Good Old Fashioned A's Kickin'

Kevin Youkilis is greeted at home plate by a teammate after the first of his pair of two- run home runs against the Oakland Athletics, during Boston's 12-2 win in a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008.
(AP Photo)

Youk Bangs Two, Bay Bashes One, Oakland Comes Undone

Saturday Night Box: Boston 12, Oakland 2
Globe: Bay Helps Show the Way as Sox Crush A's
In Tonight's Performance Kevin Youkilis Will Be Playing the Role of Manny Ramirez
Should Kevin Be the New Captain of the Bay Era Red Sox?
Now That's a Bay Statement: 3-Run Homer Something to Watch
A Man Named Jed: 2-for-3, and 3 RBIs for Lowrie... Lugo Resting Not-So-Easy
Iron Mike Lowell Plays Through the Pain
Easy Night for the Ace: Lester Improves to 10-3
Committee Redux: Masterson in the 8th, Smith in the Ninth

"I don't think two games and two wins makes a career, but it's two wins and I'm happy to be a part of it." -- 8.2.08, J-Bay, so far, so good

Manny Goes Deep ...

Manny hits a first-inning two-run homer for the Dodgers on Saturday
(BDD Photo Illustration)

... And Offers Up Some Deep Thoughts to the Media:
Manny Wants to Finish His Career in LA, and Other Nonsense

"I've already made $160 million. I like it here. I'm looking for peace. I want to stay here. At the end of the season, if the Dodgers want me to end my career here, we'll sit down and talk." -- 8.2.08, Manny It's-Not-About-the-Money Ramirez

Boras Could Have Stopped Manny From Acting Out If the Sox Had Just Given In

Sox had to deal with the devil again
(BDD / Jonathan Blazon Illustration)

Globe: Manny Lobbied to Stay After Trade

"If the Sox dropped the option years on his contract - which they had agreed to do if they traded him - Boras said Ramírez would not be a problem the rest of the season. ...

For the Sox, the source said, Ramírez's pledge of good behavior only served as a tacit admission that his disruptive conduct of the last couple of weeks had been calculated, and they had had good cause to suspect more was in the offing if they did not trade him. The Sox told him thanks but no thanks, what was done was done, and pack plenty of sunscreen." -- 8.2.08, Gordon Edes, Boston Globe

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

Boston Globe:

Rodriguez looks like the steal deal > Despite effort by Rodriguez, Red So fall > Tazawa has come a long way, on and off field

Boston Herald:

Lauber: Eduardo Rodriguez showing Red Sox he's special > PawSox start looms large for Masterson


Rodriguez gem wasted > Chili Davis doesn't want to turn Red Sox into free-swingers > Red Sox draft catcher in third round

NY Post:

How Mariano Rivera has influenced Yankees' top pick > Why starting rotation could be a big Yankees' strength

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