Pitchers & Catchers Report to Ft. Myers

Monday, May 30, 2011

Splitsville

The Red Sox split the two games they played on Sunday. And I'll take it.

David Ortiz hit his first pinch-hit home run since 2003 in the ninth inning of Game 1 to give the Sox a 4-3 win in the opener. Six innings from Clay Buchholz, and he left the game tied at 3 after giving up a two-run shot to Brennan Boesch. He had back tightness and a blister on his toe, but is expected to make his next start on Friday against the A's.

They ran into a buzzsaw in Game 2 in Justin Verlander, and got just four hits in getting shutout, 3-0. Josh Beckett struggled through six innings, but allowed just two runs.

Can't say I was too distraught over it, as they completed taking three of four in Detroit, and a 5-2 road trip.

The Red Sox are one game up on New York and 1 1/2 games ahead of Tampa Bay, and they return home to face the White Sox tonight. Jon Lester goes for his 8th win.

And a Happy and Blessed Memorial Day to you all, especially to those who serve and their families.

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