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Game 56: May 28, 2008
Red Sox 0 L: Tim Wakefield (3-4) 32-24, 2 game losing streak
WinMariners 1 W: Erik Bedard (4-3)
H: Brandon Morrow (3)
S: J.J. Putz (6)
20-34, 2 game winning streak
Highlights: Lou Merloni made his NESN debut in the pre-game show. He wasn't on par with David McCarty, but who could ever live up to the standard set by the former utility player/relief pitcher?

The story of this pitchers’ duel is thankfully brief: slap-hitting shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt smacked a knuckler that got too much of the plate into the left field seats.

It was one of those shots that Tim Wakefield is wont to surrender. For hitters will guess lucky and swing in the general area of where they think the fluttering sphere will alight, however briefly, to connect for a happenstance blast.

I must admit to being somewhat thankful this game wasn’t full of excitement because most of my attention was devoted to Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Kendrick Perkins had a monster of a game: five offensive rebounds, 11 defensive rebounds, and 18 points, trouncing Rasheed Wallace in rebounds (one offensive, three defensive) and tying the Pistons center in points.

I did switch over to NESN in time to see another example of Mike Lowell’s sparkling defense in the bottom of the eighth. With Ichiro Suzuki threatening to score from third after advancing there on an off-target throw to second by Jason Varitek, Miguel Cairo cuffed what appeared to be an RBI single behind third. Lowell was there to circumvent the ball’s trajectory down the base line, snaring it backhanded and hurling it bounceless to Kevin Youkilis’s glove for the final out of the inning.

The Celtics travel to Motown tonight to finish off the Pistons after their 106-102 victory at home while the Red Sox continue their so far losing road odyssey to B-more. Daisuke Matsuzaka left Seattle early to get an MRI of his shoulder, the results of which have not yet been announced.

I need an MRI of my finger, which I think is suffering from overuse due to remote control usage during these intersecting weeks of baseball regular season and basketball playoffs.

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