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Game 101: July 27, 2005
Red Sox (56-45), 4
Devil Rays (36-66), 1
W: Tim Wakefield (9-9)
H: Chad Bradford (1)
S: Curt Schilling (3)
L: Seth McClung (1-6)

Truth be told, I’m emotionally drained by last night’s game. The recap of the series finale will be list-based and concise.

Top 5 Ways the Devil Rays Have the Red Sox Beat

  1. 9x900 meter relay race
  2. Uno®
  3. Put the rind of an orange wedge into your mouth and make funny teeth-o-thon
  4. Ticket prices
  5. Number of games played indoors in an annoying tomb with multiple foul poles

Today’s game featured the bizarro Red Sox lineup since Manny Ramirez, despite being directly asked, was steadfast in having this pre-arranged day off remain free.

  1. Johnny Damon, CF
  2. Edgar Renteria, SS
  3. David Ortiz, DH
  4. John Olerud, 1B
  5. Bill Mueller, 3B
  6. Kevin Millar, LF
  7. Alex Cora, 2B
  8. Doug Mirabelli, C
  9. Adam Stern, RF

Other examples of wacky Wednesdayishness were Alex Cora’s home run (his second of the season) and Doug Mirabelli’s infield hit and subsequent steal (his first of the season), both in the 5th inning. Some players had their Wheaties this morning.

Wakefield is back at a .500 win percentage, if you consider that sort of thing important in evaluating a pitcher. If you don’t, and judge by gritty performances in light of trying times, having the longest-tenured Red Sox player go 7.1 innings with 6 hits, 1 unearned run, 3 walks, and 4 strikeouts in a situation where the starter had to go long was the remedy required.

Matt Clement is on NESN’s “SportsDesk” giving an interview as I write this, quite coherent and describing last night’s incident. This alone would have made my night, but seeing Boston win on “Red Sox Rewind” was like an extra bag of chips with my favorite sandwich.

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