Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Damon Drops Ball...Winning Run Scores

Damon Drops Ball...Winning Run Scores

The Yankees lost another one last night when Johnny Damon dropped a fly ball on what would have been the third out of the inning, allowing the winning run to score.
"Nine hundred and ninety-nine times out of a 1,000 he catches the ball," Girardi said of Damon, who made his 10th start in center. "For whatever reason, it didn't happen. Those are balls Johnny is used to catching. It was a strange event."
"I just missed it, plain and simple," said Damon. "I know that stuff happens sometimes, but catching routine fly balls should not be that much of a problem. I'm baffled. I'll take this on me."
A-Rod was also thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double in the 9th.
The Yankees are now 11 games behind the Rays and 6.5 behind the Red Sox.

Red Sox Roll Over Orioles

Red Sox Roll Over Orioles

The Red Sox took an early lead and steadily built upon it in their defeat of the Baltimore Orioles tonight. The Red Sox offense looked very good tonight with 15 hits. Jacoby jump-started things with a single in the first, he then stole second ,advanced to third on a throwing error, and scored on a sac fly. Many Sox fans are probobly asking who is that power hitting catcher and what has he done with Jason Varitek? The captian went yard for the second consecutive game. Youk continued his MVP quest going 3-5 on the night with 3 RBI's. Dice-K pitched one of his typical games; high pitch count, some jams with masterful escapes, an early exit, and another W. The bullpen was good tonight, going 4 scoreless innings and allowing just 3 hits. With the bad news from Beckett this was a good win for the Red Sox.

Sox Win 7-2

This Day in Red Sox History

August 20

1901: At Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds Denton True "Cy" Young pitches a 6-0 shutout over the Milwaukee Brewers.

1903: "Buck" Freeman is the first player to hit a ball over the right filed score board in Chicago South Side Park. Alas Boston loses the Game 9-5.

1960: Ted Williams picks up his 2000th career walk, as the Red Sox split a doubleheader with Baltimore. In doing so Williams joins "The Bambino" as the only batters to have 2,000 walks. "Teddy Ballgame" also bashes his 514 and 515th home runs.

1967: In the first game of a double header, switching OF Reggie Smith hits a home run from both sides of the dish. The first is a three run shot, while the second is for two runs. This not only marks the first time this feat has ever been done by a Red Sox it is also the first time it has happened at Fenway Park. He joins Mickey Mantle, Pete Rose, and a host of others to pull this off. Smith however is not the only person to hit two dingers today, Carl Yastrzemski also nets 2 homers, one in each game. The Sox take the night cap 9-8. The Sox need to come from behind in this one. The Angles surge to an 8-0 lead, but Smith and hits his third home run of the day, to complete a four game sweep of the California Angels, avenging a four game sweep earlier in season in Anaheim.

1997: Boston take two from the A's in Oakland. Nomar Garciaparra hits in both games to set a Major League record for a rookie by safely hitting in 22 games in a row.

STATEMENT FROM THE FAMILY OF CARL YASTRZEMSKI

Carl Yastrzemski arrived at Massachusetts General Hospital on Monday after experiencing chest discomfort. After numerous tests and evaluations, it was determined that he needed triple bypass surgery which was performed this afternoon. The surgery was a complete success and he is resting comfortably. We are most grateful for all of the prayers and support we have received.

Red Sox Sign Jason Lane

The Boston Red Sox have signed Jason Lane to a minor league deal. Lane was born here in Sonoma County, California and went to El Molino High School right down the street. He was released by the the Yankees farm system and quickly picked up by the Sox. He will now start for the PawSox and could see some playing time in Boston when rosters expand.