Pedroia, Sox romp in Bowden’s debut


With injuries decimating the Sox lineup, Boston showed its positional depth and flexibility yesterday. Dustin Pedroia could get used to this whole cleanup hitter thing. The 5-9, 180 lb Pedroia went 4-4 with a walk in his first start in that role, moving himself into 1st place in the AL batting race. Pedey will fill the number 4 hole again today against Gavin Floyd.

Jason Bay just keeps producing, with two more RBI. Mark Kotsay also went 3-5 with two doubles and 3 RBI, and is now hitting .385 since joining the Sox.

Michael Bowden looked solid in his Major League debut, walking Orlando Cabrera to start the game, but then settling down to pitch five good innings. He was sent back to Pawtucket right after the game. I thought he had good control and poise for a first-timer. He didn’t try to do too much and stayed within himself, and trusted Jason Varitek, and that helped him to be successful. Francona had good things to say about him, but here’s what White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen had to say after the game:

He got us on a bad day. He’s OK, he didn’t really impress me.

Yeah, sure, make excuses you jerk. He’s probably just trying to rile people up again. Sore loser.

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