He's an impressive hitter, but I hope Miguel Tejada doesn't get traded to the Red Sox after this season. Just the way he's conducted himself agitating to get out of Baltimore, and the way I've seen him act during at-bats when he feels he doesn't get the right call (witness tonight, when a called strike three sent him into a protracted pout while still standing in the batters' box)...I know the former can be said of Manny and the latter can definitely be said of Ortiz (and for the record, it irritates me when he does it, too), but even if that's your view, you can't say more of it is what the Sox need.
Why is it that Tim Wakefield starts seem to frequently end up being shutouts on the Sox end? 4-0 right now in the eighth. Although, I'm glad Wake's back. He just has that way about him that says he's been through it all--he's seen it all before. Nothing new under the sun. There's an Eeyore-ish way about Tim Wakefield, but a sense of timelessness about him too. Watching him chew his cud and stare dispassionately in from the mound makes even another loss a little easier to take.
Coco's out after wincing his way through last night's game--his left hand is really bothering him. It was all taped and splinted up last night, but he still was grabbing at it on the basepaths. Manny's also out after apparently tweaking his bad knee. So once again we have the magical combo of Loretta at first and Youkilis in the outfield.
Meanwhile, it's been announced that Hideki Matsui is returning to the lineup, and Gary Sheffield could be back within the month. The Yanks are already planning for the playoffs. It's like whatever Otherworldly Yankees Fan who'd had been at the controls until 2004 finally wriggled his way out of the rope and duct tape the Red Sox God bound him with and started calling the shots again.
I mean...just look at this grab bag of bad news.
P.S. You go, Runelvys. You go.