Boston Has New York’s Number

Red Sox Extend Winning Streak Against Yankees

Whether its the Celtics over the Knicks, the Patriots over the Jets (I had to leave out the Giants), or the Bruins over the Rangers, Boston sports teams have New York’s number. On Wednesday night, it was no different as the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 6-5 as Boston has now won their eighth straight game, dating back to last year, against the Bronx Bombers.

Hold off on the Frank Sinatra music.

New York, New York has failed to beat Boston in it’s last eight tries as the Sox took the AL East lead last night with a Tim Wakefield victory.  Wakefield (8-3) improved to 5-0 at home this season, pitching six innings allowing three runs off of eight hits with two strikeouts.  

Boston’s knuckleballer has struggled against New York over his career, going 11-17 against the pinstripes but on Wednesday he had the knuckleball dancing to Sweet Caroline and Shipping Up To Boston.  Jonathan Papelbon closed the door on the Yanks in the ninth with a Jorge Posada flyout to Jason Bay to record his 15th save of the season.  

Mark Teixeira made things interesting in the final innings with a home run off of Ramon Ramirez as the lefty slugger is hitting .376 with 14 home runs and 37 RBIs in his last 30 games.  

I guess the sure-handed first basemen is living up to his $161 million contract.

Nonetheless, the Sox will look to sweep the dreaded Yankees tonight at Fenway with Brad Penny facing CC Sabathia.

(AP Photo)

Someone Give This Guy A Black Eye

                
Idiot Yankee fan tosses grass seed in Fenway that he says is “Yankee Stadium” grass seed. 

I am not sure how you take grass seed, put it in a package with a Yankees logo on it and call it Yankee Stadium grass seed.  Someone explain that logic to me!

Track this guy down, tie him up, and feed him Fenway Park dirt until he gags.

His name is Ian Ferris and he is from Shelburne VT

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The Yankees Are Coming To Fenway

                  Red Sox Host AL East Leading Yankees

It may only be June, but the New York Yankees are coming to town with a one game lead over the Boston Red Sox in the AL East, so this series still packs a lot of punch.

With the best rivalry in sports being at Fenway Park for three games, the Sox will be looking to take back the division lead with a series sweep of the dreaded Yankees.  The first game of the series won’t disappoint as Josh Beckett squares off against A.J. Burnett on Tuesday.

Red Sox fans will also have their first opportunity to show Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeria, and CC Sabathia how they really feel about them this week with the Bronx Bombers in town. Both the Yanks and Sox are playing well of late so this series should be a good parameter for which team has the upper-hand thus far in 2009.

These three games should be fun. Enjoy baseball fans.

Sox, Paper, Scissors

Kotsay & Baldelli Play Rock Paper Scissors For Center Field After Jacoby Was Taken Out Of Game

Red Sox Rock-Paper-Scissors

Beckett Leads Red Sox To Victory

Sox Starter Flirts With No-Hitter Against Tigers

The Boston Red Sox won 10-5 over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday thanks in large part to the arm of Josh Beckett.

Boston’s ace didn’t allow a hit until the seventh inning as Curtis Granderson of the Tigers singled with two outs in the seventh to end Becketts no-hit bid. Beckett went 7 2/3 innings allowing two hits and three runs while striking out nine.

David Ortiz’ two-run double lead the Sox in the eighth inning as Boston scored six runs in the eighth.  Detriot countered with five runs of their own but it wasn’t enough for the Tigers as Beckett notched his sixth win of the season.

J.D. Drew hit his 200th career homer in the top of the first to stake Boston an early 2-0 lead in which they wouldn’t relinquish.  Dontrelle Willis will be on the mound for the Tigers tomorrow as he looks to take down Boston’s most consistent pitcher, Tim Wakefield.

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Red Sox Shopping For A Shortstop

Could Boston Be Looking To Land A New Shortstop?

All of Red Sox nation knows that the Boston Red Sox have a problem at shortstop.  Julio Lugo and Nick Green are not the answers for the proverbial hole at the shortstop position, so what can Theo Epstein and the Boston Red Sox do before Jed Lowrie returns in a month?

Wheel and deal baby, wheel and deal.

There are many possible options that are known to be on the radar screen of Boston as it’s no secret that the Sox are looking for a shortstop, with the most pressing issue being defense up the middle. Lugo is showing his age and lack of range nowadays and even with a solid bat, he has become a liability.  Although Green is a good story, he just can’t cut it in the big leagues consistently and that’s why he has been a minor league veteran.  So what do the Red Sox exactly have in mind to fill this void?

Oh, there are many possibilities.

Names have been flying around like peanuts at a baseball game.  If you pay too much attention to the rumors, you might get dizzy.  But let’s simplify the rumors and put them in lamest terms.  Theo Epstein has his eyes on Jack Wilson, Jhonny Peralta and old friends Orlando Cabrera and Alex Gonzalez.

Wilson would be a great fit for the Sox both offensively and defensively, but his price tag would be too high as it would take a pitching prospect or two to land the Pirates captain who also will make about $8 million in 2009.  Peralta has been relegated to third base duties for the Cleveland Indians which proves that the Indians don’t think the 27-year-old can cut it at shortstop.  We stop the discussion on him there.  Cabrera is batting a mere .232 and looks older than Edgar Renteria, ouch.  Last and certaintly not least is Alex Gonzalez.  Gonzalez is a defensive guru and is younger than everyone other than Peralta.  He used to play at Fenway Park and the Red Sox loved him, just not enough to keep.  But it’s because his bat wasn’t as good as former shortstops Nomar Garciaparra, Orlando Cabrera and Edgar Renteria.

So with all the names laid out on the table, who would be the best fit in Boston?  Jack Wilson and Alex Gonzalez make the final cut because they both make the most sense. Boston needs solid defense and character at the shortstop position to help solidify the infield.  Adding a Wilson or Gonzalez could help ease the anxious minds of Red Sox fans who cringe every-time a ball is hit to shortstop.

But be careful what you wish for Red Sox fans as a solution at shortstop would likely divert all attention back to David Ortiz, which could spell bad news for the beloved Big Papi.

Chowdaheadz Fan Photos To Pump You Up For Tonights Game

Pizza Time Outside Fenway!

Dustin Pedroia and a little fan wearing a “Rather Be At Fenway T-Shirt”
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Ortiz with a couple fellow Chowdaheadz hanging out.

A couple Born Into It fans ready for a game!

Youkilis, Lester Lead Sox To Victory Over Jays

Francona’s Lineup Shakeup Propels Sox Past Blue Jays

With left-hander Ricky Romero on the mound for the Blue Jays, Terry Francona decided that Sunday was a perfect day for a lineup shakeup.  With Dustin Pedroia leading the new-look lineup, the Boston Red Sox took the final game of the series 8-2 at the Rogers Centre.  

Pedroia batted leadoff for the Sox as Boston’s second basemen hit a pivotal three-run home run in the fourth inning to give Boston a 4-1 lead.  It was Pedroia’s first home run since Opening Day as Kevin Youkilis added two blasts of his own to give Youkilis his sixth career multi-homer game as the Boston first basemen batted third in the unique Francona lineup.

Jon Lester (4-5) pitched six strong innings, allowing one run and striking out 12 Blue Jays. Justin Masterson pitched the seventh and eighth as Ramon Ramirez finished off Toronto in the ninth.  Jason Bay also went deep for the Sox as the local nine accumulated four home runs on the afternoon.

The Sox avoided a three-game sweep and now find themselves a half-game back of the Yankees for top spot in the AL East.  Boston now heads to Detroit as Daisuke Matsuzaka looks to get back on
track against the Tigers.

(AP Photo)

Varitek’s Homeruns Lead Sox Past Twins

Sox Win Despite Francona & Varitek Ejections

The Boston Red Sox were riding the bat of Jason Varitek and the arm of Josh Beckett on Thursday afternoon as the Sox took the final game of their series with Minnesota by the final of 3-1.

Varitek hit two home runs for the Sox and that’s all the offense Boston would need as Beckett allowed three hits and one run through seven innings as Boston’s ace struck out eight Twins hitters.  Varitek’s two solo blasts give him ten homeruns for the season as the Boston captain hit 13 homers last season.

The Sox captain was also ejected in the seventh inning after arguing a call from home plate umpire Todd Tichenor.  Tichenor then proceeded to eject Terry Francona in the same sequence after tossing Minnesota’s catcher and manager earlier in the game.

Hideki Okajima settled the Sox down in the next inning by pitching a scoreless eighth as Jonathan Papelbon shut the door in the ninth to record his 13th save of the season.

Boston now heads north of the border as the AL leading Sox take on the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday. Boston knuckleballer Tim Wakefield takes the mound as he will square off against Toronto’s Casey.

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Clay Buchholz Call-Up On The Horizon?

Red Sox Prospect Pitching Well In Minor Leagues

Clay Buchholz was the topic of trade rumors throughout the offseason and was also the topic of discussion in Spring training.  So now with the 2009 Major League Baseball season almost a quarter of the way complete, what does Buchholz’s future look like in 2009?

I don’t think anybody knows.

One thing is for certain, however, as the 24-year-old is tearing it up in Triple-A Pawtucket. The right-hander took a perfect game into the ninth inning on Monday for the PawSox. 

So with the starting rotation struggling for Terry Francona and the local nine, Red Sox nation should look out for a minor league call up for the right-hander as Buchholz could be donning a Sox uniform in the near future.

Red Sox fall short against Twins

One inning changed the game when Justin Morneu hit a 3 run shot to put the Twins up 5-2.

Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 21 games and made a dazzling catch in center.

Lester actually pitched pretty well if you take away the 3 run HR.

Twins do in Sox 5-2