Found April 08, 2013 on Boston Sports Then & Now:
After 6 games, the Boston Red Sox are standing atop the AL East standings for the first time since September 1st 2011. It may not mean much in the early season, but they are giving fans hope, and are already getting fans attention, for a good reason, something that the 2012 team couldn’t do at all. The Red Sox, 4-2, have won both because of their offense and their pitching. Boston is ranked second in team batting average at .290, only behind the Baltimore Orioles who have hit .301, and ranked 5th in the AL in pitching with an ERA of 3.29, the best team ERA in the AL East. Jose Iglesias Jose Iglesias, who wasn’t expected to have much of an impact this year with Boston, and who has struggled at the plate in his limited time in the majors, is off to a very hot start offensively going 9 for 17 with an RBI, and two doubles. If Iglesias continues his hot streak, it will be hard to justify starting Stephen Drew over him when Drew joins the Red Sox later this week when he comes off the disabled list. Will Middlebrooks started 0 for 8 at the plate in the first two games against the Yankees, but since then has gone 8 for 17, while hitting a team high 4 homeruns, 3 of which came on Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays. 2 of the 3 homeruns in Sundays game at the Rogers Centre, was against 2012 NL Cy Young winner, R.A. Dickey. Rookie outfielder, Jackie Bradley Jr. has struggled to get hits so far, going 3 for 21, but in a positive for Bradley has been his plate discipline. Despite just hitting .143, Bradley has walked 5 times, 3 walks were on opening against the Yankees in an 8-2 Red Sox victory. Bradley has also shown he is more than capable of playing left field, a position he has little experience playing at any level. Jackie Bradley Jr. As far as pitching, Red Sox ace Jon Lester is 2-0 with an ERA of 1.50 in 12 innings of work, defeating the Yankees and the Blue Jays. Clay Buchholz who gets the home opener start today against the Orioles, pitched 7 innings against the Yankees and gave up just one run on 6 hits. The Red Sox fifth starter in the rotation, and who everyone love to hate, John Lackey, pitched fairly well against the Blue Jays on Saturday giving up 2 runs on 5 hits, but he had to leave the game in the 5th inning with what is being described as right bicep strain. There has been no update on Lackey’s condition or whether he will make his next start or not. When Lackey left Saturday’s game, Alfredo Aceves came in and gave up 3 runs in 3.2 innings. Aceves has looked like the same player we saw in 2012, already giving up 5 runs in 4.1 innings and posting an ERA of 10.38. If Aceves keeps playing the way he has, it won’t be surprising to see him off the team by the start of May. At the end of the bullpen, Joel Hanrahan has pitched well in his 3 appearances. He is 2 for 2 in save opportunities, and has yet to allow a run in the 3 innings he has pitched. Hanrahan has proved to be a major upgrade over Aceves as the closer. Red Sox Closer Joel Hanrahan In the coming week, the Red Sox play the Orioles for 3 games and then play a four game set against the Tampa Rays. It’s possible by the end of this week the Red Sox won’t be sitting atop the standings, and may very well be toward the bottom of the AL East. But for right now for Red Sox fans, it feels good to be watching rooting for a winning team. After the 2011 collapse, and the disaster the 2012 season was, fans aren’t taking winning for granted, and fans deserve to enjoy every day the team is on top.  

MRI on John Lackey comes back negative for structural damage

John Lackey has been diagnosed with a mid-biceps strain and will likely be placed on the 15-day disabled list. The injury should miss less then a month after leaving his Saturday start with the injury. According to WEEI’s Rob Bradford, Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino said that it was his “understanding of the MRI is that he had a mid-biceps strain, no structural damage.” That would...

Big Papi expected to return Friday

Boston designated hitter David Ortiz is expected to return to the Red Sox lineup when they open a home series Friday against Kansas City. Ortiz hasn't played this season because of an injured right Achilles, which limited him to 90 games in 2012. He began a rehabilitation assignment last week and went 4 for 20, including a home run on Thursday. Boston manager John Farrell said...

Video: Jon Lester & The Red Sox Return Home

Jon Lester and the Boston Red Sox are ready to return home to Fenway Park after the 4-2 opening week road trip. Your browser does not support iframes. Follow Ian on Twitter @soxanddawgs. And be sure to like us on Facebook as well.

Alfredo Aceves could start for Lackey

The Boston Red Sox right-hander Alfredo Aceves may start in the place of John Lackey on Sunday after Lackey left Saturday's start against Toronto with a biceps strain. The Red Sox remain cautious on Lackey's status although Lackey appears to have escaped a more serious injury. Red Sox manager John Farrell said there was "not any detection of a tear" in Lackey...

Video: Middlebrooks Hits Three Home Runs

Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks had himself quite a day going 4-for-5 with three home runs and four RBIs in the 13-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon. Your browser does not support iframes. Follow Ian on Twitter @soxanddawgs. And be sure to like us on Facebook as well.

John Lackey ‘Unlikely’ to Make Next Start But Might Avoid Disabled List Stint

John Lackey’s season — and perhaps career — looked like they were in jeopardy when the right-hander walked off the mound Saturday. Now, the outlook is far more encouraging. Manager John Farrell said before Monday’s home opener that Lackey, who left Saturday’s start in the fifth inning with a bicep strain, is in the midst of a 48- to 72-hour recovery period. Farrell said...

New Faces for Red Sox Bringing Excitement Back to Fenway Park After Team’s Hot Start (Video)

Don’t look now, but the Red Sox are in first place. Actually, go look. We’ll wait. It’s been a couple of years since the Sox started off the season atop the standings, so 2013 represents a welcome change for the franchise. With some new faces joining the fun, the team has gotten off to a hot start, and they return to Fenway Park riding a wade of optimism after a 13-0 shellacking...

Fenway Fantasy Day to Let Fans Take Batting Practice, Play on Field to Benefit Jimmy Fund

Red Sox fans pining for a chance to play at Fenway Park can fulfill their dreams this spring, and they can do so while also giving a hand to the Jimmy Fund. John Hancock Fenway Fantasy Day, scheduled for Saturday, June 15, gives fans a chance to bat and field on the same hallowed ground as the Red Sox’ stars, with friends and family cheering in the stands. Participants can choose...

Blue Jays Claim First Baseman Mauro Gomez Off Waivers From Red Sox

After making his major league debut with Boston last season, Mauro Gomez is heading north. The first baseman, who was designated for assignment by the Red Sox last week, has been claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays. Gomez has bounced around the minors since 2005, making stops in Rangers and Braves systems before being signed by the Sox in February of 2012. He hit .310 with...

3 Stars of the game: Game 6

The Boston Red Sox finished up their season opening 6 game road trip with a huge 13-0 win over Toronto on Sunday afternoon. The team jumped all over last seasons NL Cy Young winner, R.A. Dickey with 5 runs in the first inning and the runs snowballed from there. While it is fantastic for the team to play this well together it makes my job to pick 3 stars of the game very difficult...

Video: Buchholz, Nava Power Red Sox Past Orioles, 3-1

Clay Buchholz threw seven solid innings and Daniel Nava provided all the runs with a three-run homer to help the Boston Red Sox to a 3-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles in their 2013 home opener. {mp4remote}{/mp4remote} Follow Ian on Twitter @soxanddawgs. And be sure to like us on...

New era greets fans on Fenway Park's opening day

Loyal Red Sox fans are returning to Fenway Park to welcome a new team, a new manager and a new era following a stretch of disappointing seasons. Monday's home opener against the Baltimore Orioles is sold out, continuing a decade-long home sellout streak. The streak is likely to end this month, reflecting fan discontent following 2011's epic collapse and last year's last...

John Lackey Suffers Injury In First Outing Of The Season

    In his first start since he had his elbow surgically repaired a year and a half ago, Boston Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey left yesterday's early season contest against the Toronto Blue Jays with what is being…

MLB Field Crasher Fails To Escape Over Centerfield Wall Following Nice Slide Into 2nd

The Blue Jays got shelled 13-0 by the Red Sox on Sunday, and even the Blue Jays fans couldn’t catch a break. Check out this streaker who hopped out of the fans, slid into second base with great form, and tried his best to escape by scaling the center field wall but failed miserably. Here is another angle in which you can almost his soul break. [Deadspin] Article found on: Next Impulse Sports

Jose Iglesias says he will be fine

After a hot start for the young Red Sox shortstop, Jose Iglesias was hit by a pitch early in Friday night's game against the Blue Jays. Initially staying in the game, he was then taken out and replaced by Pedro Ciriaco. Word is, Iglesias did not suffer a major injury and could be back sooner rather than later: "It feels tight, but I'll be [alright]," Iglesias...
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