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April 19, 2007
Lots of interesting stuff going on in the world of the baseball; just not a whole lot of it involves the Red Sox:
BACK ON TOP: Tim Wakefield was superb as the Red Sox again took over possession of first place in the A.L. East . . . Jonathan Papelbon wasn't as superb, but if a hit and a walk and three strikeouts constitute a subpar outing from your closer, I'll take it . . . Steven Krasner, the author of the two previous stories, goes Inside The Game.
COME ON BACK: We'll be talking to Steve on Projo Sports Talk today at noon. And Steve will be blogging before, during and after this afternoon's game in Toronto.
YOU ARE THERE: The blog "A Red Sox Fan In Pinstripe Territory" posts some pictures from the Rogers Centre.
FIRST OF THE YEAR: Congratulations, Mark Buerhle! (Chicago Sun-Times)
LOST EVENING: Two no-hitters on the same date? Well, the Padres say David Wells had no-hit stuff last night. But he didn't get a no-hitter, he didn't get a decision, and he didn't even get to stay around until the end of the game; he was ejected for arguing a call from the dugout in the 12th inning in the Padres' loss to the Diamondbacks. Wells has always had a penchant for shifting the blame to the umpires -- I remember him claiming he blew up in a game against the Red Sox in 1998 because the plate umpire blew a 1-and-1 call to John Valentin, causing him to lose his concentration -- and last night was no different. ("I had to get six outs in the seventh, which is very, very tough to do.") But he also said first-base umpire Doug Eddings rubbed his belly in a "you're fat" gesture, something Eddings denies, which Wells called "stepping over the line. When the umpire makes a gesture, I think that's personal." Ah, Boomer. Life's never dull, is it? (San Diego Union-Tribune)
INTO THE FIRE: The Yankees finally have their weekend rotation set: Andy Pettitte on Friday, Jeff Karstens on Saturday and Chase Wright on Sunday. (Newsday)
CRUEL FATE: One start after looking absolutely unhittable against the Red Sox -- and, really, looking as if he were at the very beginning of a Hall of Fame career -- Felix Hernandez had to leave last night's start in the first inning because of elbow tightness. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
NOT MY CONCERN: Bill James gives David Pinto a couple of theories on why so many long-term contracts were handed out last winter (baseballmusings.com), and one of them -- "The GMs who made the deals probably won't last until the end of the deal, so it's going to be someone else's problem'' -- is a little scary if you're worried about the long-term health of an organization.
DREAM SEQUENCE: It's the radio-personality version of hitting the lottery -- get into a fight with the manager and become a national story. (Philadelphia Inquirer) But Howard Eskin says that was never his intent, no, no.
NIGHTMARE SEQUENCE: Howard Eskin is the least of Charlie Manuel's problems; he just got the dreaded vote of confidence from his boss. And, oh, just to make life a little more interesting for Charlie, Ryan Howard may have a serious knee injury. (Both stories, Philadelphia Inquirer). Excuse me, Jimmy Rollins? You may want to rethink your preseason prediction.
LET'S GO TO THE TAPE: Ozzie Guillen proves he never said he was going to order his pitchers to hit Sammy Sosa. Wouldn't have been out of charcter, though, would it? (Daily Southtown)
OLD FRIENDS: Mike Gonzalez, a member of the Red Sox system for a couple of weeks in 2003 (and someone they attempted to trade for last winter), has come down with a bad elbow (mlb.com) . . . Bill Simmons used to call his hang-dog look "the Derek Lowe Face." Apparently, that's what the Dodgers saw a lot of last night in Colorado (Los Angeles Daily News) . . . Dave Roberts has a mild cause of food poisoning (San Francisco Chronicle) . . . Adam Stern is back in the minors after spending two days with the Orioles (Baltimore Sun) . . . Josh Bard is recovering from his groin injury (San Diego Union-Tribune) . . . Jay Payton may return to the Orioles' lineup this weekend (Washington Post).
AND FINALLY . . . It's tough to link to PawSox stories when they keep getting rained out. But today we had a nice feature on Bobby Scales, to go with yesterday's look at Davern Hansack.
-- ART MARTONE
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