Found April 07, 2013 on The Nosebleeds:
What a trip. Those words could be referring to the road trip coming into the home opener, or they could be referring to the baseballs that Will Middlebrooks, Daniel Nava, Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Napoli hit out of the ballpark. The Red Sox dominated their first Sunday game of 2013, and now they take a 4-2 record into the home opener – the first time since 2006 that the Red Sox have taken a record above .500 to Fenway Park for the first time. In a full box score game, here are the four bases: First Base: Will Middlebrooks, ladies and gentleman. Three home runs is impressive – he’s the last Red Sox player since Dustin Pedroia in 2010 to hit three home runs in one game. Consider this, though: he had six hits in Toronto this weekend, and all of them went for extra bases (two doubles, four home runs). If anyone was worried about where the power would come in the Red Sox line up, Middlebrooks put those worries to bed…for now. Second Base: Jon Lester looks like the pitcher that was in Cy Young contention two or three years ago. He did go seven innings and only gave up five hits, but more importanlty, he struck out six and did not walk a batter. Lester only walked two batters in spring training, so if he can prevent his own mistakes, another Cy Young bid could be in his future. Third Base: R.A. Dickey is on notice: a Cy Young award in the national league is as good as a young up-and-comer putting “Facebook” or “social media” on their resume. After giving up only four earned runs all year in the first inning last season, Dickey gave up five earned runs before he even recorded an out. He has now given up 10 earned runs in 10 2/3 innings pitched in his first two starts. Home Plate: “Relentlessness” was the word describing the Red Sox style of play once again. Even with an 7-0 lead in the fourth inning, Ellsbury and Shane Victorino executed a double steal, which looked more like a defensive indifference with the infield playing back. The Blue Jays did not seem to take huge exception to it during the game, further blurring the line to what is acceptable with a big lead and what is not. Regardless, “relentlessness” might be something that you see on a twitter hashtag or a cheap Red Sox T-shirt outside Fenway Park pretty soon. Beyond the diamond… John Lackey is still awaiting results from an MRI on his right arm, which he had at 11:00 this morning according to NESN’s Jenny Dell. Lackey injured his arm on the 76th pitch of his outing yesterday, but there are no indications that it is related to his surgically repaired elbow… With the “freeze out” yesterday, Stephen Drew will play today and Monday with the Portland Sea Dogs before being activated on Wednesday, according to CSNNE’s Sean McAdam. With Pedro Ciriaco out of options, José Iglesias is likely to go down to AAA Pawtucket when Drew comes back… David Ortiz, according to WEEI’s Rob Bradford, is running the bases, and may be ready for a rehab assignment later this week. There’s no word yet who would go down into the minors, but it will probably be between Jackie Bradley Jr., who has all of his remaining options left, and Mike Carp, who has only gotten one at bat in six games. (Middlebrooks Photo courtesy of Chris Young, The Canadian Press)

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.

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...

John Lackey Reinjures Arm on Pitch After 4 1/3-Inning, Eight-Strikeout Performance

You hate to see this happen after John Lackey worked so hard to return from Tommy John surgery. Lackey threw a 2-2 pitch to Jose Reyes and immediately clutched his right bicep. Lackey left the mound in a lot of pain with his arm dangling. Lackey appeared to tweak his arm on the previous pitch. It was Lackey’s first start since missing the entire 2012 season with Tommy John surgery...

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...

After Hot 1st Week, Red Sox Look to Continue Success

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...

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...

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
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.