Led by slugger Cody Ross’ two three-run home runs the Red Sox powered over the White Sox 10-1 Wednesday night at Fenway Park. Felix Doubront picked up his tenth win of the season, which is the same number as Jon Lester and Josh Beckett combined. Jacoby Ellsbury continued his strong play since his return as he went 3-for-4 with three runs scored.
After receiving a second opinion on his Achilles it was determined that designated hitter David Ortiz will go on the 15-day disabled list. The Red Sox will get Dustin Pedroia back Thursday, and will most likely use the DH spot to give a few guys a rest from playing the field, rather than having one player fill the shoes of Ortiz.
Around this time of year no rumor should be a surprise, but this one came out of no where. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, as well as USA Today reported the Red Sox have been engaged with trade talks involving Carl Crawford. One of the teams he mentioned was the Marlins and the deal would be the Red Sox sending Crawford and Jose Iglesais to the Marlins in exchange for former Red Sox Hanley Ramirez and closer Heath Bell. This really doesn’t make sense on so many levels, but during July this probably won’t be the last crazy rumor to get out there.
On top of the trade rumors, Crawford has had to deal with the aftermath of the racial slur directed at him during his rehab game with Portland in Manchester, NH. You really have to feel for the guy who has been outstanding in his first three games of the year having to deal with all of this, and to Crawford’s credit he has said all the right things.
Felix Doubront fulfills promise foreseen by Bobby Valentine– Scott Lauber looks at Doubront’s outing and how Valentine has believed in him since the first bullpen session he saw him throw.
Ross, Gonzalez step in for injured Ortiz– Danny Picard has players stepping up to try and make up for Ortiz’ absence in the lineup.
Cody Ross helps fill void– Joe McDonald also has Ross stepping up to make up for Ortiz’ production while he is on the DL.
Cody Ross validates decision to sign with Red Sox, showing swing suited for Fenway Park– Didier Morais looks at Ross’ swing being perfect for Fenway, and how he already has more home runs than all of last season.
Gonzalez headed in the right direction– Brian MacPherson has Adrian Gonzalez being locked in at the plate ever since the teams’ West Coast trip prior to the All-Star break.
The return of the real Adrian Gonzalez– Alex Speier looks deeper into Gonzalez’ recent hot streak at the plate.
Rondo NBA’s best point guard?– Interesting quotes from Rajon Rondo in an interview to a French newspaper while at a Nike Camp in France. This was supposedly translated from English to French, then back to English, so things could have gotten a little distorted. Rondo calls himself the best point guard in the league, and adds he has been “running” Celtic timeouts for the past two seasons.
Penn State should discuss ending football– Bob Ryan adds in his take on the Penn State scandal and the aftermath.