Michael Bowden made his MLB debut tonight and didn't disappoint. He walked the leadoff hitter, but no more, and held the potent White Sox to two runs in five innings. Yes, he got away with some pitches, but he showed a willingness to pitch the right-handed hitters inside and had a nice change with some good movement down-and-in to the right hander. Obviously he still needs work on the breaking stuff but he had good poise and a live fastball.
Dustin Pedroia continues to drive the Pale Hose batty with his hitting, defense, and baserunning, with a brilliant slide to 'steal' a double. Oh yeah, and Dustin hit cleanup.
You ask why Mark Kotsay is hitting fifth against Buehrle, and Kotsay promptly delivers a pair of doubles. There's that stat prep thingy...
Stuff you never see: Terry Francona came out to argue a safe call (to the Sox benefit).
Oh, yeah! Lou Merloni correctly points out on the pre-game show that replay will become more controversial when its absence blows a critical call.
Daisuke Matsuzaka's 16th victory tied Hideo Nomo for the most wins by a Japanese pitcher. Nomo won 16 three times. Hideki Irabu won 13 once for the Bombers.
A-Rod has one RBI in the ninth inning this season, so they say.
Jeff Bailey hit his first major league homer tonight.
Jermaine Dye made a web gem last night up against the fence in right to rob a homer. Tonight, he looked like he was wearing roller skates going after a Jason Bay double.
For all the Bay doubters, he has 29 RBI in 26 games so far with the Red Sox. Look out Hack Wilson?