6-21-2010: Sweep of LA, roster changes, 2010 draftees play, Sox sign Broughton


The Red Sox completed a three-game sweep of the Dodgers this weekend, and it was a lot of fun to watch. Turns out Manny Ramirez’s return was nothing at all. I told you Inter-League play is a good time for Red Sox Nation. Now tied with Tampa Bay for 2nd place, we are in a very strong position going forward. Game-by-game notes:

Game 1: Felix Doubront was not half bad in his Major League debut, and it was good enough for the victory. Guided by Jason Varitek, he showcased a strong 92-93 mph fastball and mixed in a couple of decent curves and changeups. He got 80% first pitch strikes, didn’t make too many mistakes, and he didn’t pitch scared. He was promptly sent back to Pawtucket, and the Sox called up Robert Manuel.

Game 2: Tim Wakefield continues to do what he does, torn 43-year old labrum and all. A lot of errors in this one, but hey, it’s the Ws that count, not the Es. It’s not like the overall defense is bad; rather, the opposite is true. Give some credit to Daniel Nava on Dustin Pedroia’s game-winning, walk-off single.

Game 3: That changeup Clay Buchholz throws is simply unfair. The “hand of God”, as it has been dubbed, made the Dodgers just look bad at the dish. That heads-up play by Pedroia in the 2nd inning proves why he is just so valuable to this team; aware that no one was covering 3rd base because of the shift on David Ortiz, he immediately got up and took the extra bag. That, children, is the way baseball is meant to be played. Adrian Beltre just makes it look so easy over at the hot corner. He calmly picked that rocket by Jamey Carroll on a mid-hop and threw him out. Another thing he makes look easy: smacking the ball to the triangle. How in the world does he generate all that power with one knee on the ground? Watching Darnell McDonald stumble around in right really makes me appreciate J.D. Drew’s defense (hopefully he’s back Tuesday). Speaking of outfield defense, Mike Cameron didn’t look his best in center, but that’s probably because he’s not anywhere near 100% yet.

Speaking of the defensive shift, Ben Lindbergh at BP does a nice analysis on our own J.D. Drew. Turns out that the shift seems to work on Drew- slightly. Probably.

As we predicted before, Boof Bonser was DFA’d. Look for him to get dealt this week to a team needing a starter, probably for a PTBNL or a decent reliever.

2010 draft picks Kolbrin Vitek and Bryce Brentz both debuted for Single-A Lowell this week, and both got a hit in their first game. Though they both played two ways in college, the Red Sox have no plans to develop them as pitchers. Draftee Anthony Ranaudo, who won’t sign for a while, opened some eyes in in his Cape Cod League debut with four scoreless innings.

The Red Sox signed RHP Jay Broughton out of an independent league. He comes from the Golden League, from which the Sox plucked Nava and RHP Robert Coello, currently playing for Pawtucket. Gotta give Boston props for scouting talent everywhere.

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