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Flu Bug Bites Sox, Sparks Angels

Someone please fire the Red Sox team physician. How could he let the whole team catch the flu? Another one bit the dust as the flu bug bit Daisuke Matsuzaka, who was scratched from his start. As a result, enter Jon Lester on three days rest. Uh oh. The flu beat the Red Sox, 6-4.

Lester pitched pretty well considering the circumstances, as he lasted five innings after allowing four runs on nine hits and two walks. Despite allowing so many basrunners and two home runs, Lester managed to keep the Sox in the game and that’s all you can ask of a guy on three day’s rest.

Recently recalled Craig Hansen entered after Lester, and allowed the go-ahead run and took the loss during his 1 2/3 innings. He was in while Manny Delcarmen rests with flu-like symptoms. The encouraging sign for Hansen was his three strikeouts and zero walks.

Best Offensive Stud: Gary Matthews, Jr., LAA

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  • Matthews went 2-4 with 2 HR, 2 RBI, and 1 BB. A flashy defensive player, he was clearly the offensive stud on this night.

Other Game Notes:

  • David Ortiz blasted his third homer, and now has the batting average up to .188.
  • Kevin Youkilis got the night off…no word on the flu affecting him.
  • Julio Lugo had two more hits with an RBI, rasing his batting average up to .338.
  • Torii Hunter went 4-5 after he said he was heckled in previous games by rowdy Fenway fans.

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2 comments for “Flu Bug Bites Sox, Sparks Angels”

  1. I’m not happy that our whole team is catching the flu, but if it has to happen, I’m really glad it’s now and not after the all-star break when we’re in crunch time.

    Posted by Jennifer | April 24, 2008, 8:52 am
  2. Yeah I guess it’s good timing and it’s amazing considering how good we still are.

    Posted by KC | April 24, 2008, 8:14 pm

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