On the same day the Celtics swept the Knicks out of the NBA playoffs, the Red Sox did the same thing to the LA Angels, with another shutout, 7-0.
Another game on the West Coast, another terrific performance by John Lackey: eight innings, no runs allowed. (Let's hope he can pitch this way back East as well.)
It was the first Red Sox four-game sweep in Anaheim since 1995. (Correction: it was the first Red Sox sweep of any kind in Anaheim since 1995. That last one was a three-game sweep. With thanks to my friend Jere for setting me straight.) Carl Crawford hit his first Red Sox home run and two hits, and the Red Sox scored three in the first and the game was practically over even before Lackey took the mound.
How much did the Red Sox dominate this series? The Angels never had a lead in the four games. And they entered the series with a 12-6 record. And it really felt like the old days as the Red Sox are now 13-1 against the Angels since being swept in the 2009 ALDS by them.
The Red Sox are now 10-11, and are 5-1 on this road trip, which continues in Baltimore on Tuesday night.