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Rob Bradford
October 03, 2008 - 5:42 pm
David Ortiz is leading off an inning for the second time tonight. Before you start thinking about putting the speedster at the top of the order because of his obvious ability to set the table understand these numbers the DH has when kicking off a frame: In his 86 plate appearances, Ortiz is hitting...
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October 03, 2008 - 5:37 pm
Justin Masterson , who inherited a two-on, no-out jam from Hideki Okajima in the bottom of the seventh, walked the bases full with one out and then, after striking out Howie Kendrick, forced in another run with a walk to Mike Napoli . Masterson had never before walked a batter with the bases loaded.
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October 03, 2008 - 5:08 pm
As we mentioned earlier, Jason Bay is 1 of 14 players to hit a homer in each of his first two postseason games. Only one player has ever gone deep in more than two straight playoff games to start an October career. That would be the mystery man known as Igor, former two-time Rangers MVP Juan...
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Rob Bradford
October 03, 2008 - 4:40 pm
Did you know that all seven runs in the game have come with two outs? You should because my man Alex just told you in the previous post. Colleague Mike Petraglia (Where's Trags? Probably in his living room breaking down some Pats stats) texted asking if it was Patriots decision-maker Scott Pioli...
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October 03, 2008 - 4:28 pm
The Angels opened the fifth with back-to-back walks by Mark Teixeira and Vlad Guerrero, and then Torii Hunter lined a full-count single to left to plate the Halos' third run of the game. Still no outs in the bottom of the fifth, and Manny Delcarmen is ready in the Boston bullpen.
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October 03, 2008 - 4:08 pm
Torii Hunter moved well enough in tracking down a leadoff liner to center, showing no ill effects from his ill-advised hopping-mad display in the bottom of the third. Hunter has an injury history against the Sox, having once broken his ankle while chasing a fly ball to the Triangle in Fenway Park ...
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Rob Bradford
October 03, 2008 - 4:05 pm
Chone Figgins busted out of his post-season doldrums by singling Juan Rivera , who had led off the fourth inning with a walk. Jeff Mathis , who blooped a single into left field, advanced to third. Figgins had been 0 for 7 in the series before the hit, having entered the night 11 for 66 in the...
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Rob Bradford
October 03, 2008 - 3:51 pm
Jacoby Ellsbury plated Alex Cora with the Red Sox ' fifth run with a double over the head of right fielder Juan Rivera. The hit was made possible partly due to a terrible angle taken on the blast to right by Rivera. Cora had reached on a double. Both hits came with two outs in the fourth inning.
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Rob Bradford
October 03, 2008 - 3:44 pm
Before we get to the meat and potatoes of the inning, we just saw Torii Hunter do something along the lines, but evidently not a lot less drastic, as Milton Bradley did at the end of last season. Hunter hurt his left knee jumping up and down when complaining a close play at first on his inning-...
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October 03, 2008 - 3:41 pm
Angels centerfielder Torii Hunter appeared to buckle his left knee while jumping up and down in outrage after being called out on an inning-ending grounder to shortstop. Angels trainers tended to Hunter, but he remained in the game.
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