Skies Clearing: Sox-Jays Gamer IV

I dreamt last night that the Red Sox won the World Series this year. Three-game sweep in the first round, six-game win over the Yanks in the ALCS, and a six-game win over the NL team (not sure which). Apparently my subconscious remains as optimistic as ever.

My subconscious is thrilled that the Sox have already outperformed my conscious expectations by winning two against Toronto in this series, and now have a chance to take three, assuming the weather allows it. Josh Beckett has figured out of late that throwing without risk of blisters means nothing if you give up eight runs a game. His curveball has been dandy, as have the results. Let’s hope he keeps that up.

The physical clouds may still be hanging above Fenway Park, but the injury cloud is beginning to dissipate. Alex Gonzalez and Wily Mo Pena are in the lineup today, and the Sox activated Trot Nixon and Jason Varitek from the DL. Terry Francona said Manny Ramirez is "real close" to returning, as is David Ortiz. Thank God for that.

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8 comments… add one
  • 1. Coco Crisp, CF
    2. Mark Loretta, 1B
    3. Mike Lowell, 3B
    4. Kevin Youkilis, LF
    5. Wily Mo Pena, DH
    6. Doug Mirabelli, C
    7. Gabe Kapler, RF
    8. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
    9. Alex Gonzalez, SS
    P — Josh Beckett
    Mike Lowell batting third. It just gets weirder and weirder. With the way he’s been hitting of late, this could actually be a potent 1-5.

    Paul SF September 3, 2006, 3:11 pm
  • Just rolled the tarp back onto the field at 4:15 when they were hoping for a 4:20 start after the initial delay.

    attackgerbil September 3, 2006, 4:21 pm
  • In what scenario should Mirabelli EVER hit 6th?

    SF September 3, 2006, 4:35 pm
  • Beckett’s allowed one run in and loaded the bases with one out in the second. Yuck… Back to baseball-card cataloging…

    Paul SF September 3, 2006, 6:02 pm
  • SF, I guess a lineup in which Kapler, Pedroia and Gonzales are batting 7-8-9, although I’d say A-Gon is the best of those four hitters…

    Paul SF September 3, 2006, 6:03 pm
  • Whoops, two outs, and Beckett gets the K to end the inning…

    Paul SF September 3, 2006, 6:05 pm
  • The Jays are jumping all over Beckett with moderate success — deep fly outs, line outs, a homer and a handful of doubles… 3-0 Toronto after 3.5….

    Paul SF September 3, 2006, 6:26 pm
  • Sox say Tek and Nixon will play Monday, and Julian Tavarez has said Manny told him he will be in the field as well. With Papi back Tuesday, a sweep of the Chi Sox would be great.

    TJ September 3, 2006, 11:59 pm

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