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Game 109: August 8, 2009 Red Sox0L: Clay Buchholz (1-2)62-47, 5 game losing streak Yankees5W: C.C. Sabathia (12-7)H: Phil Hughes (12)68-42, 6 game winning streak Highlights: I thought Tim McCarver was lying when he said that Red Sox players were congratulating the Yankees after Game 3, but this article supports that assertion. Then again, the source is Jon Lieber and as reported by the Daily News. Four things I never want to see or hear after this game, ever: the broadcasting duo of Joe Buck and Tim McCarver, the initiation of C.C. Sabathia as a True Yankee, Jim Joyce’s moronic umpiring, and Kevin Youkilis in the outfield. David Ortiz sat in front of a white wall. Empty, like how my mind was when I first heard the news that he was on the 2003 list.Of all the players whose names were leaked, only Ortiz was accompanied by a union representative, incoming Major League Baseball Players Association president Michael Weiner. Perhaps it was Weiner’s attempt to demonstrate how he will run the union differently. Perhaps the union decided to ratchet up their response to the constant dribble of names from the list. Or maybe it’s because Ortiz shouldn’t be painted with...

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Game 101: July 30, 2009 Athletics5H: Russ Springer (5)H: Michael Wuertz (12)BS, L: Craig Breslow (1, 4-5)43-58, 1 game losing streak Red Sox8W: Manny Delcarmen (3-2)H: Daniel Bard (5)S: Jonathan Papelbon (26)59-42, 1 game winning streak Highlights: David Ortiz authored his first late inning pressure situation triumph of 2009 with a three-run blast to the short bleachers in the seventh. The score went from 5-3 in favor of the visitors to 6-3 for the local nine. The designated hitter came out for a curtain call. I wonder how many of them knew about The New York Times report that named Ortiz as one of the 104 players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003. I’ve started and stopped and restarted this column as many times as David Ortiz homered in 2006. I was there on September 21, 2006 when he broke Jimmie Foxx’s team record for home runs in a season. This is the best I could do. BOSTON — Red Sox blogger Joanna Hicks issued the following statement today:Today I was informed by several friends via text and instant messenger that one of my favorite players was on the 2003 list of MLB players to test positive for...

Red Sox Players Named in the Mitchell Report

George Mitchell released his long-awaited report today. Any player ever associated with the Red Sox with the page number he is mentioned on: Manny Alexander, 49 Jose Canseco, 246 Roger Clemens, 167 Paxton Crawford, 111 Brendan Donnelly, 224 Eric Gagne, 217 Jeremy Giambi, 133 Mike Lansing, 196 Josias Manzanillo (minor leaguer), 161 Kent Mercker, 198 Mike Spinelli (minor leaguer), 76 Mike Stanton, 205 Mo Vaughn, 186 Steve Woodard, 257 In 2007 Donnelly contributed 20 and two-thirds innings and tallied two wins. Those two wins were the difference between the American League East Division Championship and the wild card. Then again, on the Yankees side Clemens went 99 innings and contributed six wins and Andy Pettitte was pivotal with his 215 and one-third innings and 15 victories....


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