Links 4-22-2010: Sox walk-off again, Scutaro’s gamble, Lowell and Ortiz

Last night’s game was another thriller, and resulted in a second straight walk-off victory for the Red Sox. I still can’t believe Ron Washington’s decision to walk Dustin Pedroia in order to face Kevin Youkilis. That’s another example of typical baseball thinking; Pedroia is “hot” and he’s had success in his career against Dustin Nippert, while Youk was 0-4 against him and currently sports the lower batting average. The truth is, Youkilis is a more dangerous hitter, plain and simple. Unless he’s injured or something, you should rather pitch to Pedey. And Texas found that out last night.

Anybody else’s heart stop when Marco Scutaro tagged up from first base last night in the 12th inning? From the throw it didn’t look like he was going to make it. That’s a big gamble to take for a guy who’s not won over the fans yet, not being the strong fielder at shortstop everyone was expecting thus far. Thank God it turned out okay, but I wouldn’t recommend that again.

Mike Lowell’s success in the DH role last night (2-4 with a HR, a walk and 2 RBI) makes for a very interesting situation: how does Terry Francona handle David Ortiz from here on out? For now, it looks like he’ll stick with Lowell with another lefty, C.J. Wilson, going for Texas tonight. Bravo. I’m not a proponent of giving up on Papi yet, but I’d like him to sit against LHP until he sorts things out.

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14-7: Buchholz, Sox sweep Rangers 8-3

In the annual early Patriot’s Day game, Clay Buchholz (1-1) faced his former teammate Kason Gabbard and worked through some early jams to earn his first win of the season, and a four-game sweep of the Texas Rangers. A costly error and some defensive gaffes cost the Rangers, as they fell 8-3.

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