-best 3.3 RA/G, and it’s not even close. What is most remarkable, and you really should go look this up, is that they did it with only 22 pitchers for the season. The Sox and Yanks were both above league average, but think about that Houston rotation and pen. Twenty two pitchers for a whole season? With a staff ERA of 3.11?

Anyway, now it is on to the two best teams in the Beast with a combined 208 regular season wins facing off for the short race to three wins. Line-ups when I have them. It’s important enough to say it again: this the first post-season meeting between these two arch rivals since the epic series of 2004. Wasn’t that something to behold? Comment away.

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Sunday Night Rivalry: Sox-Yanks Gamer IV

Let’s see what prize awaits us tonight on ESPN with Buccholz and Tanaka in da Bronx.

Comment away.

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Sorry Folks: Rivalry Posts Got Eaten

Devine is away, and I have been dealing with RL stuff. Tried to post gamers from my phone and failed miserably. I’m back at the wheel, albeit belatedly.

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Gem Hunting: Sox-Jays Gamer III

R.A. Dickey and Clay Buccholz aren’t having stellar seasons, but either pitcher is a short-odds bet to give a stellar outing on any given start. Buccholz was brilliant two starts ago against Houston, and Dickey’s four-hit win in Anaheim was impressive. This could be fun for fans of the bump. Comment away.

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OBERHOLTZER: Sox-Tribe Gamer II

That’s a name that belongs in ALLCAPS.. The Sox put Jake Peavy to the task os containing the ‘Stros.

Comment away.

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Working Late: Sox-Stros/Yanks-O’s Gamer

Sorry folks.. just finishing work for the day and I missed getting the gamers up in time. Kuroda is facing the birds and sees his team knotted at two runs in the sixth, while Lackey is holding the Stros scoreless and has been staked a two-run lead in Houston. Comment away and enjoy your weekend.

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Worth Watching: Sox-Sox Gamer IV

Jon Lester is, by far, the best pitcher on the Sox. Quintana is not so shabby either. The south-siders attempt the sweep at Fenway. Comment away.

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Yard Sale: Pale-Crimson Gamer III

Chris Sale is pitching his team towards an even record. Rubby de la Rosa is not having such results so far.

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Blister in the Sun: Southies-Beantown, Yanks-Tribe Gamer II

As D heads to his vacation I return from mine, albeit later than expected and almost too crisp to type. Ouch ouch ouch.

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For The Moms: Yanks-Brewers, Sox-Rangers Maternal Gamer

The Yankees are already ahead of the Brewers; hopefully they can hold on this time with David Phelps facing long-time nemesis Matt Garza. Coming on shortly John Lackey and the Red Sox against Robbie Ross in Arlington.

Enjoy your Sunday and comment away.

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Left Hand Of Soxness: Red Sox-Pale Sox Gamer

Lefties Chris Sale and Jon Lester, two of the premiere attractions in the game, are facing off in Chicago. Apologies to LeGuin.

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Great Expectorations: Sox-Yanks Gamer II

Lost in the kerfuffle over Pineda’s exceedingly sweaty palms last night was the fact the Yankees and Sox are ranked 12th and 14th in runs per game in the American league at 3.7 and 3.6 respectively. Jon Lester is on the mound for Boston tonight; he’s been very stingy and his peripherals look great despite his 0-2 record, the result of poor run support. Sabathia notched a win his last time out, having a bad sixth inning against Toronto before being lifted for Adam Warren.

More moisture is predicted, this time from more natural sources. Friday night Rivalry action in the Bronx. Lineups follow, comment away.