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Lefty Jon Lester had one of his most dominant starts in a Red Sox uniform as the Sox beat the A’s 5-0 to improve to 3-1 on the young season. Lester pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing 0 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks to go with 3 strikeouts.
Mr. Potential, Rich Harden, pitched 5 shutout innings for the A’s before being lifted after 86 pitches. That left the susceptible Oakland bullpen to be subjected to the power of the Red Sox lineup. David Ortiz jacked a go-ahead two-run bomb in the 7th inning, and captain Jason Varitek added a solo shot in the 9th for the 5-0 victory.
Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis broke a major league record held by Steve Garvey for consecutive errorless games at first base with 194 and counting. That’s truly remarkable considering the long history of baseball. Youk should be proud.
Also impressive were the Red Sox in winning 3 out of 4 games against the A’s before their series in Toronto. After a three-game series there, the Sox head back home. But before that, the Sox have some baseball to play in Canada. Josh Beckett should be making his return to the rotation during that series.
Bartolo Colon will be making his Pawtucket debut on Thursday night. If he impresses there he could make his Red Sox debut sometime in April or May.