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Hand Jive

Bobby Valentine constructed the lineup for the game thinking that Liam Hendriks was a left-handed pitcher, putting in righties Darnell McDonald and Kelly Shoppach. Jarrod Saltalamacchia caught the error that caused Jerry Remy to have to grumpily correct his scorecard. Just because Hendriks is from Down Under doesn’t mean he’s a southpaw. Perhaps someone should show Bobby a map and explain to him how the Nile doesn’t flow uphill. Clay Buchholz pitched solidly until he got into a jam in the sixth. The stanza started out promisingly enough with a strikeout of Sean Burroughs but then bottom of the order batters Ben Revere (who bunted) and Alexi Casilla (who grounded a single up the middle) got on base. Dernard Span smoked a double to right to plate Revere and Jamey Carroll walked on five pitches to load the bases. Scott Atchison induced a sharp grounder off the bat of Joe Mauer that ricocheted off his leg at just the right angle to elude Mike Aviles. Two runs crossed the plate on the double by deflection and Valentine opted to pull Atchison in favor of Justin Thomas. Thomas did no better as Justin Morneau doubled to center to drive in another...

Villeins

Game 113: August 4, 2008 Red Sox 3 L: Clay Buchholz (2-7) 64-49, 1 game losing streak Royals 4 W: Gil Meche (10-9)H: Ramon Ramirez (15)H: Ron Mahay (19)S: Joakim Soria (32) 53-60, 3 game winning streak Highlights: Crown Vision, the mammoth high definition screen in Kauffman, looks about as big as Fenway’s center field. Finding this link to a video of its construction was the highlight of my night. Lou Merloni is a no holds barred commentator. He intimated that teams are playing poorly on the road because of the stricter control of amphetamines. Kathryn Tappen cut to commercial after his comment, although it seemed to be a planned transition rather than a forced one.In the first inning Mark Teahen played Dustin Pedroia too shallow, allowing a double to soar over his head and advance J.D. Drew to third. Drew was plated on David Ortiz’s ground out to first for the first run of the evening.Teahen didn’t learn his lesson and allowed Kevin Youkilis to double to right for another score. But Gil Meche settled down for the next five innings to shut out his opponents.So far this season Clay Buchholz has been far removed from the rookie...


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