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Trader Woes

I went to bed thinking about what I would write about Rich Harden coming to the Red Sox only to wake up to discover that the deal fell through overnight. Rich Soften, as I have taken to call him, was to have come to Boston at the price of Lars Anderson and a player to be named later. With Adrian Gonzalez signed through 2018 Anderson is largely superfluous to the Red Sox’s future, but it doesn’t mean that he should be moved for an injury-prone starter. The Red Sox finally won a game against their alabaster counterparts with one of their signature double-digit run games. The visitors burned Philip Humber for four runs in the fifth, sparked by Carl Crawford’s leadoff ground ball single to right. Crawford’s presence on the basepaths disrupted the rapport between Humber and A.J. Pierzynski. The left fielder stole second and advanced to third on Pierzynski’s galley-west throw to second. Jarrod Saltalamacchia drove Crawford in with a humpback double to right-center. Josh Reddick dropped a perfect bunt that Humber reached but was unable to get in first in time for an out. Saltalamacchia advanced on the bunt single and scored on Marco Scutaro’s sacrifice fly. Jacoby...

Clamor

Game 51: May 23, 2008 Red Sox 3 L: Tim Wakefield (3-3) 31-20, 1 game losing streak Athletics 8 W: Rich Harden (3-0) 26-23, 2 game winning streak Highlights: In just 62 plate appearances against Wakefield Frank Thomas has seven home runs. Alex Rodriguez follows with six homers against the knuckleballer, but that is over the course of 80 face-offs. Mark Ellis also homered early, his coming in the third with two on and two out. The Athletics had a seven run advantage that the Red Sox weren’t able to overcome, thus ending the visiting team’s seven-game win streak.The loss was accompanied by the constant, shrill blasting of a one-note whistle as well as the tuneless bleating of a horn. The din obviously incited the ire of home plate umpire Tim Tschida, who ejected Dave Magadan in the sixth inning with little provocation.The Athletics organization is characterized by intelligence, shrewdness, and innovation, but its home venue is far from a reflection of the club. McAfee Coliseum is a multipurpose structure, housing football and soccer as well baseball. It is round and bland and huge swaths of seats have to be covered by decorations so that the lack of fans...

Global

Game 2: March 26, 2008 Red Sox 1 L: Jon Lester (0-1) 1-1, 1 game losing streak Athletics 5 W: Rich Harden (1-0)H: Santiago Castillo (1)H: Keith Foulke (2) 1-1, 1 game winning streak Highlights: Manny Ramirez continued to grow his dreadlocks and his legend. His sixth-inning four-bagger was the only offensive highlight by the Red Sox, who were held hitless until the fourth inning. The only other player to manage an extra base hit was Coco Crisp; his two-out double in the seventh didn’t spark a rally but perhaps stoked his trade value. Oakland starter Rich Harden offered a glimpse of the brilliance he is capable of when healthy, which is not the norm for the 26-year old pitcher. Over six innings the righty struck out nine, allowed a meager three hits (including a homer to Ramirez), and walked three. Jon Lester had the same number of bases on balls and also gave up home run, but his blunder came in the third inning with two runners on base. Emil Brown crushed a middle-of-the-plate offering, lofting it into left field stands. Both Lester and Brown knew at the moment of contact that when the ball landed the score...


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