Found April 26, 2013 on The Nosebleeds:
The Houston Astros were welcomed for the first time to Fenway Park as an American League team, and the Red Sox did not give them a warm welcome. The Red Sox stuck early once again, and a win tomorrow will give them their sixth series win out of eight. Here are the four bases: First Base: There may still be lingering questions about Clay Buchholz, but those questions have diminished. That’s partly thanks to a 9.3 K/9 ratio in 37 innings, 2.7 better than his career average (6.8). He now has an even 3.0 K/BB ratio, a career high, as well. His five wins now lead the majors, and his 1.19 ERA ranks third. Second Base: There do not seem to be any sea-legs with David Ortiz after his ankle injury, at least not yet. Ortiz, with his 3-for-4 night, is now 11-for-20 since returning to the big club. He also hit his first home run since returning, a good sign that his power is coming back. With Mike Napoli leading the league in RBI, the 4-5 punch of Ortiz and Napoli will be one to turn on the television for. Third Base: With Shane Victorino day-to-day with lower back pain, Daniel Nava once again slid into the number two spot in the lineup, which is a perfect spot for him. It is not really because of his .310 average, but his .425 on-base percentage. With Dustin Pedroia making contact 81 percent of the time behind him, the number two slot is perfect for Nava to score a lot of runs from. Home Plate: Mike Carp has not gotten a lot of playing time, but he’s taking advantage of the atbats he gets. Going 2-for-4 tonight with a double and two RBI, his average is still a flat .500. He’s made 15 of his 17 plate appearances against right handed pitchers, so his average should stay high as long as he’s hitting against them. Beyond the Diamond… A lot came out of the pregame press conference, so I’ll just throw it all right at ya. First, Victorino is day-to-day and will not come back until he is symptom free…. John Farrell has not made it official, but he strongly hinted that John Lackey could start as soon as Sunday. Additionally, when Lackey gets activated from the 15-Day Disabled List, Ryan Lavarnway will get optioned back to AAA Pawtucket. It will be worth watching the lineup card to see if Lavarnway is in the lineup in the next two days… Finally, and probably my favorite, is that Farrell said that Alfredo Aceves took his demotion “like a pro.” I have no idea what that means, but I guess when Aceves gets sent anywhere, it is worth keeping taps. (Photos Courtesy of Michael Dwyer)
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