The Red Sox were back in action on Tuesday night, as they played host to the Tampa Bay Rays. John Lackey toed the rubber Boston and tossed 8 strong innings, allowing just 2 runs on 6 hits. Behind Lackey’s effort, the Red Sox offense tallied 7 runs on 13 hits off Tampa Bay pitching. Jackie Bradley in particular, had a terrific night at the plate, as the 23 year old collected 2 doubles and an RBI. Shane Victorino was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate and drove in 2 RBI, which helped the Red Sox secure the 7-4 victory.
- In the early stages of the 2014 season, the Red Sox bullpen has provided some interesting story lines. Some performances have come as a surprise, while others are going as planned, but overall the Red Sox have touted an impressive group of relievers to open the year. (Early season returns from the Red Sox bullpen)
- Ever since Shane Victorino returned from the disabled list last week, you can see the kind of impact he makes on the Red Sox line up. Hitting out of the number 2 spot, Victorino has reached base safely in 3 of his first 4 games, and provided stability in right field. (Victorino makes impact on Sox lineup)
- Grady Sizemore set the bar high for his return to the majors when he belted a home run on Opening Day. While no one expected him to return to his pre-surgury self, fans were excited to watch Sizemore try to resurrect his career. But now, as the 31 year old spends more time with the Red Sox, it’s apparent that some struggles are still ahead of him. (As sample size gets bigger, Sizemore still struggling)
- Whether it be poor outings, shoddy defense, or lack of run production, the Red Sox haven’t been the same dominant force they were to start last season. But with a new year and a new team, comes search for a new identity. And while the Red Sox have played better of late, it’s a search they’re still on. (Red Sox still finding themselves)
- Mookie Madness has officially taken Red Sox Nation by storm. Currently, the 21 year old prospect is in the midst of a 50+ game streak in which he has reached base safely, he’s also shown solid defensive skills and a high maturity level. But will Mookie Betts rising through the ranks as a second baseman effect how the Red Sox view him for the future? (Why the Mookie Betts position question is really an answer)
- Tweet of the day: The “Myyy-eeers” chants apparently stuck with him: