The 2011 season has not started swimmingly for the Boston Red Sox thus far, certainly not with the offensive explosion that had been hoped for. While the Texas Rangers have scored 21 runs in the first two games and have made the Sox pitching staff look like a beer league softball team, the Sox have not gotten the offensive explosive they would have hoped for.
However, Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz have been the bright spots thus far for the Red Sox in their lineup. A-Gone is 5-9 in his first two games with three runs batted, and has looked very comfortable at the plate, apparently fully healed from the shoulder woes that led to offseason surgery.
Ditto for designated hitter David Ortiz. Big Papi, who didn’t homer last season until April 23 and had gotten off to terrible starts in both 2009 and 2010, has homered twice thus far. Saturday evening, Ortiz passed Seattle Mariners’ great Edgar Martinez as the all-time leader among designated hitters in runs batted in with 1,004.
“Well, that’s something when they mention your name with the caliber of Edgar Martinez and those guys, it makes you feel good,” Ortiz told MLB.com. “I’ve put a lot of hard work together. Those things, I don’t think about it right now while I’m playing. One day, I’ll sit down and look at it. Right now, I’ll focus on trying to win the game and keep on rolling that way.”
Jacoby Ellsbury has also been a bright spot for the Sox at the leadoff positon, hitting .375 with one homer, two runs batted in and a stolen base thus far.
At least Adrian Beltre won’t be around to fracture any more of Ellsbury’s ribs. However, Beltre did big time damage against the Sox last night, belting a grand-slam home run of John Lackey, who gave up nine runs on ten hits before departing in the fourth.
Starter Clay Buccholz will get a chance to stop the bleeding this afternoon, as the American League runnerup in ERA takes the hill against the Rangers’ Matt Harrison.
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