17-9: Beckett wins sixth straight

BeckettJosh Beckett (6-0) is a charmed man this season. Another quality 103-pitch outing got him his sixth straight victory in six outings, tying him with Roger Clemens for the Red Sox record at the start of a season. Jason Varitek admitted after the game that it wasn’t Beckett’s best, but it was good enough. Beckett is a changed man this year, only having allowed a single home run in 39.2 innings. Last season, teams teed off on him, hitting six HR in April alone. He’s not going to keep this amazing pace, but look for Beckett to be an All-Star this year, and a serious Cy Young contender. The Red Sox won the game 6-4, with Mike Timlin getting the save (Papelbon unavailable).

Okajima pitchingCongratulations to Hideki Okajima for being named the AL Rookie of the Month. Boy does he ever deserve it. He pitched another scoreless inning last night to extend his streak to 13 1/3 innings. Timlin allowed an RBI single to Todd Walker, but was able to stem the tide for his first save of the year. He’s definitely not 100% right now, if you watch him pitch. His success this season will dictate a lot for the Red Sox bullpen this year.

Coco Crisp continues to be on the upswing, as he collected two more hits in this one (including a double), raising his batting average to .250 on the year. Let’s hope this is a sign of good things to come.

Mike Piazza collided with Mike Lowell on the basepaths, injuring his shoulder in the inning. He will be out 4-6 weeks, a huge blow to this borderline Oakland lineup.

Jon Lester experienced a setback in his latest start for AAA Pawtucket, as he left after three innings due to a cramp in his throwing forearm. The team doctor doesn’t think it’s anything serious, but Lester needing to be assigned somewhere May 5, the team will probably just leave him at Pawtucket for the time being.


2 Responses to 17-9: Beckett wins sixth straight

  1. fenwayfaithful says:

    I have found Okajima more exciting to watch than Dice K. He has something really good going on right now- hope it stays………..

  2. donchoi says:

    Okajima is fun to watch, even if just for his unusual delivery. He has incredible control; he focuses on his spot as he gets the sign and throws the ball almost without looking at home plate. That’s got to unnerve some hitters.

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