Four Bases: Red Sox 9, Rays 2

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Oh, so that’s what the Red Sox offense looks like. It’s been such a long time that they’ve blown out an opponent that it is almost surprising when they put up a nine spot on a team they could not figure out the night before.

Here are the four bases:

First Base: Once again, when the Red Sox needed a good start from their ace, Jon Lester answers the call. Lester has only given up more than three runs once in his nine starts, and has pitched into the sixth inning in seven of them. There is a problem, though. The Red Sox seem to be holding on for dear life until Lester and Clay Buchholz make their starts at the top of the rotation. Would it be a modest proposal to try to break the two of them up?

Second Base: It is nice to see how results have finally come for Stephen Drew. Wednesday’s performance just added to his incredible May numbers; he has a .348 average, three home runs and 12 RBI in 13 May games. He may have signed a very pricey contract, and he may be related to a less liked J.D. Drew, but when all is said and done, he could be one of the best offensive shortstops in the last decade.

Third Base: With his eighth-inning bomb off a Kyle Farnsworth slider, Will Middlebrooks is once again tied with Mike Napoli for the team lead in home runs. That raises the question of what kind of hitter Middlebrooks is becoming. Can the Red Sox be OK with Middlebrooks striking out and not walking if he hits bombs in key situations? None of his home runs have been in crucial situations just yet, but it will be interesting to see how Middlebrooks adjusts in his sophomore season.

Home Plate: Don’t look now, but after his 2-for-5 night Wednesday, Dustin Pedroia has snuck into the batting title conversation. He is now fifth in the American League in batting average at .340, and now is working on a 7-game hit streak. He is hitting .345 in the month of May, although only three of his 20 hits have gone for extra bases.

Beyond the Diamond… As the Red Sox try to progress to prior form, so does Andrew Bailey. Bailey is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Thursday, and John Farrell is leaning towards having Bailey making a rehab assignment. Farrell also indicated that Bailey would come off the disabled list on Monday… David Ortiz is playing through an oblique injury, which is why Ortiz was out of the lineup on Sunday. After missing the beginning season with an Achilles injury, he does not want to take anymore time off… After getting his spot in the rotation skipped, Félix Doubront will get the start on Friday when the Red Sox open a three-game series with the Minnesota Twins. Doubront has not started since May 3 against the Texas Rangers, and has relinquished six earned runs in each of his last two appearances…

Minor League Scoreboard

Triple A:
Gwinnett Braves 6, Pawtucket Red Sox 4
W – Kameron Loe (2-0), L – Graham Godfrey (2-3), SV – Cory Rasmus (6)
HR – Jonathan Diaz PAW (1), Ernesto Mejia GWN (11)

Double A:
Portland Sea Dogs 4, New Hampshire Fisher Cats 5
W – Joel Carreno (2-1), L – Will Latimer (0-3)
HR – John Tolisano NH (3)

High A:
Salem Red Sox 5, Carolina Mudcats 4
W – Heri Quevedo (1-2), L – Jacob Lee (0-4)

Low A:
Greenville Drive 1, Asheville Tourists 8
W – T.J. Oakes (4-3), L – Brian Johnson (1-2)

(Photos Courtesy of Chris O’Meara / Associated Press)

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