Jacoby Ellsbury showed why he’s an All-Star, homering in the first Red Sox at-bat of the game. Youk went 3-4 with a Homer to spark the Red Sox offense at Fenway as the Red Sox rolled to a 6-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Perhaps the most important individual performance came from 44 year old Tim Wakefield. Wake was admittedly dissapointed to be left out of the rotation this year, so it is great to see him shine when he finally got the chance. The Wicked Knucklah went 7 innings giving up 3 earned with 7 k’s.
The Red Sox are in desperate need of starting pitching, especially since Jon Lester was sent to the DL with a strained lat muscle yesterday. If Wakefield can keep up this kind of form, he could carry the Sox through this mid-season stretch while Lester and Clay Buchholtz heal from injury. Expect both of them to return toward the end of the month.
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Also, one of Boston’s prized free agent acquisitions, Carl Crawford, has been slotted to return July 18 at Baltimore. This will help solidify the shaky outfield, since Jacoby Ellsbury has been the only consistent face in the OF since Crawford went down.
Adrian Gonzalez got the day off yesterday, his first of the season. A “stiff neck” (and a slump at the plate) led Tito Francona to rest A-gone.
The Red Sox are now only a 1/2 game behind the Yankees for 1st in the AL East. The Yanks seem more preoccupied with where and when Derek Jeter will get his 3000th hit than the pennant race.
Look for Boston take advantage of Yankee vanity and close the gap before the All-Star break.