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This is exactly what Jair Jurrjens needed.
In turn, this is exactly what the Braves wanted to see from Jurrjens.
And it would have been tough to find anyone who could have predicted this kind of a performance from a guy who spent the past eight weeks in minor league exile.
I thought he would get rocked and rolled and be gone by the third inning.
But there was Jurrjens on Friday night, recalled by the Braves out of necessity, facing the red-hot Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Somehow, Jurrjens rediscovered the touch, the magic that made him one of the Braves' most consistent starters for most of the past four years.
He made Boston's bats disappear for the better part of 7 23 innings in his first major-league start since April 23, giving the Braves hope that Jurrjens can fill the massive void left in their rotation when Brandon Beachy was lost for the year after having Tommy John surgery.
Jurrjens needed help from his bullpen as the Braves stopped the Red Sox' five-game winning streak with a 4-1 win, but that didn't matter to him or his teammates.
They were just happy Jurrjens wasn't the same pitcher the Braves dispatched to Triple-A Gwinnett two months ago.
He hadn't lasted longer than five innings in any of his four starts for the Braves in April and went to the minors burdened with doubts, decreased velocity, an 0-2 record and a 9.37 ERA.
He was masterful in his return.
He was efficient. He was dominating.
Jurrjens looked determined and focused.
He worked quick, but he wasn't rushed.
He wasn't bothered by anything, not even the 74-minute rain delay that pushed the game's start back.
Jurrjens was consistently ahead in the count, hit his spots and changed speeds and befuddled Boston batters. He allowed one hit, one walk and had hit another batter through seven innings.
The Red Sox broke through with two doubles and a run in the eighth, but Jurrjens left with a lead that held up and earned him his first major-league victory since Aug. 22, 2011.
"I've caught Jair for a long, long time now, and when he's got that changeup on both sides of the plate and he's getting that heater on both sides of the plate, he can dissect a lineup," Braves catcher Brian McCann said in a postgame TV interview.
"He knows how to pitch."
And he showed that.
Jurrjens threw 103 pitches and was masterfully economical throughout his time on the mound.
He threw just 10 pitches in the fourth, making short work of Adrian Gonzalez, David Ortiz and Cody Ross, the meat of the Red Sox order.
And just to prove he could better that, he needed only seven pitches in the seventh.
Ortiz flew out to left on the first pitch.
Ross saw two pitches before popping out to third.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia then struck out on four pitches.
By that time, Jurrjens was trending on Twitter.
Beachy, fresh off his surgery to repair his right elbow, tweeted: "What a fantastic game from JJ in his return! Really happy for him, just wish I was there to give him a congratulatory butt pat."
If Jurrjens can do this in the majority of his starts for the rest of the season, it will help take the pressure off GM Frank Wren to make a trade to bolster the rotation.
Losing Beachy, who likely will be out until the middle of 2013, was a huge blow, but if Jurrjens can return to the form that he used to go 12-3 with a 1.75 ERA in the first half of 2011, then they'll be able to save their top prospects and the payroll needed to trade for a top starter.
Or Wren could make a move while Jurrjens is hot and trade him, like the club tried to do last winter.
They'll sort all that out between now and the July 31 trading deadline.
Right now, Jurrjens and the Braves just want to enjoy his return to the majors.
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Beachy faces a recovery period...
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First Pitch: Friday 7:10, Saturday 7:15, Sunday 1:35
Arms: Friday: Jair Jurrjens, RHP (0-2, 9.37 ERA) vs. Jon Lester, LHP (4-4, 4.53 ERA)
Saturday: Randall Delgado, RHP (4-7, 4.12 ERA) vs. Franklin Morales, LHP (0-1, 3.14 ERA)
Sunday: Mike Minor, LHP (3-5, 6.04 ERA) vs. Clay Buchholz, RHP (8-2, 5.53 ERA)
“Sunday MLB on TBS” will feature the Boston Red Sox and second baseman Dustin Pedroia hosting the Atlanta Braves and catcher Brian McCann in interleague action June 24 at 1:30 p.m. ET from historic Fenway Park. Clay Buchholz (7-2) is scheduled to start for the Red Sox against Braves probable starter Mike Minor (3-5). Calling the action will be Brian Anderson (play-by...
F'n Middlebrooks (Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images)
The Red Sox put some honest-to-goodness runs on the board and beat the Braves 8-4.
Maybe Jair Jurrjens isn't so great after all. Perhaps the Sox bats took last night off intentionally, storing up their energy and power to unleash it tonight. Whatever the cause, it's just good to see some actual offense from...
Note: Pitching matchups are subject to change
Friday, June 22 @ 7:10 PM
Jair Jurrjens, RHP (0-2, 9.37) vs Jon Lester, LHP (4-4, 4.53)
TV: NESN, MLB Network, MLB.tv
Radio: Red Sox Radio Network, MLB Gameday Audio
Saturday, June 23 @ 7:15 PM
Randall Delgado, RHP (4-7, 4.12) vs Franklin Morales, LHP (0-1, 3.14)
Radio: Red Sox Radio Network, MLB Gameday Audio
The Brewers have agreed to sign Livan Hernandez, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports. It appears Hernandez will initially help out in the bullpen but will be able to help out in the rotation if need.
Hernandez was released by the Braves earlier this week after he was designated the week prior.
Hernadez signed with the Braves in March after he was released by the Astros. He posted...
Time: 7:15 PM ET
TV/Radio: FOX / WEEI
Red Sox (36-34)
Pitching: LHP Franklin Morales (0-1, 3.14)
Pitching: RHP Randall Delgado (4-7, 4.12)
Tonight the Boston Red Sox will open a three game series with the Atlanta Braves, and close out interleague play for 2012. Tonight Franklin Morales will be on the mound for his second career start with Boston. They will face Jair Jurrjens tonight, who is off to a rough start. Morales was solid against the [...]