The Red Sox and Tigers engaged in a bench clearing brawl last night, which ended with Kevin Youkilis getting tossed from the game after charging the mound following a fastball in his back by Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello. Enter Mike Lowell. The Red Sox third baseman had started the night on the bench but came in after Youkilis’ ejection and hit a pair of home runs in a 7-5 Red Sox victory.
Nick Cafardo gets the call on the game story this morning, and per his style, he focuses on the veteran Lowell doing his job despite a tough situation. John Tomase has Lowell making the most of his opportunity last night. Daniel Barbarisi has Junichi Tazawa rebounding after a rocky first inning. Paul Doyle has the brawl giving Lowell a chance. Bill Ballou has the fight triggering the Red Sox offense.
Dan Shaughnessy notes that things picked up for the Sox following the brawl, and suggests Youkilis could be a fit at outside linebacker for the Patriots. Sean McAdam has Youkilis saying that he needed to protect himself. Bill Burt has Youkilis fighting back. Mike Fine says that Youkilis and the Sox just weren’t going to take it anymore.
Brian MacPherson says that it was a rough night for two young pitchers. Steve Buckley has Youkilis tired of being target practice for opposing pitchers. McAdam has Junichi Tazawa settling down after a rough start to pick up his first major league win. Ken Lechtanski says that Lowell’s hot bat gives Terry Francona some tough decisions to make. Alex Speier has Lowell making his case for more playing time.
John Connolly has Lou Merloni prepping for tomorrow night’s Oldtime Baseball Game. McDonald has Tim Wakfield prepping for a rehab start for the PawSox on Saturday. Burt has Jason Bay showing signs of life at the plate.
Lenny Megliola has a number of thoughts, starting off with Dice-K.
Cafardo’s notebook has a look at Tazawa and how last night was the first ever brawl he’s been involved in in baseball. Tomase’s notebook has Tim Wakefield set to pitch for Pawtucket this weekend. The ProJo Red Sox journal has more on Youkilis charging the mound. Doyle’s notebook has Tazawa picking up his first win. Ballou’s notebook has more on Tazawa. Lechtanski’s notebook has more on Wakefield’s rehab.
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