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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)
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