Friday: Tigers at Red Sox

After a cancelled flight in Tampa, a scramble through the airport in Atlanta and a crawl through traffic in Boston and wading through the crowd outside Fenway Park with my suitcase and my laptop, I’ve finally arrived at the park to find Jeff Frazier at DH and Johnny Damon playing left field, batting third. Not surprisingly, Damon’s experience with balls off the Green Monster played a role in that .Will Rhymes is in the second spot.

J.D. Drew was a late scratch from the Red Sox lineup. That leads to something you don’t see very often: A team’s starting outfielders all in the bottom third of its lineup.


  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Rhymes, 2B
  3. Damon, LF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Raburn, RF
  6. Peralta, 3B
  7. Frazier, DH
  8. Laird, C
  9. Worth, SS

P: Armando Galarraga


  1. Marco Scutaro, SS
  2. Jed Lowrie, 2B
  3. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
  4. David Ortiz, DH
  5. Victor Martinez, C
  6. Adrian Beltre, 3B
  7. Jeremy Hermida, RF
  8. Mike Cameron, CF
  9. Eric Patterson, LF

P: Jon Lester


Why Dunn? Why not Luke Scott?

DD better pull something off if he is actually serious ab out staying in contention. Which I don’t believe, at this stage, anyone really is.
The Nats need pitching! We Got pitching. Bonderman, Galarraga, Figaro,, Bonine. Take em all and give us Zimmerman—–well OK–Dunn.
I see Boesch is sitting today. Now thee is a novel idea. Perhaps he can get his timing by WATCHING others swing the bat?
All that has to be doen is to get him out of the 5 hole where he feels he has an albatross around his neck. Bat him 3rd–bat him 6th. To not bat him at all is not helpful.
I have come to learn that JL is a goof but disguised as a knowledgeable baseball redneck. This is what I expect of him. Stubborn to the point of destroying someones career and then washing your hands of him. (Remember Chris Shelton?).
There have been several of us here who have picked Leyland off quite a long time ago. His reverse charisma has grown thin. Time to eject him and McLendon and Lamont–at the very least. It’s almost hard to believe that Illitch has permitted the latitude he has for JL. He should know better. For cripes sake–he’s 80+ years old!!!!

Has anyone else noticed that Carlos has a strained hamstring? I thought he went on the DL for his calf. That’s what was reported originally. Did he strain his hammy on the DL?

Oh, great. Damon has back spasms.

I’m not so sure opposing managers will be scared off by Raburn. Small potatoes compared to the decision to sit Boesch though.
Boesch has been struggling big time – but he has had a few line drives to feel good about. He has had some tough luck but really the hopeless looking strikeouts are devastating. He is a guy who will always be prone to the pop-up. I am way more comfortable when he is at least making contact of some sort.
Of course JL is going to expose Rhymes to Lester. (Have a seat Ramon)
I fuly expect we are ready for a big change from the last series. I expect GMan to get thumped at the same time that our bats come alive a bit!

I think it’s sadistic to put him out there.

So Wegner is going to force GMan to pitch way up from the knees.
All these umps need is a whistle and they would really be in their element.

Go Jhonny!! Keep it going and I will be happy to be wrong for the rest of the season.

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