Josh Beckett didn’t miss a beat in his return to the rotation after missing two starts. The righthander improved to 8-0 on the season with a 4-2 win over the Cleveland Indians last night at Fenway Park. Kevin Youkilis extended his hitting streak to 21 games and 9 multi-hit games in a row.
Gordon Edes has a look at Beckett and Youkilis leading the Red Sox to victory. Michael Silverman has a look at Beckett’s strong return to the rotation. Paul Kenyon has Beckett not missing a beat in his return. Paul Doyle says it was like Beckett never left. Garry Brown has Beckett putting his finger on this win. Rich Garven has more on Beckett picking up his eighth win of the season.
Steve Buckley says that things are going so well for the Red Sox that Beckett didn’t look like a guy who had missed his last two starts. Dan Shaughnessy says everything the Red Sox touch is turning to gold these days. Lenny Megliola says that it is kind of scary how well things are going for the Red Sox at the moment. Alex Speier looks at the success of both Beckett and Dustin Pedroia as of late.
Steven Krasner says that the hits just keep coming for Kevin Youkilis. Rob Bradford has Mike Lowell extending his Fenway hitting streak to 21 games. Buckley also has a look at how Terry Francona and John Farrell are working well together. Alan Siegel has Coco Crisp’s former teammates with the Indians still expecting big things from him. Mike Fine says (Trot) Nixon is still the one.
Christopher L. Gasper notes that Schilling and Beckett were too much for the Indians in the first two games of this series. Bradford has Curt Schilling re-discovering his splitter with the help of Farrell having him move his hand three inches over in the grip. Silverman has Daisuke Matsuzaka offering possible solutions for his sickness in Texas. Buckley has more Sox bat boy Andrew Crosby coming back to Fenway as a police officer. Silverman has the Yankees deciding not to use Roger Clemens this weekend at Fenway Park.
Silverman’s notebookhas David Ortiz ready to return tonight after missing the last three games to rest his hamstrings. Edes’ notebook looks at Roger Clemens getting skipped this weekend at Fenway. The Projo notebook has Youkilis taking his hitting streak in stride. Doyle’s notebook has Big Papi returning to the lineup tonight. Brown’s notebook has Dustin Pedroia’s batting average just rising and rising. Garven’s notebook has more on Ortiz returning tonight.
Kevin Paul Dupont has a story on Ted Williams’ body which is still stored in a state of cryostasis in Scottdale Arizona, along with his son, John Henry Williams. There is also a little sidebar explaining the revival of the fittest.
John Tomase has Marquise Hill’s fiancee Inell Benn talking about the Patriots defensive lineman who lost his life over the weekend. Tomase also has Sherry Hill, Marquise’s mother and other family members talking about him. Karen Guregian has Jarvis Green, who had known Hill since the latter was in the 10th grade, talking about the loss of his friend. Laurel J. Sweet has Hill’s high school principal remembering him as a “champion human being.”
Mike Reiss has Hill’s death being ruled an accidental drowning, with no signs of drugs or alcohol in his system. Dan Pires recalls one of his few encounters with Hill in the Patriots locker room. Eric McHugh also remembers a time with Hill and laments that Hill will never get his chance to crack the Patriots lineup,
Details Magazine has a feature on Tom Brady.