Some Guy Named Smoltz
The big item of the night between the Boston and Washington is that John Smoltz is making his Red Sox debut.
Smoltz's 21-season tenure with the Atlanta Braves ended in an ugly fashion. After Atlanta failed to sign him as a free agent, Smoltz vocalized displeasure with the organization he helped to 14 division titles between 1991 and 2005. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote that Smoltz left a "hole in the heart of Braves Nation, as well as the team's staring rotation" when the Red Sox signed him in January.
General Manager Theo Epstein said he had visions of Smoltz, who has 210 victories and 154 saves, pitching the Red Sox into the playoffs in October. So Epstein took the low-risk gamble on an aging pitcher coming off of major shoulder surgery, signed Smoltz to a one-year deal worth $5.5 million.
"Coming back from surgery, this is not a half year job," said Smoltz, who only threw 28 innings last year before undergoing surgery in June. "This is not something I wanted to do for a half year. I wanted to pitch past this year."
Meanwhile, note that Adam Dunn is back in the lineup. He walked in a pinch-hit appearance last night. Apparently, the wrist injury was of no legitimate concern. Often, when players and coaches try to play down the seriousness of an injury, it is smart to chase their opinion with a grain of salt. That has not seemed to be the case with Dunn's nagging wrist discomfort.
Boston Red Sox
1. Pedroia, 2B
2. Drew, RF
3. Bay, LF
4. Ortiz, 1B
5. Lowell, 3B
6. Varitek, C
7. Ellsbury, CF
8. Green, SS
9. Smoltz, P
1. Guzman, SS
2. Johnson, 1B
3. Zimmerman, 3B
4. Dunn, LF
5. Willingham, RF
6. Bard, C
7. Harris, CF
8. Hernandez, 2B
9. Zimmermann, P
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