Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Register For ALDS...Halo's Come To Town

Just released details to register for tickets to the American League Division Series are just below, courtesy of the Boston Globe. GOOD LUCK!
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"Registration for a random drawing for the opportunity to purchase tickets for any 2009 Red Sox postseason games at Fenway Park starts tomorrow at noon. Fans may register for the drawing online at www.redsox.com. The random drawing for tickets to any home American League Division Series games will take place on Monday, Sept. 21. Fans that are selected for the opportunity to purchase tickets for ALDS games will be notified via e-mail on or approximately Tuesday, Sept. 22. The e-mail will provide winners with instructions on how to purchase online between noon and 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25.Fans that are selected for the opportunity to purchase tickets for ALDS games will be notified via e-mail on or approximately Tuesday, Sept. 22. The e-mail will provide winners with instructions on how to purchase online between noon and 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25.
For fans who do not have internet access, or those not selected in the online random drawing, a limited number of tickets will be set aside for purchase by telephone (while supplies last) beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25 at (888) RED-SOX6. No tickets will be available at the Fenway Park ticket office. There will be a one-game, two-ticket purchase limit for each winner selected."
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The Red Sox have a nice 4 1/2 game lead for the AL wild card spot and second place Texas has the tougher remaining schedule. The Sox will start a three game series with the always-tough California LA Anaheim Angels tonight at Fenway. Here are the pitching matchups...

9/15/2009 LAA 7:10 PM ET NESN Matsuzaka (1-5) vs. Lackey (10-7)
9/16/2009 LAA 7:10 PM ET NESN Byrd (1-1) vs. Saunders (13-7)
9/17/2009 LAA 7:10 PM ET NESN Beckett (15-6) vs. Santana (7-8)

As you probably noticed, Matsuzaka and Byrd will go today and Wednesday. What seemed to be the strongest starting pitching rotation in the American League has been anything but. Except for Jon Lester and Josh Beckett, who, for the most part, have been great, Matsuzaka has been a shadow of his former self after the World Baseball Classic. Turn around time begins tonight...we hope. Tim Wakefield, after a huge first half, has struggled with leg and back injuries and John Smoltz was forced to go to the National league after being pummeled by AL hitters of all kinds. He's more suited to that lighter-hitting lineup of opponents. And last but not least, Clay Buchholz has begun to show his true potential over his past few starts. He is now a formidible number three starter. Jason Varitek had a few words to say about the revolving door that has been the 2009 Boston starting pitching rotation...

“It hasn’t been easy,’’ catcher Jason Varitek said. “That’s the truth. It hasn’t been easy. Somebody’s had bumps or there’s been different people in and out. We have had to endure a lot. But good teams always have to.’’

Make no mistake, the Boston Red Sox ARE a good team, a very good one. Watch for them in the postseason. Thanks for stopping in on this early Tuesday morning. You can click on this post's title for SI dot com's Sox coverage and as always, BE WELL. Come back soon and leave a comment if it suits you. I read every one of 'em.

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