The Dana Farber Cancer Institute have teamed up with the Boston Red Sox for nearly 5 decades to formulate the Jimmy Fund- a charity to help battle cancer.

Mo Vaughn and Jason Leader

Many players, in their time in Boston, have contributed their time and effort to helping the Jimmy Fund. Two Red Sox greats, Mo Vaughn and John Valentin have decided to return to Fenway Park to help support the 10th annual Jimmy Fund Telethon. Mo Vaughn will be throwing out the first pitch during tomorrow night’s game against the New York Yankees at Fenway.

Former AL MVP Mo Vaughn was particularly involved with the Jimmy Fund during his playing days and was able to develop a close relationship with a strong willed young boy named Jason Leader.

“I think his fearless commitment to be positive- I think with all young people in these situations, you think about the trials and tribulations go through every day are miniscule compared to what they are going through” Mo Vaughn  had said to describe Jason Leader. “He just put things in perspective,yYou know we’re out there playing and battling through a major league season is it really that tough, you 0 for 18’s 0 for 22s, strikeouts in games and errors, not coming through is it really that important when you put it in the same perspective of his life.”

Jason and Mo’s relationship began when Mo agreed to call the young boy on his 11th birthday. During their conversation, Mo had mentioned he would try to hit a home run for Jason. Later that night, Vaughn did just that.

“We learned just as much from him as he did from us.”

A few months later, Leader was invited to Fenway Park to toss out the first pitch. From there Vaughn and Leaders relationship just continued to grow.

For more information about the Jimmy Fund, or if you are interested in donating, visit: http://www.jimmyfund.org/.

If you are interested in hearing the audio of the conference call just go here for the download link.

Ellsbury CF

Scutaro SS

Gonzalez 1B

Pedroia 2B

Ortiz DH

Lowrie 3B

Crawford LF

Saltalamacchia C

McDonald RF

 

Lackey P

Ellsbury CF, Scutaro SS, Gonzalez 1B, Pedroia 2B, Ortiz DH, Lowrie 3B, Crawford LF, Salty C, Reddick RF, Bedard P

Ellsbury CF
Scutaro SS
Gonzalez 1B
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH,
Crawford LF
Reddick RF
Varitek C
Aviles 3B

Alex Spier says that Pawtucket closer Michael Bowden has been recalled from AAA Pawtucket and the corresponding move is Atchison has been sent down to Pawtucket. It seems as if the Red Sox want Bowden to be able to be a part of the playoff roster instead of Atchison. Otherwise they wouldn’t have called up Bowden right before roster expansion. This is great news because Bowden is way better than Atchison any day.

According to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, Scott Atchison is in the clubhouse for tonight’s game. Catcher Ryan Lavarnway was sent back to AAA Pawtuckett in order to make room for the reliever. Lavarnway hit .304 with 3 RBI’s and 3 Runs in 7 games with the Red Sox.

Ellsbury CF

Scutaro SS

Gonzalez 1B

Pedroia 2B

Ortiz DH

Lowrie 3B

Aviles LF

Salty C

McDonald RF

 

Wakefield P

Aviles in left field? Ok then. Good luck to Wakefield who will be trying for win # 200. Again.

Back in first place! The Red Sox won 3 of 4 against the Rangers to pass the Yankees who narrowly avoided a sweep at the hand of the Oakland A’s. Though they did not hit 3 grand slams, Boston’s offense got its groove back as they scored 10+ runs twice against Texas. Oakland, who looked impressive through the first 2 and half games, is coming off of a nasty loss against the Yankees where they did surrender 3 grand slams. The Sox need to keep winning to maintain first place in the AL East.


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Three Up:

Junichi Tazawa: Coming off Tommy John surgery in 2010, Tazawa was expected to see a slow year in 2011 as he re-acclimated himself to baseball. Not the case. Following a rough stint in Salem, he’s been dominant for Portland and more recently, Pawtucket. Dating back to August 8th, Tazawa has pitched 10 1/3 scoreless innings allowing just 9 hits and 1 walk while striking out 14. He’s put himself in contention to see some time for the Sox in September once rosters expand.

Jose Vinicio: The glove is still a work in progress, but Vinicio has been on a tear of late at the dish. Since the last edition of 3U3D, he’s hitting .392 (11-for-28) with a pair of extra-base hits. Vinicio’s late surge could push him up over .300 by the end of the season (he’s currently at .297) and put another legitimate shortstop prospect on the map.

Jeremy Hazelbaker: Hazelbaker has been dominant throughout the low minors, but has struggled with consistency in Portland thus far. As of late, he’s been ripping the ball; hitting .342 with a .971 OPS over his last 10 games including 5 doubles and a home run, as well as being a perfect 6-for-6 in stolen base attempts.

Three Down:

Felix Doubront: Doubront has had a season interrupted by injuries rendering him often unable to fully get into a rhythm; in two starts this past week he’s been touched for 11 earned runs in just 4 innings. He still projects as a possible September call-up, but he’ll first look to turn things around down the playoff stretch for the PawSox

Oscar Tejeda: One of the Sox’ top prospects entering the season, Tejeda has had a difficult time adapting to advanced pitching in AA ball. He’s had a particularly rough stretch of late, as he’s just 5-for-28 since August 14. Still, if there’s one player who’s likely to reap the hot streak afforded to prospects I’ve placed in the “three down”, it’s Tejeda.

Williams Jerez: He was in my “three up” not too long ago, but as with any first year player, Jerez has hit a cold streak going 7 for his last 36 with just one extra-base hit. The upside is despite his cold streak, a couple solid games to end the season will undoubtedly leave his first GCL campaign with positive all-around marks.

Can you envision Babe Ruth stealing home?

1901- To the rescue! Boston players Chick Stahl and Parson Lewis save Umpire Pongo Joe Cantillon from angry Boston fans that were mad over a bad call the umpire had made.

1918- Babe Ruth steals home against the St. Louis Browns. Babe Ruth stole home 10 times in his career.

1940- Flip Flop. Ted Williams pitches two innings against Detroit, while pitcher Jim Bagby plays the outfield. Teddy Ballgame allowed 1 run on 3 hits. It would be his only appearance as a pitcher in his career.

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