Pitchers & Catchers Report to Ft. Myers

Saturday, October 03, 2009

From Last Night

The Red Sox won behind Daisuke Matsuzaka last night as they complete the schedule, 3-0. He went six innings, allowed two runs and struck out seven in getting his third straight win since returning from injury. He looked solid, and now the speculation begins about whether he will start Game 3 or 4 of the ALDS against the Angels.

Jacoby Ellsbury swiped his 69th base last night to add to his club record total.

The Sox had two significant injuries last night, as Rocco Baldelli left with a hip flexor problem, but that is not considered serious. Alex Gonzalez got hit on the hand in the eighth inning on a pitch by Kerry Wood and left the game. X-Rays were inconclusive last night, and he will have further tests today. Losing Gonzalez would be a critical blow to the Red Sox, as he's done a solid job since coming over in August. With Nick Green still hurting and Jed Lowrie just off a tough year with injuries, it remains to be seen if either could step in and play every game and be effective.

Anybody else notice that C.C. Sabathia, going for his 20th win at Tampa Bay last night, got torched for 9 runs in less than 3 innings? He's got a lifetime ERA in the month of October near 8.00. And it wasn't just any old start either. The Yankees had the "A" team out there last night, and Cash Cow was going for a milestone win. A portend of things to come?

And also yesterday, the legacy of Ted Williams took another hit, as a former employee of Alcor, in a new book, claims that the head of the all-time great was abused by employees of the company where he has been frozen. I have no idea whether this is true or not, but once again, Ted Williams is more fodder for dumb late-night talk show jokes, and it really angers me to see this happen. Not just as a Red Sox or baseball fan, but as a human being. Beyond sad.

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