Yanks/Sox V

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    Morning folks, well here we go, our fifth and next to last regular season series, though the Sox have to date thoroughly outplayed the Yanks, and clinched the season series, the remaining six games still have division and WC implications, with a sweep the Sox could have the biggest lead either team has enjoyed while in 1st place to date....the Yanks send Sabathia, Hughes and Burnett to the bump against Lackey, Beckett and Lester, with Becks and Lackey coming away with W's the last series...should be a great series as we are seeing really special seasons from Granderson, Ellsbury..despite protests of some..Tongue out, and Gonzalez...division title,WC berths, and MVP considerations dot the series, oh, and the obligatory long game :)....everyone have a good day and enjoy the games...
     
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    Lucchino speaks out on Yanks/Sox.....http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110829&content_id=23913986&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb
     
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    Got my quarters ready!
     
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    [QUOTE]Got my quarters ready!
    Posted by Yoshimi25[/QUOTE]

    Haha.  This rivalry is gonna make Yoshimi Jr. a rich kiddo.
     
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    [QUOTE]Got my quarters ready!
    Posted by Yoshimi25[/QUOTE]i bet she's rollin' in it by the 5th inning..Wink
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Yanks/Sox V : i bet she's rollin' in it by the 5th inning..
    Posted by jete02fan[/QUOTE]

    Jete- No doubt.  What with all the "F*&% Yeah!"s and  "Yan-kees s&*k!"s.  Tongue out
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Yanks/Sox V : Jete- No doubt.  What with all the "F*&% Yeah!"s and  "Yan-kees s&*k!"s.  
    Posted by SpacemanEephus[/QUOTE]and throw in the "damn you's"
     from Softy should Ellsbury do something good...Tongue out
     
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    Postseason almost assured, Sox aren’t settling for wildcard


    01:00 AM EDT on Tuesday, August 30, 2011

    By Brian MacPHERSON

    Journal Sports Writer

    BOSTON — Don’t tell Jason Varitek the Red Sox aren’t in a pennant race.

    Entering their three-game series with the New York Yankees on Tuesday, the Red Sox have pulled two games ahead of their longtime rivals in the American League East standings. The Yankees, however, stand 6 1/2 games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays and eight games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the wildcard standings.

    Barring an unexpected collapse, both the Red Sox and Yankees will make the playoffs. All that remains to be decided is which team will win the division and which team will gain entry as the wildcard.

    But Varitek and the Red Sox aren’t looking at it that way.

    “It always feels like a race,” the veteran catcher said. “Baseball has gotten so well-rounded as far as the teams you’re playing. It’s a dogfight winning three games in Kansas City. It doesn’t matter who you’re playing, the level of play has risen so much in probably the last eight years across the board.”

    “We know what’s expected of us, and we know what’s expected of them,” said Red Sox lefty Jon Lester, who will pitch against New York’s A.J. Burnett on Thursday. “We know it’s going to be a dogfight till the end.”

    Only once since 1995 have the Red Sox won the American League East. That was in 2007, the year a loaded Red Sox team fended off the Cleveland Indians in seven games and swept the Colorado Rockies in the World Series.

    Three years before that, the Red Sox won the World Series despite entering the playoffs as the American League wildcard. Two other times in the Theo Epstein era — in 2003 and 2008 — the Red Sox have forced a Game Seven in the American League Championship Series before falling short of a trip to the World Series.

    Winning the wildcard has never been seen as a substantial disadvantage for a World Series-bound team. Part of the reason so much speculation has swirled around the addition of a fifth playoff team is that baseball officials want division winners to enjoy more of an advantage than they do.

    Four times since realignment in 1994 — most recently the Red Sox in 2004 — has a wildcard team won the World Series. A wildcard team reached the World Series in six straight seasons in the middle of the 2000s, though three years now have passed without a wildcard team doing so.

    (The New York Yankees came the closest last season, pushing the Texas Rangers to six games in the ALCS before losing.)

    For that reason, an argument can be made that this series — not to mention the series at Yankee Stadium in late September — means next to nothing.

    Even home-field advantage might not mean much for the Red Sox, baseball’s best road team.

    Unlike past seasons, when the Red Sox thrived at Fenway Park and treaded water away, the Red Sox actually have a slightly better record on the road (.618) than at home (.615). The National League pace-setting Philadelphia Phillies are the only other team with a winning percentage over .600 on the road.

    Then again, home-field advantage means taking another team out of its own home park. The Texas Rangers have a .609 winning percentage at home this season, and the Detroit Tigers aren’t far behind.

    (Home-field advantage might mean more in the National League: The Milwaukee Brewers are an astounding 50-16 at home this season, giving the Phillies every reason to play hard and outlast the Atlanta Braves down the stretch so as not to settle for the wildcard.)

    In some ways, the Red Sox and Yankees might simply be playing for matchups. Texas is three games ahead of Detroit in the standings at this point, meaning the American League East winner would face the Tigers and the wildcard entrant would face the Rangers.

    Winning the division, in that case, might actually be a disadvantage. Facing the Tigers would mean facing Cy Young front-runner Justin Verlander, who has a 1.72 ERA in 15 2/3 innings pitched against the Red Sox this season. The Yankees have hit Verlander a little bit harder — they’ve scored six runs in 12 innings in his two starts against them — but his upper-90s fastball and no-hit pitch mix makes for a daunting first-round opponent.

    For the Red Sox, the only tangible benefit to winning the division might be pride. They’ve won the American League East only once since 1995, a span during which they’ve won the wildcard seven times.

    Beating the Yankees this week might not mean anything in terms of the pennant race, let alone the ultimate goal of winning the World Series. But beating the Yankees still means something at Fenway Park.

     
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    heading home, see you folks at game time...have a good one..
     
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    I just wish people wouldn't say things like postseason assured until the Rays are mathematically eliminated.Frown
     
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    [QUOTE]I just wish people wouldn't say things like postseason assured until the Rays are mathematically eliminated.
    Posted by carnie[/QUOTE]

    DING!!
     
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    Go Sox!
     
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    the pitcher/batter numbers for tonight's starters...Yankees vs. Beckett

    Derek Jeter (95 plate appearances): .291 BA/.337 OBP/.407 SLG, 4 doubles, 2 home run, 9 RBIs, 4 walks, 12 strikeouts

    Robinson Cano (75): .324/.387/.574, 8 doubles, 3 home runs, 12 RBIs, 5 walks

    Alex Rodriguez (69): .262/.348/.475, 4 doubles, 3 home runs, 11 RBIs, 7 walks

    Mark Teixeira (56): .191/.321/.319, 2 home runs, 4 RBIs, 9 walks, 19 strikeouts

    Jorge Posada (55): .238/.333/.452, 3 home runs, 7 RBIs, 6 walks, 13 strikeouts

    Andruw Jones (42): .270/.357/.297, 1 double, 3 RBIs, 5 walks, 10 strikeouts

    Brett Gardner (35): .206/.229/.235, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 walk

    Curtis Granderson (35): .267/.371/.633, 1 triple, 3 home runs, 4 RBIs, 4 walks

    Eric Chavez (14): .214/.214/.286, 1 double, 1 RBI, 3 strikeouts

    Francisco Cervelli (Cool: 2-for-7, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

    Russell Martin (Cool: 2-for-7, 1 strikeout

    Bartolo Colon (3): 1-for-3, 2 strikeouts

    Eduardo Nunez (2): 1-for-2, 1 home run, 1 RBI


    Red Sox vs. Hughes

    Marco Scutaro (23 plate appearances): .190 BA/.261 OBP/.190 SLG, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts

    Carl Crawford (18): .133/.278/.133, 1 RBI, 3 walks, 1 strikeout

    David Ortiz (18): .467/.500/.867, 3 doubles, 1 home run, 5 RBIs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts

    Dustin Pedroia (17): .200/.294/.467, 1 double, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts

    Jacoby Ellsbury (Cool: 3-for-6, 1 double, 2 walks

    Darnell McDonald (5): 1-for-5, 1 strikeout

    Jason Varitek (5): 0-for-4, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

    Jed Lowrie (3): 0-for-2, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

    Mike Aviles (2): 0-for-2

    Adrian Gonzalez (2): 1-for-2, 1 RBI

    Josh Reddick (2): 1-for-2, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia (1): 1-for-1
     
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    lineups.....RED SOX (82-52)
    Ellsbury CF
    Pedroia 2B
    Gonzalez 1B
    Ortiz DH
    Lowrie 3B
    Crawford LF
    Red**** RF
    Varitek C
    Scutaro SS
    Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (11-5, 2.43)

    YANKEES (81-52)
    Gardner LF
    Jeter SS
    Granderson CF
    Teixera 1B
    Cano 2B
    Swisher RF
    Chavez DH
    Nunez 3B
    Cervilli C
    Pitching: RHP Phil Hughes (4-4, 6.46)
     
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    Go SOX!!
     

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