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Red Sox Recap 7/24/11

By Andy Lindberg

In the week and a half after the All-Star break and heading into the trade deadline, the Boston Red Sox racked up an impressive 7-2 record and extended their division lead to three games over the New York Yankees.  The Red Sox have been able to win consistently even with Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz on the disabled list.  Lester is due back Monday and will try to continue to improve on Boston’s AL-best 62-37 record.

For the Carl Crawford haters out there, Crawford picked up where he left off since re-joining the Red Sox after the All-Star break.  In his first game back against Baltimore, Crawford had two hits and has picked up the steal rate over the week as well.  This has provided Boston a gigantic boost in the outfield with Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, and the white-hot Josh Reddick patrolling right field.

Ellsbury seems to have found the power switch without sacrificing the rest of his game in the process.  Ellsbury hit two homers in the series finale against Baltimore and hit a mammoth 449-foot blast to Williamsburg off of Felix Hernandez and the Mariners at Fenway in game one of that series.

Josh Beckett continues to be nearly unhittable, allowing one hit in eight innings against Tampa Bay and beating Seattle after allowing only one run in seven innings.

More importantly, the Red Sox have pushed Tampa Bay back far enough to the point where it is now a two-horse race in the AL East once again.  With the trade deadline approaching at the end of this week, I am hard-pressed to see Boston making any significant moves.  They may acquire some starting pitching depth, but outside of that, a payer like Carlos Beltran isn’t worth the price when low-cost prospects from the farm system like Josh Reddick fill in quite well.  Boston is slowly getting some pieces back together from the DL, and with Alex Rodriguez of New York sidelined until late August, now is the time for the Red Sox to put some considerable distance between themselves and the Yankees.

Tim Wakefield pitched the final game of the series against Seattle and although he gave up seven runs, he earned career win number 199 and struck out his 2000th batter.  With Wakefield being only one win away from 200 for his career, many have be asking the question of whether or not Wakefield is a Hall of Famer.  So I leave it up to the reader to decide.  Look at the poll below and decide.

Daily Noontime – July 11, 2011

Team USA defeated Brazil, but now, one has to wonder, where do they go from here?

What’s up and what’s good my friends? Happy Monday to everyone, including all the mother’s and father’s across America because really they deserve some love too, right?

Any who, enough ranting, here’s the Daily Noontime for Monday July 11, 2011! 

Headlines: 

* Sunday was an exciting day for the United States of America, as they turned their attention to a sport that no one truly cares about…soccer, but really, Women’s World Cup soccer ruled the airwaves, as fans watched Team USA beat Brazil in shootouts.

* According to some reports, Team USA showed “guts” in order to beat the Brazilians in the first round of “knock-outs” on Sunday in Germany.

* Monday promises to be an exciting evening for all MLB fans, as the All-Star game festivities continue with the home run derby at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona.

* We’ve heard this story so many times, but now, sources believe the NFL is “moving closer to a deal.”

* New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will miss the next four to six weeks due to knee surgery.

* Apparently some believe that Yao Ming‘s retirement from basketball could impact the NBA in the future.

Games to Watch: 

MLB All-Star Game – Home Run Derby – 8:00pm eastern

Video to Watch: 

Remember how excited San Francisco Giants fans were last year? Could happen again, right? 

Lindberg: Thoughts on the Sox

By Andy Lindberg 

The Sox seemed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory on Saturday, June 4 with a ninth inning debacle that saw the Oakland Athletics score four runs to tie the game.  The A’s took the lead in the 11th only to see Boston claw back with two outs in the bottom of the frame when Jacoby Ellsbury doubled in Jarrod Saltalamacchia for the tying run.

In the 14th inning came J.D. Drew, whose previous four at-bats saw him swing for the Golden Sombrero. Drew hit an 0-1 pitch sharply into right-center to score Carl Crawford from second and the game was won.

Saturday’s game was pretty much the week from Boston. They snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and in other games were forced to claw out of a hole in an effort to put up a W in the AL East standings.

Boston went [3-3] for the week, first getting swept by the White Sox, and then sweeping the Athletics. The offense looked terrific overall, but the pitching was suspect, especially from the bullpen. If it’s not a save situation, I would seriously reconsider putting Jonathan Papelbon on the mound. While he thrives in tight game scenarios, non-save situations actually seem to give him trouble.

This week saw the Red Sox lose Daisuke Matsuzaka and Rich Hill, both until late next year. In Matsuzaka’s case, maybe never again. One would be safe in assuming Matsuzaka never pitches in a Boston uniform again given the rehab he will go through. Not to mention by July of next season, the Red Sox will have a set rotation because they have to compete. Don’t be shocked if Boston makes a few moves for a capable #3-4-type starting pitcher in the near future.

This week also saw preliminary All-Star votes come out. Don’t even get me started on how stupid fans are because they should NOT be allowed to vote for All-Stars, plain and simple. There’s no reason Mark Teixeira should be leading over Adrian Gonzalez. There’s no reason Russell Martin should be leading over Alex Avila and there’s no reason Alex Rodriguez should be leading over Alberto Callaspo or even Adrian Beltre.

If you even TRY and tell me Derek Jeter should be leading over Asdrubal Cabrera at this point, I will mentally smack you in the face. The only Yankee who should be leading at his position is Robinson Cano, because the AL second base field isn’t as great as it has been in prior years. Cano to this point is the most well rounded second baseman statistically.

Now, I do not vote for All-Stars until voting is nearing its end to give the players time to accumulate more stats. However the stats right now once again show dozens of players getting the shaft. But I digress. Expect a podcast on this subject later this week.

Coming up Tuesday night, the Red Sox for once play against the Yankees during the week. History has shown Boston own the Yankees in the first seven to eight games played against them, so look for the Yankees to throw down now.

On Friday the Sox stay on the road against Jose Bautista and the Toronto Blue Jays, who have played the Sox tough in Toronto this season, but overall, it’s going to be a hard week for the local nine.

Alex Burrows Helps Vancouver Secure 2-0 Series Lead Against Boston

Alex Burrows scored two goals, as well as assisted one of his teammates in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals!

By Matt Noonan 

After Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Vancouver’s Alex Burrows officially joined the likes of Alex Rodriguez, Peyton Manning and Kobe Bryant, yet, why was he chosen to be on the “Boston sports-fan hate list?” Well that’s because he chomped on Patrice Bergeron’s hand this past Wednesday and yep, he wasn’t fined or suspended by the league.

The NHL reviewed the play and felt that Burrow’s actions were incredibly normal, but I bet league commissioner Gary Bettman is saying to himself, “I’m glad I didn’t have Colin Campbell’s replacement suspend him” because Burrows is the reason why the Canucks are headed back to Boston with a 2-0 series lead.

Vancouver kicked-off Game 2 with a first period goal at 12:12, as Christopher Higgins and Sami Salo set up Burrows for his eighth playoff goal, which sparked the Canucks offense and extreme die-hards, (yep, go ahead blue and green fans, start cheering).

After his quick strike, the Rogers Arena watched the Bruins score their first Stanley Cup points since their 1990 series against the Edmonton Oilers, as Milan Lucic and Mark Recchi chipped in goals two minutes apart during the second period to give Boston their first lead of the series.

In the third period, Tim Thomas continued to his playoff excellence, but his magic wore off once Burrows and Alexander Edler set up Daniel Sedin for Vancouver’s second goal of the contest, which propelled the game into overtime.

After a third intermission, Vancouver rushed onto the ice determined to win and yep, they did and it only took 11-seconds. Burrows raced down the left wing and forced Thomas out of his crease. The Bruins goaltender went flying to his right while Burrows wrapped himself around Boston’s net and forced a backhander past Zdeno Chara to secure the Canucks 14th win of the 2011 postseason.

With the win, Vancouver is now two games away from winning their first ever Stanley Cup trophy and yes, it would be exciting to see a Canadian team win the award, especially since it hasn’t happened for 18-years, but for Boston, this is just another chapter in their miserable history. The Bruins have come so far and now, they’re starring at a 0-2 hole. They need to rally or do something because otherwise, they’ll have to make history and win four games in a row, which won’t be enjoyable, right?

Game 3 is slated for Monday evening at the TD Garden and I’m sure the Black and Gold supporters will be ready to cheer on their local hero’s.

Daily Noontime – June 3, 2011

Miami led, but Dallas won Game 2!

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to the end of the week Daily Noontime! Have a great weekend and yes, let’s get it started with today’s headlines and news!

Headlines: 

* The Miami Heat may have led Dallas for a majority of the game, but the Mavericks comeback was the true story of Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

* LeBron James and his teammates should certainly learn by now, if you’re leading a team, don’t expect to win the game, right?

* Well, it looks like we have some good news for the NHL, which is Brendan Shanahan will be the leagues new disciplinarian, which could be a good or bad thing.

* Apparently the NFL experienced some “secret talks” yesterday between owners and players and yes, it sounds like it went somewhat well.

* Good news for Vancouver Canucks fans, Alex Burrows won’t be suspended for biting Patrice Bergeron during Game 1 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals.

* According to sources, Alex Rodriguez‘s former steroid supplier was seen at the New York Yankees hotel this past week in San Francisco.

Games to Watch: 

* Texas at Cleveland (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern

* Oakland at Boston (MLB) – 7:10pm eastern

* Chicago Cubs at St. Louis (MLB) – 8:15pm eastern

* New York Yankees at Los Angles of Anaheim Angels (MLB) – 10:05pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

Throwing out the first pitch at any baseball game is an honor, right? Here’s a few tips from a MLB expert! 

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