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Catch As Catch Can

A.J. Pierzynski made an early impact on this game, tying it 2-2 in the second inning with his home run blast into the second deck. But it was the Yankees’ backstop, Brian McCann, that powered his offense to victory. McCann clobbered a two-run shot in the fourth to break the tie and added another two runs in the bottom of the sixth (below). He didn’t have occasion, however, to go toe-to-toe with Pierzynski after his counterpart’s home run as he did with Carlos Gomez. John Farrell is 0-for-2 in challenges. I found Umpire Ejection Fantasy League Portal a handy place to research challenges and ejections. Multiple angles showed that Xander Bogaerts was applying the tag on Dean Anna when he took his foot off the sack for a fraction of a second. MLB admitted that they were in error on the call. Farrell’s reaction was rather mildly worded: “It certainly raises questions on if they are getting the same feed we are, the consistency of the system. So, it makes you scratch your head a little bit on why he was called safe.” The Red Sox skipper definitely took a page out of Bill Belichick’s playbook. I can’t decide if...

Backstop Barrage

Jarrod Saltalamacchia tried to get David Ortiz across home plate in the first. The Red Sox catcher laced the ball to the right field corner but rather than motor around the bases Ortiz slowed down to watch the progress of the play. Jerry Royster sent Ortiz home despite the runner’s slow pace and the ersatz first baseman was thrown out for the final out of the inning. Maybe Royster got advice from Dale Sveum, current manager of the Cubs. Saltalamacchia and Ortiz paired up successfully in the fourth. Leading off Ortiz cleaned out a fastball for a double to right. Saltalamacchia launched Jeff Samardzjia’s hanging splitter into to benches in right for a 2-0 lead. Boston tacked on runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Will Middlebrooks drove in Ortiz with a liner to center but on the play it was Saltalamacchia’s turn to make a blunder on the basepaths. Royster tried to hold the catcher up at second but Saltalamacchia ran through the stop sign. In the seventh Mike Aviles visited the double-friendly right field like his teammates before him and scored on Scott Podsednik’s single to center. Jon Lester stifled the Cubs lineup until the seventh inning. The...


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