Monday, April 16, 2012

Sox Go for the Sweep (part 2)

If we've said it once, we've said it a hundred times: this Red Sox season is going to be entertaining if nothing else.  Comments from Bobby V about Youk has touched off a media/Twitter feeding frenzy this morning in the Nation.  See the post below for thoughts on that topic and add your own thoughts/questions in the comments section.  As for today's game, the Sox go for the four game sweep of the Rays at the traditional Patriots Day 11 am start.  Here is the starting lineup for the Sox:

Aviles SS
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Ortiz DH
Ross LF
Sweeney RF
Punto 3B
Saltalamacchia C
McDonald LF

The pitching matchup has young righty Daniel Bard making his second major league start against right-hander James Shields.  Bard showed signs of why the Sox want him in the rotation in his first start in Toronto, now he needs to take it a step further on the home town mound.  Shields had an outstanding 2011 after a disappointing 2010 - which will it be in 2012?

No live chat today, so feel free to leave your questions, comments, or random bits of knowledge in the comments section of this post.  Go Sox!

24 comments:

  1. Punto comes up in a big spot with two outs and can't drive a run in from third. I dearly hope I don't end up having far too much Nick Punto in my life this summer.

    p.s. Middlebrooks' stat line at Pawtucket: .364/.378/.636 with 3HR in 11 games

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  2. I just settled into my suite at the Hilton Garden Inn and I'm ready for some blogging. I'm watching the game on the tube now but had to listen to most of it. Seems like Bard is dealing!!

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  3. Bard struggling with two out in the 7th two guys on and he's over 100 pitches. Needs to make one more pitch to get out of this.

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  4. Bard is really struggling with command. Bobby V doesn't seem to be showing the effort that he used to...why won't he go get Bard??

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    1. Bobby V doesn't seem as emotionally into managing as he used to back in the wear the Groucho disguise days, for whatever reason. Also, how long do you think it takes for Boston reporters to make Bobby V/Grady Little comps after not taking Bard out to face Longoria?

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    2. The over under is about 30 minutes after the game is over. I'll take the under.

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    1. Just saw a promo for the BVS (bobby valentine show) on Nesn thursday at 6. If he keeps it up it may be his one and only episode!

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  6. Valentine finally takes Bard out who ran out of gas in the 7th. Still an outstanding start for Bard. Thomas came on to get Luke Scott to fly out. 1-0 TB in the 7th inning stretch...god bless america

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    1. Agreed. Great start by Bard. I want to hear all the people crying to make him the closer issue tweets, blog posts, and columns of apology. He has the potential to be a top notch starter for years to come.

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  7. Somebody throw themselves in front of Jenny!! She almost got hit by a flying bat. Out of all the things to go wrong we can't have that pretty faced getting marred

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  8. strike em out throw em out to end the bottom of the 7th. My battery power is just about dead, but I've gotten in my quota of comments for the day. 1-0 TB going to the 8th. Let's hope the sox have another come back in them today. BTW funny stuff on Nesn as don and jerry celebrate the 5th anniversary of the pizza throwing incident at Fenway. Go Sox!!

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  9. Laptop is dead but I just fired upturn wives kindlefire! I'm back! 1-0 Tb in the 9th

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    1. Good work! Let's hope your dedication is rewarded with a 9th inning two run bomb!

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    2. By the way, what's an "upturn wives kindlefire"? Sounds like a romance novel written by Danielle Steel.

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    3. I meant to write up the, but I was so excited to be typing on the kindle fire and watching the game I got stuck between writing "up the" and "turned on the". The romance came later on after the dinner and a movie :)

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  10. Headed to the bottom of the 9th needing a single run to tie the game. Top of the lineup coming up against Shields who is up over 100 pitches. Somebody get on base for the boppers. I hope they yank Shields for Rodney with runners on base. What's that I smell? 2012's first walk off?

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  11. Well I got my wish...Rodney coming in with a runner on base for Gonzo and Papi...do you smell it??????

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    1. Apparently what I was smelling was the big dump the home plate umpire just took on Cody Ross. Those were all outside by a foot. T-E-R-R-I-B-L-E

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  12. Gonzo grounds out weakly to first and Ortiz is intentionally walked...come on Cody Ross! Be a hero!

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    1. On the plus side, Ross showed he is very emotionally into the game as he fired his helmet off and screamed at the home plate umpire after being rung up on a pitch in the left-handed batters' box.

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  13. To me the first immediate step in getting by without Jacoby Ellsbury was to survive this tough nine game homestand. As disappointing as today's 1-0 loss is, a three out of four against the Rays, who swept the Yankees a week ago, is a great start. We have Lester and Beckett lined up for Texas and the Sox must keep the momentum. Right now a 6-3 homestand is not out of the question, at all.

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    1. Winning 3 out of 4 on the homestand was essential or at least as essential as games in April can be. I totally agree that they need to have a good record on this homestand. One of the concerns I have about this team is that they have a knack for letting down when things seem to be going good. Let's hope that they can keep the pedal to the metal and win at least 3 out of the next 5 vs the Rangers and Yankees.

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