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Miracle Worker

In Boston, they refer to the game of May 13, 2007 as "The Mother's Day Miracle."

The Red Sox were trailing the Orioles, 5-0 in the ninth inning, and were being three-hit by Jeremy Guthrie.

Julio Lugo led off the ninth and grounded out. Coco Crisp followed by popping up to the catcher.

Or not. Ramon Hernandez muffed the ball, allowing Crisp to reach first base.

For some reason, that resulted in Guthrie's removal, in favor of Danys Baez, despite Guthrie having thrown only 91 pitches.

David Ortiz doubled to center on Baez's second pitch, scoring Crisp. Wily Mo Pena singled, advancing Ortiz to third.

With the outcome having gotten slightly more dicey, Baez was pulled for Orioles closer Chris Ray. That didn't work either. Ray walked both J.D. Drew and Kevin Youkilis, forcing in a run to make it a 5-2 game.

With the bases loaded, Jason Varitek lined a double to right center. Two more runs scored and the tying run, Youkilis, went to third base. Now it was 5-4, Orioles, and still there was only one out.

Next up was Eric Hinske, and he was intentionally walked to load the bases. He was the seventh straight hitter to reach base.

The strategy worked when Alex Cora grounded to second, and the Orioles were able to get a force at home for the second out.

That brought the game back to Lugo, who was 0-for-4 to that point. Ray fell behind, 2-0, got back to 2-2, then brought the count back to 3-2.

Lugo than nubbed a grounder between first and second. Orioles first baseman Kevin Millar moved right to get it and threw to first base. Ray had Lugo beat to the bag, but muffed the throw. Two Red Sox came home, giving Boston a 6-5 win.

Hopefully, Julio Lugo brings the good karma from that moment with him to New York, rather than all the bad karma that's come from all that he's done (or hasn't done) to the Red Sox since.

True Metgos know...If Julio Lugo plays shortstop for the Mets, he'd be their 7th shortstop this season. That would tie the club record for most shortstops used in a season. It was done previously in 1977, 1992, 1993, and 2000.


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