Liveblog: Red Sox @ Twins/June 13

I decided I’m going to make an attempt at liveblogging tonights game. Tonight is going to be a great pitching matchup, Curt Schilling vs. Johan Santana . Mike Timlin will be making his return from the Disabled List today, and should be making an appearance in the 8th inning.

8:12: Coco strikes out. Not a good way to start the night.

8:14: Santana gets guys behind in the count fast, the Sox are going to have try to work him deep in the count somehow.

8:15: Loretta strikes out too, I’m starting to think go first pitch swinging.

8:16: Not good. Strikes out the side

Sorry about the huge delay but I had computer trouble.

8:57:1000th career strikeout for Santana on Ortiz. Eight so far for him.

8:58: Manny swings and misses to start his at-bat,gets himself in a hole like so many of his teammates.

8:59: Manny pops up.Can’t get the offense started.

9:00 0-2 on the Captain but he grounds out.

9:00: Schilling and Tom Glavine of the Mets are both trying for their 10th wins today.

9:03: Schilling gets the first guy out.

9:06: Glavine has a no-decision. Curt could definitely use some hits.

9:08: 1-2-3 inning for Curt.

9:10: 55 pitches to this point for Santana.

9:12: 10 Strikeouts already. An amazing pitching performance.

9:16: he struck out the side again.

9:17: this is an incredible pitching duel.

9:18: Just great the Yankees are winning their game.

9:22: Hunter steals.

9:24: Strike him out- throw him out by Varitek. How about a hit him out now?

9:26: 0-2 to Alex Gonzalez. He makes it 12 strikeouts

9:29: Two of them made contact at least,could be worse.

9:33: Schilling doesn’t need much more for 3000 innings.

9:37: One down in the seventh.

9:41: Second strikeout for Manny.

9:41: THANK YOU VARITEK!

9:47: Schilling’s fifth strikeout.

9: 50: This is going to be a long game

9:53: 19 strikeouts between these two pitchers.

9:58: Yankees won, the Red Sox need to start swinging.

10:00: Nixon and Gonzalez are having a relatively good game.

10:02: Both teams have been even throughout this one.

10:14: Lead runner on in Loretta. He has a four game hit streak.

10:41: And we’re in extra innings, Santana and Schilling pitched phenomenal games which they gave up to their closers.

10:42: Gonzalez 3-4 tonight.

10:21: Manny’s fighting in this one.

10:24: Not a good game for him.

10:29: Bad situation to be in.

10:30: Good play by Youkilis, clears the baserunner.

10:41: And we’re in extra innings, the rest of this liveblog will be brought in a summary tommorow. Thanks for reading this if you did. Now that I got the first out of the way the rest should be better! 

A thing to keep your eye on

The way Coco Crisp wears his socks depends on how he’s feeling that day according to an interview he did with PaperMag while he was still playing with the Indians:

"When I wear my pants to my ankles I feel like more of a big guy… like I have more power. And when I wear them at the knees — showing full sock — I feel more like a speedster. I switch it up based on how I feel. "

Also on the hat thing Coco does:

I wore my hat to the side in Little League but when I got to high school everyone said wear your hat straight. In the minors I was able to have fun again and put it to the side. I decided to keep it going in the big leagues and hoped nobody would say anything and they didn’t. it just feels more comfortable.

Sox take 2 out of 3 back in first

Matt Clement pitched 6 innings and only allowed three runs in today’s Sox 8-3 win over the Detroit Tigers. After being 5-3 in the 8th inning where bad pitching by the Tigers put the Red Sox ahead by three runs. Clement was finally pulled out of the game by fatigue,and Jason Varitek. Varitek called the medical staff from the dugout after noticing Matt Clement was getting tired. The eighth inning might have been ugly to the Detroit Tigers,especially when their manager was pulled, but it was just what the Red Sox needed.

Fantasy Tips

Here’s a list of players who should add to your fantasy teams:

  • Curt Schilling -BOS
  • Scott Kazmir- TB
  • Victor Martinez-CLE
  • Josh Beckett- BOS
  • Manny Ramirez- BOS
  • Derek Jeter -NYY
  • Bronson Arroyo- CIN
  • Miguel Batista- BAL
  • Kelvim Escobar-LAA
  • Pedro Martinez- NYM

Players on the brink of return

While the Yankees are sending many of their players on to the disabled list a group of Red Sox players are just about to return. Coco Crisp who has battled with a fractured finger,the flu,and kidney stones over the past month is finally due to go on a rehab assignment. David Wells who started the year on the DL,came back and struggled is going to start Friday against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and David Riske was activated yesterday after being out with a back injury from spring training.

Players Birthdays

From now on I’ll daily,or every other day, will post the names of a baseball player from the past or now who was born on that day. Today’s birthday is  pitcher Jose Rijo.

Born in San Cristobal,Dominican Republic,he made his major league debut on April 5,1984 at the age of 18 with the New York Yankees. During his career he made stops with the Yankees,Athletics,and Reds where he made his final stop. This was all during a span of 14 years in the majors. Rijo’s career ERA was 3.24,and he had 1,606 strikeouts.

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HBP BK HLD
14 Years 376 269 43 116 91 .560 3.24 22 4 3 1,880.0 7,867 1,710 676 772 147 663 34 1,606 30 28 28 2