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Picked up pieces from a wild game

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 23, 2010 12:20 PM

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A few little things picked up from last night:

* During what I think was the 10th inning, Amalie Benjamin pointed out that the entire Seattle roster was on the top step of the dugout watching the game while the only people at the railing on the other side of the field were hitting coach Dave Magadan and Dustin Pedroia.

It was the first time this season, that I can recall, that the Red Sox looked like a team that had given up. We'll see whether the unlikely victory changes that in the days to come. But it sure didn't look good.

* Adrian Beltre, a Mariner for five years, did two rounds of interviews before the game discussing his experiences. It sounds like the Red Sox may have a hard time keeping him based on this quote:

"Boston is more into the games and [in Seattle] the'íre more forgiving in a sense that you may be struggling and they donít boo you. I like that, you know? I haven't really got to that point in Boston yet. But I saw a couple of players and it's not pretty."

That said, money changes everything. If the Red Sox want to keep him and offer him the best deal, Beltre will stay. Boston has been a good fit for him and he has to realize that.

* Big game for Josh Beckett tonight as he comes off the disabled list. The team was extra cautious with what they said was a lower back strain, letting him rest for a month before an incremental build up. Now he needs to be Josh Beckett, the guy picked to start Opening Day.

* Hideki Okajima is an odd sort. The guy pitched well last night, really well, then refused to be interviewed after the game. Blowing off the writers once in a while is fine, everybody does it. But Okajima almost never speaks to the press, Japanese or American. Part of being professional is being accountable. If Manny Delcarmen can spend a few minutes discussing his awful outing, Okajima could have done the same.

Players notice that sort of thing, too. Most guys are pretty good when it comes to answering a few questions because they know people care about what they do.

* Mike Cameron got a big ovation when he came to the plate in the third inning. He spent four years in Seattle and the fans love him. Cameron replaced Junior Griffey in center field in 2000 and helped the team win 116 games in 2001.

Before the game, as the Red Sox stretched, a lovely young lady stood behind the dugout with a sign that read "Mike Cameron's biggest fan." Once his teammates spotted that, they let Mike have it.

* Seattle is expecting big crowds all weekend and from what I could tell last night, half the fans were there to see the Sox.

* Victor Martinez looks more and more like a guy ready to play, both in action and expression. Don't be surprised if he catches in the Angels series.

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