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Game 131: August 26, 2007 Red Sox 11 W: Julian Tavarez (7-9) 80-51, 4 game winning streak27-11-5 series record White Sox 1 L: Javier Vazquez (11-7) 56-74, 5 game losing streak16-22-3 series record Highlights: David Ortiz, Boston folk hero, is locked in. Launching his 24th homer, Ortiz’s legend grew and the game spiraled out of Vazquez’s grasp in the fifth. But another player captured the attention of fans: Bobby Kielty sparked the fifth inning rally with his bunt single and he also homered in the sixth. There should be Kielty player tees available at the Souvenir Store by the next homestand, in red, navy, and kelly green. If I were the owner of the White Sox I would not be surprised if I received letters something like this: Dear Mr. Reinsdorf, I write this letter in hopes of having the money I paid for two tickets for the game played on Sunday, August 26, 2007 refunded. In all my years of attending games at Comiskey Park (both old and new) and the Cell I have never witnessed such a lackluster display of baseball by the home team. Even during the LaRussa and Fregosi years you’d have guys laying their...

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Game 130: August 25, 2007 Red Sox 14 W: Tim Wakefield (16-10) 79-51, 3 game winning streak27-11-5 series record White Sox 2 L: Mark Buehrle (9-9) 56-73, 4 game losing streak16-22-3 series record Highlights: In yet another encouraging blowout, Red Sox batters scored two touchdowns not with the longball but rather with a relentless torrent of singles and doubles. The White Sox did not help their cause by dolling out ten free passes. Boston has batted around 35 times in 2007. Bobby Kielty, the new guy, got stuck with reading the lineups. As a recent addition he doesn’t even know everyone’s nicknames and probably no one has given him any endearing sobriquet. He recited the lineup rather blandly, like how new hires in meetings act obsequiously and inoffensively. “Read the lineups for today? Right away, Mr. Vasgersian.” But even Kielty wouldn’t play the toady to former Yankee Joe Girardi, who seemed oblivious to the fact he was on the Fox national broadcast, not his usual YES gig, yesterday. The first thing Girardi brought up was Chicago’s sweep of the Red Sox in the ALDS two years ago. Although I alluded to 2005, it was more to demonstrate how far...

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Game 124: August 19, 2007 Angels 3 W: Joe Saunders (7-1)H: Justin Speier (15)S: Francisco Rodriguez (31) 72-51, 1 game winning streak22-13-5 series record Red Sox 1 L: Julian Tavarez (6-9) 74-50, 1 game losing streak25-11-5 series record Highlights: The Red Sox are now 1-1 when wearing the alternate red jerseys. Saunders is undefeated this season against Boston, whose batters scraped together a single run only after relievers took the hill. In turn, the Angels only produced two runs against a spot starter. The cameraman for the jumbotron, Keith Packry (?) demonstrated more fielding prowess in the fifth than Wily Mo Peña did in 157 games. Who would have expected a pitchers’ duel on Sunday? The home team had swingman Julian Tavarez starting while the visitors glided in under the auspices of Joe Saunders. Just 12 days prior Saunders held on for a win against the Red Sox in Anaheim because of a potent offensive outburst. Familiarity did not breed contempt as Boston batters conscripted six hits against the opposing starter. Not one of those strokes were for extra bases, although Mike Lowell’s RBI single in the bottom of the eighth with two on and two out rattled the...


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