July 30, 2015

G103: Red Sox 8, White Sox 2

White Sox - 200 000 000 - 2  7  0
Red Sox   - 100 024 10x - 8 13  0
David Ortiz went 3-for-3 with a walk and two RBI. ... Xander Bogaerts went 3-for-4 and scored twice. ... Rusney Castillo had two hits, including his second home run of the year, and two runs scored. ... Wright: 7-6-2-2-8, 116.

Daniel Nava was designated for assignment and Tommy Layne was optioned to Pawtucket to make room on the roster for relief pitchers Jonathan Aro and Jean Machi.
Example
Chris Sale / Steven Wright
Holt, 2B
Bogaerts, SS
Ramirez, LF
Ortiz, DH
Napoli, 1B
Castillo, RF
Sandoval, 3B
Swihart, C
Bradley, CF
Elias:
The White Sox once again jumped out to a fast start [on Wednesday night], scoring six times in the first three innings in their 9-2 win at Boston. It was the third straight game in which Chicago scored at least five runs before the start of the fourth inning, all wins at Fenway Park. The White Sox had only once before put up five runs over the first three innings in three straight road games. That was in 1936, in wins over Washington (July 17) and Philadelphia (a doubleheader on July 18).

Jon Lester struck out 14 Rockies batters over eight innings in a 3-2 victory at Wrigley Field. The Cubs have won two World Series since the last time they had a left-handed pitcher record 14+ strikeouts in a game. On May 30, 1906, Jack Pfiester fanned 17 Cardinals in a complete-game 4-2, 15-inning home loss to the Cardinals. The Cubs finished that year with a record of 116-36 (.763), representing the best single-season winning percentage in modern major-league history. The North Siders lost to the crosstown White Sox in the Fall Classic before rebounding to win the World Series in both 1907 and 1908.

July 29, 2015

G102: White Sox 9, Red Sox 2

White Sox - 231 000 210 - 9 17  1
Red Sox   - 000 100 100 - 2  7  2
Mike Napoli hit a double and a home run (#12) and drove in both of Boston's runs.

Rick Porcello: 2-10-6-1-2, 68.
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Jose Quintana / Rick Porcello
Holt, 2B
Bogaerts, SS
Ramirez, LF
Ortiz, DH
Napoli, 1B
Castillo, RF
Sandoval, 3B
Hanigan, C
Bradley, CF
Mookie Betts has been placed on the 7-day concussion DL.

July 28, 2015

G101: White Sox 9, Red Sox 4

White Sox - 500 002 110 - 9 14  0
Red Sox   - 020 000 002 - 4  8  1
An ESPN headline that sums up tonight's game:


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Jeff Samardzija / Wade Miley
Betts, CF
De Aza, RF
Bogaerts, SS
Ortiz, DH
Ramirez, LF
Sandoval, 3B
Napoli, 1B
Swihart, C
Weeks, 2B

Watch NESN's Live Stream Of Pedro Martinez Ceremony

NESN's website will have a live stream of tonight's ceremony - the retirement of Pedro Martinez's #45 - beginning at 6:30 p.m. (NESN's TV coverage starts at 5:00.)

Click HERE.

Automated Strike Zone To Be Used In Pacific Association Game Tonight

Robots!

J.J. Cooper, Baseball America:
History will be made tonight.

There has been a lot of talk about the benefits and drawbacks of automated umpires for calling balls and strikes. Advocates and skeptics. But on Tuesday night in the independent Pacific Association in a game between the San Rafael Pacifics and Vallejo Admirals, everyone will get to see an automated strike zone in action in a professional game.

The two-game automated umpire trial is the brainchild of former big league outfielder Eric Byrnes, who will serve as the "Strike Zone Umpire" for the two games as a charity fundraiser for the Pat Tillman Foundation. ...

The technology is pretty widespread and understood at this point. Three cameras track the ball in three dimensions. Byrnes will be sitting with a monitor in front of him on press row. When the pitch crosses the plate, the pitching tracking software will show whether it's a strike or a ball. Byrnes will then immediately call ball or strike into the public address system. There will still be a home-plate umpire to handle any other calls that need to be made at the plate (such as check swings and plays at the plate). Longo said that the Pacific Association's umpires were consulted and are in favor of testing out the system. ...

Not long ago the independent Atlantic League added some innovative initiatives to speed up the pace of play, many of which were later adopted by Major League Baseball. It would not be surprising if other independent leagues toyed with the idea of testing automated ball-strike calls. From there, the idea could grow.
This is excellent news. The toughest thing for me is rethinking my negative opinion of Eric Byrnes.

Pedro's #45 Retired By Red Sox Tonight

The Red Sox will retire Pedro Martinez's #45 in a ceremony before tonight's game against the White Sox.

The ceremony begins at 6:30.

July 27, 2015

G100: White Sox 10, Red Sox 8

White Sox - 401 011 201 - 10 15  2
Red Sox   - 220 210 001 -  8 12  1
David Ortiz hit a two-run homer in the first inning, his 20th longball of the season. Ortiz's 13 seasons with 20+ home runs in a Boston uniform rank second only to Ted Williams (16). The only player with more consecutive 20+ home run seasons with a single American League team is Babe Ruth (15, Yankees, 1920-34).

I watched only the middle innings of this one, so looking back at the top of the first against Joe Kelly - man oh man, what a way to start the night: triple, triple, double, HBP, single, FC/E1 ...

Ryan Hanigan batted as the potential winning run in the bottom of the ninth, but grounded out to third.
Example
Shane Victorino was traded before the game to the Angels for Josh Rutledge.

Rusney Castillo was recalled from Pawtucket.
Example
John Danks / Joe Kelly
Betts, CF
Victorino, RF Ramirez, LF
Bogaerts, SS
Ortiz, DH
Ramirez, LF Napoli, 1B
Napoli, 1B Sandoval, 3B
Sandoval, 3B Castillo, RF
Hanigan, C
Weeks, 2B

July 26, 2015

G99: Red Sox 11, Tigers 1

Tigers  - 000 010 000 -  1  3  1
Red Sox - 000 143 30x - 11 20  1
Good Times at Fenway on Sunday night!

David Ortiz went 4-for-5 and drove in a career-high seven runs, six of them coming on a pair of three-run homers. Ortiz now has 485 career dongs. Big Papi finished the night with 10 total bases, one shy of his career best (11, on August 12, 2005).

With his big night, Ortiz passed Al Kaline, Harmon Killebrew and Rogers Hornsby on the all-time RBI list, and is now 38th with 1,587 RBI.

The Red Sox had a season-high 20 hits. ... Xander Bogaerts also went 4-for-5, raising his average to .317. ... Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez each scored three times.

Eduardo Rodriguez (7-3-1-1-6, 95) became the first AL left-hander since at least 1918 to allow one or no earned runs in seven of his first 11 major league starts.
Example
Shane Greene / Eduardo Rodriguez
Betts, CF
Holt, 2B
Bogaerts, SS
Ortiz, DH
Ramirez, LF
De Aza, RF
Sandoval, 3B
Napoli, 1B
Swihart, C

Pedro, Hall Of Fame Induction

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LIVE VIDEO FEED (Speeches begin at 1:30 pm)
Pedro Martinez will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this afternoon in Cooperstown, New York:
I'm going to be able to actually showcase how we are, how our people feel. I hope that I can express with the moment how much I love, respect and treasure everything I did in baseball, America, the people, the fanbases, the teams, the organizations. I hope I can project the right image at the time I get to the podium. Hopefully, emotions won't [catch] me off guard and make me cut it short.
MLB.com has a live stream beginning at 11 AM.
This afternoon, NESN will be showing Pedro's innings from the following games:
12:00 PM - Red Sox at Tampa Bay Devil Rays, August 29, 2000
1:30 PM - Toronto Blue Jays at Red Sox, September 21, 1999
3:00 PM - New York Yankees at Red Sox, May 30, 2001
4:30 PM - Seattle Mariners at Red Sox, May 12, 1999
6:00 PM - Red Sox at Tampa Bay Devil Rays, August 29, 2000
(NESN being NESN, it screws up the listing and lists the 2000 game twice. With any luck, they will show a fifth game at 6 PM.)

July 25, 2015

Pedro, Spring Training 2000

Spring training trip in 2000. After watching a game in Fort Myers, we were walking down the street alongside the park's parking lot back to our rental car. We saw a small group of people gathered by a chain link fence. One person saw us coming and made a "shhhhh" motion with his finger.

We get closer - and it turns out it's Pedro, talking on a cell phone, but also signing stuff, tossing everything back over a chainlink fence. Luckily, I had a ball that had a few other sigs on it from pre-game (including Johnny Pesky). And so over the fence it went - there was someone helping Pedro catch stuff, since he had his phone going, too. I wish it had been a clean ball, so it could have been only his signature, but what can you do.

I took a few pictures and we continued on our way back to the car.

G98: Tigers 5, Red Sox 1

Tigers  - 110 201 000 - 5  9  0
Red Sox - 000 010 000 - 1  6  0

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Alfredo Simon / Steven Wright
Betts, CF
Holt, 2B
Bogaerts, SS
Ortiz, DH
Ramirez, LF
Sandoval, 3B
Napoli, 1B
De Aza, RF
Swihart, C
Dustin Pedroia is back on the disabled list. In seven games since coming off the DL on July 17, Pedroia was 1-for-22.

John Farrell:
Yesterday, him being down was because of some soreness. He went through a MRI here this morning. While the injury or the strain to the hamstring doesn't show any enlargement, still he's aggravated by the symptoms and feel like he needs some shutdown period to get back over it.