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8.21.2006

Tito, you are officially killing me 

Terry Francona again bats Coco Crisp in the leadoff, and Coco goes 0-for-6. (Nice bid on the Giambi homer though.)

Instead of bringing in Jon Papelbon coming on in the beginning of the 8th, Tito brings in Mike Timlin to give up a hit to Johnny Damon and hit Derek Jeter. Tito then brings in Javier Lopez to walk Bobby Abreu. So instead of Papelbon getting 6 outs with the bases empty, he has to get 6 outs with the bases loaded.

With Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz on 1st and 2nd in the bottom of the 9th, tie game, none out, Tito orders Kevin Youkilis to bunt instead of either letting him hit or bringing in a sub to bunt. Predictably, the guy with the .420 OBP and no real bunting expertise bunts into a force-out at 3rd, eventually allowing the Yankees to wriggle out of the 9th unscathed.

Ugh.

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