Well, that was a good start by the Red Sox to one of the most hellish June schedules you’ll ever see. Back to Boston to take on the Rangers!
- Rain or shine, the Red Sox came to play on Sunday night. And even before the storm rolled in, there were a couple thunderous blasts from the Sox. (Clay Buchholz, rain shut Yankees out)
- Two months in, and Boston sits atop the AL East. Sure, there’s still a lot of baseball left to be played, but what we see here is a contender for October, ladies and gents. (Sox the real deal)
- Clay Buchholz only pitched five scoreless innings. But he’ll get credit for a complete-game shutout anyway. I’d say he’s just that good, but yeah, the storm and rain, okay. (Buchholz sharp in shortened return to mound)
- This lineup was supposed to smash the LHP-heavy AL East. But the exact opposite has happened – the righties are getting hammered, while the left-handers are still standing. (Against lefties, Red Sox still can’t get it right)
- Proving his doubters wrong, Mike Napoli has played in 56 of 57 games this season. I still think he should have “Hips Don’t Lie” as his walk-up song, but I digress. (For Mike Napoli, An Improbable Path To Everyday Impact)
- Well, the outfield is sure living up to the first part of their namesake – both Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino aren’t feeling too well at the moment. (Ellsbury out again; Victorino’s return delayed)
- “David Ortiz! You just a hit a bomb to Manhattan, what are you gonna do next?” “Batflip like I own the place.” You do you, Big Papi. (David Ortiz squeezes in amazing bat flip before rain delay)