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 08-20-2008, 10:44 PM         #751
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good sh*t

 10 years ago '05        #752
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 s0uThSiDe said
Buchholz demoted to Portland

BALTIMORE - Terry Francona announced after the game that Clay Buchholz, who allowed five runs over 2-1/3 innings in an 11-6 Sox loss to the Orioles was demoted to Double-A Portland to work out his pitching issues.

"I talked to Buck and we feel we need to give him a renewed start," said Francona who also indicated he thinks Buchholz, now 2-9 with a 6.75 ERA will respond.

Buchholz has never been able to find his rhythm all season. The team has tinkered with his arm angle, but that hasn't worked.

The team did not make a corresponding move yet. They take on the Jays Friday in Toronto
fu*king good. It's a shame our bullpen has flopped the way it has this season, I would've preferred to keep Masterson in the rotation all season. Hopefully we can sign some bullpen help in the offseason so he can move back to the rotation

 10 years ago '04        #753
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 s0uThSiDe said
For Papelbon, there is no escaping headaches

Jonathan Papelbon's hand goes to his head, it's easy to suspect the worst - that this is another day when his head pounds and lights hurt and all he wants to do is crawl into a darkened room.

For the past two days, Papelbon has been working through another migraine, a problem that has affected him throughout his career. Though Papelbon hasn't pitched since last Tuesday's debacle against Texas (in which he gave up one of the Rangers' 17 runs), he has had to pitch with a migraine this season and at other points in his career, including a notable outing last Sept. 14 against the Yankees, in which the Sox gave up a five-run lead.

But he's learning to cope.

"They don't go away," he said. "You can usually feel the effects of them the day after, the aftereffects. But it's hereditary, they don't go away.

It's just something that I'm going to have to deal with. It's not just a headache, it takes over your whole body. People that don't get them, they don't really understand them."

He has not yet had a migraine so crippling that he's had to beg off pitching. Part of that is being vigilant about treating the headaches as soon as he senses one coming on.

While Papelbon has said that he isn't a fan of taking medication on days he pitches, he has learned to turn to Maxalt at the first sign of an aura. When his vision starts to blur, and the dots of light cloud his eyes, he knows it's time.

"I think that with taking my medicine and being able to kind of just f!ght through it, I usually am able to go out there and pitch."
^ damn...i can totally relate to that. i still get migraines although i had them much worse when i was a kid. sh*t's awful.

 08-21-2008, 10:32 AM         #754
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Report: Sox sign catcher Ross to minor-league deal

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is reporting that the Red Sox have signed catcher David Ross to a minor-league contract, according to major-league sources.

From Rosenthal's report :

Ross, 31, drew interest from the Red Sox and Phillies after getting released by the Reds. He will report to Class AAA and eventually become the Sox's third catcher behind Jason Varitek and Kevin Cash.
The Sox would need to promote Ross by Aug. 31 to make him eligible for their post-season roster. Ross also could be added for the playoffs if Varitek or Cash were injured. ...

The Red Sox will be his fifth team, and first in the American League.


Ross hit 17 homers in 311 ABs in 2007, and 21 homers in 247 ABs in 2006. He also owns a .381 OBP this season, despite hitting .231 with 3 homers (52 games of action).

 10 years ago '06        #755
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not a bad signing at all ^ especially when you dont give up much.
and its about time clay was demoted..a bit too late if you ask me, but that idiot has cost us atleast 5-8 games...
hopefully we can find a replacement..perhaps colon?!?

 08-21-2008, 12:27 PM         #756
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 Manny05 said
not a bad signing at all ^ especially when you dont give up much.
and its about time clay was demoted..a bit too late if you ask me, but that idiot has cost us atleast 5-8 games...
hopefully we can find a replacement..perhaps colon?!?
well wakefield should be back soon..he was throwing the other day..

beckett
dice k
lester
wakefield
byrd

 10 years ago '06        #757
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oh yea, i forgot about Byrd lol.
and yea i heard wake is coming back next week which is good news.
all we gotta do now is get some consistency..get into a couple of winning streaks.
although i am a little bit worried about beckett. he hasnt been dominant like last year. hopefully he puts it together in september

 08-22-2008, 06:05 PM         #758
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Drew has herniated disc

TORONTO -- J.D. Drew got back from Mt. Sinai Hospital here in Toronto, and reported that a doctor had told him, from a preliminary report, that Drew has a herniated disc, specifically the L5-S1. The MRI results are not yet back.

Though this isn't something that just happened, it was the first that Drew found out about it.

He was having trouble walking around the clubhouse this afternoon. He was very stiff and clearly in pain. The pain had gotten better yesterday, and he had expected to be back in the lineup today -- after missing four games -- but the back was stiff when he woke up this morning, necessitating the trip to the hospital.

Drew said he tore that sheath around his spine in 2001 when he missed 12 games with the Cardinals in August.

 10 years ago '05        #759
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Just fu*kin wonderful. Dude's havin his best season IMO, and fu*ks up his back :banghead:

 10 years ago '06        #760
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and now beckett could he headed to the DL...
this sh*t cant come at the worst possible time..
when we really need to win, all hell breaks loose...
who is next?

 10 years ago '05        #761
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fu*kfu*kfu*kfu*kfu*kfu*kfu*kfu*k


Beckett's going to see James Andrews

 10 years ago '05        #762
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And now he's gone on the DL :banghead:

 10 years ago '06        #763
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well he is scheduled to pitch tomorrow right?
im expecting him to get shelled but hopefully he pitches a solid game..6 innings atleast.

 10 years ago '05        #764
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Hopefully he's got his mind right. If his elbow is ok (which apparently Dr. Andrews said it was), than everything from here is purely mental. He's just gotta get in the mindset that his arm is fine and he'll be alright

 10 years ago '05        #765
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Yea our DL list has gotten packed a bit quick this past couple of weeks but im really impressed at what our bench has been doing.

 10 years ago '06        #766
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well beckett seems great. i think he is going to be just fine come playoffs.
all we need to do is get youk back in the lineup and start winning again.

 10 years ago '05        #767
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Back down to a game and a half. Big 3 games comin up startin tomorrow

 10 years ago '06        #768
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its about time. all we gotta do now is sweep them...bury them until they cant get up

 09-24-2008, 01:37 PM         #769
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Francona: Drew will start tonight

When the Red Sox take the field against the Cleveland Indians tonight at Fenway Park, J.D. Drew will be in the lineup for the first time since Aug. 17.

Manager Terry Francona revealed this afternoon during his weekly interview with the "Dale and Holley Show" on sports radio station WEEI that Drew, who is batting .280 with 19 homers in 107 games this season, will start in right field.

Drew, who has missed 33 games with a herniated disk in his back, received an epidural Monday, and felt well enough to take batting practice before last night's game.

"He was putting on a clinic [in BP]," Francona said. "He's done that a few times. This time is the first time he's felt good and stayed good."

Francona said he was uncertain whether Drew, the Most Valuable Player of this year's All-Star Game, would play a full nine innings as the club eases him back into action.

The manager also noted that left fielder Jason Bay won't start tonight, with Chris Carter taking his place in the lineup. With a playoff berth secured, Francona indicated he will try to rest his regulars periodically during the regular season's final five games.

"We don't have a lot of middle infielders," Francona said, "so we're going to mix and match, try to give one guy a day every day."

A few other subjects Francona touched on during the interview:

On whether it's more important to try to win the AL East or to rest his players and set up the pitching staff for the postseason:

"We really do place an importance on winning the division, but a lot of that is out of our hands. We could win out and still not catch Tampa. We do need to be realistic . . . while also understanding what our final goal is. We all witnessed going into the playoffs [in '05] at not 100 percent, and Chicago shooed us right out of the playoffs."

On how he feels about the state of the starting rotation:

"I think we'll feel about as good anybody. At this point of the season, there is a lot of wear and tear on every pitcher in league. We're situated to lean on [our starters] a little bit. [As far as setting up the rotation for the playoffs], we're going to put together the game plan that gives us the best chance to go forward."

On the MVP chances of Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis:

"Just to be talked about as an MVP candidate means you're having some kind of year."

On the Manny Ramirez trade July 31, which brought Bay to Boston and unified the clubhouse:

"I applaud [general manager] Theo [Epstein] for recognizing we needed to make a change . . . to have guts to do that made us a better ball club. I know people could question trading Manny, to think it would blow up in our faces, but I think [what has happened since] proves we're a better ball club, and I applaud Theo for having the guts to do that.

"I think our goal was to be a better team, and I think we accomplished that."

On the postgame celebration Tuesday night, and whether the Red Sox should be accustomed to such things after earning five postseason berths in the past six years:

"[Each season is always] different, the paths are always different, but the reward should never be any less significant. Because we've been fortunate to be there before, it's no less enjoyable. It makes older guys look younger. You see how young kids react. It's a really neat feeling."

On how he celebrated:

"Went home, watched 'Prison Break,' got up and went to Starbucks, and returned to the ballpark. Not much changes."

 09-27-2008, 01:43 PM         #770
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Red Sox schedule, round 1

Here's the slate for the ALDS, where the Red Sox will renew acquaintances with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim:

Game 1: Wed., Oct. 1 @ Anaheim, TBS
Game 2: Fri., Oct. 3 @ Anaheim, TBS
Game 3: Sun, Oct. 5 @ Boston, TBS
Game 4: Mon., Oct. 6 @ Boston*, TBS
Game 5: Wed., Oct. 8 @ Anaheim*, TBS
*if necessary

 10 years ago '06        #771
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a day off every game..that sucks >.<

 10 years ago '05        #772
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I'm down with that. If anything, that'll give us a chance to go with a 3 man rotation if we have to

 09-29-2008, 06:31 AM         #773
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 BoSox84 said
I'm down with that. If anything, that'll give us a chance to go with a 3 man rotation if we have to
thats what im saying...

 10 years ago '06        #774
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i know that ^^^ im sayin in terms from my perspective..
it sucks to be watch one game, then the next day there isnt any...over and over again..thats all. i still like the schedule cuz it benefits us in alot of ways.

 09-29-2008, 10:44 AM         #775
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Manny fires back at Boston

Former Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez, who has tempered his comments on Boston and the Red Sox since being traded to the Dodgers in mid-season, had plenty to say to T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times in a column published yesterday.

Ramirez told Simers that he was unhappy during his entire eight-season tenure with the Red Sox. "The first time I stepped foot in Boston, I said to myself, 'Whoa.' I told Pedro Martinez, 'Damn, man, I just want to get traded and get out of here; this place is not me.' I was unhappy for eight years in Boston but still put up great numbers."

More interesting tidbits from Simers' conversation with Manny:

Ramirez told Simers the fans in Boston supported him, but the media made his life difficult.
"Baseball in Boston is like a Sunday football game, but played every day," Ramirez said. "We lose in LA, I go to breakfast and people say, 'Well, you'll get them tomorrow.' In Boston, it's 'Hey, what's going on, the Yankees are coming.' It's just a different atmosphere. The fans in Boston got your back no matter what, but I'm talking about the people who write all this bull because it means so much to them. If your happiness depends on Boston winning or losing, you have to get a life."


More from Ramirez on the differences he perceives between Boston and LA.

"I would bring my kids to the park [in Boston] and I want my kids to be kids, but there'd be people trying to interview them. That's so stupid," Ramirez said. "I'd go to the parking lot after the game and 20 people I didn't know would be offering food, CDs and things -- then wanting something in return.

"[In LA], the game ends, I go to the elevator, my car and no one bothers me."


In a roundabout way, Manny seemed to admit to Simers that he did not always give a full effort running to first base while in Boston:

"I love to hit, to compete and would never do that; that's just people looking for stuff," he says, while admitting he now runs everything out in L.A., "and I don't even have to think about it."
That suggests he wasn't running everything out in Boston, and while he tries to explain, he's interrupted. There's no explanation for such behavior after signing a contract and being paid $20 million a year to give his all.

"You're right," he says. "You're right."



While Manny didn't challenge Curt Schilling's accusations that Ramirez was an ongoing problem in the Red Sox clubhouse, he responded to the charges:

"I don't wish him anything bad, although it did make me madder and play harder to show everyone who I am," Ramirez said. "I don't disrespect or takes shots at anyone. I don't want someone going to one of my sons and saying your dad is a punk and talks bad about people behind their backs."

It sounds like Manny just wants to move on, and hopes Red Sox fans can do the same:

"Just let me be happy someplace else," Ramirez said. "I'm against the clock."

He also appears to be loving life in Los Angeles. "It's just great here; I don't feel like I'm in a cage. The fans in L.A. are unbelievable -- never in my 16 years have I received such a reception."

We’re sure some folks who frequented Fenway Park for the last eight years would take umbrage with that last statement.


In today's Simers column, Ramirez shed some light on the shoving incident between him and Red Sox traveling secretary Jack McCormick in June:

As for the incident that had him knocking down a Red Sox executive, "I was wrong," Ramirez said.
He said the relationship with the executive had been deteriorating for some time, and a day earlier the guy had said some nasty things to Ramirez in front of Ramirez's teammates.

Ramirez went home troubled, returned and asked for a meeting with the executive. "I told him, 'I can't have you disrespecting me in front of my teammates.' "

When he didn't get the response he liked, it escalated into a shove.

"I didn't handle it the right way," he said.



Manny, who is a free agent at the end of the season, on his future with the Dodgers: "I think I can play four or five more years. And the way the division is, the Dodgers can win it the next four or five years, but they have big decisions to make. It just depends on how badly they want to win."

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