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BALTIMORE ORIOLES

Nate McLouth - LF

Manny Machado - 3B

Nick Markakis - DH

Adam Jones - CF

Chris Davis - 1B

Matt Wieters - C

J.J. Hardy - SS

Chris Dickerson - RF

Alexi Casilla - 2B

Chris Tillman - RHP (0-0, 12.27 ERA ERA)

BOSTON RED SOX

Jacoby Ellsbury - CF

Shane Victorino - RF

Dustin Pedroia - 2B

Mike Napoli - 1B

Will Middlebrooks - 3B

Daniel Nava - DH

Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C

Stephen Drew - SS

Jackie Bradley Jr. - LF

Alfredo Aceves - RHP (0-0, 10.38 ERA)

http://baseballpress.com/lineup.php

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BALTIMORE ORIOLES

Nate McLouth - LF

Manny Machado - 3B

Nick Markakis - DH

Adam Jones - CF

Chris Davis - 1B

Matt Wieters - C

J.J. Hardy - SS

Chris Dickerson - RF

Alexi Casilla - 2B

Chris Tillman - RHP (0-0, 12.27 ERA ERA)

BOSTON RED SOX

Jacoby Ellsbury - CF

Shane Victorino - RF

Dustin Pedroia - 2B

Mike Napoli - 1B

Will Middlebrooks - 3B

Daniel Nava - DH

Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C

Stephen Drew - SS

Jackie Bradley Jr. - LF

Alfredo Aceves - RHP (0-0, 10.38 ERA)

http://baseballpress.com/lineup.php

Red Sox Fan: " I wonder who Farrell will use as his closer tonight?"

Me: "They don't use a closer when they are down by ten runs."

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By the way, an article that I read recapping last night's game reminded of a point that myself and Paul Folk have brought up several times in regard to the cause and effect relationship of a baseball game.

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"A 55-foot wild pitch in front of the plate to Manny Machado tied the game at 5 with two out and the bases loaded, although the blast Machado followed with to left for a three-run shot one pitch later made the wild pitch seem inconsequential."

http://www.masslive.com/redsox/index.ssf/2013/04/ryan_dempster_second_outing.html

Well, Manny-3 run homer may have made that wild pitch seem inconsequential to disheartened Red Sox fans, but I (and Paul) would make the argument that it certainly wasn't. The fact is that when Manny hit his clutch 3-run bomb, we had already tied the game. Had the wild pitch not occurred, then we would have still been down by a run, and Machado would have had more pressure on him, plus Hanrahan's pitch-selection very well may have been different than what he actually threw to Machado at that point.

Would Manny have hit the home run anyway ??? Possibly. Or, he may have hit a bases-clearing double, or he may have hit a 2-RBI single, or he may have flied out or grounded out. But in my rat's ass of an opinion, we'll never know ...... which is fine with me. :)

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By the way, an article that I read recapping last night's game reminded of a point that myself and Paul Folk have brought up several times in regard to the cause and effect relationship of a baseball game.

THE QUOTE:

"A 55-foot wild pitch in front of the plate to Manny Machado tied the game at 5 with two out and the bases loaded, although the blast Machado followed with to left for a three-run shot one pitch later made the wild pitch seem inconsequential."

http://www.masslive.com/redsox/index.ssf/2013/04/ryan_dempster_second_outing.html

Well, Manny-3 run homer may have made that wild pitch seem inconsequential to disheartened Red Sox fans, but I (and Paul) would make the argument that it certainly wasn't. The fact is that when Manny hit his clutch 3-run bomb, we had already tied the game. Had the wild pitch not occurred, then we would have still been down by a run, and Machado would have had more pressure on him, plus Hanrahan's pitch-selection very well may have been different than what he actually threw to Machado at that point.

Would Manny have hit the home run anyway ??? Possibly. Or, he may have hit a bases-clearing double, or he may have hit a 2-RBI single, or he may have flied out or grounded out. But in my rat's ass of an opinion, we'll never know ...... which is fine with me. :)

I think that the wild pitch pretty much guaranteed that Hanrahan wasn't going to throw a slider there. That enabled Manny to sit dead red.

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