BOSTON, MA: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox hugs Jarrod Saltalamacchia #39 after he hit a home run in the seventh inning at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Much like last season, the Red Sox have heated up with the weather, playing extremely well once again as the calender turns to the summer months. After last night's 5-1 win over the Blue Jays, the Sox have won 10 of their last 13 games. They've gotten on this hot streak thanks to improvement from almost all facets of their team, not the least of which has been from their pitching staff.
- One surprising arm to step up has been Franklin Morales. The lefty has performed very well in his two spot starts since Josh Beckett hit the DL. And as Harry Pavlidis points out, there's reason to believe his performance is at least somewhat sustainable. (Harry Pavlidis; Fire Brand of the AL)
- The offense has been good during this stretch as well, being led by David Ortiz. Big Papi has shown remarkable consistency this year, and may be performing at a historically great level. (Gordon Edes; ESPNBoston)
- Another big reason for this stretch: young bats coming through during some struggles from the stars. Check out John's breakdown of the past ten games. (John Leary; Green Line Outfit)
Keep reading for miscellaneous Sox news after the jump.
- It seems the revolving door that has been the 2012 Red Sox outfield may finally find some stability. Carl Crawford has already gone down to Ft. Myers to begin his rehab, and it seems like Jacoby Ellsbury is all set to join him. (Michael Vega; Boston Globe)
- Former Red Sox prospect Anthony Rizzo has found himself in the Cubs' organization this season, and made his debut for the big league team last night for Theo's new club. (C. Trent Rosencrans; CBS Eye On Baseball)
- With new rules changing the entire landscape of the MLB amateur draft, it was unclear if big market teams would be as successful. As it turns out, the Red Sox still did quite well despite the changes (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal)
- Red Sox fans booed Barack Obama when he made a jab about the Youkilis trade. Then Mitt Romney slammed back. No, I'm not making this up. Welcome to America, circa 2012. (ESPN.com)
- Add "the ability to dance" to the list of things Omar Vizquel can do better than me. His little jig during the rain delay at Fenway Monday night, according to Summer Anne Burton, can be an inspiration to us all. (Summer Anne Burton; NotGraphs)