The Red Sox secured their first series win of the season on Thursday, beating the Orioles by a final of 4-3. Felix Doubront battled through 5.1 innings of work, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits. Boston’s bullpen backed Doubront’s effort by throwing 3.2 innings of shut out baseball. Boston’s offensive contributions were well spread out, David Ortiz, Jackie Bradley, and David Ross all collected RBI’s, while Xander Bogaerts had a 3-4 night.
- Say what you will about line-up protection, but Mike Napoli believes in it. The burly first baseman loves hitting behind David Ortiz in the line up and strives to gain a larger prowess as a power threat in that role. (It’s time to ask the question: How good can Mike Napoli be?)
- With Jacoby Ellsbury gone and Shane Victorino on the disabled list, the Red Sox are still trying to figure out their lead off spot. So far we’ve seen Nava two times, but on Thursday Jonny Gomes auditioned for the role. (Jonny Gomes gets his chance at leadoff)
- After 2 seasons as a major league starter, Felix Doubront has been great, bad, and everything in-between. Therefore, in the 2014 season it’s important for the 26 year old to establish himself and correct his shortcomings. (Make or break time for Felix Doubront)
- Before the Red Sox take the field at Fenway Park for the first time in 2014, those who were part of last years squad will collect their World Series rings. For some, this will be their first ring, for some it will be their third, for others they’re still waiting to win the Fall Classic. (Red Sox eager to receive World Series rings)
- Sure Jake Peavy likes being known as “the guy who bought the duck boat”, but amid that quirkiness the right hander would really like to be remembered as a contributor more than a duck boat owner. (Jake Peavy hopes everything’s ducky this season)
- The World Series rings won’t be the only bling the Red Sox will be wear on Friday. The 2013 World Champs will feature some snazzy commemorative uniforms and hats too. (Sox will wear commemorative hats for home opener)
- Tweet of the day: Probably accurate.
Red Sox Bullpen decision tree:
Do you throw a splitter? Yes: Welcome to Boston. No: GTFO
— Dan Brooks (@brooksbaseball) April 4, 2014