After a walk-off win Tuesday night the Red Sox were looking for another one on Wednesday, but they could only get one run in ninth inning and fell to the Yankees 5-4. The Red Sox trailed 5-1 and fought back scoring two runs in the seventh and then one in the ninth, but that was as close as they could get. Cody Ross, Bobby Valentine and Jerry Royster were all ejected in the eighth inning following a tough third strike call on Ross.
The Red Sox have have shown more fight the past two nights than the past two months. Maybe playing spoiler against their rivals has something to do with it, maybe it doesn’t, but there will be plenty of opportunities coming up for the team to play spoiler and with the way the past two nights have gone it actually makes the games worth watching.
There was an awkward moment when Valentine went to remove reliever Alfredo Aceves from the game. Aceves never got within three feet of Valentine, never handed him the ball and walked off the back of the mound, looping around the players to walk to the dugout. While the NESN telecast never showed or made mention of it, Sox beat writers were sure to mention it on Twitter and asked the players about it afterwards. Valentine offered a pretty good quote on his relief pitcher.
“I’ll have to look at it,” he said before pausing. “And who cares if he showed me up? If I have to explain Aceves’s actions, I’ll wind up going across the river and work for Harvard.”
Five questions with Nomar Garciaparra– Chad Finn asks Nomar Garciaparra, who was in town to broadcast the game for ESPN, five questions about the Red Sox, including how to rebuild their roster.
It was spoiled long before this for Red Sox– Dan Shaughnessy has a number of Red Sox thoughts including saying they need to trade Jacoby Ellsbury this offseason and Valentine is more relaxed than ever this season.
Finding cash value in Sox situation– Michael Silverman looks at the payroll situations for both the Red Sox and the Yankees. The Red Sox are $26 million less than the Yankees for next year right now, which gives them plenty of flexibility this off season.
Red Sox still showing some fight– Gordon Edes says the Red Sox are still fighting hard to the end, including Cody Ross and Alfredo Aceves, except Ross for the good and Aceves for the bad.
Red Sox tempers flare in loss to Yankees– Sean McAdam looks at some of the frustrations the Red Sox displayed Wednesday night.
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After Wednesday’s aftermath of Rich from Toucher & Rich’s visit to Fenway for Bobby V’s pregame press conference on Tuesday, Gordon Edes had a tweet that I found pretty amusing. Edes tweeted Dustin Pedroia left the game to go be with his wife for the birth of their second child. Then, a fan asked Edes what he was getting the new born…