East Bay Grease: Sox-A’s Gamer III

After a late-night flight out to Oaktown, the Sox have to pick their weary bones up and get ready to play after a long trip west. No better way to do this than to check the AL’s recent weekly and monthly honors, and see that Dustin Pedroia has been named both Rookie of the Month (for May) and PotW for his recent heroics.  Pedroia has exceeded expectations, not unlike the team itself, who have surged to the best record in the AL despite inconsistency from Daisuke Matsuzaka, a DL stint for their ace, Tim Wakefield throwing batting practice during real games for about a month, extended slumps from Manny Ramirez, Julio Lugo, Coco Crisp, and JD Drew, and a nagging injury to David Ortiz (who has gone homerless for roughly 70 at-bats).  Oakland isn’t much of a cure for this, though; the foul territory is voluminous and Danny Haren excels at home, with a 1.70 ERA and four wins.  He’s on a six game winning streak, and tonight is going to be a tough one.   Julian Tavarez has surprised us before, so we’ll keep our chin up, for at least a little while. 

Use this as your thread for tonight’s action.

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  • Red Sox
    1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
    2. Alex Cora, SS
    3. David Ortiz, DH
    4. Manny Ramirez, LF
    5. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
    6. J.D. Drew, RF
    7. Coco Crisp, CF
    8. Doug Mirabelli, C
    9. Eric Hinske, 1B
    SP – Julian Tavarez
    A’s
    1. Shannon Stewart, LF
    2. Travis Buck, RF
    3. Nick Swisher, 1B
    4. Dan Johnson, DH
    5. Eric Chavez, 3B
    6. Bobby Crosby, SS
    7. Mark Kotsay, CF
    8. Mark Ellis, 2B
    9. Jason Kendall, C
    SP – Dan Haren

    TJ June 4, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • Wow, that’s a white flag lineup if I ever saw one. Cora, Hinske, Mirabelli. Yuck.
    No need to stay up tonight, maybe I will wake up and be pleasantly surprised, such is baseball. But I wouldn’t be placing any bets tonight on the Sox, that’s for sure.

    SF June 4, 2007, 8:21 pm
  • Hmm. Pedroia batting leadoff. Curious.

    Rain SF June 4, 2007, 9:17 pm
  • Why is Mirabelli playing? Is something wrong with Tek?

    rootbeerfloat June 4, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • At last! Papi hits a tater!!

    rootbeerfloat June 4, 2007, 10:14 pm
  • PAPI with a Homer 1-0

    TJ June 4, 2007, 10:15 pm
  • they didnt get to the hotel til after 5am thats why he and some others got the evening off

    TJ June 4, 2007, 10:15 pm
  • Whew – I was starting to panic a little.

    rootbeerfloat June 4, 2007, 10:16 pm
  • Maybe that was the tater Papi should have hit last night, eh? :P
    Jesus Christ, Danny Haren on Gameday looks like…Jesus Christ. :P

    Rain SF June 4, 2007, 10:40 pm
  • Sox with some hard hit balls off Haren…
    Any fellow west coasters here?

    mp June 4, 2007, 10:42 pm
  • WMP… ouch

    mp June 4, 2007, 10:50 pm
  • mp, I’m in your time zone…. just a tad busy with work… and this game is a little depressing

    rootbeerfloat June 4, 2007, 11:22 pm
  • Tavarez is awesome. What a great guy. Tries to make DiceK feel at home, good with Lester taking his spot. Love that kook.

    Soog June 4, 2007, 11:26 pm
  • Who is WMP trying to make feel comfortable?

    rootbeerfloat June 4, 2007, 11:35 pm
  • Wow, why have I wasted any opportunity for sleep watching this weak-ass effort?
    Thanks, Tito, for the lineup. Thanks, Theo, for sticking us with Tavarez as our fifth starter – there’s no excuse for running this guy out one more time, Gabbard can do as sh*tty as Julian, why not give him shot instead of basically conceding a deficit by starting Tavarez? And thanks, again, Theo, for not admitting your mistake with Wily Mo and having him plug up a useful roster spot where we might have someone who can actually make contact and be a useful defensive player. Pena is completely useless, I don’t care about his “raw hitting ability” which will never develop on the job, particularly not for a team that he will not get any regular playing time for. He should be sent away, for good.
    This game has me completely fed up.

    SF June 4, 2007, 11:40 pm
  • Plus, we get Mirabelli again on Wednesday, meaning he will have played 3 of the last 6 games. Great. And if Wake continues to suck, then what use is Mirabelli anyhow?

    SF June 4, 2007, 11:45 pm
  • SF – I thought I WAS sleeping. This is a game?

    rootbeerfloat June 4, 2007, 11:45 pm
  • OK Guys…smiles needed so here ya go
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=E1uqPJit-3A

    TJ June 4, 2007, 11:50 pm
  • ok now shush u Pena haters

    TJ June 5, 2007, 12:04 am
  • WMP!!!

    rootbeerfloat June 5, 2007, 12:04 am
  • TJ – are you on the west coast? Or staying up reeeeeeeeeeeally late just to watch this thing?

    rootbeerfloat June 5, 2007, 12:07 am
  • im in NY so watching I can not do…. but i never go to bed before west coast trip games are over…. NEVER! :p
    I remember once when I was 14 in the hospital just after having my appendix out Sox were out west and I fought with the nurses about the tv being on so late lol

    TJ June 5, 2007, 12:11 am
  • Wow, you’re die hard. I can barely stay up and I’m in CA!

    rootbeerfloat June 5, 2007, 12:13 am
  • some more of the west coast contingency here to hold down the thread. finally haren exits after looking strong to the first two batters in the eighth. not sure i would have pulled him.

    sf rod June 5, 2007, 12:24 am
  • why is Lugo PH’ing for Cora??? Doesn’t Cora have a higher BA?

    rootbeerfloat June 5, 2007, 12:25 am
  • sidearming lefty marshall in. gets lugo to fly out in foul territory. thanks julio.

    sf rod June 5, 2007, 12:27 am
  • it’s become a walkathon. thanks joel. could use a dp ball here.

    sf rod June 5, 2007, 12:34 am
  • ugh – I thought they were going to hang in there and make it interesting….

    rootbeerfloat June 5, 2007, 12:34 am
  • deep fly tags up chavez. 4-2 oakland. last three comming up. ortiz / manny / youk are our last hope.

    sf rod June 5, 2007, 12:36 am
  • tiz doubles on the first pitch. tying run to the plate in the form of manny. 0 outs.

    sf rod June 5, 2007, 12:38 am
  • manny frozen on a strike over the corner looking. 1 down.

    sf rod June 5, 2007, 12:41 am
  • youk grounds out to ss. tiz to third on the play. captain pinch hits for drew. 2 down.

    sf rod June 5, 2007, 12:43 am
  • c’mon guys. Someone convince me this isn’t the beginning of the end….

    rootbeerfloat June 5, 2007, 12:43 am
  • teks dinker to right scores tiz. coco pinch runs for tek. wily time. 2 down.

    sf rod June 5, 2007, 12:44 am
  • Did that seriously just happen?

    rootbeerfloat June 5, 2007, 12:46 am
  • coco stealing. wily mo gaps one to plate coco. tie game. wake up sf’s we can steal one here. doug m to the plate. 2 down.

    sf rod June 5, 2007, 12:46 am
  • HOW YA LIKE DEM APPLES!

    TJ June 5, 2007, 12:46 am
  • WMP two at bats in a row!!!

    rootbeerfloat June 5, 2007, 12:47 am
  • yes. even if we were the only ones to see it….it really just happened.

    sf rod June 5, 2007, 12:48 am
  • feel bad it had to happen against embree, but i sure wasn’t rooting for the guy.

    sf rod June 5, 2007, 12:49 am
  • WHY THE HELL IS PINIERO IN THERE STILL…. I HATE U FRANCONA!

    TJ June 5, 2007, 12:50 am
  • and….joel goes back to the walkathon.

    sf rod June 5, 2007, 12:50 am
  • Is Piniero going to give it all back?

    rootbeerfloat June 5, 2007, 12:51 am
  • I’m stuck on Gamecay – is anyone warming in the pen?

    rootbeerfloat June 5, 2007, 12:54 am
  • FIRE FRANCONA!

    TJ June 5, 2007, 12:54 am
  • Tito can suck it.

    mp June 5, 2007, 12:54 am
  • ill. a broken bat dp groundball to henski finds it’s way under the glove. first and third no out. ill.

    sf rod June 5, 2007, 12:55 am
  • jc romero on to IBB someone to set up the force. thin ice.

    sf rod June 5, 2007, 12:56 am
  • Pineiro in for TWO INNINGS against the A’s?!!! Is there any possible excuse for this? He has a 10+ ERA AGAINST THIS TEAM!!!!

    mp June 5, 2007, 12:56 am
  • God, Pineiro is worse than Vizcaino.
    But, I’ll say this, at least the Sox, with their record, are able to hide their mistakes.
    If Boston pulls out a win here, they are a team of destiny. Or they just built up a lot of good karma from losing so much in past years. Or Oakland is just pathetic.
    Ah hell, I have Embree on my fantasy team. Gimme a W here.

    AndrewYF June 5, 2007, 12:56 am
  • can’t blame tito. he had no one to go to. all henski. leadoff walks are killers though.

    sf rod June 5, 2007, 12:58 am
  • jc nasty in the dirt to chavez. 1 down. oh how we could use a dp ball.

    sf rod June 5, 2007, 1:00 am
  • If they get out of this inning, I will crap my pants with glee. I mean, this is ridiculous.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 5, 2007, 1:01 am
  • how about a DP…

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 5, 2007, 1:02 am
  • we got out of it. thank you jc. lets score some runs boys.

    sf rod June 5, 2007, 1:02 am
  • *squirt* that was me crapping my pants with glee. ahhh…

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 5, 2007, 1:02 am
  • wow

    rootbeerfloat June 5, 2007, 1:03 am
  • Wow….that was unbelievably lucky…

    DW-sf June 5, 2007, 1:03 am
  • nstb now cleaning his crappy droors.

    sf rod June 5, 2007, 1:04 am
  • happily cleaning.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 5, 2007, 1:06 am
  • every positional player for the sox have now been used with lowell entering the game.

    sf rod June 5, 2007, 1:07 am
  • dPod extends hit streak to 14 games

    TJ June 5, 2007, 1:10 am
  • mike lowe is awsome!

    mike June 5, 2007, 1:11 am
  • dustins singles. in comes calero boasting a 6.65 era in 20 innings. lets bring dustin home.

    sf rod June 5, 2007, 1:12 am
  • can we just get to Ortiz?

    rootbeerfloat June 5, 2007, 1:14 am
  • lugo down on three straight pitches with the strike three being two feet outside and in the dirt. tiz comes up with 2 down to new lefty pitcher flores. he’s given up no runs in 6 innings. time to give him an era.

    sf rod June 5, 2007, 1:17 am
  • TJ – You might never get any sleep.

    rootbeerfloat June 5, 2007, 1:20 am
  • yahoo been on 3-0 count for a bit now whats happening….

    TJ June 5, 2007, 1:20 am
  • ill. tiz misses a home run by a foot to dead center. dustin crawling around the bases gets hosed by 95 feet at the plate. youks faster hands down. how was he not running on an two out hit.

    sf rod June 5, 2007, 1:21 am
  • cripes – what just happened? DPod out at home??

    rootbeerfloat June 5, 2007, 1:21 am
  • nm… lol Youks chucking “see im faster….”

    TJ June 5, 2007, 1:21 am
  • chuckling**

    TJ June 5, 2007, 1:23 am
  • See, further proof short people shouldn’t play baseball. Dustin’s poor little legs couldn’t run his bum home fast enough. (j/k)
    Was that on Dustin or the 3B coach?

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 5, 2007, 1:23 am
  • this game is fatiguing my groin. ellis up with a chance for the cycle. again.

    sf rod June 5, 2007, 1:24 am
  • Cycle for Ellis

    TJ June 5, 2007, 1:26 am
  • couldn’t tell if the 3B coach was stopping him, but the catcher had the ball while dustin was between second and third.

    sf rod June 5, 2007, 1:26 am
  • okajima stretching. not that i was told from oaklands announcers, but i say him in the background. gotta love stadiums that still have a on field bullpen.

    sf rod June 5, 2007, 1:29 am
  • one out walk by jc puts runners on first and second. out comes tito, in comes snyder.

    sf rod June 5, 2007, 1:32 am
  • i say it again. damn how we could use a dp ball here. probably going to the well too many times.

    sf rod June 5, 2007, 1:33 am
  • Uno mas DP por favor?

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 5, 2007, 1:34 am
  • that’ll do for now.

    rootbeerfloat June 5, 2007, 1:35 am
  • nubber back to kyle. only out is at first. second and third two out.

    sf rod June 5, 2007, 1:35 am
  • Alright Synder! Holding onto ALL his balls! Yeah!!

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 5, 2007, 1:36 am
  • crazy messy play on a grounder to youk at first with snyder covering. after a few tumbles, the out is recorded. beat him by a half step at most. 3 down.

    sf rod June 5, 2007, 1:36 am
  • santiago on. yesterday was his mlb debut going 1 1/3 striking out 3 twins.

    sf rod June 5, 2007, 1:39 am
  • he been in 9 games before yesterday :p it was just his season debut

    TJ June 5, 2007, 1:41 am
  • youk!

    rootbeerfloat June 5, 2007, 1:42 am
  • youk hits a flair off the hadle to center that finds grass. 1 on 1 out for coco.

    sf rod June 5, 2007, 1:42 am
  • thanks tj.

    sf rod June 5, 2007, 1:43 am
  • do you suppose WMP has another decent at-bat in him tonight?

    rootbeerfloat June 5, 2007, 1:44 am
  • coco flys to center. wily mo has the chance to earn a free pass for his next 50 k’s….if he hasn’t already tonite.

    sf rod June 5, 2007, 1:45 am
  • or not

    rootbeerfloat June 5, 2007, 1:47 am
  • hes a question to ponder…. Would any of you have a problem if Boston went with Youk at third next season had Ortiz play a majority of time at first and Pena DH’d? He has a tremendous bat and if he played everyday he would hit 35+ Homers and with that I would take the excessive Ks that would come with it

    TJ June 5, 2007, 1:49 am
  • just wonder what it would do to Ortiz to play first every day

    rootbeerfloat June 5, 2007, 1:50 am
  • they could always Send Pena to RF once a week and give Ortiz a day at DH.

    TJ June 5, 2007, 1:53 am
  • i don’t like the idea of no lowell. outside of that, i think tiz could handle first everyday. fly out to coco. 1 down.

    sf rod June 5, 2007, 1:54 am
  • ill. game over. ill.

    sf rod June 5, 2007, 1:56 am
  • BLAH!

    TJ June 5, 2007, 1:57 am
  • nite guys…
    If anyone is interested I will be blogging the Draft this week on my blog :) see ya guys for the game tomorrow nite
    http://redsox.travisliles.com

    TJ June 5, 2007, 1:58 am
  • See what happens when you rant about a player (in my case, WMP)? They go out and make you look like a moron.
    I should rant about WMP more often…

    SF June 5, 2007, 6:22 am
  • Did the 3b coach come down with a severe case of vertigo last night? Why the hell do you send Pedroia when the ball is in Crosby’s hands about 10′ behind 2b? God, I thought Dale Sveum made bad decisions, but DeMarlo Hale made a horrible decision right there. You have Manny coming up and a rookie pitcher on the mound. Not a bad spot to hold Pedroia at 3rd.
    Although, if that ball was 3′ higher, it would have been 6-4 Sox…

    jp-sf June 5, 2007, 10:25 am
  • Agreed, JP. Bad move by Hale. Or bad scouting by the Sox. Both those throws were very impressive from CF to 2B/SS to the plate.

    Paul SF June 5, 2007, 10:40 am
  • Will Pedroia complain about getting tagged in the face by Kendall? Seemed much worse than a routine takeout slide at 2B. Or does he only whine when a Yankee is involved?

    nate June 5, 2007, 12:36 pm
  • In all honesty, I thought Kendall was a bit harsh with the tag. I believe that if he would have come up again last night Romero or Snyder would have dusted him.
    That said, catchers are always getting run over at home. Maybe Kendall was expecting someone taller than 5’3″ to be scoring on the play? I’d like to think that he doesn’t try that if Papi is scoring…

    jp-sf June 5, 2007, 12:40 pm

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