For only the third time in the last 25 seasons, the Boston Red Sox went into the Bronx and came away with a sweep of a three-game series or more, and it was the baseball version of the Big Three that got it done.
Clay Buchholz, Josh Beckett and Jon Lester all came away with victories to push Boston back to the .500 for the first time this season. While the goal at the beginning of the season was certainly much higher, Sox manager Terry Francona will take it for now.
“Actually feels good. Hopefully this is a step in us moving forward,” Francona told the Associated Press. “It’s not really what our goal is but we’re making strides. We played a good series.”
It was a weekend that combined good starting pitching and timely hitting, with Kevin Youkilis and Adrian Gonzalez each hitting two homers in the series, and designated hitter David Ortiz providing the power in the finale.
The weekend also included controversy, as Yankees designated hitter Jorge Posada, mired in an awful early season slump and hitting just .165, provided front page news in New York by taking himself out of the lineup on Saturday after learning he was being dropped to ninth in the batting order by manager Joe Girardi.
Posada apologized for his actions the following day, however it didn’t stop the Yankees from their own slump, now losers of five straight and nine of their last twelve.
“It seems like when things are going bad, they’re going bad,” Girardi said. “we’re going to turn it around.”
Fortunately for the Red Sox, it didn’t turn around for them over the weekend.
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