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Game 13: April 18, 2007 Red Sox 4 W: Tim Wakefield (2-1)H: Brendan Donnelly (2)S: Jonathan Papelbon (3) 8-5, 1 game winning streak2-1-1 series record Blue Jays 1 L: Tomo Ohka (0-2) 8-6, 1 game losing streak2-0-1 series record Highlights: A hat trick of home runs by Mike Lowell in the fifth, Doug Mirabelli in the sixth, and David Ortiz in the seventh. Papelbon notched his third of the young season but allowed a hit to Aaron Hill. Speaking of Hill, he played a huge role impervious shift against Ortiz. Hopefully Joe Maddon wasn’t taking notes on this game. Where’s all the hype for Tomokazu Ohka [大家友和]? The kanji in his family name mean “big house” and his given name means “friend of peace.” At one point in time I doubt Sun-Woo Kim would agree with such a name, but since their dust-ups in triple A they have supposedly buried the hatchet. Like Daisuke Matsuzaka he’s a Japanese right-handed pitcher, too, but unlike the highly regarded rookie Ohka switch hits. But there’s no uproar over the former Red Sox farmhand. His path diverges from the chosen one narratives typified by Hideki Matsui or Matsuzaka. Instead, he had sparked the...

Matsuzaka Signs With Red Sox

The Boston Herald repeatedly scooped their competitors on major happenings during the Daisuke Matsuzaka negotiations, but did they have to use the deplorable “Dice-K” moniker in their headline announcing the signing? Matsuzaka signed a six-year, $52M contract after passing his physical at Massachusetts General Hospital. The Seibu Lions made their position known quite forcefully:According to rumors that appear to have originated in Japan, word may have reached him that the Lions, who are counting on the enormous cash infusion from the Sox, were considering sending him to the minor leagues if he returned. That would have set back his free agency by another year. Earlier today, another M-named player was secured by Boston. Doug Mirabelli signed a one-year, $750K deal to remain Tim Wakefield’s personal catcher. Are there no other minor league management positions in which 2004 team members may fade away gracefully? Gabe Kapler recently retired and became field manager for the Greenville Drive....

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Game 91: July 17, 2006Royals (32-60), 4Red Sox (55-36), 5BS, L: Joel Peralta (2, 1-2)W: Mike Timlin (5-0)S: Jonathan Papelbon (27) Last night I had the privilege of attending the game thanks to my friends Jane (of JJ’s Space), Annie (Jane’s girlfriend), and Joe (with whom I’ve collaborated with from time to time). The seats were in Section 40, the same area as David Laurila (author of Interviews from Red Sox Nation) and Anne Quinn. I love sitting in this part of the bleachers because it’s a good mix of season ticket holders and ruffians, one keeping group keeping the other in check. The frat boy types behind us tried to act tough by harrying the groundskeeper who was in charge of running down beachballs. They also were sub-par hecklers, resorting to coarse slurs when trying to provoke Joey Gathright. But their vacuity was countervailed by the young boy and father pair to my right. The son had a Johnny Damon jersey that he retrofitted as a Josh Beckett ensemble by duct taping over the original name as well as applying white tape to change the “8” to a “9.” “You can make a Red Sox shirt out of tape,”...


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