The Red Sox completed the sweep of the Baltimore Orioles yesterday and continued their 6 game win streak into the All Star break. Boston is 1.0 games up on the Yankees.
Boston players heading to the All Star game include: David Ortiz, Adrian Gonzalez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Kevin Youkilis, Josh Beckett and Jon Lester. Boston is tied with the 2nd most all stars from one team. The Yankees have the most with 8.
Boston will hopefully keep momentum on their side and continue establishing a lead between themselves and the rest of the AL East. After the All Star break, Boston will travel to Tampa and then Baltimore.
Through the rain delays, traveling, interleague play and all the other issues, the Boston Red Sox are barely holding onto 1st place in the AL East. The Red Sox have had to be creative with their lineup not having a DH in the lineup. To their benefit however, Josh Beckett has been known to have a few great offensive outings vs interleague teams in the past years.
Adrian Gonzalez told Terry Francona that he would play in right field if he needs Big Papi to play at first base in the series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. This is a very un-selfish move on the part of Gonzalez which allows David Ortiz to move from DH to 1st base (no DH at NL stadiums). This allows Francona to keep 2 hot bats in the lineup. Boston Red Sox tickets and other baseball tickets can be purchased at Front Row King.
“I’ll do whatever is needed for the team,” said Gonzalez. “I know I’m not an outfielder, but if it meant to get Papi in the game, it’s definitely something I would do.”
The first game against the Evil Empire took place Tuesday night at the Yankee stadium and it
started off great for the Red Sox, the top of the 1st inning the Sox were leading 3-0. To actually
pour some gas on the fire John Lester managed to hit one of the Yankee players in the knee
with a pitch so the spirits got more agitated, but the Yankees did not manage to score but
one in the first inning as Big Papi (David Ortiz) had a great catch to throw for the 3rd out of the
Pedroia had an RBI double in the second to make it 4-1. Garcia intentionally walked Gonzalez to load
the bases, ending his night. After Ellsbury connected, Dustin Pedroia walked, Gonzalez tripled and Kevin
Youkilis hit a sacrifice fly.
The game went on with the Yankees trying to catch up to David Ortiz hitting a two-run homer and
Jonathan Papelbon laboring through the ninth inning to earn his 200th save, leading the Boston Red Sox
over the New York Yankees 6-4 Tuesday night.
So as the first game of the three game series ended, we come to the conclusion that this year Red Sox
are on top of the Yankees. So right not we are tied with the Yankees for the first place but I want to say
that will not happen for long.