One year ago today was one of the most memorable days in the history of Fenway Park. The Red Sox unfurled their 2004 World Championship banner and gave out their rings, and then the Sox went out and bashed the Yankees.
There were no championship rings given out today, but it was still a memorable day. Unfortunately I missed most of the game as I did not get out from my jury duty until 3:40 PM. I hustled over to Professor Thom's and caught the last three innings. Josh Beckett made his Fenway Park Red Sox debut and pitched seven strong innings and the Sox beat the Blue Jays, 5-3. Beckett escaped a first inning nightmare, walking three and giving up a run. The Red Sox came back behind the bats of Mike Lowell (4-for-4) and Adam Stern, and David Ortiz added a late home run in the seventh.
Keith Foulke gave up two runs in the eighth, but it wasn't his fault, as Wily Mo Pena muffed a fly ball by Frank Cattalanotto that hit his glove and bounced over the wall for a two-run homer. Pena was in as Trot Nixon suffered a mild groin strain that will sideline him about a week. It should be mighty interesting if Pena gets most of the RF playing time in Trot's absence. The Sox also put Coco Crisp on the 15-day DL and recalled Dustan Mohr from Pawtucket.
Jonathan Papelbon pitched another 1-2-3 ninth for his fourth save of the season. He is becoming like money in the bank. The Red Sox are now 6-1 and David Wells makes his 2006 debut on Wednesday night.