Manager Terry Francona shuffled his lineup yesterday, dropping Jacoby Ellsbury to eight, and moving up Dustin Pedroia and J.D. Drew to the 1st and 2nd slots. The move paid off as the Sox scored eight runs, including two home runs from Kevin Youkilis as they beat the Blue Jays 8-2 in Toronto.

Michael Silverman has Jon Lester also dominant yesterday, striking out 12 batters in the win. Amalie Benjamin has the lefty getting things right yesterday. Bill Ballou notes that Lester was the most important ingredient to the Red Sox win. Daniel Barbarisi has the Sox finally getting that offensive explosion they’ve been waiting for.

Sean McAdam has Lester feeling like he’s going in the right direction. Rob Bradford has Lester learning to deal with the high expectations people now have of him. Barbarisi says that Lester shined from beginning to end in this one.  Adam Kilgore has Dustin Pedroia getting his second home run of the season – first since opening day. Bob Halloran is looking ahead to the next generation of baseball superstars.

Bill Burt asserts that despite their early success, this Red Sox team has issues that need to be addressed. Brian MacPherson says that there are specifically three tweaks that Theo Epstein needs to make to the roster. McAdam also writes about how the Sox gave “small ball” a try yesterday as well. Dan Lamothe has the Sox righting what had been a miserable weekend in Toronto.

Silverman’s notebook has more on the lineup changes by Francona. Benjamin’s notebook also explores the lineup shuffle by the Red Sox skipper. Ballou’s notebook has the lineup shuffle paying off for the Sox. Barbarisi’s notebook says that Pedroia is still the key to the Red Sox offense.


Mark Blaudschun and Steve Buckley have the Boston College baseball team getting our attention this weekend in the NCAA tournament, including a 25 inning loss on Saturday which was the longest game in NCAA history.

Mike Petraglia and Shalise Manza Young have a healthy Laurence Maroney looking to make a huge impact in 2009.

Kevin Paul Dupont has the Detroit Red Wings taking a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Finals. Dupont’s notebook has Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin avoiding a suspension for last night’s late hit.

Bob Ryan checks out the docket for the Sports Museum’s “Tradition” set  for June 24th.

Mark Farinella plays the numbers game.

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55 thoughts on “Lineup Shift Does The Trick For Sox

  1. Burn notice is a fun show.

    Wrong place to post (but I had to get my name in), Ben Maller, always liked him on third shift, gonna do good on EEI


  2. Bruce, I’ve been reading this site for a good 6 years now. The best part of my day is stopping here to get daily sports fix. Great job! Keep up the good work.


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