Sunday, July 8, 2012

Last game of the first"half"

Tonight, before the usual ESPN Sunday Night Baseball audience for any Red Sox- Yankee Sunday game, the two teams finish the pre All Star Game portion of the schedule.  The Red Sox at 43-42 need the win to enter the break above .500, which it seems they have been battling to do all season.

The Red Sox lineup for tonight is:

Nava, LF
Ciriaco, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Gonzalez, 1B
Ross, RF
Salty, C
Sweeney, CF
Gomez, 3B
Aviles, SS
Lester, P

For all of you out there you had the Red Sox lineup including Nava, Ciriaco, and Mauro Gomez (at third base, no less) in the Sox starting lineup going into the All Star break tip back another cold one.  And based on last night game, there is no reason not to be optimistic for all three guys to help the Sox to a win.

In other notes, Vincente Padilla continues to respond to Mrs. ( oops, Mark) Teixeira's blasting of him after Friday night's game.  Among the better comments from Padilla include " He ( Teixeira) is afraid to hit against me" and telling Teixeira to "go play a woman's game".  Hopefully Padilla will get a chance to face the Yankee fraud baseman tonight.

In a fair exchange since yesterday the Red Sox used three International League All Stars( Justin Germano, Ciriaco, and Gomez), today's Pawtucket lineup included Clay Buchholz, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jose Iglesias, Ryan Lavarnway,and Daniel Bard in relief.  Buchholz started and pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings.  He gave up one hit and a pair of walks, while fanning three.  He very well could rejoin the rotation after the break.  Jacoby had one hit and is planning to workout at Fenway this week, and then a plan for his return will be finalized, perhaps on Friday.  Bard also pitched a scoreless inning.

Before the Sox-Yankee game the annual Futures game is being played showcasing all of the top prospects in the game at 5.  It has a World vs. USA format.  The top two prospects in the latest RSM poll are both playing.  Xander Bogaerts is playing for the World team, and Matt Barnes is on the USA team.


  1. Thanks for making the pre-game post Deacon! So far this one has followed the same script: Yankees scoring in the top of the first and the Sox having to battle back. How can it be so hard to get the first three outs?

    1. Another loss to the New Yorkers, but in reference to the first inning blues in this series, you have to like the progression going forward for the other 12 games vs. the Yanks. First game first inning totals thru game four went 5, 4, 3, 2. Looks like a one run first inning followed by some goose eggs the next time the Red Sox play the Yankees.

  2. After all of the work to get over .500 and then get a little cushion over the .500 mark, who would've thought that the Red Sox would finish the first half at 43-43 and tied for last place in the division. They are 9.5 games behind the Yankees. All of this seems fitting. They played like a .500 team for the first half, but the encouraging news is that they have a number of talented players slated to return after the All-Star break. That in itself doesn't guarantee success or a playoff berth but it's something to hang our hopes on for now. However, if Lester and Beckett don't improve in the second half than the return of Crawford, Ellsbury, Middlebrooks, Bailey, Buchholz and hopefully Pedroia won't matter much.

  3. It feels good to be back after a long time away without access to internet. Let's just say I've had more than a few withdrawals, both from the Red Sox and from the RSM blog. Thanks for keeping the information flowing Deacon and Jason. I've enjoyed reading your post and getting caught up on all things Red Sox. A lot has certainly happened over the last ten days or so. Unfortunately I've returned home just in time for the four day All Star break so I'll have to wait another four days or so to watch a Red Sox game and blog about it. I think the break comes at a good time for the team obviously.