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Game 104: August 2, 2009 Red Sox18W: Manny Delcarmen (4-2)62-42, 4 game winning streak Orioles10L: Jason Berken (1-9)44-60, 3 game losing streak Highlights: The Red Sox were to runs what Augustus Gloop was to food, what Keith Richards was to illicit substances, what Yankees are to entitlement. Enough was never enough. Victor Martinez led the team in hits, going 5-for-6 with 4 RBIs and a run scored. How arbitrary is it that a starting pitcher has to stay in the game for 15 outs to be in line for the win? Not that Clay Buchholz (4 innings pitched, 9 hits, 7 earned runs, 4 walks, 3 strikeouts, and 2 home runs allowed) deserved the win, but the conventions of scoring require that someone get assigned a W. Despite the fact that Takashi Saito pitched for more outs (two scoreless innings compared to Manny Delcarmen’s 1⅔ and Ramon Ramirez’s 1⅓ innings), allowed less hits than Ramirez, and didn’t permit a run as Delcarmen did, Delcarmen was adjudged to be to be the winner.But players need statistics to shoot for so they can argue their case before an arbitration panel. When Don Orsillo complimented Dave Roberts on how he stole runs from...

Lead

Game 44: May 24, 2009 Mets5L: Tim Redding (0-1)23-20, 1 game losing streak Red Sox12W: Tim Wakefield (6-2)H: Manny Delcarmen (2)26-18, 1 game winning streak Highlights: Mother Nature knew that the Red Sox offense would be red hot against the likes of Redding, so she attempted to cool off their bats with a quenching rain in the bottom of the first inning. Dan Shaughnessy was part of the pre-game show. He was so orange I mistook him for a new Mets mascot. He fulfills all of the criteria required for team mascots: outsized head, frozen and bizarre facial expression, and outrageous hair style, all of which combine to frighten young and old alike.Dwight Evans accompanied Don Orsillo in the booth. I thought Dennis Eckersley might have been benched by NESN for swearing during Friday night’s game, but the Hall of Famer does have a contract with TBS to analyze select Sunday games.Evans is a peach of guy but his voice is better suited to golf than baseball. He was so soothing I barely realized that the Red Sox were pummeling the Mets. Nearly every Boston batter notched a hit yesterday. Every hitter except David Ortiz. The sympathy in Evans’s voice...

Memories

Game 39: May 19, 2009 Blue Jays1L: Brian Tallet (2-2)27-15, 1 game losing streak Red Sox2W: Tim Wakefield (5-2)S: Jonathan Papelbon (11)23-16, 1 game winning streak Highlights: I went to my first game of the 2009 season last night. My office moved from Waltham to Billerica, so now instead of parking at Wellington and riding the T in I park at a stop along the Blue Line. I’ll miss the parking attendant at Wellington with whom I chatted with about the Celtics and Red Sox. I’ll also miss the old prices for T parking. All stations have increased their fees by $2, so I have to drop a five-spot at my station. I think the additional revenue went towards adding hand straps for the vertically challenged. Now I don’t have to hover around the back of someone’s chair on Green Line trains or affix myself to vertical posts in Blue Line cars. I do have to get used to the feeling of lack of circulation to my continually upraised arm.Kenmore Square station and its environs are in the process of being renovated, and the changes so far look nice if a bit touristy. An airy glass structure divides Beacon and...


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