Game Thread: Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN


A lot of RAB readers and commenters requested an open thread/game thread for the Red Sox/Rays game yesterday. While we didn’t oblige yesterday, we will today. So feel free to use this thread as a catch-all for anything you want.

The Red Sox and Josh Beckett’s 6.75 ERA are hosting the Rays and Matt Garza tonight, and it should be a good one. The Rays crushed the Sox yesterday and face another pitcher with an inflated ERA tonight. Carlos Peña is not in the starting nine for the Rays, and Julio Lugo is no longer DHing or playing short. Will this finally be the Game David Ortiz hits a home run?

The lineups come to us via Extra Bases.

Red Sox
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Jason Bay, LF
5. Mike Lowell, 3B
6. J.D. Drew, RF
7. Jeff Bailey, 1B
8. Jason Varitek, C
9. Nick Green, SS

1. B.J. Upton, CF
2. Carl Crawford, LF
3. Evan Longoria, 3B
4. Pat Burrell, DH
5. Willy Aybar, 1B
6. Ben Zobrist, RF
7. Akinori Iwamura, 2B
8. Jason Bartlett, SS
9. Dioner Navarro, C

Have fun and behave yourselves. Happy Mother’s Day to all of the RAB mothers out there as well.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Kevin G. says:

    Will this finally be the Game David Ortiz hits a home run?


  2. Bob Stone says:

    Accuscore Projections predicts a 60% chance for the BoSox to win. I think they have it backwards tonight and I’m routing for the Rays.

  3. pat says:

    It feels like the sox and rays are always playing each other. It would be wonderful to watch the celtics and redsox lose.

  4. If you could have one Ray and one Red Sox on the Yankees, who would it be?

    And why?

  5. Manimal says:

    Dustin Pedroia at Short? wtf?

  6. Nady Nation says:

    Anyone else realize how Jon Miller doesn’t pronounce the “S” in “SAFE!” on a really dramatic play at the plate? Sounds like “hafe” with a soft “h” or something. One of my favorite Millerisms, along with over-accentuating every Hispanic baseball player’s name.

  7. Steve H says:

    Who would the Sox and Rays take from the Yankees if they could have one player?

    I’d say Joba, especially for the Rays considering contracts.

    Sox might take Tex, considering how much they love him.

  8. Lily says:

    it’s amazing how lester and becketts era’s are inflated yet their team is what 7 games over .500. but with the yankees they just have no luck and i don’t want to hear they don’t have chemistry their not any good. the yankees have a very good team i hate to blame it on injuries but injuries def. didn’t help us. and as for chemistry , i think this is the best chemistry this team has had in like 5 years. i just hope yankees can get on a hot streak and make up some ground

    • Bob Stone says:

      Chemistry was debated here yesterday. I think it is ridiculous. As proof, I point to the 1978 Yanks. Munson hated Jackson. Jackson hated Munson. Many other players barely tolerated Jackson. And, Martin and Jackson through punches at each other in the Bosotn dugout in a series at Fenway. BUT, without any chemistry, they won it all!!

      • Bob Stone says:

        *threw punches

      • Moshe Mandel says:

        Disagree. I am as big a fan of the statistical approach to the game as anyone, but to entirely divorce the game from any human element is silly, especially considering none of us have been in a clubhouse. You can win without chemistry, obviously, and it is low down on the factors that effect a season, but I think that it definitely cannot be discounted entirely.

      • thurdonpaul says:

        i still have no use for jackson for the shit he said, and the way he played the game

        he was maybe the first “manny”

        munson was a class act

    • pat says:

      The only difference is out bullpen has been teh suck while theirs has been pretty solid so far. They actually have a worse starters ERA than we do.
      BOS- 5.85
      NYY- 5.68

      BOS- 3.39
      NYY- 6.22

    • Expired Milk says:

      Thier bullpen has given up leads like the Yankees have. Our closer has been directly responsible for two losses. So even when our starting pitching has been good the bullpen lost us a good amount of games.

  9. Bob Stone says:

    Rays are up 1-0 after one inning. Ortiz looks terrible – another strikeout against Garza. Is Ortiz washed up?

  10. Jamal G. says:

    “Jason Bartlett and Akinori Iwamura = Being strong up the middle” – Steve Phillips.

  11. Jamal G. says:

    Awesome, Sam Raimi is returning to his campy horror flicks with Drag Me to Hell.

  12. Mike Pop says:

    heh, they’ve mentioned the steal of home like 10 times already.

  13. GG says:

    did mo look good today?? i missed the end of the game, and i think im about to trade for him in fantasy.

  14. Mike Pop says:

    Awesome, in my fantasy league, sorry Lanny. I have 5 of the top 11 most productive players right now on Yahoo.

  15. teix is the man says:

    if i hear one more fuckin’ thing about ellsbury stealing home…

  16. Mike Pop says:

    Anyone excited bout the Terminator movie?

  17. Slugger27 says:

    hahahaha that guy talking about manny during that commercial break was such a douche

  18. Hobs says:

    Morgan is defending A-Rod + Making sense….

  19. UWS says:

    I agree with Joe Morgan re: Steroids list. I feel so dirty.

  20. pat says:

    Oh good the redsox are bringing up Bard, now we get to hear about their next great reliever.

  21. Joey H says:

    Guys do you think it’s possible to fetch Jason Bay this off season? I understand the long term contract he would command and how many we are locked in for but what do you say?

  22. BklynJT says:

    Hmmm, the munchkin is out of the game…

  23. pat says:

    Oh man, family guy version of shawshank… awesome.

  24. Hobs says:

    Zobrist was safe…

  25. Joey H says:

    So Dustin is hurt? NICE! Now all we need is Beckett to have more “Back stiffness” and miss his next 3 starts.

  26. Tom Zig says:

    Lincecum/Teix for Pujols/Wang

    Good deal or bad deal?

    I’m getting pujols/wang

  27. Joey H says:

    I like it. Yankees are at the highest % for SB. How about that for grit YAHH BASTIDDDDS?

  28. JobaWockeeZ says:

    LOL I knew I wouldn’t be the only one watching this game. Anyways I’m sort of rooting for the Sox until Beckett is gone since he’s on my fantasy team. And I need them and the Celtics to lsoe for one hellish day in Boston.

    • Hobs says:

      Fantasy baseball has you rooting for the Sox? Woah….

      • Rick in Boston says:

        I have a policy about not having Red Sox on my fantasy teams. Three teams this year – 0 Sox. I don’t care if I lose because of it, I have morals.

  29. Joey H says:

    Garza’s velocity is outstanding.

  30. Mike Axisa says:

    Akinori IwaFAILa

  31. Ed says:

    Right fielder has to call for that one.

  32. Bob Stone says:

    Ouch – Terrible error by Iwamura – It was the outfielder’s ball to call

  33. OmgZombies says:

    I have a bet with someone(actually 2 people) from another on who will have the better year between Beckett and CC. It would take Beckett a couple shutouts to be near where CC is now.

  34. Slugger27 says:

    steve phillips dropping a “grit” comment… gotta love it

  35. Bob Stone says:

    Hate to say it – but nice fielding play by Beckett

  36. Joey H says:

    BJ has been TEHH Bust on my fantasy team. Argh.

  37. Jamal G. says:

    A two-out, run-scoring bloop hit against the Red Sox? That’s down right Jeterian.

  38. Jamal G. says:

    I love those Dos Equis commercials.

  39. Smitt Dog says:

    Who runs a faster 40 yd dash? Grit Gardner or Crawford?

  40. Smitt Dog says:

    Is Grit Gardener as fast as Crawford? If you take out the difference in ability to get on base, does he have that type of speed? Is it close?

  41. pat says:

    Interesting article about the most boring moment in baseball- Ball two.

  42. Tom Zig says:

    How about this trade in my other league:

    I get:

    A-rod + Matt Lindstrom

    I give up:

    K-rod + Oswalt

  43. So do we get spillover threads for non-Yankee games

  44. Smitt Dog says:

    Does anyone else have a tiny tinge of embarrassment when a grown man, ostensibly otherwise heterosexual and lucid, refers to another grown man as “Papi”?

    I refuse to refer to him as anything other than his given name, not because I hate the team he plays on, but because I feel a little stupid saying (or hearing) the name “Papi”.

    Similarly, I avoid calling Alex Rodriguez “A-Rod” because I feel a little emasculated saying it.

  45. In case anyone wants Yankee news, we just posted a Xavier Nady update.

  46. V says:

    Come on, knock Beckett out with a blast!!! :-)

  47. Drew says:

    Aki Aki!

  48. Bob Stone says:

    Go rays – 3-3

  49. Jamal G. says:

    The Yankees are the sixth-worst club in MLB in terms of Defensive Efficiency with a .675 percentage. However, Boston is the fourth-worst MLB club with a .670%.

  50. JobaWockeeZ says:

    All right Beckett is out so I can fully root for the Rays.

    • Mike Pop says:

      You need to trade Beckett ASAP.

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        I know! But no one wants him. I’d give up anyone decent for him, and I don’t want to drop him.

        • Mike Pop says:

          Obviously, I don’t play in any serious leagues but I don’t draft Sox players. Makes me feel like a traitor. In one of my leagues, I missed the draft. It got me Youk and ortiz. I ended up moving them along with something else for Hanley, lol.

  51. Hobs says:

    It’s pretty funny how Sox fans give a standing ovation 6IP 3ER start…

  52. Manimal says:

    True or False: Cervelli will have a higher Batting average this year than Navarro.

  53. BklynJT says:

    What the hell was the point of them showing that highlight clip. F-ing NESPN.

  54. Jamal G. says:

    JD Drew is bunting with a man on first base? Awesome, just awesome. Please continue.

  55. Joey H says:

    Fricken BJ. Killing my fantasy team. Does he ever turn it around?!!?111?!!?11?!///

  56. BklynJT says:

    How many times are those F-kers at NESPN going to bring up these highlights…

  57. Stryker says:

    hmmm. i’ve got smoltz stashed away in a points league with no DL spot. now that soria is on the DL i need a RP to replace him.

    my bench is e. santana/smoltz/swisher/bruce

    ervin santana is due back soon and i think my OF/U spots are pretty strong with bay/crawford/damon/jones/bruce and swisher isn’t doing much as far as weekly points go.

    should i continue to stash away smoltz for the future and drop swish for an extra RP?

  58. pat says:

    Holy Shit Big baby.

  59. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Buzzer beater win for the Celtics…
    Man I hate the Celtics excluding Allen and Pierce.

  60. Drew says:

    Damn, John Henry ftw.

  61. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I still laugh when Big Papi is still looking for his HR. While A-Rod needed one pitch to do it. Retire Big Papi, you’re done. Unless you use them roids again.

  62. “Big Papi is Back!!!! MVP! MVP! MVP!”

    -Peter Gammons

  63. Jamal G. says:

    Both of those balls are outs in any other park.

  64. “Pedroia hurts groin in BoSox game”

    He hurt the smallest muscle in his body! What are the chances?

  65. Blackdragon905 says:

    It boggles my mind why pitchers still throw outside fastballs to bay. That’s what he likes to hit, those high outside fastballs. He never really hits the inside fastball, he usually takes it. And he can’t really hit the off speed pitches on the outside corner. I just don’t understand why pitchers keep throwing fastballs on the outside corner. It makes zero sense.

  66. Alex S says:

    come on pena

  67. A.D. says:

    Risk here is that Pena is also a decent strikeout candidate

  68. Alex S says:

    wow pathetic…..hate fucking papelbon

  69. A.D. says:

    Rays did there best Yankees impression with runners on.

  70. pat says:

    Hey look papelbon fistpumped, and nobody says SHIT. Fucking hypocritical polesmokers at ESPN.

  71. Alex S says:

    papelbon looked like he was jerking off with his fist pumps

  72. Stryker says:

    man papelbon’s fist pumps give me douche chills.

  73. “He has fun though! For sure!”

    - Steve Phillips on Papelbon’s fist pump

    • putt says:

      Ah, you beat me to it! And earlier today Gammons said that Joba is making enemies throughout the AL East and he needs to cut it out…

      • Blackdragon905 says:

        lol no u beat me to it.

      • Whitey14 says:

        They both look like douchebags when they do it….

        That said, tonight Papelbon did it upon closing the game and saving the win (that he nearly blew)

        The other night, Joba was doing it for a normal strikeout during the course of the game, while he trailed and was later tagged for a loss.

        Again, they both look like douchebags when they do it, but I think one of them looked a little worse.

        Yes, I am biased, but if I had my preference, they’d both have a little more control over their emotions and not show up their opponents. Someday, somebody they’ve “fist pumped” will hit a dinger to win a game against them and just stand there and watch it for like 45 seconds. These things have a way of evening themselves out…

      • Lily says:

        he’s making enemies because he’s a yankee. once your a yankee its automotaic enemy. but what about when k-rod dances on the mound after every save or like tonight when papelbon looks like he is jerking off with his fist pump. he’s having fun out there ? well so is joba. i personally don’t like it whne joba does it but he’s still a kid and papelbon isn’t.

    • Blackdragon905 says:

      Don’t forgot Gammons really criticizing Joba’s fist pumps saying he needs to turn it down and on and on. What a bunch of hypocrites.

      • EB says:

        Dont forget gammons’ new love Daniel Bard. Last year Masterson was teh best 8th Inning guy in the league apparently and now Bard hits 102!!11!!

  74. A.D. says:

    Paps fist pump = having fun
    Joba = showing people up

  75. Smitt Dog says:

    Papelbon fist pump = “having some fun” “it means he’s shipping up to Boston!”

    Joba fist pump = “showing up the hitter” “not showing respect for the game” “makes him enemies all around the AL”


  76. Smitt Dog says:

    How good does that “The Hangover” movie look?

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