Cecchini's defense improved last season. Photo by Kelly O'Connor

Cecchini’s defense improved last season. Photo by Kelly O’Connor

The good news is the Red Sox didn’t extend their losing streak on Monday, because they didn’t play. The team enjoyed their third off day this month after being swept by the Detroit Tigers over the weekend. Boston will start their climb back to .500 on Tuesday night as they welcome in the Toronto Blue Jays for a three game set. Game one will feature a battle of left handers, as Felix Doubront will be opposed by Toronto southpaw J.A. Happ. For the Red Sox, Doubront will look to build off his solid outing against the Twins in which he allowed just one run on 7 hits in 6.1 innings pitched. Tuesday night will mark Happ’s third start of the season, since he began the year in Toronto’s bullpen.

  • With the recent injury to Will Middlebrooks and otherwise lack of production at third base, the Red Sox have reportedly explored outside options at the hot corner. Although Boston’s effort to improve the left side could be hard given the stage of the season, there are some intriguing names to consider. (Red Sox trade rumors: Potential targets for third base)
  • In less that two weeks the Red Sox will have played exactly one-third of their season, which means a lot when you consider the Moneyball system Boston often abides by. The coming 11 days leading up to the 54 game mark will be important in evaluating the Red Sox roster and deciding who stays and who goes. (Time is now for Red Sox to start playing like contenders)
  • A lot of fans wondered if Will Middlebrooks’ recent injury would prompt the Red Sox to promote third base prospect Garin Cecchini. But instead Boston elected not to advance the 23 year old, citing his defense as a reason to keep him in Pawtucket. Now, Cecchini knows how close he is to making the MLB, and promises that the next opportunity won’t pass him by. (Garin Cecchini on defense: “I will improve”)
  • Tweet of the day: This kid’s alright