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Entries from Empyreal Environs tagged with “Martin (Russell)”

The Grousemartins

Few players remain as annoying after they leave the Yankees. Russell Martin is such an exception. In the eleventh the Blue Jays backstop clobbered Matt Barnes’s fastball. It found the Monster seats to give Toronto a 5-4 lead. In the bottom of the eleventh the Red Sox were once again stifled by Brett Cecil. The Boston squad couldn’t score late and failed to score early. Rusney Castillo had a home run robbed by Jose Bautista in the third inning. Despite the loss there are signs of life in the Red Sox lineup. David Ortiz came through in the sixth with a game-tying solo home run. Pablo Sandoval went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. If the time off helped this duo perhaps Mike Napoli will return rejuvenated. R.A. Dickey didn’t notch the win but his team extended their winning streak to 10 games. He communed with the only other knuckleballer in the major leagues, Steven Wright, before the game. The language knuckleballers speak to one another, it must rarer than Parseltongue. Game 63: June 13, 2015 Toronto Blue Jays33-30 5 W: Aaron Loup (2-3)S: Brett Cecil (4) HR: Russell Martin (10) Boston Red Sox27-36 4 L: Matt Barnes (2-2) 2B: Pablo Sandoval...

Home Wreckers

The elation caused by Boston’s lone win on Friday evaporated like self-tanner off Cameron Diaz’s shoulders on Saturday. Twice the Red Sox came within a run of the Yankees but the home team went 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position. Such a paucity of timely hitting by the local nine combined with the power of New York’s bats and relievers equaled another notch in the loss column for the team that most experts said were going to reach if not win the World Series. Despite Clay Buchholz’s two consecutive dismal starts the starter signed a four-year contract extension worth approximately $30 million. It was similar to Jon Lester’s extension but Buchholz’s contract has two team options compared to Lester’s single team option. Buchholz has already surrendered more than half (5) the homers he gave up the entire season last year (9). The Red Sox pitching staff has given up 19 home runs, the most round-trippers in 2011 for any team. The Toronto Blue Jays, the team where former Boston pitching coach John Farrell is now skipper, has only four home runs against its staff. Along with this departure Jason Varitek is no longer the full-time catcher with Jarrod Saltalamacchia installed...


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