Hmmmm. Weird game. I'm going to drop the "cheerleader" thing for a moment and say that it's not an understatement to call me "alarmed" during Pedro's half of the second inning. He appeared to just lose it completely. Very unnerving, considering all the speculation about him for the past two weeks (which I by and large have chosen to ignore.) Funny how he nailed his "buddy" Segui after the arm slot comment of a couple weeks ago. However, Pedro did settle down quite nicely, but the damage was already done. Wait --- not all the damage: Timlin helped to finished us off early...well, Timlin and the 14 batters that we left on base. Manny had a great night, with the exception of an extremely half-ass last at bat (don't be afraid to swing that bat every now and then, buddy.) He looked sharp in the outfield. And aside from the bunt down the first base line with two runners on and two outs (someone please tell me that this was not Francona's idea,) I was really pleased with Pokey's performance tonight. Bellhorn wasn't too shabby either. Overall, it just looked like the Sox were a little rusty. I don't expect to even remember this game in two weeks. Remember the first two games of last season vs. the D-Rays???