FINAL SCORE: Red Sox 3, Twins 1
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Josh Beckett (7IP, 3H, 1ER, 4BB, 8K)
The AL East should be just a tad bit worried because it looks like we've got our old Josh Beckett back.
Beckett worked seven innings, allowed three hits, one run, four walks and struck out eight in the Sox's 3-1 victory over the Twins on Thursday. The walks are a little higher than we want, but everything else is right there.
Beckett lowered his ERA to 4.60. That's much better than the 6+ ERA he was sporting just a couple of weeks ago. While the Twins don't have the best offense in the league, it's still a great outing from our No. 1. Now we just need Jon Lester and Daisuke Matsuzaka to start turning things around.
Offensively, Jason Varitek is The Dude. Not only did he hit one home run, he hit TWO home runs. Say what? Yes, Varitek hit two home runs. He is the reason the Sox won, at least offensively. The second home run was an absolute bomb, too. It was measured at 454 feet.
Later in the game, Varitek and Terry Francona were ejected for arguing balls and strikes. I didn't personally see it though, so I can't say much about it, but Ron Gardenhire and Mike Redmond were ejected as well. Gotta' love the good ol' fashion ejections.
Other notes: Dustin Pedroia hit a sac fly to score Jeff Bailey for the other Red Sox run ... Jacoby Ellsbury's hit streak ended as he went 0 for 3 ... Hideki Okajima (1H, 1K) worked the eighth and Jonathan Papelbon (1H, 1K) earned his 13th save ... the Sox and Tim Wakefield head to Toronto for a three game series starting Friday.