Sox change starting times for Tuesday and Thursday games
Having changed the starting time of last Thursday's game to accommodate fans who wished to watch the Celtics in the NBA Finals, the Red Sox will do it again this week.
With the Celts scheduled to play Game Three on Tuesday night at 9 p.m. and Game Four on Thursday night at the same time, the Sox are moving the starting times of their games against the Orioles on those nights to 6:05 p.m. Both games, obviously, will be played at Fenway Park.
The gates will open at 4:05 p.m. on both Tuesday and Thursday. NESN’s pregame coverage will begin at 5:00 p.m. both days.
Projo SoxTalk with McAdam: J.D. Drew is as hot as the weather
Click the play button below to hear Sean's comments, recorded this morning. The topics: J.D. Drew's hot streak, John McLaren's ill-fated decision to pull Erik Bedard after five innings of work, whether Dustin Pedroia is primed to break out of his slump, and Justin Masterson's continued good work.
Here are some excerpts from Sean's comments:
On Drew: "Drew's numbers historically, or over his career, in the number-three spot have been far better than any other spot in that batting order. He has more power, more homers, more RBIs, higher OPS -- whatever way you want to measure. There's something about the number-three spot that agrees with J.D. Drew."
On Masterson: "It's been a remarkable debut when you think that, before [his first big-league] start, he had not pitched above Double-A, and he has come up and filled in a couple of spot starts, and now that Buchholz and Matsuzaka are both down, he has just stepped in very nicely and given them everything they could hope for and more."
In any case, let the suspensions begin and let's get on with life. It's over.
At least until June 30 in St. Petersburg.
DON'T MISTAKE SILENCE FOR ACCEPTANCE: Jon Lester may have been relatively quiet about his suspension -- which he chose not to appeal, mainly because the timing was such that the Red Sox won't have to bring up another pitcher to make a start in his place (thanks to today's off day) -- but that doesn't mean he agrees with it, or isn't angered by it. (Boston Herald)
WHAT, DID YOU SLEEP THROUGH 2004? Last year the Red Sox skated through the season with relative ease, health-wise, and no one said a word. Now they've had some injuries so Bill Chuck of Foxsports.com's Dugout Centraltrots out "The Curse" as an explanation.
Even so, Allan Wood says that if reports are true -- that it started because Ramirez was tired of Youkilis' complain-about-every-call, scream-obscenities-when-things-don't-go-his-way, slam-down-the-equipment-in-disgust-when-he-makes-an-out act -- then he's with Manny. "Yook's Paul O'Neill impersonations have always grated on me," he writes. (joyofsoxn.com)
A DREAM COME TRUE, IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE: Chris Carter's major-league debut Thursday -- as the Red Sox left fielder -- meant more to him than anyone could have known. He told McDonald that his father grew up as both a Red Sox fan and a Ted Williams fan, and his grandfather -- who's now blind -- was in the stands Thursday as his grandson played for his son's favorite team, in the position that was made famous by his son's hero.
THE BLUEPRINT: Peter Abraham says the Yankees have been handed "an engraved invitation" to make a move in the A.L. East, and tells us why. (LoHud Yankees Blog)
'WE DON'T DO THAT HERE': And making a move is something Jorge Posada expects, because he says "rebuilding" is what they don't do. (yahoo.com) But the writer, Jeff Passan, isn't so sure. And another writer, Joel Sherman of the New York Post, says the Yankees better start wheeling and dealing if they hope to win this year.
THE BEAUTY OF THE INTERNET: About 60 folks who spend time on the LoHud Yankees Blog had a gathering with Abraham in Scranton the other day in which they watched Kei Igawa stifle the Syracuse Chiefs and raised some money for a cancer charity. "It was a real privilege for me to attend," said Pete.
ALL IS FORGIVEN: We called out Jim Rice for abandoning his blog the other day, so what happens? He apologizes, then looks at home-road split from the other angle: How difficult it is to play on the road. And, no, before you get the wrong idea, I don't think I had anything to do with it.
HERE ARE WORDS YOU NEVER WANT TO SEE ATTACHED TO YOUR RESUME: Saying he "had disrespectful and adverse reactions to situations that were unbecoming of a teammate" -- don't quite know what that means, but it sure doesn't sound good -- the Rangers abruptly released Sidney Ponson late last week despite the fact that he was 4-1 with a 3.88 ERA and Texas, last in the majors with a team ERA of 5.10, isn't exactly rolling in pitching. (Dallas Morning News) Manager Ron Washington doesn't care; he says the team is better off without Ponson (Canadian Press), which makes you wonder exactly how onerous his behavior was. My guess: Very.