Monday, March 10, 2014
Crazy game at Fenway Tuesday night, with the Red Sox routing the Rangers 17-5. Boston tallied 19 hits, including a triple to the triangle by speedster David Ortiz.
But the strangest scene was watching former Sea Dogs and Red Sox outfielder David Murphy pitching for the Rangers in the eighth inning. And the eighth was the only frame the Red Sox did not score in.
“I was just trying to give the bullpen a breather and trying to get through the inning without getting hurt,” Murphy told reporters after the game. “It will be fun to look back on it some day.”
Murphy’s appearance led to jokes that Boston should have kept him as a reliever instead of trading him to Texas in 2007 for reliever Eric Gagne. Murphy’s ERA: 0.00. Gagne’s ERA for Boston: 6.75.
Murphy was drafted 10 years ago, in the first round by the Red Sox (Theo Epstein’s first draft as Boston’s GM).
“It’s crazy. That’s been the fastest 10 years,” Murphy said, “considering what I’ve done in baseball, plus getting married, having three kids …”
Murphy is expected to be in the Rangers lineup again today - back in left field, well away from the mound.
Most impressive in Boston’s romp on Tuesday was the play of its so-called “part-time” players. See today’s column.
Watching the Rangers and Red Sox, you see two teams that are grateful today, in the light of the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal. Texas is thankful that it traded Alex Rodriguez away, and the Red Sox must be relieved that their deal to obtain Rodriguez fell through.
In the minors Tuesday night, Will Middlebrooks made the first of four scheduled rehab appearances with Pawtucket. He went 1-for-2 with a walk … Jeremy Hazelbaker (.282) went 2-for-3 with two walks.
Portland lost to Erie 8-7 in 12 innings … Xander Bogaerts (.306) and Michael Almanzar (.284) both had two hits, including a double … Bogaerts also walked twice, upping his on-base percentage to .400 … Anthony Ranaudo (6-1, 2.43 ERA) had his first rough start of the season: 4 2/3, 8 H, 7 R, 4 BB, 5 K.
Salem catcher Blake Swihart (.288) doubled, homered and walked. His OPS is .816 (.371/.445).
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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