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GAME THOUGHTS: Red Sox vs. Mariners, July 23rd

Not much going on today, no Yuni in the lineup today. Manny Ramirez is out of the lineup for the Red Sox with a sore knee.

GAME THOUGHTS START HERE:

6:12 -- Mariners load the bases and Vidro grounds out to end the inning. game over

5:39 -- Boston takes a 6-3 lead, a lead-off single and a Bloomquist error in center - on a dropped ball - open the floodgates for three runs.

5:12 -- the Mariners threaten getting runners on first and third with one out, and predictably Kenji Johjima grounds into an inning-ending double play.

4:57 -- Well, the Mariners haven't done much to even threaten to win the game, they did little against Manny Delcarmen and Jacoby Ellsbury stolen about three hits from them with his outfield play. We head to the bottom of the 11th with the murder's row of Vidro, Beltre and Betancourt.

4:22 -- Still 3-3, pitchers are dominating and some drunk idiot just ran onto the field. It should be a 1,000 dollar fine for anyone who does that.

3:35 -- It's now a 3-3 game, Jose Vidro just deposited a 93 mph fastball from Bucholz into the right field stands for a two-run homer.

3:26 -- It's now 3-1. Felix got into some trouble giving up two singles and then walking Sean Casey to load the bases. But he battled back and struck out Jed Lowrie and Jason Varitek. But I think you could almost see him let up a little on Coco Crisp and he walked him on four straight pitches to force in a run. AFter a quick visit from Mel Stottlemyre, Felix regrouped and got Ellsbury to pop up to LaHair to end the inning.

Felix may have given up a run, but he battled there, and that's what I think separates him from Bedard at this point. Granted, I don't think we've ever seen a completely healthy Erik Bedard yet this season, so it's tough to know what he can do.

2:50 -- Raul with a bomb, an absolute blast, to right-center to cut the lead to 2-1, Vidro followed it up with a single and it looked like the Mariners might threaten with a big inning, then Beltre struck out, Reed struck out and Johjima grounded to short.

2:36 -- Bryan LaHair comes up with a somewhat controversial infield base hit, in which Red Sox manager Terry Francona thought he was out. So the Mariners have the lead-off runner on with No. 9 hitter Willie Bloomquist (a good bunter) coming up, so surely they would bunt LaHair to second to give Ichiro an RBI opportunity. But NOOOOOOOOOOOOO, instead they let Willie swing away and he strikes out. Why not bunt, it's not as if Willie is going to double LaHair home, since he has exactly one extra base-hit all season. These are things I don't understand.

2:25 -- OK, well Ichiro makes a fantastic catch, robbing JD Drew of a three-run home run. But the next batter, Kevin Youkilis drove a pitch to right and Ichior misplayed the base hit, leading to another run. So if you're scoring at home, that's a RBI single for Youkilis and an error on Ichiro that led to the other run.

1:51 -- Ichiro is now five hits away from 3,000 career hits.

And then he gets picked off by Bucholz.

Bucholz then just mowed through Lopez and Ibanez. He's got some pretty good stuff.

1:47 -- Felix works out of a little trouble in the first due to a couple walks.

RED SOX

Jacoby Ellsbury LF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

JD Drew RF

Kevin Youkilis 1B

Mike Lowell 3B

Sean Casey DH

Jed Lowrie SS

Jason Varitek C

Coco Crisp CF

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Clay Bucholz P

MARINERS

Ichiro RF

Lopez 2B

Ibanez LF

Vidro DH

Beltre 3B

Reed CF

Johjima C

LaHair 1B

Bloomquist SS

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Hernandez P

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