Thursday, June 05, 2008
SOX RETAKE FIRST PLACE BY BEATING RAYS
A decent start by Beckett, 3 scoreless innings of relief, and some timely hitting propelled the Red Sox to a 5-1 victory last night, and into first place in the division.
JD Drew once again had the big night at the plate. He went 2 for 3 with an RBI double, 2 runs, a walk, and a stolen base. He hit 3rd, replacing David Ortiz. And at least for one game, he did a good job at it.
Dustin Pedroia continues to struggle. He went 0 for 3 and left a couple men on base. He's 3 for his last 25 (.120 average). Since May 22nd, his average has dropped more than .030 points. He's gone 7 for 54 in that stretch (.130), with only 3 RBI. Even with Ortiz out of the lineup, I wouldn't mind seeing a switch with Youkilis moving into the 2 spot. Or maybe even Drew hitting 2nd with Youkilis 3rd.
Coco Crisp seems to be hitting again, going 2 for 2 with a run and an RBI sac-fly, but he also jammed his finger trying to steal 2nd in the 6th. Rays' short-stop Jason Bartlett blocked the bag with his knee, and Crisp ran into it. He's day-to-day, and his thumb was wrapped in ice after last night's game, which he did not leave early.
The Sox look to sweep the Rays tonight. Remember, the game starts at 6 due to the Celtics/Lakers game. Jon Lester opposes James Shields. The Sox might miss Ortiz a great deal tonight, as Papi is 7 for 14 in his career against Shields with 4 doubles and 2 homers.
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