Sox drop two more to Halos

Disappointing weekend for Sox fans, with the Boston lineup going down quietly in two of three in this series. We’re familiar with this from last year; enough baserunners, but not many runs. The shadow of the Nick Adenhart tragedy kind of defined this series, and I have to give my condolences to the Adenhart family and the whole organization. I thought Jered Weaver pitched his heart out in the first game for his lost friend, and I give him a lot of credit for that. Read more of this post

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Sox claim Vasquez from Detroit; Velazquez released

The Red Sox claimed 26-year old pitcher Virgil Vasquez off of waivers from the Detroit Tigers a couple of days ago. The righthander appears to be a solid pitcher with good control and a fair but unimpressive strikeout rate. He has played at AAA Toledo the past two seasons, winning the Mud Hens’ Pitcher of the Year Award in 2007, when he went 12-5 with a 3.48 ERA and struck out a very solid 127 men in 155 IP. He just appears to be a decent all-around pitcher, and will likely fill a role similar to David Pauley this year.

29-year old Gil Velazquez, who made his Major League debut with the Sox this year, cleared waivers and was removed from the 40-man roster. He chose to become a free agent rather than accept reassignment to the Minor Leagues.

2008 ALCS: Timlin added to the bullpen

It was a short ride for Gil Velazquez. The Red Sox announced today that they have added Mike Timlin to the postseason roster, making it 11 pitchers and 14 position players:

Catchers (3): Jason Varitek, Kevin Cash, David Ross

Infielders (5): Kevin Youkilis, Dustin Pedroia, Jed Lowrie, Mark Kotsay, Alex Cora

Outfielders (4): J.D. Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jason Bay, Coco Crisp

Starters (4): Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Tim Wakefield

Relievers (7): Jonathan Papelbon, Hideki Okajima, Justin Masterson, Manny Delcarmen, Javier Lopez, Mike Timlin, Paul Byrd

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2008 ALDS: Game 4 and Wrap

It was a great game, it was a great series. I had a great view of home plate, and I totally lost my voice, cheering our Sox on to victory. I want to give the Angels credit for their pitching, which was excellent for the most part. A few bad plays in the field, on the basepaths, and at the plate basically cost them this series. I almost feel kind of bad for them, and wonder if they’ll be able to be this good again any time soon. I say “almost” because they’re such sore losers. But on to the game: Read more of this post