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September 23, 2008 - 2:53 pm
Jonathan Papelbon now faces the middle of the Indians lineup--Shin-Soo Choo, Jhonny Peralta and Victor Martinez--with a chance to finalize his club's entry into October. Papelbon has been through this sort of thing before, of course: he saved Game 7 of last year's ALCS against the Indians, and also...
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September 23, 2008 - 2:41 pm
While Hideki Okajima ably escaped his seventh inning jam, Justin Masterson (hit, walk, two strikeouts) and Javy Lopez (walk) collaborated to produce another bases-loaded, two-out situation in the bottom of the eighth. That led the Sox to summon closer Jonathan Papelbon for a four-out save...
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September 23, 2008 - 2:27 pm
The Dustin Pedroia -for-MVP campaign may have taken on so much momentum--at least locally--that it cannot be halted. But it remains difficult to argue that he has been more valuable than one of his teammates. Pedroia, of course, has enjoyed a spectacular season. He entered tonight hitting .323/...
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September 23, 2008 - 2:10 pm
Manager Terry Francona surely summoned Hideki Okajima into a two-out, bases-loaded jam in the top of the seventh with significant reservations. Okajima entered the game as the worst Red Sox reliever with inherited runners , having allowed 59.1 percent of teammates' runners to score. Moreover, the...
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September 23, 2008 - 2:03 pm
Tim Wakefield left tonight's game after six innings, entrusting a 5-4 lead to the bullpen. The Red Sox have a 67-11 record this year when leading after six, good for an .859 winning percentage that almost exactly matches the .855 league average in such situations. How other postseason contenders...
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September 23, 2008 - 1:51 pm
Sean Casey went 1-for-3 off of Cliff Lee tonight, improving his career average against the Indians ace to .438. After Casey singled to lead off the sixth, the Sox promptly pinch ran with Alex Cora . Cora remained in the game at short, as Jed Lowrie moved from short to third and Kevin Youkilis...
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September 23, 2008 - 1:39 pm
 David Ortiz followed his 418-foot double in the fourth with his second punchout of the game in the fifth. Ortiz has shown what the Red Sox must surely consider a promising ability to absolutely maul a baseball in recent days. Yet he has shown little else. Since Sept. 12, he has 12 hits, 11 of...
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September 23, 2008 - 1:22 pm
The Indians erupted for four runs in the top of the fifth, a rally that was abetted largely by what might have been the worst Red Sox defensive inning of the season--yet one that did not feature a single error. With runners on first and second and one out, Grady Sizemore grounded a single to right...
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September 23, 2008 - 1:10 pm
Kelly Shoppach just absorbed his second pitch in as many days, this one a 62 m.p.h. knuckleball from Tim Wakefield . Without even absorbing a bruise, the Indians thus managed to tie the big-league record for hit batsmen in a year, their 100 plunkings tying the 1997 Astros for the modern mark. Good...
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September 23, 2008 - 1:07 pm
Much has been made of whether the post-Manny Ramirez Red Sox lineup can navigate the playoffs. Ramirez was viewed by opposing scouts as a hitter who could produce regardless of the quality of the opposing arm he faced. That being the case, it was worth noting the Red Sox' surge to a 2-0 lead in...
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