Backup QB O’Connell Cut By Patriots
In a surprising move, the New England Patriots released quarterback Kevin O’Connell on Sunday in the midst of a back-up quarterback competition. O’Connell was thought to have the inside track on the number two spot in the depth chart but Bill Belichick and company thought otherwise and released the two-year player.
O’Connell impressed the Patriots coaching staff in his two-years in New England after being selected in the third round of the 2008 draft out of San Diego State. O’Connell was cut tby the Patriots a month after the Pats cut ties with Matt Gutierrez. The 6-foot-5 quarterback is the third quarterback to leave New England in the past year, joining Gutierrez and Matt Cassel.
With O’Connell now out of the picture, Andrew Walter looks to be the back-up to Tom Brady. The release of O’Connell must mean that Belichick likes the look of Brian Hoyer, a rookie out of Michigan State, who was recently signed by the Patriots.
Boston Trades For Speedy Outfielder
The Red Sox acquired minor league outfielder and former Tampa Bay Rays prospect Joey Gathright from the Baltimore Orioles for a player to be named later. Gathright has played for the Rays, Royals, Cubs, but never played a game for the Orioles after being traded by the Cubs for Ryan Freel in May.
The 28-year-old will most likely be used in the same way Dave Roberts was used in 2004. Gathright will bring lots of speed and defensive to relatively slow team other than lead-off hitter Jacoby Ellsbury.
Sox Roll Thanks To A Few New Faces
The Boston Red Sox advanced to 6-0 against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park this season on the arms of some not-so-familiar faces. Paul Byrd stood on the Fenway mound Sunday, for the first time in 2009 after pitching last for the Sox in September. Byrd pitched well for the local nine, going six innings deep, striking out one and while walking three. Another unfamiliar face impressed in his Fenway debut, as Billy Wagner struck out the side in the eighth inning, leaving the field to a standing ovation from the Fenway faithful.
Oh sweet Caroline.
The Boston Red Sox defeated Roy Halladay and the Blue Jays 7-0 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep and with the win, stake a 3.5 game advantage over the Texas Rangers for the wildcard. Rocco Baldelli went deep for the Sox in the second as Boston scored a run in each of it’s first four innings and added three more runs in the seventh to secure the victory.
Even with a strong performance from the 38-year-old Byrd, the Red Sox Daisuke Matsuzaka made a rehab start for Double-A Portland on Sunday and could be back up with the Sox in early September, so Byrd may only be keeping a seat warm in the starting rotation for Dice-K but that could all hinge on the health of Tim Wakefield. The Sox have a day off tomorrow before they Tampa Bay on Tuesday to face the Rays.
Daniel Bard Makes It Look Easy
Daniel Bard reached 100 mph on the radar gun on Friday night, a rarity in Major League Baseball but almost a certainty every-time Bard toes the rubber. The rookie right-hander has been very impressive this year, his first year in the big leagues, for Terry Francona and the Red Sox as Bard pitched 1.2 innings on Friday striking out three Blue Jays and giving up only one hit.
Bard has pitchd 41.1 innings this year, giving up 33 hits and 17 walks while striking out 55. He has a 3.48 ERA and more importantly, seven holds which has contributed to the success of this year’s Sox bullpen.
Now, he is just a rookie and his body of work is still unfinished but one can’t help but wonder if the Sox decide that Jonathan Papelbon isn’t worth the money in two years, that Bard may be waiting in the wings to take over for cinco ocho.
Sox Captain Protects The Plate, Preserving Victory
The Boston Red Sox hoped that Josh Beckett could regain his ace like form on Friday night by shutting down the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. Beckett struck out nine Jays but gave up two long-balls and lasted only five innings, throwing 108 pitches, as the Boston right-hander walked five hitters in route to an early exit to the showers.
Luckily for Beckett and the Red Sox, the bullpen pitched four innings of scoreless relief, thanks in large part to a stellar play by Jason Varitek, blocking Travis Snider and the Blue Jays from taking a one-run lead in the eighth inning as the Sox eventual went on to win by the final of 6-5.
Casey Kotchman drove in David Ortiz in the bottom of the eighth on a fielder’s choice as Jonathan Papelbon loaded the bases in the ninth before striking out Rod Barajas and Snider to register his 31st save of the season and the Red Sox 74th victory in 2009. Hideki Okajimi tallied his fifth win of the year as the Sox look to take the middle game of this series with clay Buchholz squaring off against Ricky Romero on Saturday.
Charlie Chowdahead Does Not Have A License To Drive
Charlie Does not have lungs first of all, we are not sure how this is even possible.
Charlie does not make a salary at Chowdaheadz, we threaten to make Clam Chowda out of him if he does not work. We are not certain how he obtained this much money but we are looking in to the matter.
Well he is very sexy. This one makes sense.
Obviously taken advantage of by this individual.
Charlie is the life of any party!
Certainly this was not consensual, charges may be filed for this one.
Details are still trickling in about this recent romp by Charlie and his comrades. We will post more information as it comes in but based on what we see here Charlie had too good of a time.
More details to come!
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Red Sox Release Struggling Starter Brad Penny
With left-handed reliever Billy Wagner set to join the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, the Sox released Brad Penny on Wednesday night to open up a roster spot for Wagner. Brad Penny, according to Buster Olney of ESPN, asked for a release on Wednesday and was granted it by the Red Sox.
Penny impressed Sox fans early on in the season, fairing well and pitching an impressive six inning win against the New York Yankees. But things went sour fast for Penny, going 1-6 in his past 11 starts. Penny (7-8) has a 5.61 ERA but claims that he feels good and is glad to be healthy. Once he clears waivers on Monday, Penny will have the opportunity to sign on with any team that needs help with their starting pitching.
Buyer beware, however, as the 230 lbs. Penny has looked awful the past two months, relying heavily on his fastball and lacking any command on his off-speed pitches. Another one of Theo Epstein’s reclamation projects failed to pan out but luckily for the Red Sox help is on the way in the form of Dice-K and Paul Byrd.
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Big Papi Blasts Two Solo-Shots On Wednesday
Tony Pena pitch. David Ortiz blast.
Big Papi’s two home run night, marked by a walk-off blast, overshadowed Tim Wakefield’s return to the Red Sox starting rotation as the 43-year-old knuckleballer pitched seven innings in his return from the disabled list. However, his outing was easily overlooked by Ortiz’ multihomer game, with the latter, providing fireworks at Fenway Park and 3-2 victory for the Red Sox.
Big Papi curled a game winning shot around Pesky Pole to give Daniel Bard and the Red Sox their third victory in a row as Papi recorded his 10th career walk-off home run. Wakefield allowed one run on six hits after seven innings of work but a Scott Posednik home run off Ramon Ramirez in the eighth landed Wake with a no-decision.
Alex Gonzalez also homered for Boston as all three Red Sox runs came from the long ball as Bard got his first career win. Ortiz was punished for his late-inning heroics with a celebration at home plate which was Ortiz’ first since September of 2007.
The Sox will look for a sweep of the White Sox on Thursday as Junichi Tazawa takes the mound for Boston.
Wakefield Makes Return, Sox Lineups In
Tim Wakefield was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday as the 43-year-old knuckleballer toes the rubber tonight for Boston against Gavin Floyd of the White Sox.
Here are the lineups for this evenings game, courtesy of Chad Finn from the Boston Globe:
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. Victor Martinez, C
4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
5. David Ortiz, DH
6. Jason Bay, LF
7. J.D. Drew, RF
8. Casey Kotchman, 1B
9. Alex Gonzalez, SS
— Tim Wakefield, RHP
1. Jayson Nix, 2B
2. Gordon Beckham, 3B
3. A.J. Pierzynski, C
4. Paul Konerko, 1B
5. Jim Thome, DH
6. Jermaine Dye, RF
7. Carlos Quentin, LF
8. Alex Rios, CF
9. Alexei Ramirez, SS
— Gavin Floyd, RHP