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6/8/07: Double Drew Good for Sox

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Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek, upper right, cannot reach a ball hit into the crowd by Arizona Diamondbacks' Eric Byrnes in the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 8, 2007, in Phoenix.
BOS - 10
ARI - 03
W - Beckett (9-0)
L - Davis (4-7)

THE STARTER:

Sometimes pitchers get rusty after hitting the disabled list for 15 days. Don't tell Josh Beckett that. He doesn't know the meaning of "rusty" this season. Beckett earned another win last night, this time against the D-Backs. Beckett dominated, going 8 innings, striking out 8, walking none, and allowing just two earned runs.

THE 'PEN:

Only Joel Pineiro was needed in the 9th inning last night. He pitched a perfect inning. Pineiro seems to pitch his best when there's absolutely no pressure.

THE LINEUP:

There were 10 runs in last night's ballgame. And 7 of those were thanks to one player: JD Drew. Yes, the unlikely hero seems to have snapped out of a huge slump that he's been in. Drew hit two three-run dingers, one in the third off Doug Davis and one in the sixth off Edgar Gonzalez. Hopefully this is a turn-around game for Mr. Drew. Other notables: Manny Ramirez went 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. Julio Lugo hit a leadoff home run, scored two runs, and walked once.

THE FIELD:

Jason Varitek had another error on the season last night. Lugo had a great play by waiting until Alberto Callaspo took his hand off second base for a SPLIT second and tagged him, getting a crucial out that would have had two men on-base.


WINNER: Drew and Beckett. The gun and bat of the night.


WINNER: None tonight.