Boston Red Sox: Rest is the cure for what ailed them

The Boston Red Sox were reeling going into their off-day on Thursday, their first day without a scheduled game since May 12. While there were two postponements between that time and last Thursday, the players still had to get prepared to play, so they weren’t truly full days off.

After a day of re-charging their batteries, the Sox came back and swept the Oakland A’s at home, wiping away the memories of their four-game losing streak and keeping them just one game behind the New York Yankees, who took two out of three over the weekend against the Los Angeles Angels.

The Sox travel to the Bronx to take on their heated rivals, and they’ll do it with another day off, their second in five days. It’s not often in baseball that happens, so no doubt the Sox will again take advantage of the added rest.

The extra rest certainly aided both Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez.

Crawford was 6-for-13 in the weekend series, with one homer and eight RBI, raising his average to .248. Crawford appears to be back to his familiar form after an abysmal start to the 2011 campaign.

Gonzalez was 7-for-14 over the weekend with two homers and four RBI, and is now third in the AL batting race with a .339 average, along with a league-leading 50 RBI.

So while the rest came at a great time, and another day to recharge before facing the dreaded rival Yankees, the dog days of summer are fast approaching, when off days are few and far between. The Sox will take the extra time now to fully recharge for later.

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