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Friendly Fenway

Posted By Brian Joyce On Apr 11 2011 @ 7:47 pm In Boston Red Sox | 1 Comment

After starting the season 0-6, the Red Sox took two out of three against the Yankees this past weekend. The highlight of the weekend was last night’s game. Josh Beckett making his second start of the season dominated the Yankees with eight shutout innings, allowing only two hits ( both hits were singles) and striking out 10 batters in a game for the first time since late July of 2009. Beckett retired the final 14 Yankees he faced. In 2010, Beckett pitched 26 innings against the Yankees. He allowed 29 runs ( including 9 gopher balls) . Last night was a totally different story.  It was vintage Beckett last night at Fenway Park.  If Boston is going to go anywhere and make noise this season,  Beckett must make his presence felt and show everyone he is an “ace”.  When Beckett is on, he is one of the elite pitchers in the game. I know it’s only one start, but last night Beckett might have turned the corner and maybe the Red Sox did as well.

Up Next: The Red Sox host the lowly Tampa Bay Rays for a three game series that begins tonight. Tampa Bay comes into Boston in last place  in the AL East. Boston must take advantage of Tampa Bay during this series. Is sweeping TB asking too much? Will last night’s win by the Red Sox carry any momentum into this series against Tampa Bay?  The Rays have been playing like the Devil Rays to start the season. The defending AL East champs  have had lots of issues scoring runs this year.  I know it’s early, but the Rays rank near the bottom or at the bottom in all offensive categories. Personally, I believe they will have trouble scoring runs all season.  It’s a lineup of outs, especially without their best player Evan Longoria who will be out for a month because of a sore oblique muscle. Longoria has had only 5 at bats this year. They miss his bat sorely. Five times this year  the Rays have scored 1 run on four hits. This Tampa Bay offense has been non-existent.

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