"Tastes good!" -- Mr. Leigh Teixeira Champagne King
The Lone Bright Spot in the Bronx
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But Will It Even Matter That Matsuzaka Remembered How to Pitch?
Aced Out | New York 3, Two-Hit Wonders 0 Could Someone Patch the Hole in Chris Woodward's Glove? Just Pretending We Didn't Notice the 5 Walks by Dice Cano Gets a Cheapie, Damon Hits a Softie, Yankees Win The Sun Comes Up, the Sun Goes Down, Youkilis Gets Hit Twice Scary Billy Wagner Is a Wild Man on the Mound
"I don't think it matters. Both of us are probably going to the playoffs unless we don't do something right." -- Youkilis giving his 'win one for the Gipper' speech, sort of...
Yanks Get a Leg Up
That's What Happens When You Wear Clown Hats and Beer-League Shirts in the Bronx
"It hit off my knee going about mach seven. It hit me in a good spot, where it didn't do too much damage that, hopefully, I won't miss any time... I had good stuff tonight. It was one of those nights they made it seem like I didn't." -- No. 1 starter, who allowed five runs and eight hits in 2 1-3 innings
If You're Going to Make the Best Pitcher Right Now Your No. 1 Postseason Starter to Face Anaheim Then All Signs Point to Clay Buchholz
Buchholz Is Coldly Efficient | Feats of Clay | Big Payroll 10, Pocket Money 3 Let's Hope David Ortiz Remains En Fuego When It Counts V-Mart Inches Closer to Joe DiMaggio's AL Hitting-Streak Record Ellsbury's the Perfect Player... If He Could Just Draw a Walk Now and Then Pedroia Finishes Strong... But He's Gonna Be Left Off Everyone's MVP Ballot Ramon Ramirez Promptly Blows the Shutout
"I was expecting to have to battle through, especially after the first inning. I threw some good pitches that got hit, left some pitches up and was able to bounce back the next inning and got on a pretty good roll." -- Clay Buchholz, after his second scoreless outing this season.
Sox Win, Yanks Win, Forget the Rangers... The Rest of the Season Is Essentially Meaningless
Sox Steer Out of Skid | Goin' to the Playoffs 9, Can'tsas 1 Done Deal: V-Mart The Hitting Machine Will Be Catching Calls-His-Own-Shots Starter Josh Beckett in the Playoffs... Right Tito? Big Red Flag: 12 Hits Off Our No. 1 Postseason Starter With Anaheim 2 Weeks Away HR No. 25, 88 RBI Recovery: Ortiz's Memorable Finish to a Forgettable Season Drew, Gonzo, Pedroia Finding Their September Stroke Sox Co-MVPs J-Bay, Ells Pick Up 2 RBIs
"We're still feeling each other out. Obviously, we're not going to go out there and be like Jason and I have for three years, but it was good." -- Beckett on Victor and Jason formerly known as the catcher
And Congrats to Never Gets Enough Props Around Here Tito for Tying Mike Higgins for Second on the Red Sox Managers All-Time Wins List with No. 560
Tonight's Top 10 List
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Top 10 Things to Do Next Week While The Sox Play Out the String
With apologies to David Letterman...
10. Keep an ear pinned to the radio and hope to catch new pitchman Larry Lucchino carnival barking on the airwaves about AAA, Giant Glass, or anyone else who asks him to shill something for a little extra pocket money 9. Hang outside of Fenway all week and pick up $10 box seats for the Indians and Jays exhibitions from the slimy scalpers who roam the streets around Kenmore Square 8. Keep our eye on old friend Manny-Was-on-The-List out in LA, and dream of the Dodgers coming to Fenway for a, umm, Manny reunion, next month 7. Cougar Town 6. Pretend to be excited about the start to another Bruins season that will ultimately end in bitter disappointment 5. Keep up with the ongoing antics of the new Bobby and Whitney of Boston, the supermodel-momma and former star QB Tom and Gisele Bundchen 4. Try to unload all the 'Schilling for Senate' bumper stickers and 'Why Not Me in '09?' T-shirts on eBay 3. Check your statements to make sure the Red Sox didn't sneak any mysterious charges on your credit card that was required just to REGISTER for the postseason lottery. Then, if you are fortunate enough to get selected to buy one of the 62 remaining public seats to this season's playoff games at Fenway, send the Sox your children's Social Security Numbers to complete the transaction 2. Pray to be at the right place at the right time and run into that gut-bustin' Fitzy in town, nail those brain-burner questions, and tell the world you just took Tom Werner for $35 1. Go back and read all the musings of Red Sox owner John Henry on NESN.com... from the fascinating 'Week in the Life of Sam Kennedy' to the Sox owner's bizarre desire to revisit and spew nonsensical rantings about David Ortiz's failing of a drug test and the embarrassing vitamins and supplements, too little, too late excuse that followed the team around afterwards
Cy of Relief for Tito, He Doesn't Have to Pretend to Care About the Division Anymore
Greinke Handcuffs Sox | KCy 5, Wild Card Champions 1 In the Big Inning, the Game Was Over When KC Scored Five Runs Good Thing The Sox Won't Face Any Tough Pitching in the Playoffs... 2 Hits: Guess Congratulations Are in Order for V-Mart (21 streak) and Dustin (14) The Wild Swings of Jason Bay: From HR/RBI King to Whiffmaster Supreme Bright Side: Game Over in 2:31... Or After the 1st Inning
"Iím frustrated, Iím not going to get any sleep. I thought I had great stuff tonight. I just overthrew a little bit in the first inning, just couldnít get the outs. Against Greinke, you donít want to be down, 5-0. It just deflates the team. Real frustrated with myself. Iím glad I came back and threw some innings and helped the bullpen out, but Iím not really here to eat innings. Thatís not my job." -- Former Royal Paul Byrd, embarrassing any leftover members from The Byrd's Nest with his start
Sox Go Down in Downpour in Kansas City It's a Full Blown Bullpen Collapse
Sox Are Road Kill in KC | Kansas City 12, Boston 9 Royal Lead Flushed: Sox Blow Six Run Lead, Twice In One Night That's Just Manny Being Manny: 2/3 Inn., 3 Hits, 1 BB, 4 Earned Runs Bard Blows Up, Too: 1/3 Inn., 2 Hits, 1 BB, 2 Earned Runs Tim Terrible: Wake All Wet with 7 Walks, 5 Runs in 5 Innings This Just In: Francona Has No Interest in Winning the Division Apparently Bad Timing: Red Hot Royals 11-3 Since Sept. 7
"The weather was a challenge, I was amazed we got it in." -- Royals manager Trey Hillman, also wondering how that game wasn't called with the Sox ahead
"In the beginning of the game I didn't have the best stuff I've thrown in the past couple of weeks, but I somehow got through it and we got a win out of it." -- Buchholz now 6-3, looking like No. 4 for playoffs
Hole in Won
Is This the End of the Glove Affair for Jason? Another One Gets By the Captain, This One Costly
Angels Hold On | Anaheim 4, Boston 3 Angles Avoid Sweep... And Surprising, Take Season Series Surprise Again, Santana Steps Up, Beckett Can't Win at Home Bay, Ells Show Some Power in Otherwise Lackluster Offense The Win Was Nice For Scioscia, But We All Know the Deal Come October Wagner Tagged with a Loss
"I guess it's frustrating, but there isn't (anyone) alive I'd rather have back there. Over the last four years I can't remember one time where that's happened. It was just a freak deal." -- Beckett's not gonna throw 'Tek under the bus
It's the Comeback, Tie It Up, Come Back Again After Two Quick Outs in the Bottom of the 9th Win of the Year
Prayers Answered | Boston 9, Anaheim 8 7th Straight Win for Wild Card Warriors, 10th Straight at Umpire Friendly Fenway HP Ump Rick Reed Is Certainly a Member of Red Sox Nation We Need to See More of the Alex Gonzalez Looper and Blooper Reel Fuentes Just Doesn't Get That Nick Green's a Lucky Guy, Sincerely Heidi Watney Ramon Ramirez Dodged a Boston Dirt Dogs Bullet Today Another Game Changer: The J.D. Jammed Fister Up the Middle Fuentes Thinks The Umps Were Afraid of Fenway Pink Hats and Sales Reps Is Daniel Bard Going to Be Able to Handle the Heat of October? And That's Why Jed Lowrie Will Get a World Series Ring Forgotten Story: Byrd Flew Straight into the Sixth That's Just Juan Rivera Being Vintage Manny
"Especially here and some other places, they seem timid to make calls. I've heard it from other guys that come in here and say that. That's either because it's a mistake, or they're scared." -- Brian Fuentes, after twice failing to get a third strike called on pinch-hitter Nick Green
A Big Bounce Back for the WBC MVP Sox Rolling at Home Sweet Home
Dice-OK, Sox Win Again | Boston 4, Anaheim 1 It Was a Pleasure to Watch Dice Pitch Tonight... Imagine That Feels Like Postseason If the Sox Are Having Their Way with the Angels Mr. Clean Crushes No. 270 as a DH, But You Can't Trust Today's HR Records Four Serious Starters... How You Like Me Now New York Yankees? RamRam, B-Wag, D-Bard Hold the Shutout, Pap Not So Much No V-Mart, No Youk, No Problem Inside Track: We're Green with Envy Over Nick's Night Out
"The fastball had a little extra on it... command more than anything else. Compact delivery. Ball jumping out of his hand. The hitters let you know." -- Eck on Dice on NESN postgame
You've Got to Hand This One to Mr. Benjamin Watson And Brady Wasn't Bad Either
Tom Terrific in the Clutch, Patriots Rally Past Bills | Boston 25, Buffalo 24 For a While There, They Really Did Look Like Dick MacPherson's Patriots Dissing Suzy Kolber: Brady's Goin' In, And He Has No Use for ESPN's Pesky Reporter This Just In: Kanye West Had Serena Williams Apologize for Brady's Brush-off I Want to Talk to Suzy... Give Her My Number, Sincerely, Broadway Joe And the Game Ball Goes to... Leodis McKelvin
"That's not how we drew it up, but I'll take it. We did a lot of things poorly but we got the win." -- Tom Brady, slowing down just long enough to toss poor Suzy Kolber a quote
Red Sox release throws Meteorlogix under the bus: "Based on the forecast information that was available at the time from the Red Sox private weather service, Meteorlogix, the gates were opened and the game started as scheduled. The forecast indicated that play was possible and every effort was made to get the game in."
Victor Martinez Is the King of All Midseason Acquisitions Red Sox Rule the Roost Over Birds at Home
V-Mart Comes Off the Bench, Bangs Game Winner | Boston 7, Baltimore 5 Paul Byrd Is No Brad Penny But He, You Know, Competes... That's 100 RBIs and Counting for J-Bay... Meanwhile LA Ram Has Just 54 Pinch Me: Was Theo Really Able to Steal V for Masterson and Change? Hey Send 'Em In DeMarlo Hale, Easy on the Windmill Youk and Pedro Keep Swinging Hot Bats in 15 Hit Attack More Good News: Dice-K Set to Face Peabody West Next Weekend K's All the Way: Welcome Back Ramon Ramirez, Bard Is a Bad Man V as in Victory for Billy Wagner
"Every time I come to the plate, my goal is to be a tough out. When you're in a race, it's always interesting. When you get to the ballpark, you know you're playing for something." -- Victor Martinez... who someday may replace Carl Yastrzemski as the greatest clutch hitter in Red Sox history
From Buster Olney's blog on ESPN.com: "A rival talent evaluator on Manny Ramirez: 'He still is a good technical hitter, and he's still a dangerous hitter. But he's not driving the ball anywhere close to what he was doing in the second half of last year. I know the Dodgers would never bench him, but right now, I think they're a better team with Juan Pierre in the lineup than him, because Pierre at least energizes the team. Manny is a bad outfielder, and if he's not hitting, you notice that a lot more.'"
Beating Up on Bad Baltimore Teams Is What Boston Does Best
It's a Perfect 10 at Fenway | Boston 10, Baltimore Zip Sox Bang Out Season-High 6 Home Runs in Fenway Return It's Another Big Night for No. 2 Starter Clay Buchholz, Not Sure If It's Apples to Apples But Ortiz Ties Frank Thomas for Most HRs By a DH Pedroia Wants to Make Sure You Know 2 of The Homers Were His J.D. Drew Hits Home Run No. 20, But With a Swing Like That Should Have 40 Youkilis Homers and Loves Every Minute of It (Until the Player Parking Gates Open) Alex Gravy Gonzalez Gets In On the Long Ball Action, Too
"He probably looked like a combination of Don Drysdale, Warren Spahn, and Sandy Koufax when he got an 8-0 lead. He kept pitching." -- Orioles manager Dave Trembley putting Clay Buchholz in some pretty good company
"Everything was a little bit off from what he normally is when heís really dominant. He had a better curveball later, but not the great curveball. Thereís something a little bit off. We can certainly speculate on an injury, but a lot of guys pitch through things, and maybe heís trying to pitch through something." -- American League scout (Nick Cafardo, Boston Globe)
That's 14 Home Runs in Last 5 Starts for the Ace of the Staff And It's a Little Trop of Horrors Late in St. Pete
Beckett's a Bust and Roof Caves in on Sox Relievers | Tampa Bay 8, Boston 5 That's 27 Runs in the Last 31 1/3 Innings? Is This Still Victor Martinez's Fault? That's Just Manny Being Mediocre: Delcarmen Implodes in a Big Game Again Top of the Order Bottoms Out: 0-for-9 for Ellsbury-Pedroia Just Six Hits on the Night for the Vaunted Red Sox Offense RamRam Hasn't Been Holding His Own Lately Either And Mike Lowell and Daniel Bard Watched It All Come Undone Tying Run Was Something for Joey
"We got it tied and it got away." -- Manager Terry Francona who certainly did his part last night
Death, Taxes, and a Newly Released Red Sox Player Having a Big Night Elsewhere ...
Did You See That Catch, Throw, Hit, Run, Score, Jacoby Made?
Rays Can't Catch Sox | Wildcarders 8, Alsorans 4 En Fuego: Boston Victorious in 11 of Last 14 Games Drew No. 19, Bay No. 30, Youk No. 23 Have Deep Thoughts in the Trop Big Props to Papelbon, Hopefully He Won't Need Surgery After Pitching 2 Innings Not the First Time... Will There Be a Dust-Up After Dustin's Brush Back? Holy Chokajima ... Hideki Has Another Horrible Outing Theo Epstein, Genius: Billy Wagner Isn't Kidding Around The Decision Is In: Lester Gets Long Overdue Win No. 11 196 K's for Jon Passes Bruce Hurst for Most Strikeouts By Sox Lefty Joe Maddon Changes Pitchers More Often Than Hair Color How 'Bout That Phony Fraud Frontrunning Rays Wave of Empty Blue Seats Nation? Just 17,692 Bother to Show Up for the Home Team's Playoff Battle
"Those are pressure situations. The guy that's the coolest will come out on top. You get into situations like that, it boils down to focus. It's a focus thing." -- Papelbon, talking about his focus, not Jacoby's
Crock & Role: Girardi, GM dismiss Joba's talk of starting or closing for Yankees > Steinbrenner A-OK with Alex's portrayal in Yankees kids movie > Youkilis not worried after being pulled from Yankees lineup > Desperate Damon makes plea to be Yankees' Granderson sub