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    Tuesday, September 07, 2004

    Raise Your Hands If You're Sure

    Tropical Storm Arroyo rolled into Oakland last night as the Sox kept the pace. Winning 8-3 the Sox now officially own the A's this season. It was an interesting night for sure, following an apparent trap by left fielder Manny Ramirez which was called an out the crowd grew impatient, but Manny played it cool and even did a slight Yea Yah to Damon after the catch.
    I think I did," Ramirez said. "The umpire said I caught it, so he was out."

    Like the Red Sox (except only better) the A's play great ball in their own ball park. Monday night was the first time the Sox had been back to Oakland since Lowe closed out Game 5 of the ALDS and slapped his crotch much to the dismay of the Oakland bench filled with losers.
    We just keep coming, coming, coming," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "They're very good at home and we know that. We think we're a good team. There's no sense of panic. We keep grinding."

    "Manny Ortez" was at it again and hit back to back jacks for the sixth time this season.
    It definitely felt like the playoffs to me," Arroyo said

    Charles Bronson Arroyo bounced back from a horrible last outing in a big fashion Monday night as he shut down 10 in a row at one time. He pitched 6 strong innings and kept the Sox in the game by only allowing three runs. Timlin, Embree, and The Mendoza line of all people closed out the game with hitless shutout baseball. Mendoza!?
    Damon missed a fourth straight game with a jammed pinkie, but said before the game he was able to play and the Sox were just resting him to be ready for the playoffs. It in Oakland last year that Damon received a severe concussion after running into a team mate when trying to catch a pop up.
    Lowe faces Redman tonight at 10pm EST.
    No one remembers what you did in the beginning of the year," said Lowe. "People want to know how you did in the stretch run. In August and September, I feel this is the time to pitch your best."

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