Pedroia Will Destroy Ya

Pedroia’s 2-Run Blast Propels Sox Over Rays

When the Sox were down in St. Petersburg earlier this month, it was do or die time for the Tampa Bay Rays.  Well, the Sox ended the Rays slim playoff hopes by taking two-out-of-three games at Tropicana Field and ever since then, the Rays have been in a free-falling skid.

With Dustin Pedroia’s tie-breaking two-run home run in the opener of a day-night doubleheader, the Sox handed the Rays their 10th consecutive loss.  Clay Buchholz made his case, once again, for the No. 3 spot in the Sox rotation with another strong outing, going seven strong, allowing one run while striking out five hitters.  Victor Martinez started the scoring with an RBI single in sixth and very well may have saved the game with a block of the plate in the seventh inning to end the Rays rally.  

Hideki Okajima pitched a scoreless eighth to register his sixth victory of the season as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his 36th save with a scoreless ninth.  Jon Lester takes the ball in the night game of the doubleheader as he squares off against James Shields of the Rays.

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Eagles Flying High Over Kent State

Boston College Takes Care Of Business



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Going into the 2009 college football season, many Boston College fans were unsure of what to expect from their Eagles squad.  Their was a turnover at head coach, quarterback, and the defensive line. But many were happy that the Jeff Jagodzinski saga ended (he was recently canned from his position with Tampa Bay, just so you know) and the Frank Spaziani era, as head coach, started.

With Spaziani entering his first campaign as head man at BC, many uncertainties still remained even with the consistency of Spaziani, who has been with the Eagles staff for 12 years.  However, after a 54-0 spanking of Northeastern and a 34-7 victory over Kent State on Saturday, Eagles fans can rest assure they are in good hands with Coach Spaziani.

Boston College, without a clear-cut option at quarterback, has chosen to go with a two-man scheme and it has worked well so far with Justin Tuggle and Dave Shinskie.  Tuggle threw for two scores on Saturday, completing 6 of his 12 passes for 150 yards.  Skinskie went 9-for-16 for 73 yards and one touchdown.  Rich Gunnell led the receiving core with 114 yards and two TD’s.

Rain Rain Go Away

Sox Forced To Postpone Game Due To Inclement Weather

The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays will be forced to play a doubleheader Sunday at noon due to a heavy dose of Mother Nature on Friday night.  Jon Lester will start the second game of the doubleheaer on Sunday after pitching to four Tampa Bay hitters tonight.

Clay Buchholz will take the mound in the first game of the doubleheader for Boston.

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Welcome Back Dice-K

Francona Announces The Return Of Matsuzaka

This 2009 season turned out to be a disaster for Boston’s Japanese right-hander Daisuake Matsuzaka.  But, even with a horrendous 1-5 record and 8.23 ERA, Dice-K’s season isn’t beyond salvaging at this point.  The 28-year-old made his last rehab start for Class-A Salem on Wednesday and is set to join the Red Sox rotation Tuesday, taking Paul Byrd’s spot in the starting five.

Your guess is just as good as mine as for what Terry Francona and the Boston Red Sox eventually get from Dice-K.  He’s a pain to watch on the mound.  He walks a lot of batters. He finds himself in too many full-counts.  And usually ends the inning, or his outing, with the bases loaded.  But his talents are undeniable.  He has a vast repertoire of pitches, all of which, can be used to strike a batter.  For all the anguish he puts fans through, Matsuzaka has come through in the clutch. In the quarterfinal of the 1998 Summer Koshien (Amateur Baseball Championship), Matsuzaka threw 250 pitches in 17 innings to led his team to a win after he pitched 148 pitches the previous day.  He was a warrior.  In 2008, he was 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA and in his seven playoff starts for Boston in 2007 and 2008, Dice-K is 3-1 with Boston winning six of those seven outings.  Not bad for a person who was run out of town earlier this year. 

But the facts are a little misleading.  He was terrible this season and there is no denying that. Its probably because he was stretched out too much, a little too early, due to the World Baseball Classic. Maybe its because John Farrell and Terry Francona were trying to “Americanize” his routines and pitching style.  

But throw it all out the window.

The main question that needs to be answered, is if he can be a warrior in the Major Leagues this year, for the Boston Red Sox in September and October?

The Red Sox have Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, and struggling Josh Beckett to rely upon for pitching.  They have a dynamic bullpen but the relievers cannot pitch five or four innings each day or in the playoffs.  That’s why the Red Sox need someone like Dice-K to step up and to take charge. Matsuzaka will take on the AL West leading Angels on Tuesday and it will be a great test for Dice-K and great evaluation for Theo Epstein and the Red Sox brass.  There are only 23 games left in the season for Boston and with a two-team race looking to head into the final weekend of the season, the Red Sox are in a fight for the playoff lives.  

And Dice-K could either be the punch that knocks them out of playoffs or be the knock out punch that propels them into it.  That’s one scary thought.   

Ay Ay Captain

Patriots Announce Captains For 2009 Season

With a revolving door of personal at Foxoborough nowadays, the New England Patriots finally announced their captains for 2009 four days before they kick off their season against the Buffalo Bills.  New England selected two captains from offense and defense and one from special teams.  Tom Brady, Randy Moss, Jerod Mayo, Vince Wilfork, and Sam Aiken are the five players chosen to represent the Patriots at the 50-yard-line before games.

Wilfork and Moss head into their second year as captains as Mayo and Aiken begin their fist campaign with C’s on their chest.  Last year, the Patriots captains were Brady, Moss, Matt light, Wilfork, Rodney Harrison, Tedy Bruschi, Mike Vrabel, and Larry Izzo.   With four of last year’s eight captains either traded or retired, the Patriots will look to a new group of men to lead the squad this year on and off the field. 

Byrd Looking To Take Down Orioles

Sox Look For Mini-Sweep Of O’s

Paul Byrd toes the rubber tonight for the Boston Red Sox in their second game of an eight-game home stand.  Boston looks to sweep the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night after defeating the O’s 10-0 on Tuesday.  The Sox host the Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Angels before heading to Baltimore to face the birds for the last time in 2009 at Camden Yards.

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$9.99 Teez on 9/9/09

Today Only! Get Your Own Slogan & Rivalry Tee for…Well…Almost Free
Woburn, Massachusetts September 9, 2009 – What does 9/9/09 mean to you? To some this date is lucky. To others this date is an omen. To Charlie Chowdahead, this date means $9.99 tees.
Chowdaheadz is dropping the prices of their Boston Rivarly & Slogan Tees to $9.99 in honor of today’s date. The next single-digit date won’t be until January 1, 2101. That is almost a century away! So Fellow Chowdaheadz, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to grab your favorite tee for almost free. 
For the complete selection of $9.99 Teez, please visit www.chowdaheadz.com.

Good Luck “Red Socks” Rally

Time to Retire Last Year’s AL Wild Card T-Shirt…it’s so Last Year! Update Your Wardrobe with a Pair of Good Luck “Red Socks”
Woburn, Massachusetts September 9, 2009 – Hey Fellow Chowdaheadz, it’s that time of year again for Sox fans! Labor Day is done and the post-season is hanging in the air like low tide. The Sox have 24 games left and they’re 2 up on Texas and a mere 9 behind the Yanks. There is a chill in the air but a lot of season left and it’s time to dress for fall ball. 
Start this year’s post-season rally and keep your tootsies toasty with a pair of your own incredibly warm, incredibly red, incredibly lucky, Good Luck “Red Socks.” Wear them gameday, everyday, every night. Wear them for big games and Orioles games. Or just sit back and kick up your “Red Socks” in front of your big screen.
If you have already jumped on the “Red Socks” bandwagon, Charlie Chowdahead wants to hear from you! You can email your “Red Socks” action photos to photos@chowdaheadz.com to show your support for your favorite team.
For more information about the Good Luck “Red Socks” Rally, please visit www.chowdaheadz.com.
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ESPN’s Newest Member Is One Of Our Own

Bruschi Tackles New Position At ESPN

With the birth of ESPNBoston.com set to come the same day the New England Patriots take the field on Monday Night Football against the Buffalo Bills, it would only be fitting that Tedy Bruschi would help kick of the festivities.

Bruschi, who recently just retired from the Patriots, will join ESPN as an NFL analyst and will provide insight on the website, “Sportscenter”, “NFL Live”, and other ESPN networks.  Bruschi retired after 13 seasons in New England.  

Home Run Derby

Sox Hitters Feast On Some Home Cookin’

Dustin Pedrioa homered twice for the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night as Clay Buchholz shut down the Baltimore Orioles in route to a 10-0 win for the local nine.  Boston hammered six home runs at Fenway Park as Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, Alex Gonzalez, J.D. Drew, and David Ortiz all went deep for Boston with the latter homering in the seventh inning to tie Frank Thomas for most home runs all-time by a designated hitter.

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Buchholz went seven strong, allowing just three hits to the Orioles, improving to 5-3 on the season.  The young right-hander didn’t allow a baserunner until the fourth when he found himself with an 8-0 advantage thanks to the barrage of hits from his teammates.  Michael Bowden finished the game for Boston, pitching the last two innings, giving up two hits to the O’s.  

Each Sox starter, except for Casey Kotchman, reached base on Tuesday night as Mike Lowell and Jason Varitek each got the night off.  Boston looks to complete a mini two-game sweep of the Birds on Wednesday as Paul Byrd takes the mound against Jason Berken.  On a side note, the 15-and-16-year-old boys of Weston, Massachusetts will be honored before the game on Wednesday for their Massachusetts State Championship in the Senior Williamsport Little League tournament.  

The boys of Weston represented Massachusetts in the Senior Little League regional in Swedsboro, New Jersey before eventually losing to Rhode Island.  I was fortunate enough to coach this fine group of young men and look forward to seeing the dimensions of friendly Fenway up-close and personal tomorrow evening. 

Poll Question: Is The Seymour Trade A Good Move?

What Do You Think About the Richard Seymour Trade?

a) I don’t like the move.  It hurts the Pats in 2009 and I liked Big Sey.

b) It doesn’t make any sense to me, but I guess in Bill We Trust. Right?

c) I like this move. We get a guaranteed high pick and Seymour’s best days are behind him.

d) Im not sure what to think, if their defensive line holds up I guess it’s a good move but I will wait until 2011 to see who we actually get in return.

 

LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK!

Greg Lewis Released By Patriots

Patriots Part Ways With Former-Eagle Wideout

The New England Patriots have been busy of late, and that didn’t change on Monday, as the Pats released reciever Greg Lewis.

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The Patriots acquired Lewis, who competed for the No. 3 & 4 receiver spot this preseason, in March from the Philadelphia Eagles for a fifth-round draft pick.

They also received a seventh-round draft choice with Lewis.  With the 29-year-old now out of the picture, New England still has Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Joey Galloway, Sam Aiken, and Julian Edelman on their roster.  Lewis was thought to be competing with Galloway for the No. 3 spot on the depth chart and seemed to have an upper edge over the veteran from Tampa Bay, who has had trouble adjusting to the Patriots offensive system.

However, it seems that Bill Belichick decided to go with experience over youth and has definitely let fans see his liking of both special teams specialist Sam Aiken and super utility-man Julian Edelman.