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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.
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.
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
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
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.
New England Trades Le Kevin Smith To Denver
The New England Patriots traded defensive end Le Kevin Smith to the Denver Broncos in exchange for a 2010 fifth-round draft pick.
Smith was drafted by the Patriots in the sixth round out of the University of Nebraska in the 2006 draft and played in 31 games in three seasons with the Patriots. With a plethorea of defensive ends and outside linebackers, the Patriots send Smith to Denver to a coach, Josh McDaniels, that knows Smith well.
The fifth-round choice that the Patriots acquire will most likely be the pick that New England sends to Oakland in exchange for Derrick Burgess.
Red Sox Second-Basemen Sits After Night Game
Terry Francona decided that it was finally time to give Dustin Pedrioa a day off on Thursday. After playing in a night game yesterday and with the Sox set to hit the road on Friday to face Texas, Francona thought that today was the best day to give Pedrioa a day off.
J.D. Drew also has the day off on Wednesday, being replaced in the Sox lineup by Josh Reddick.
Offense Comes Alive On Homestand
It was the Mike Lowell and Jason Bay show on Tuesday night and on Wednesday it was the same story but different verse for the Red Sox sluggers as Boston defeated Detroit 8-2 behind a strong performance from Josh Beckett.
Lowell and Bay each homered for the Red Sox as Beckett went seven deep to win his major league-high 14th game of the season. Beckett had a no-hitter going into the fifth inning before Carlos Guillen of the Tigers snapped the no-hit bid and shutout with a solo-blast.
The Red Sox have now won three straight and seven in a row against the Tigers. Jerry Remy made his way back to the NESN booth on Wednesday night, only as a guest however, and hinted that a return to the broadcast booth may come in the near future.
Boston looks to sweep Detroit this afternoon as Clay Buchholz takes on Justin Verlander. First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.m.
Diamond Update On The Boston Red Sox
Some news and notes from what has been a hectic couple of days for the Boston Red Sox:
1) Kevin Youkilis was suspended by Major League Baseball offices for five games for his role in last night’s brawl with Rick Porcello and the Detroit Tigers. Youkilis will begin serving his suspension tonight after initially appealing the suspension.
2) Tim Wakefield is on the comeback trail as the Boston knuckleballer will start for Triple A Pawtucket on Friday. Wakefield hopes that if his calf and back respond well, he will be back with the big club soon. George Kottaras will catch the 43-year-old in his own comeback from the disabled list.
3) John Smoltz refused his assignment to the minor leagues from the Boston Red Sox which gives Boston ten days to either trade or cut the 42-year-old. Smoltz cleared waivers which allows Boston to trade him or outright release him. A release would put the Sox on the hook for the remainder of his $5.5 million contract.
4) Daisuke Matsuzaka is in Fort Myers and threw 40 pitches from a mound on Monday. Dice-K’s pitch count will increase with each session and Japanese right-hander is eyeing a comeback to the Sox rotation sometime in September.
5) The Sox put a waiver claim on Washington Nationals shortstop Christian Guzman but the likelihood of Guzman coming to Boston is very slim as the Nationals do not have a shortstop to replace Guzman and are currently playing their best baseball of the year. Also, the Sox would have to eat Guzman’s entire contract which could put a snag in any negotiations between both clubs.
Boston Fueled By Youkilis, Francona Ejections
Kevin Youkilis led the charge, both physically and mentally, for Boston but Mike Lowell carried it out as the Red Sox defeated the Detroit Tigers 7-5 on Tuesday night.
Lowell smashed a solo-shot in the third and added a two-run blast in the fifth to give the Sox a 6-3 lead in which they would never relinquish. Junichi Tazawa was shaky in the first inning but settled down by striking out six in five innings of work to record his first major league win.
Youkilis was ejected for charging the mound after Rick Porcello plunked the Red Sox third-basemen in the second inning. After a brawl ensued, both Youkilis and Porcello were out of the game. Terry Francona was later ejected in the second after arguing a play at second base.
Lowell, 2-for-3, and Jason Bay, 2-for-4, led the Boston lineup on Tuesday which has scored 13 runs on 19 hits in their past two games at Fenway Park. A little home cookin’ may have been all that Francona and the Sox needed after losing six straight to division rivals, Tampa Bay and New York.
Josh Beckett takes on Armando Galarraga off the Tigers on Wednesday in hopes of extending Boston’s winning streak to three games.
Sox Look To Take Two Straight From Tigers
A 6-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night was exactly what the Boston Red Sox needed. With Junichi Tazawa making his first major league start tonight for the Bo-Sox, Terry Francona and company hope that the 23-year-old right hander is as good as advertised.
Even with his first decision as a Red Sox going in the loss column, thanks in part to a game-winning two-run home run from Alex Rodriguez, Tazawa could possibly be the missing piece to the Red Sox puzzle. Plugging a dynamic right-handed pitcher in the fifth spot could help ease the overworked bullpen and inconsistent starting rotation.
Tazawa toes the rubber tonight, squaring off against fellow youngster Rick Porcello of the Tigers. First pitch is at 7:10 from Fenway Park.