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Wake In, Penny Possibly Out

According to Adam Kilgore of the Boston Globe, Tim Wakefield will start for the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday as the Sox take on the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park. With Wakefield back in the rotation means either Brad Penny or Junichi Tazawa will be the odd man out of the starting five.

After giving up 10 hits and eight runs in four innings, Penny looks to be the person on the move.  Where that will be is still yet to be determined.  It could hinge on the effectiveness of Junichi Tazawa today against the Yankees, to see whether or not Tazawa or Penny will fill the last spot in the Sox rotation.

Penny has won one of his past 11 starts with Boston and for a pitcher that features mainly just one pitch for a strike, the bottom line is that Penny just can’t get it done in the AL East.  A la John Smoltz, maybe it’s best for Theo Epstein and Terry Francona to give up on the reclamation projects and cut another fish, like Penny, loose.

If the Red Sox can make by with Tazawa or possibly, Penny, until Daisuake Matsuzaka comes back, Boston could be a danger as the wildcard in the playoffs.  But than again, there may be too many “ifs” in that sentence and the Red Sox future.

-TC

Help On The Way?

Red Sox Claim Billy Wagner Off Of Waivers

With Red Sox fans in need of some good news after a 20-11 beating handed to the local nine by rival New York, Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Red Sox were the team that claimed Billy Wagner off of waivers from the New York Mets and have four days to work out a trade for him.

Wagner, 38, would join Hideki Okajimi as the only left-handed reliever in the Sox bullpen.  The left-hander had elbow ligament replacement surgery last September and was expected to miss the entire 2009 campaign but due to a speedy recovery, made his 2009 debut on Thursday, striking out two Atlanta hitters in route to a perfect inning of relief.  

A deal would most likely involve the Sox sending a second-tier prospect to the Mets and the Mets eating some of the $3.5 million still owed to Wagner.

-TC

Bad House Guests

Sox Pounded By Yankees At Fenway Park

The beginning of a three-game series with the dreaded New York Yankees started terribly for the Boston Red Sox as the Yanks beat the Sox 20-11 at Fenway Park.  Alex Rodriguez and Hideki Matsui led the offensive charge for New York as the Bronx Bombers blasted 23 hits, 10 off Boston starter Brad Penny and eight off of recently promoted Michael Bowden.

The Yankees put up two runs in the first, four in the second, and six in the fifth to deliver the first blow to the Red Sox in this three-game series.  Penny lasted only four innings as Bowden sacrificed himself for Tery Francona and the Sox as the rookie right-hander saw his ERA jump to 15.75.  Andy Pettite got the win for New York, his tenth of the season and Jacoby Ellsbury tied the Red Sox single-season stolen base record with his 54 thief of the season.

The loss puts Boston 7 1/2 games back of the Yankees in the AL East but a Tampa Bay win over Texas on Friday keeps the Sox 1 1/2 games up in the wildcard chase.  Junichi Tazawa looks to right the Red Sox ship on Saturday as he squares off against A.J. Burnett.

(AP Photo) (AP Photo)
-TC

Michael Bowden Called Up from Pawtucket

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Young Righty is Promoted to the Bigs
The Red Sox called up Pawtucket starter Michael Bowden to the major league roster this afternoon, as reported by the Boston Globe’s Chad Finn. It is currently unclear whose spot Bowden will take, but rumors are surrounding Jason Varitek and a possible trip to the disabled list.
— Dan Zappulla, Chowdaheadz Blog Contributor

Red Sox 8/21 , The Yankees Are Coming To Town


 A.L. East Standings As Of 8/21

NY Yankees      76      45      .628      —
 Boston     69     51     .575     6.5
 Tampa Bay     65     55     .542     10.5
 Toronto     55     64     .462     20.0
 Baltimore     49     72     .405     27.0

Our lineup is back in form and things are looking up again for the Red Sox… Just in time for a Yankee Series!

It will be Petitte v.s. Penny and is sure to be a wild weekend of baseball

Sox Sweep Blue Jays

Are the Red Sox back on track?

It looks like that train that fell off the track might be repaired and moving forward again. The Red Sox behind Lester tonight won 8-1 and let up only three hits.  The sleeper player that you don’t see in the box score is our new shortstop Alex Gonzalez who probably saved 3 hits and a few runs tonight.  JD drew knocked in 2 home runs

Consider that in the first inning Lester let the bases loaded with no outs! He then went on to pitch a gem of a ball game. Victor Martinez also homered and the Sox complete the sweep just in time for the Yankees to roll in to town this weekend.

The Return Of The Rem-Dawg

Jerry Remy Set To Return To NESN On Friday

Red Sox fans are set to welcome back one of their own on Friday night as the local nine take on the New York Yankees.  Jerry Remy makes his way back into the NESN broadcast booth for the opening game of a three-game series at Fenway Park, joining Don Orsillo for the first time this season.

Remy took an indefinite leave of absence from the broadcast booth to recover from cancer surgery, pneumonia, and depression.  The founder of Red Sox nation, “Rem-Dawg” could bring a spark back to the Red Sox season, one in which this 2009 squad has sorely been needing.  

I’m sure that I can speak for everyone in Red Sox nation by saying, it’s good to have you back Rem-Dawg. 

 

Sox Bats Take No Halladay

Boston Powers Past Blue Jays

The Red Sox weren’t suppose to win against Roy Halladay, right?  Well the local nine didn’t pay any attention to what the pundits and baseball world had to say on Wednesday night as the Sox took care of business and handed ace, Roy Halladay, his sixth loss of the season with a 6-1 thumping brought to you by Clay Buchholz and the Red Sox offense.

After winning Tuesday evenings contest by the hair on Terry Francona’s head (kidding), the Sox were suppose to lose to Doc and the Blue Jays.  However, Halladay looked tired on the mound as the Sox powered past him and Toronto pitching with 10 hits and three home runs.

Buchholz went six deep, striking out four Blue Jays and allowing just one run.  Jason Bay, David Ortiz, and Victor Martinez all went deep for Francona as the Sox look to sweep the fourth-place Blue Jays as Jon Lester takes the mound on Thursday taking on Brett Cecil.  

Let’s hope the Sox don’t look past Thursday’s game and onto the big weekend series with the New York Yankees.  

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-TC

Buchholz Bests Halladay, Sox Win

The Doc is Taught a Lesson by Boston’s Young Gun

See, I told you the Sox shouldn’t have traded Clay to Toronto.

The Red Sox and Blue Jays met Wednesday night in a pitching match-up that was intriguing, to say the least — a modern day Simba-versus-Scar, if you will. Clay Buchholz, Boston’s young right-hander, was deemed a certain underdog pitted against the Toronto ace who is arguably the game’s best hurler. Halladay came into the game at 13-5 with a sub-3.00 ERA, but was lit up in five short innings against the Red Sox bats. Jacoby Ellsbury, David Ortiz, Victor Martinez and Jason Bay all knocked in runs in support of Boston’s 6-1 triumph at Rogers Centre.

Buchholz, meanwhile, dazzled the Blue Jay bats over six strong innings. He allowed one run on six hits on only 94 pitches, improving to 2-3 on the year.

Thursday night, Boston goes for the sweep as they send southpaw Jon Lester (9-7, 3.71) to the hill against Toronto’s own lefty, Brett Cecil (5-1, 4.35).

— Dan Zappulla, Chowdaheadz Blog Contributor

Pedroia to Miss Second Straight Game

New Dad Will Stay Back in Boston

During an interview on WEEI’s “Dale and Holley” program this morning, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia would miss his second straight game after the birth of his first child. Francona was unsure of the reigning MVP’s status for Thursday’s game either.

Pedroia and his wife, Kelli, welcomed their newborn son Dylan into the world yesterday afternoon. As much of a competitor as the brand-new dad may be, I’m sure he wasn’t anxious to get back to Toronto, as his club will be facing perennial Cy Young candidate Roy Halladay (13-5, 2.65) in game two of this three-game set. The Red Sox will oppose Halladay with young right-hander Clay Buchholz (1-3, 4.45).
— Dan Zappulla, Chowdaheadz Blog Contributor

Smoltz Released By Red Sox

42-Year-Old’s Time Ends In Boston

The end of John Smoltz’s tenure in Boston has come to a close as the Boston Red Sox released the 42-year-old on Monday.  

The right-hander posted a 8.33 ERA with the Sox and won only two of his eight starts with Boston.  Smoltz denied a request from the Red Sox that he go to the minors and work his way back as a reliever.

Smoltz, however, has not denied that he would sign with another team as a reliever.