Recently inserted into the third slot of the Boston Red Sox lineup, J.D. Drew has been shining in the role as he notched two hits and drove in one run in the 5-1 over the Tampa Bay Rays.
With the win Boston takes over possession of first place from the Rays in the A.L. East leading by a 1/2 game with a 37-25 record.
Drew has been very hot of late especially in the last four games he has played in collecting eight hits in 13 at bats and has driven in five runs during the four game span.
Josh Beckett earned is sixth win of the season pitching for six innings, allowing seven hits, one run, no walks and struck out five Rays.
Star of the Game: Bullpen
I am saying this because it seems as if the pen is becoming a little bit more consistent as of late. Also, Manny Delcarmen and Craig Hansen have been solid out of the pen as MDC last let up a run on May 24th against the Athletics and Hansen has not let up a run since May 25th against Oakland as well.
Preview of Next Game: Shields vs Lester
Shields is 1-1 against Boston so far this season where the starter was dominant in one start and so-so in the other. The offense for Boston will have to make sure to work Shields deep into counts and make him pitch in hitters counts.