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Red Sox Report: Sox Lose 3 of 4 In Bronx, Possibly Pedroia

Sox manager John Farrell was the first manager ejected for arguing with a replay ruling.



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The feelings John Farrell expressed toward the umpires last night seemed to have boiled over from a bigger problem the Red Sox are going through. The offense is struggling without its healthy starters playing every day. Dustin Pedroia seems to have received good news this afternoon that his wrist is not broken but just bruised. Pedroia, who hates missing games period, missed Sunday’s game and might still require a DL stint but not an extended one.

Koji Uehara did not pitch this weekend either with soreness in his shoulder. This made the Sox bring on Edward Mujica for the save in Friday night’s 4-2 over the Yankees, their only win in the series. Home runs from Jonny Gomes and Grady Sizemore were the only offense Jon Lester needed en route to his first win on the young season. The Sox offense did not score over four runs in any of the games this weekend and have only scored five runs in four games this season, with two of them being a losing effort.

Shane Victorino who has not played at all this season, will likely start a rehab assignment in AA Portland on Tuesday. Victorino who has been bothered by hamstring issues, would have likely been back sooner if he did not catch the flu. His return will cause an outfield logjam as John Farrell has been playing Jackie Bradley and Grady Sizemore together in the outfield with Daniel Nava and Jonny Gomes seeing more time on the bench. Bradley is better defensively than Sizemore in center and left field might save Sizemore’s legs making him more effective on the base paths. A decision might come as early as this weekend on who Victorino replaces on the roster and Daniel Nava could be on his way out.

The  loss of Pedroia would hurt Sox offense even more.

The loss of Pedroia would hurt Sox offense even more.

With Will Middlebrooks on the disabled list the Sox brought in veteran infielder Ryan Roberts to platoon with Jonathan Herrera. Roberts collected his first two hits with the team in last night’s game and has been playing good defense. He was pinch hit for in the eight by Mike Carp, who struck out with the bases loaded against David Phelps. No timetable has been set on Middlebrooks return, but I expected him to come back strong this season, so hopefully a return is soon.

The starting pitching this weekend besides John Lackey’s start on Friday was excellent. 4,2,7,3 those were the runs given up respectively in the series. With this offense you should win three of those games. Run support has been a problem with the team as the leadoff hitter has been a spinning wheel between Gomes, Nava, Sizemore, and even Pedroia got a crack at it on Saturday. Xander Bogaerts has no RBI but a .283 average, can’t knock in runs with no one on base.

The Sox turn to Jake Peavy for Tueday night’s opener in Chicago against the White Sox. Peavy will be making a return to Chicago where he pitched nearly four years. He has looked good in his first two starts, giving up a combined three runs, but no wins to show for it. The Sox offense has to come around or John Farrell will be yelling at more people than just umpires. Here’s to hoping it comes around tomorrow night with Peavy on the hill.

Sizing ‘Em Up: The 2010 New York Yankees

A big part of every Red Sox season is, of course, the New York Yankees’ season.

Curtis Granderson is an important addition for New York.

Difficult though it may be to admit in our neck of the woods, the 2009 World Series Champions were the class of Major League Baseball last year and deserved their title.  The Yankees put their money where their mouths were (and in the pockets of Mark Teixeira, AJ Burnett, and CC Sabathia) and returned to the glory they’d known so often last century.

Here, we’ll explore the Sox’ arch-rivals in preparation for their title defense and baseball’s regular season at large.

Lineup

Though the team is strong at large, its success depends on its offensive output.  Apparently impervious to age, Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada both put up fantastic numbers in 2009, and Teixeira Alex Rodriguez should continue to mash in the lineup’s heart.

Left-fielder Johnny Damon and designated hitter Hideki Matsui are gone to the Tigers and Angels, respectively, but in their stead the Yankees got younger.  Nick Johnson has returned to the club and will serve as the designated hitter the majority of the time; he is expected to hit second, where Damon hit last season, and his high on-base skills should fit well in that spot.  Curtis Granderson was brought in in a blockbuster trade to patrol between left and center-field.  The phenomenal athlete struggles against left-handed pitching, but he should prove quite valuable hitting 7th, where he will be able to run rather freely and should have plenty of men on base ahead of him.

The book’s still out on center-fielder Brett Gardner, but he put up a decent season in 2009 and should be a fine enough fit at the bottom of the lineup.  The Yanks’ backup plan for the quick youngster is the once-productive Randy Winn, but he is hardly a scary force.  Nick Swisher returns to play right-field.  He was productive last year, putting up an .869 OPS in 150 games.

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Looking Back: Curtis Leskanic

As a writer, I try to avoid sentimentality.  However, it is difficult for me not to think back to the role Curtis Leskanic filled for the 2004 Red Sox without drifting into the dreary and delirious mindset brought upon by fond nostalgia.

Before joining the Red Sox in June of 2004, Leskanic had pitched ten-and-a-half seasons between Colorado, Milwaukee, and Kansas City, experiencing varying levels of success.  In 2003, he posted a 2.22 ERA in 53 appearances between Milwaukee and Kansas City; this would prove to be his best Major League season.

Curtis Leskanic was instrumental in the 2004 Sox' historic postseason run.

The middle reliever, though, failed to follow up with any level of success the following year and was released outright on June 16 after posting an 8.04 ERA in 19 games for a beyond-bad Royals team.

Odd though it may seem now given the dominance of the bullpen’s he has built since 2007, in the early part of his career, finding capable middle relief was General Manager Theo Epstein‘s Achilles’ Heel.  In need of help at the position, the Sox inked Leskanic to a minor league contract less than ten days after his release from the Royals.

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