Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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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David Price was a little steamed after giving up seven runs in Tampa Bay's loss to the Red Sox Saturday in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.
First he complained about David Ortiz taking to mush time to admire the home run he hit off Price in the eighth inning.
Then he fired back at two TBA analysts (former MLB pitcher Dirk Hayhurst and Sports Illustrated writer Tom Verducci) who had criticized Price's performance. Price used his Twitter account to get back.
Greetings from Manchester Airport. Headed for Tampa.
I know its trendy for sports media types (especially in radio) to come off at know-it-alls, guaranteeing victories and defeats, declaring when teams are done.
Many of them had a field day after the Yankees won Game 3 of the 2004 ALCS.
Red Sox fans must be feeling good today after Friday night's 12-2 rout of the Tampa Bay Rays.
The on the positive side, Boston has a commanding lead in this best-of-5 series. The Rays must win 3-of-4 against Boston.
On the negative (some might say realistic) side, Boston needed to win Friday because it will be the underdog every time David Price pitches for Tampa Bay. And if this series goes five games, Price will pitch twice.
Five reasons for Red Sox fans to feel upbeat:
Here is the Red Sox lineup for today's game against Rays left-hander Matt Moore (and Boston's players' record against Moore):
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF (0-for-5)
Shane Victorino RF (0-for-7)
Game 1 of the American League Division Series between the Red Sox and Rays is almost here (thanks to a 3 p.m. start time at Fenway Park).
Here are 10 keys to the game:
(But first a commercial. Here are today's links: The Rays are a pesky opponent according to today's preview. Jon Lester Lester has enjoyed a "rebound season." In today's column we ask about a "rebound post-season"?)
And now back to the blog: