Can't Quit Stroking

Can't Quit Stroking

Red Sox batter Mark Loretta stroked the game winning base hit with the bases loaded off of Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Rodrigo Lopez in the ninth inning of their American League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland September 14, 2006. Orioles catcher Ramon Hernandez is at left.

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Mark 'Mueller' Loretta Comes Up Clutch in Camden
and Will Hang Tough Until the Bitter End
For What It's Worth: Sox 6, O's 5

"Assuming we don't have a miracle run here and that we don't make the playoffs, I have a little bit of a sour taste in my mouth with the season. Things were really going well for the first four months; it was a lot of fun. Then a lot of things that were out of our control happened." -- 9.14.06, Mark Loretta on the ups and downs of the '06 season

O's Awful Pitching Helped Make it a Walk in the Yards
With $20m Iron Manny Mailing It In, Get Used to Walking Papi
If DiNardo Is DiAnswer, What's the Question?
Timlin 'Nails' It Down for Gang of Five Pitchers
Millar's Almost Playing Like Sox Made a Mistake Dumping Him
Schilling Thinks Henry Will Spend Enough to Fix This Colossal
Trainwreck of a Team for His Final Season ...

"We came out of spring training, everybody said, `Well, you have extra starting pitching.' Nobody ever has extra starting pitching. If you have it on Monday, you don't have it on Sunday. It never fails...

``So many things happened to us so fast that it became a surplus to a lack of very quickly here. I think it's a lesson that people like [general manager] Theo [ Epstein] will have to learn only one time. I don't think it will ever be an issue again."I think they'll be very aggressive in trying to fill the roles they see need to be filled. They'll be a player in every race for every player they feel will be a fit here... I think there will be less attention paid to the payroll number than there has been in the past. I could be wrong, but that's the impression I get..." -- 9.14.06, Curt Schilling -- Boston Globe Red Sox notebook

Yankees Fan Jack Nicholson Refused To Wear Red Sox Cap in New Film
Extra Bases: Schedule Alterations | Eric Wilbur: A Balancing Act
Courant: Iron Manny's Having a Grand Old Time Watching the Games

BDD is a feature of Boston.com. All posts are by Steve Silva unless otherwise indicated.

Boston Globe:

Hanley enjoying his return > Victorino slowly getting up to speed > Ramirez fitting right in > Manuel Margot in stars in Salem

Boston Herald:

Pablo Sandoval struggles against lefties continues > Buchholz says he's sorry for the effort > Red Sox doing more right than wrong > Miley put Sox in hole

ProJo:

Brentz walkoff helps PawSox win at McCoy > Marrero more aggressive > Vic ready to make impact > Workman receives PRP injection

NY Post:

The latest way ESPN ruined Sunday Night Baseball > Girardi dusts off Mike Stanley story for Jeter's panicked replacement > Yankees all-in on Carlos Beltran, and that's a problem

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