The Red Sox beat the Orioles 2-1 at Fenway Park yesterday, closing out the pre-All Star Break portion of the schedule by moving into first place by a half game over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Amalie Benjamin has Daisuke Matsuzaka with a typical frustrating, yet victorious outing. Jeff Horrigan has the Sox finding themselves in first place at the break, just as expected. Joe Haggerty has the Sox climbing back atop the AL East with the win yesterday. Joe McDonald has the bullpen getting the job done for the Red Sox yesterday. Bill Ballou says that watching Matsuzaka pitch is what it must have been like watching the pioneers head west on the Oregon Trail. Ron Chimelis says that yesterday was typical Dice-K. Jeff Goldberg has the lead-footed Sean Casey providing his teammates comic relief.
Michael Silverman has his midseason report card for the Red Sox. Nick Cafardo assesses the field that the Red Sox find themselves in around the American League. The Metro has their own list of winners and losers at baseball’s halfway point this season. Alex Speier has the Red Sox finding themselves in first place despite all the injuries this season. Lenny Megliola has the Sox taking the long way to the top thus far this season.
Bill Burt submits a feature on Red Sox All Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who David Ortiz calls “one of the toughest, bad asses ever in baseball.” Silverman feels that the Red Sox sending so many key guys to the All Star Game could prove costly since they need the rest. Steven Krasner goes inside yesterday’s game to offer some insight on a few key plays of the afternoon. Goldberg provides a few Red Sox Stories Of The First Half.
Sean McAdam says that Dice-K needs to lower his pitch count, and offers a number of other thoughts. Silverman wonders if there has ever been a less impressive 10-1 record and 2.65 ERA than what Matsuzaka has put up this season. Chimelis says that the combination of Jed Lowrie and Alex Cora at shortstop should be fine for the Red Sox. David Willis has World Series hero Bobby Kielty looking for a job after getting his release from the Red Sox yesterday. John Tomase looks at Jonathan Papelbon joining the century club with his 100th career save. Brendan McGair says to get your PawSox tickets now, David Ortiz is coming to Pawtucket.
Over in the Metro I’ve got a look at how these are Changing Times for Red Sox fans.
Benjamin’s notebook has more on Papelbon picking up his 100th career save the hard way. Horrigan’s notebook has Josh Beckett and Jon Lester in line for plenty of rest around the All Star break. McDonald’s notebook has more on Papelbon’s mark. Ballou’s notebook has the Red Sox in first at the break again – an occurrence that means nothing. Chimelis’ notebook says that the break will be a chance for Jon Lester to get some rest. Goldberg’s notebook has more on save number 100 for Papelbon.