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During the offseason, the Red Sox looked like the team to beat in the American League – a run-scoring machine. Two weeks into the season it looked like the machine wasn’t as good as advertised; the pitching, the hitting, and the bullpen all looked like the injury-plagued 2006 and 2010 squads. As the saying goes, the past is the past. Today the Sox continued their stomping of the AL Central with a 14-1 thrashing of the Detroit Tigers on a rainy Thursday afternoon.
Once again, the Red Sox got to work early. While talented young pitcher Max Scherzer tossed a scoreless first inning, the second and third (where he did not record an out) were less kind. Unlikely producer Drew Sutton drove in the first run of the game and scored himself on a three-run shot by Jacoby Ellsbury. With five runs scored in the second inning, the assault was on.
A Youkilis infield single, a walk by David Ortiz and a triple by Carl Crawford plated two more Sox runs and knocked Scherzer out of the game. The Sox then scored single runs in the sixth and seventh innings, running the score to 9-1 as rain poured onto the field. With bad weather on the horizon since the start of the game, the grounds crew kept the conditions as playable as possible but the infield was turning to mud. Yet they played on: five more runs in the eighth and the score hit 14-1 when the game entered a rain delay from which it would not resume.
Alfredo Aceves pitched six innings of one-run ball, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out six to move to 2-0 on the season. With the injuries to John Lackey and Daisuke Matsuzaka, this strong outing against a formidable Tigers lineup is more than the Sox could have expected from Aceves, who was tabbed as the long man out of the bullpen just weeks ago.
Matt Albers chipped in with a clean inning of his own, including an acrobatic catch of a ball hit right back to his glove.
Carl Crawford is on fire: four for five with two triples, two runs scored, and three RBI.
Every batter recorded a hit and all but Jason Varitek collected either a run or an RBI. Games like this are truly a pleasure for Red Sox Nation.
W: Aveces (2-0)
L: Scherzer (6-2)