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Wrapping it up from Kauffman Stadium


Music can be played in the clubhouse only after victories. There may be 162 games but a somber mood is required when one of those games is lost.

So the Sox pumped up the volume tonight after they won. But apparently they were caught in a time warp given the playlist:

Don’t Stop Believin‘ by Journey

Hungry Like The Wolf by Duran Duran

Jump by Van Valen

Two Tickets to Paradise by Eddie Money

The last time those four songs were played at the same time might have been the New Bedford High junior prom in 1981. I was expecting Ralph Houk to come in the room and tell everybody they did a good job.

But we digress …

Josh Beckett said that ball off the bat of David DeJesus just nicked him in the back of the head and didn’t do any damage. “I was thinking about how many runs they were going to score. It didn’t hit me that hard,” he said.

Beckett needed 33 pitches to get through that inning and was annoyed because he wanted to go eight innings instead of seven. With Daniel Bard unavailable, Beckett did solid work.

Mike Lowell, Jeremy Hermida and Jason Varitek were 4 for 11 with three homers and three RBI. Lowell added a couple of nice plays at third base.

“We have some balance. It’s not a typical bench. It’s guys who are used to playing so there are some challenges there,” Terry Francona said.

Lowell had sort of a bemused grin on his face as he answered questions afterward.

“How did it feel playing? It felt great, thanks for asking. It felt much better than being on the bench,” he said. “I believe we have good depth on the team. It definitely feels better when guys who haven’t gotten at-bats put up quality at-bats and help score some runs. This is a nice win for us. Hopefully we can finish off this series.”


Lots of Zack Greinke weirdness tonight. He hit four players all of last season and plunked two tonight. He gave up two home runs as well, one more than he did in his final eight starts last season.

Jason Varitek who turns 38 on Sunday, is 2 for 10 against Greinke. Both of them are homers. Varitek has homered in 13 seasons. Only Carl Yastrzemski (23), Dwight Evans (19), Ted Williams (19), Jim Rice (16) and Bobby Doerr (14) have homered in more seasons for the Sox.

KC Chiefs general manager (and former Patriots executive) Scott Pioli visited the clubhouse before the game.

Finally, send good vibes in the direction of former Sox bench coach Brad Mills. The new manager of the Astros is 0-5 and his team has been outscored by 23 runs in those games.

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