First Pitch – 7:10 PM
Notes: Clay Buchholz did not come across as particularly accountable after last night’s game. I do not expect Buchholz to know the numbers but him singling out the loss of Jacoby Ellsbury as a key factor is a bit rich. If you accept WAR (an imperfect but useful method for this purpose) the Sox have gotten 1.9 out of Jackie Bradley and Ellsbury has been good for only 2.2. By contrast Clay Buchholz has gone from providing 4.3 WAR last year to providing -1.5 WAR this year.
Minor League Pitchers;
Pawtucket – OFF DAY
Portland – Henry Owens/Jeremy Kehrt (Reading – PHI)
Salem – Joe Gunkel (Carolina – CLE)
Greenville – Myles Smith (Hagerstown – WAS)
Lowell – Kevin McAvoy (Brooklyn – NYN)
This Day in 2004 – DAY OFF
The Sox had a day to rest, relax and travel to Minnesota. The big news came off the field as suspensions were handed down for the brawl with the Yankees the previous weekend. Jason Varitek and Alex Rodriguez got four games apiece while Tanyon Sturtze, Gabe Kapler and Trot Nixon each got three. Curt Schilling, David Ortiz and Kenny Lofton all were fined small amounts.
Come chat before, during and after the game about baseball, unnamed sources and whatever rumors your mill.