Beantown's Sox winning too
By MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency
|Red Sox batter J.D. Drew watches the flight of his two run home run against the Yankees Wednesday. Like the Bruins, the Sox are winning again. (JESSICA RINALDI/Reuters)
KANSAS CITY - If you happen to be a Boston Red Sox fan, the universe is unfolding as it should.
Gone are the dark days of the first week of the season, when the Red Sox started 0-6.
Now, all is sunshine, blue sky and the sound of the Yankees carping about the antics of David Ortiz is strictly music to their ears.
Heading into Thursday night’s action, the Red Sox had hammered the hated Yankees in back-to-back games in the Bronx to run their current win streak to five games.
More importantly, on the season they upped their record against New York to 7-1, including winning all five games played in the new Yankee Stadium.
For Boston fans, it doesn’t get any better than that.
On top of that, Yankees manager Joe Girardi three days ago was tut-tuting Ortiz over the manner in which he flipped his bat and did a pirouette following a home run in the opening game of the three-game series.
Ortiz basically told Girardi to “pound salt” which caused the rabid Bosox faithful to puff their chests out with pride.
The Red Sox come to the Rogers Centre looking like the squad that everybody predicted they would be in 2011 — the team to beat in the American League.
Since April 16, they have gone 21-8, which over that stretch happens to be the best record in the major leagues.
They have survived their dreadful 2-10 start as well as the loss of Dice-K for the season and seem poised to open up some distance between themselves and the rest of the AL East.
Leading the charge is the potent 1-2 punch in the middle of their lineup in Ortiz and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.
Since the start of May, Ortiz has slugged 13 home runs, which ties him for the major- league lead with Cincinnati Reds’ Jay Bruce.
Gonzalez, meanwhile, is hitting .335 with 12 homers and leads the league in RBIs (53), hits (84) and total bases (142).
On the mound, Jonathan Papelbon on Tuesday recorded his 200th career save in his 359th game, becoming the fastest pitcher ever to reach that mark.
But there are also some speed bumps.
Second baseman Dustin Pedroia is back in Boston having his right knee examined and if surgery is required, he would be out of action for a month. The knee has been bothering him since he banged it up May 16.
Pedroia told reporters that his lack of production— he is hitting .247 with a .338 on-base percentage — is attributable to his knee and surgically repaired left foot.
“It’s hard to hit with something wrong with your legs,’’ he said. “I’ve been trying.”
It seems to be the lone dark cloud on an otherwise clear horizon.