Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Red Sox Can't Win 'em All

For the third consecutive year, Major League Baseball opened its regular season with a 2-game series at the Tokyo Dome in Japan. The Oakland Athletics and Boston Red Sox played to a split, just as the Mets and Cubs did last season and the Yankees and Devil Rays did the year before. A's LF Emil Brown made up for his huge baserunning blunder in extra innings of the first game, hitting a 3-run home run in Game 2 that prepelled the A's to a 5-1 victory behind a very strong 6 inning, 9 strikeout pitching performance from oft-injured hurler Rich Harden. Red Sox DH David Ortiz went 0-7 in the series and Boston is rumored to be considering a trade with the Yankees sending Ortiz and CF Jacoby Ellsbury to New York in exchange for Carl Pavano and the wax inside Jason Giambi's ears.

Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein had this to say after today's loss: "While Ortiz has the potential to hit 60 home runs in a season and provide great clubhouse leadership, Pavano and the ear wax may be too hard to pass up. I mean, Carl is a bona fide 10-injury-a-year guy and right now, with injuries to Beckett and Schilling, we need to remain consistent. We are also thinking about signing retired pitcher Tommy John as well as watching the waiver wire on a hourly basis to see what the Rockies are going to do with Marcus Giles."

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