August 7, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) objects to being called a leprechaun, prefers to be called a gnome in 8th inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-US PRESSWIRE
Stupid Fenway, stupid Green Monster, stupid Cody Ross.
Anthony Andro has a story saying that if Roy Oswalt doesn't want to pitch relief he needs to pitch elsewhere, and Richard Justice says Oswalt is no Michael Young, and not just because Oswalt still has a positive WAR. Both those posts went up before T.R. Sullivan's post yesterday afternoon (move along, nothing to see here!). Drew Davison has a similar post to Sullivan's, noting that Oswalt had thrown 200 pitches over a 7 day period, as does Evan Grant "If I had gone back out there for another inning, I’m looking at 250 or so pitches in the course of a week," Grant quotes Oswalt as saying, "what do I look like, Robbie Ross?" I may have made that last part up.
T.R. Sullivan also discussed the Oswalt situation in his notes column, while also touching on Michael Young's disturbing lack of walks, Mark Lowe possibly returning to the bullpen on Friday, and Yu Darvish becoming just the third pitcher in MLB history to record nine strikeouts while allowing seven doubles in a game. So, Yu... congrats? Sullivan also has a game recap with some emotional stuff about Ryan Dempster's first Ranger win that you should read while imagining tinkly piano music in your head.
Richard Durrett has his rapid reactions to the game, saying Hamilton's walk and run-scoring single were key and trolling Adam J. Morris by saying those who didn't think David Murphy should be starting against a lefty should "trust the gut." Unfortunately, the video highlights at the top of the column do not include the Dempster-Kinsler pickoff play at second so if you're a 99 percenter listening to the game on the radio while you deliver pizza, I guess you can suck it.
Behind the paywall, Evan Grant says something probably complimentary about Ryan Dempster, possibly in relation to the Rangers' recent suckage. Grant also says Washington wasn't happy about Bobby Valentine's comments on Yu Darvish's start. I'd like to say that Washington sarcastically thanked Valentine on behalf of Ranger fans everywhere for slagging Ed Correia's arm, but he just refused to comment because he doesn't have my impulse control issues. In his notes and quotes and anecdotes, Grant talks about Kinsler's error and how he partially redeemed himself with good hitting, and Grant also says the miracle of cortisone has Joe Nathan enthusing about his shoulder, "It feels like new!"
Over at the FWST blog, there's video of Yu Darvish answering questions about his start. I think his translator may possibly be Mr. Santos.
Finally, if the apocalypse catches you in a Swedish home furnishings outlet you won't have to resort to eating the other survivors uncooked, and there was a discussion in last night's post-game thread about people hating pictures of themselves. Fortunately, io9.com has the reason why: SCIENCE!