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Game 80: July 1, 2007
WinRangers 2 W: Kameron Loe (5-6)
H: C.J. Wilson (7)
H: Frank Francisco (7)
H: Akinori Otsuka (11)
S: Eric Gagne (10)
34-47, 2 game winning streak
9-15-2 series record
Red Sox 1 L: Julian Tavarez (5-6) 49-31, 2 game losing streak
18-7-2 series record
Highlights: Oddly enough the Red Sox didn’t wear the red home jerseys on Maine Day. Tavarez was one out short of a quality start; his defense bailed him out of several jams but didn’t give him much to work with when they were on the other side of the mound.

Sleep delays my life
Get up, get up

The Red Sox batters were lulled by Kameon Loe’s sinker for the bulk of six innings. They were far from being dominated by Loe, as only the third and sixth innings didn’t have a Boston runner on the basepaths. But timely hits were not in the offing.

Where does time go?
Get up, get up, get up

The only run scratched out in the game by the Red Sox came in the middle inning. Alex Cora singled to left and Dustin Pedroia did the same with the count full. Frank Catalanotto (how I despise typing his name) briefly bobbled the liner and Cora advanced to third on the muff. Kevin Youkilis dropped a liner right in front of Catalanotto to plate Cora. I hoped that in the fifth inning the Rangers left fielder was one-millionth as annoyed as Red Sox fans are aggravated by him, because even that fraction of vexation would be colossal.

I don’t know
Sleep, sleep, sleepy head
Get up, get up, get up

Eleven men were left on base to moulder and David Ortiz alone stranded five. He flied out to left in the fifth with two men on and one out, struck out with two on and two out in the seventh, and popped out to first with one on and two out in the ninth. I think the NASCAR crews visiting Fenway messed with Papi’s clutch.

Wake it up... up
Get up, get up
You’ve got all your life
Way up ahead
Get up, get up, get up

There’s still a chance to tie the series tomorrow night and finally join the Angels in the half-century win club. Kason Gabbard will attempt to redeem himself after a horrific start against the Mariners. He will be opposed by Brandon McCarthy, who has been erratic and disappointing. Rangers GM Jon Daniels might regret the trade in which he turned over John Danks, Nick Masset and Jacob Rasner to the White Sox in December of 2006. Then again, the only way pitchers shine in Rangers Ballpark is from sweat, either from the sun’s heat or from the constant barrage of opponent’s hits. McCarthy is 6'7", however, and Boston has been doing terribly against tall pitchers.

I’ve seen you laying pined
Get up, get up

Time to lay down some pine or ride it.

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