What can you say about the Red Sox performance in Cleveland last night? A complete disaster. They didn't pitch, didn't hit, didn't play well in the field. Toss it in the garbage and come out fighting (hopefully not literally) in St. Petersburg tonight. Josh Beckett was torched, giving up his first grand slam of his career. Those boys from Cleveland can hit, and are plenty dangerous in the American League, so don't underestimate them.
The Red Sox miss Coco Crisp a lot, as Kevin Youkilis has fallen into a slump. Youk has done a fine job overall as a leadoff hitter, but he's better suited in the lower part of the lineup. Coco doesn't figure to be back before May 15th.
Matt Clement returns to the scene of his 2005 injury, the line drive off the bat of Carl Crawford that hit him in the head last July. Hopefully he can right the Red Sox starting pitching woes that took a severe beating in Cleveland. Otherwise it falls on the shoulders of Lenny DiNardo on Saturday.