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The Red Sox really needed a big win against their rival New York Yankees to ensure they wouldn’t remain in the basement of the AL East. On the mound for the Sox was ace Josh Beckett, who was pretty good throughout the game. Beckett pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing three earned runs, on five hits and one walk, while striking out five. Not great, but it was enough to earn him the win.
The big story of the game was really long rain delay of 2 hours, 11 minutes. The rain delayed the matchup of Jonathan Papelbon and Alex Rodriguez with two outs and two men on in the eighth inning. After the delay, Papelbon came in and blew away A-Rod on three pitches. He finished the ninth as well, striking out two more to earn his fourth save.
Manny Ramirez seems to be very strong out of the gate, and Saturday night’s game was no different. Manny went 2-4 with a home run off opposing starting pitcher Mike Mussina. He had three RBI’s on the night, and with the 2 hits raised his batting average up to .277.
David Ortiz continued his ice cold start, going 0-4. His batting average now sits at .070. You have to wonder if the offseason knee surgery is affecting him. I mean, he’ll be fine, but I think he’s still getting used to everything at the plate.
Kevin Youkilis, who shifted over to third while Mike Lowell is on the DL, continued his hot start with another 2-4 game including the Sox’ other RBI. Youk’s now hitting .317 and should be just fine over at third while Lowell recovers.