Nation Station: In-game notes

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Nation Station: In-game notes

By Bill Chuck
Special to CSNNE.com

Statistical notes from the Red Sox' Opening Day loss . . .

The last time Daniel Bard gave up three runs in a game was August 9, 2009 against the Yankees. He gave up four on June 14, 2009 against the Phillies. He has never given up five in an appearance.
The Rangers came into this game hitting 5-for-24, a .208 average, against Bard.

Last season, Bard gave up eight doubles all season. He gave up three in this appearance.
David Ortiz had one homer in 63 plate appearances last April. He now has one in four plate appearances this season. He has 32 lifetime homers against the Rangers.

Jon Lester has now surrendered 68 career home runs, two leading off a game. This is the first three-gopher game of his career; he has 16 two-gopher games. These were the second, third and fourth homers he has given up in the Rangers Ballpark.
Lester gave up 14 homers last season, but five times he allowed two homers in a game.
This is the 25th time he has given up at least five runs in a game, and the 22nd time he has given up five earned runs.

Adrian Gonzalez now has two stolen bases in 3,632 plate appearances. That is the most PA of any active player with two steals. Jay Gibbons, on the Dodgers DL, has two steals and 3,115 PA.

His only other steal came on 42809 at Coors Field off of Jorge de la Rosa and Yorvit Torrealba of the Rockies. It was a straight steal and it came with two out in the 6th after Gonzalez had singled. From Billy-Ball.com.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia made one start for the Rangers last season and it was on Opening Day. His walkoff single produced a 5-4 win over Toronto.

Kevin Youkilis' first-inning double gives him 201 in his career, two behind Rick Burleson (26th) on the all-time Sox doubles list. Youk has 2,776 career at bats.

Here are the other batters with 201 doubles:

RkPlayerABFromToTm1Ed Brinkman604519611975WSA-DET-TOT2Mickey Stanley502219641978DET3Brandon Inge433720012010DET4Bob O'Farrell410119151935CHC-TOT-STL-NYG5Bill Hall314020022010MIL-TOT-BOS6Joe Mauer309220042010MIN7Joe Harris303519141928NYY-CLE-BOS-TOT-WSH-

Young, Vazquez homer for Red Sox in 9-2 win over Twins

Young, Vazquez homer for Red Sox in 9-2 win over Twins

BOSTON - Chris Young hit a three-run homer and Christian Vazquez homered for the first time in more than a year as the Boston Red Sox routed the Minnesota Twins 9-2 on Tuesday night in a game delayed twice by stormy weather.

Drew Pomeranz (7-4) pitched five innings, three after a 1 hour, 16 minute delay between the second and third as a thunderstorm slowly passed over Fenway Park. Despite the interruption, Pomeranz held the Twins to one unearned run and four hits, struck out seven and didn't walk a batter.

Dustin Pedroia had three hits and scored twice and Xander Bogaerts had two hits and scored twice for the Red Sox as they won consecutive games for the first time in nearly two weeks.

The two rain delays totaled 2:06.

Drellich: MLB could explain umpire rulings more often

Drellich: MLB could explain umpire rulings more often

BOSTON — We know that Red Sox manager John Farrell did something wrong. In the absence of any sort of formal announcement otherwise, we’re left to assume the umpires did everything properly — but there’s room for MLB to make that clearer.

If the NBA can put out Last 2 Minute reports, why can’t MLB provide more regular explanations or reviews of contested calls?

Farrell on Tuesday said he’d like to see more public accountability in the umpiring realm, hours before the manager was to sit out Game No. 77. Farrell was suspended one game for making contact with crew chief Bill Miller on Saturday night as manager and umpire rained spittle on each other over a balk call that went against the Sox.

Well, was it a balk or not? Did Miller do anything wrong as well?

“I don’t know if there was anything levied on the other side,” Farrell said. “I don’t know that.”

But would he like such matters to always be public?

“I think there have been strides made in that way,” Farrell said. “I guess I would. I think everyone in uniform would prefer that to be made public. Whether or not that happens, I don’t know, but that would be a choice I would make.”

The league has a thorough internal review system. But it is just that: internal. Most of the time, any way.

On most every night at Fenway Park, there is someone on hand watching just the umpires and reviewing them.

MLB, to its credit, has announced suspensions for umpires in the past. The league has made public acknowledgments when calls have been made incorrectly. More of that seems viable — even if it’s an announcement to reaffirm that the call was made and handled properly, and here are the reasons why.

“I haven’t received any further determination or review of what transpired,” Farrell said. “My position, my stance, remains steadfast. I still firmly believe that time was called [before the balk call was made]. I wasn’t arguing the balk. I was arguing the timing of it. As I reiterated today to those that I spoke with, I still stand by my side of the argument. Unfortunately, there was contact made.”