The Red Sox picked up their first win at Fenway Park this season. John Lackey toed the rubber and pitched 7 dominate innings of 1 run baseball, striking out 5 and walking just 1. Jackie Bradley was Boston’s offensive standout of the night. The rookie center fielder collected 3 hits and 2 RBI’s en route to Boston’s 5-1 victory.
- Since Will Middlebrooks will be out for at least 15 days, the Red Sox felt they needed to strengthen their third base depth. The team agreed to terms on a major league deal with free agent third baseman Ryan Roberts. (Red Sox sign infielder Ryan Roberts)
- Before the Red Sox signed Ryan Roberts, some wondered if the hot hitting Garin Cecchini would be called up to replace Will Middlebrooks. However, the team elected not to recall the prospect and instead allow him to get more experience in AAA. (Cecchini on a tear, but Sox won’t rush him)
- Over his first two starts of the season, John Lackey has featured a lot of hard fastballs and has primarily worked ahead in the count. Subsequently the right hander has received a ton of positive results. (An “aggresive John Lackey is a good John Lackey)
- This season has really gotten off to a rough start for Shane Victorino. On top of starting the season on the DL the Red Sox right fielder has also battled the flu. But he’s reportedly feeling better and has even started baseball activities, meaning soon enough “every little thing’s gonna be alright”. (Victorino starts physical activity after bout with flu)
- Brock Holt was in Boston for less than 24-hours before the team decided to sign Ryan Roberts. Holt was then sent back down to Pawtucket to rejoin the Paw Sox, but before he left he took to twitter to humorously react to the situation. (Brock Holt reacts to Triple-A demotion)
- David Ortiz’ selfie with Barrack Obama may have spoiled the fun for future Presidents. After it was revealed that the Red Sox DH’s selfie request may have been motivated by his endorsement deal with Samsung, the White House has discussed banning self portraits with the Commander in Chief all together. (Slugger’s Obama selfie may be the last presidential selfie ever)
- Tweet of the day: Farrell’s made a funny.
Farrell on Sizemore running into wall: 'He's going to lose that battle every time. That wall's not going anywhere.'
— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) April 8, 2014