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Red Sox Twins BaseballIt’s getting rediculous. Having to watch Dice-K pitch is painful to say the least.

Last night Matsuzaka tied a franchise record set 80 years ago with four wild pitches in a single game.

I felt bad for George Kottaras who catchthe game last night. It was like a Little League game where the pitcher is clearly out of control and has no business being on the mound.

The catcher was forced to go chasing balls to the backstop all night.

Oh and by the way the Sox bullpen added two more wild pitches of their own to tie a modern baseball record with 6 in a game.

These are your first place Boston Red Sox.


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AL East standingsThe AL east is finally back to normal—for now at least.

Yesterday, the Rays gave up a 10 run lead to the lowly Indians. A-rod went 5-5 at the plate. The Jays lost their 7th straight game.

After all of this the Red Sox and Yankees are one and two in the standings with the falling Blue Jays just a half game behind New York. (more…)

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lou merloni

Lou Merloni dropped a bomb on Saturday during a Comcast Sports Net show cleverly entitled The Baseball Show:

“I’m in Spring Training, and I got an 8:30-9:00 meeting in the morning. I walk into that office, and this happened while I was with the Boston Red Sox before this last regime, I’m sitting in the meeting. There’s a doctor up there and he’s talking about steroids, and everyone was like, ‘Here we go, we’re going to sit here and get the whole thing — they’re bad for you.’

“No. He spins it and says, ‘You know what? If you take steroids and sit on the couch all winter long, you can actually get stronger than someone who works out clean. If you’re going to take steroids, one cycle won’t hurt you; abusing steroids it will.’

“He sat there for one hour and told us how to properly use steroids while I’m with the Boston Red Sox, sitting there with the rest of the organization, and after this I said, ‘What the heck was that?’ And everybody on the team was like, ‘What was that?’ And the response we got was, ‘Well, we know guys are taking it, so we want to make sure they’re taking it the right way.’ … Where did that come from? That didn’t come from the Players Association.”

Merloni clarifed his statements a bit for the Boston Globe:

“It was like teaching your teenage daughter about sex education,” Merloni told the newspaper. “The organization acknowledged that there were likely players using steroids, and basically, ‘If you’re going to use them, this is how you use them so you don’t abuse them.'”

Merloni was in the Red Sox’s Minor League system in 1996 and1997 and played for the big league team from 1998-2002.  And, yes. Yes that is Lou’s wife pictured above. (more…)

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Say what you want about Jon Miller’s announcing style. Like him or not, Jon Miller was very excitable as he was witness to one of the rarest plays in all of baseball. This was a nice change of pace after listening to Joe Buck call Saturday afternoons contest.

Buck has long been known to show little emotion in extraordinary times. Watching/listening to Ellsbury steal home, I couldn’t help but wonder what it would have sounded like on FOX.

One of the most intriguing plays in all of the game and I wouldn’t put it past Buck to not even elevate his voice one bit. On a similar note, look at JD Drew’s reaction… an ever so slight head nod. Get excited JD, get excited.

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Jason Varitek signed a one-year deal today with the Boston Red Sox, for $5 million a year, with an option for a second year. Blame Scott Boras for the catcher to take this long to sign. In a rough economy, a 38 year old catcher is not going to be getting the big bucks Boras was looking for. However, I am glad Varitek is staying in Boston, as he will provide his consistent leadership for at least another season, while the front office searches for a new prospect catcher.

In other news ManRam, Manny Ramirez still has no team to play for. With Spring Training rapidly approaching it does not look like her will have one by then either. Boras, again is looking for a huge contract for Manny, and with the state the country is in right now, it does not look promising.

Pitchers and Catchers report in a little over 12 days, and there are still some big names hanging out there, waiting for calls. Ken Griffey Jr, Bobby Abreu, Pedro Martinez, Ben Sheets, Adam Dunn, just to name a few. I think this season we will see a lot of the unsigned players will remain unsigned for a good portion of the season.

Get ready for my predictions on the season, coming soon. Until then, ManRam, good luck, maybe you should take the Dodgers deal. Just a thought.

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It has been an interesting offseason for many of Major League Baseball’s marquee free agents. And when I say interesting I mean, things aren’t going so well…

Some lofty expectations, sometimes brought on by agents and sometimes by the players themselves, seem to be leaving some people with some bruised egos.


Andy receiving word that he just lost $4.5 mil.

Andy Pettitte
The 36-year-old hurler was perturbed when the Yankees wanted to cut his salary from $16 million to $10 million.

Pettitte and the Yankees agreed yesterday to a $5.5 million, one-year contract.

The guaranteed money is less than half New York’s original $10 million offer. However he can make an additional $6.5 million in bonuses. This includes $4.5 million based on innings and $2 million based on days on the active roster. While he would earn the entire amount if he pitches 210 innings and doesn’t go on the disabled list. So for Andy that’s four and a half million dollars down the drain.


'Tek with accused mistress Heidi Watney

Jason Varitek
The curious case of Jason Varitek. ‘Tek now has until Saturday to sign the offer placed on the table by the Sox.

The offer is a one-year offer for a guaranteed $5 million with a dual option for 2010. This means that the Sox have a $5 million option on the Jason for that season; should the team decline to exercise the option, Varitek subsequently can return to the team at a salary of $3 million. (more…)

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Jason Varitek

MLB.com reports today that the Red Sox have reportedly added a second year (either a guarantee, or via an option)  to the offer they have made to catcher Jason Varitek. In my previous article on Varitek, I knew they wouldn’t let him wade out in the water too long. Hopefully, forward progress continues.


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