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Game 83: July 6, 2005
Red Sox (48-35), 7
Rangers (43-40), 4
W: Matt Clement (10-2)
S: Alan Embree (1)
L: Chan Ho Park (8-3)

Clement earned his tenth win by getting all but the final out with a line of 9 hits, 4 earned runs, no walks (let that sink in, now; the man that was once the epitome of “wild” did not give up a single base on balls), 9 strikeouts, and 3 home runs. Meanwhile, Carl Pavano was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Sometimes the best moves....

Despite a slow start, the Red Sox had two huge innings in a row. In the 6th, Oritz homered, Millar doubled in Nixon, and Varitek singled in Millar. It came apart for Kameron Loe in the 7th:

  • Renteria walked
  • Damon singled to right
  • Renteria grounded out but advanced Bellhorn and Damon
  • Ortiz went opposite field with a single and the shift on, plating both Bellhorn and Damon
  • Ramirez doubled to center, permitting Ortiz to reach third
  • Nixon was intentionally walked
  • Millar hit one to left that Mench fielded and threw to Blalock to get Ramirez at third, but Ortiz scored
  • Passed ball advanced Nixon
  • Nixon scored on a single to the shortstop by Varitek

Remy was enjoying himself making fun of Castiglione during a lull. “Isn’t that weird, sitting in a booth talking to yourself? He takes that out of the booth, too. Sometimes I see Joe talking to himself, like on the plane.” Orsillo also had one of his classic quotes: “Sometimes I’ll wake up in the middle of the night saying, “The 2-2...!” and then realize that I was dreaming.”

I have been to Texas once when I was 8, not counting layovers on my way to somewhere else. My parents and I drove from Oklahoma City to the town where my dad was born and where his grandmother is buried, Blanket. I could not believe there could be anyplace so flat, and that you could get into a car and go for hours in a straight line and not fall of the planet. There was roadkill there the likes I had never seen: horned toads, armadillos, and jackrabbits. It was the first time in my life that I saw the sun set into something other than the ocean.

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