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Liking Lackey

Didn’t think it was possible, did you? The more wins John Lackey tallies the less I dislike him. He hasn’t pitched well enough to be worth the $15 million he makes, but he stepped up to fill the void while Clay Buchholz recovered. Dave Roberts returned to Fenway as the Padres’ first base coach. He survived Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which was detected early because he had to take a physical to join San Diego’s coaching staff. He had been on the fence between returning to baseball and becoming a television analyst but Bud Black convinced him to have a second career in baseball coaching. The Celtics traded up three spots to draft Gonzaga center Kelly Olynyk. The 7' center visited Fenway before the game and towered over everyone. Olynyk was drafted by a franchise in flux, but the picture became a bit clearer today. The Celtics hired Brad Stevens, formerly of Butler, as head coach. Stevens is a proponent of advanced basketball statistics and is younger than Kevin Garnett. Perhaps he’ll bring Drew Cannon along with him. Brandon Snyder supported Lackey’s excellent showing with his three-run double in the fourth. The peripatetic infielder stepped in where Will Middlebrooks had been flailing....

Triple Crown

Mike Lowell, whose last name is shared by a city in Massachusetts, hit three doubles. All three Boston area teams, the Bruins, Celtics, and Red Sox, won their respective games tonight. Lowell’s doubles cosmically aligned with the fact the hockey and basketball teams played the second games of their respective series. Just like how today’s team meeting cured all the club’s ills. Terry Francona is a savvy skipper; it’s no accident that the meeting was called the afternoon before his best starter took the mound. Clay Buchholz didn’t have a dazzling outing (5⅔ innings pitched, 8 hits, 4 earned runs, 3 walks, and 2 strikeouts), but with the Red Sox bats knocking in the most runs in a game this season Don Orsillo could have started and they would have won. He does Pilates. The left field wall served as target practice for Red Sox batters. Bill Hall and Adrian Beltre both clouted their first home runs as Red Sox players and Beltre got the silent treatment in the dugout. Kevin Youkilis and Dustin Pedroia added to their homer totals and are the class of Red Sox sluggers; the former is tied for second in team homers while the latter...

Welcome

Game 103: August 1, 2009 Red Sox4W: Josh Beckett (13-4)61-42, 3 game winning streak Orioles0L: David Hernandez (3-3)44-59, 2 game losing streak Highlights: Two weeks into my first office job after college I wrote a resignation letter, put it into my boss’s in-box and slunk out, stressed out and overwhelmed. Victor Martinez is made of sterner stuff. He struck out in his first at bat, chasing a high pitch reminiscent of our other Red Sox catcher. The next two at bats he made contact: he led off the third by grounding out to the Brian Roberts and popped out to short to start the fifth. If I were Martinez I would be googling “resignation letter template.” Victor Martinez, an eight-year veteran, has never received a standing ovation from his fans in the opposition’s stadium. After a anxious at bats in front of 49,384 people, Martinez’s nerves seemed to settle. He reached down with his bat to drop a single into left, notching his first hit and RBI as a Red Sox player.Don Orsillo took advantage of the situation to antagonize the newish guy, Dave Roberts. “I now know why you downplayed your first appearance in a Red Sox uniform,” said...


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