Monday, March 10, 2014
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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Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said after the game that Craig Breslow probably wishes he didn’t try to make that that throw to third base.
The throw, which was trying to nab a runner attempting to advance from second base, sailed out of Breslow’s hands, allowing that runner to score the winning run in the seventh inning, in St. Louis’ 4-2 win over the Red Sox Thursday night at Fenway Park, in Game 2 of the World Series.
But Breslow thought he should have thrown the ball - just more accurately.
“I looked up and felt I had a play at third. I obviously didn’t make the throw (well). But looking back I still felt it was the right play. I just didn’t make the play.” he said.
The St. Louis Cardinals bring a more balanced team to Fenway Park than the one they brought to the 2004 World Series.
What does Boston need to do for victory? Today's advance offers a few clues.
As for that 2004 Series, the Cardinals catcher then is now their manager. Mark Matheny reflects back in today's column.
A little mystery concerns the status of Clay Buchholz, presumed to be the Game 3 starter. But manager John Farrell held off on announcing the starters for the weekend. Then after the workout, the mystery continued. See today's notebook.
If FOX can get the copyright permission, they should begin Wednesday’s telecast of the World Series with the opening scene from Fiddler on the Roof, featuring Tevye singing:
St. Louis vs. Boston.
This is baseball. Boston loves its baseball team, which began as the Boston Americans in 1901 … St. Louis had already had a team for 19 years. The St. Louis Brown Stockings began in 1882.
Greetings from Detroit Metro Airport, awaiting Southwest Flight 285 to Baltimore. Then it will be on to Manchester, N.H., a stop at Fenway, and home to Maine.
Jim Leyland was his usual honest self after the Tigers 4-3 loss to the Red Sox. Detroit muffed a golden chance in the first inning, when Miguel Cabrera tried to score from second base on a single to left field. Out by a mile, as they say.
Initially, third base coach Tom Brookens was waving Cabrera in, but then put up the stop sign as Cabrera rounded third. Too late. Cabrera kept going and was thrown out.
Leyland said the natural move for a coach is to look to score a runner with two outs. But Cabrera is slowed by a groin injury.
Both Jake Peavy and Dustin Pedroia were taking responsibility after Wednesday’s 7-3 loss. Meanwhile, manager John Farrell said Xander Bogaerts may be starting on Thursday.
See today's game story.
Peavy’s command was a problem, especially in the five-run second inning when he walked three batters, including the slumping Austin Jackson on four pitches, with bases loaded.
“It’s tough,” Peavy said. “When you feel like you let the boys down, there is not a worse feeling than I have now. Bad taste in my mouth.