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Game 102: July 31, 2009 Red Sox6W: John Smoltz (2-4)H: Ramon Ramirez (10)H: Hideki Okajima (20)S: Jonathan Papelbon (27)60-42, 2 game winning streak Orioles5L: Jeremy Guthrie (7-10)44-58, 1 game losing streak Highlights: Smoltz muddled through six innings on the mound with a line of 8 hits, 5 earned runs, no walks, 2 strikeouts, and 2 homers. The grizzled pitcher carried that look that lingers on the visages of aging athletes, a look of befuddlement when the mind is willing but the body is no longer able. David Ortiz made his first road appearance since the allegations of the positive test from 2003 were revealed. Despite being 404 miles away from Fenway, for the most part cheers for him drowned out the jeers, which I don’t think happens to Alex Rodriguez in his travels. Ortiz’s two-run home run in the third sailed over the right field fences into a sea of Red Sox shirts.The Orioles quickly replied in the bottom of the same canto. Nick Green aided the opposition with an errant throw of Brian Roberts’s batted ball that allowed Matt Wieters to put his team on the board; the Red Sox middle infielder has a gun but needs some work...

Merchandising the Trade Deadline

Aplomb

Game 96: July 25, 2009 Orioles2L: Jeremy Guthrie (7-9)41-55, 5 game losing streak Red Sox7W: Jon Lester (9-7)H: Daniel Bard (3)57-39, 2 game winning streak Highlights: Don Orsillo honored Jim Rice with a snazzy navy pinstripe suit and polka dot tie. Gordon Edes tried to channel Vin Scully, but he doesn’t have Scully’s ability to weave his stories into the ebb and flow of the game. He told a few Rickey Henderson stories I hadn’t heard; all Edes’s anecdotes and more can be found here. The story I want to hear is what Melvin Mora heard after his dramatic catch of Jason Varitek’s fourth inning pop-up in foul ground. As the returned to his position he smirked. Not only does he have to get it from Boston fans in Camden Yards but the remarks escalate in Fenway. The Red Sox broke out of their offensive funk, scoring more than five runs in a game for the first time since July 12, the last game before the All-Star break. In the first inning David Ortiz powered his 13th four-bagger of the season to the camera well in center with Dustin Pedroia and Jason Bay on base in the first inning for...

Changes

Game 93: July 21, 2009 Red Sox2L: Josh Beckett (11-4)55-38, 4 game losing streak Rangers4W: Tommy Hunter (2-1)H: Jason Jennings (10)H: Darren O’Day (12)S: C.J. Wilson (9)51-41, 3 game winning streak Highlights: Last night the Yankees won and the Red Sox lost, dropping Boston from the top spot in the AL East for the first time since June 8. Weak ground outs to the infield. Line drives that find outfielders’ gloves. Dribblers that turn into double plays. Boneheaded baserunning. Fly ball outs to the warning track. Runners stranded in scoring position. Pitching well enough to win but still losing.Sadly, I could copy and paste these events and just insert different players’ names and I would accurately summarize the past four losses.Today there are new names that will hopefully used in conjunction with phrases like timely hitting, three-run shot for the lead, and heads-up running on the basepaths.The Red Sox traded Sea Dogs’ shortstop Argenis Diaz and Drive’s right-handed starter Hunter Strickland for Adam LaRoche. Strickland was selected in the 18th round of the 2007 amateur draft and Diaz signed as an international free agent in 2003. With the recent signings of shortstops Jose Iglesias from Cuba and Jose Vinicio from...


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