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Home » May 2010 Game CommentsMay 2010 » Take These Broken Wings

Take These Broken Wings

And learn to flutter up the AL East standings over the molting Blue Jays. Toronto shed their early winning plumage in favor of the subdued hues of mediocrity they sport when playing the Red Sox. The Blue Jays have yet to defeat Boston this season but have been doing so well against the rest of the league that they remain a half a game ahead of the Red Sox in the standings.

Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched like the phenom he was promised to be when John W. Henry placed the highest posting fee ever for a Nippon Professional Baseball player. The starter struck out nine, walked none, gave up three hits, and gave up a single run over seven innings. Even Matsuzaka’s most vocal critic Jerry Remy admitted he enjoyed the starter’s improved, aggressive approach to batters.

Blue Jays starter Dana Eveland carried on the tradition established by Brandon Morrow and walked more batters than he struck out. In the second inning Jason Varitek hit the sole home run off Eveland; playing part-time may have been difficult for the catcher to accept but the role has benefited him and his team immensely.

Darnell McDonald had a smashing debut but has cooled considerably in May. He broke out of an 0-for-12 skid with an RBI double in the fourth, joining Varitek, J.D. Drew, Bill Hall, and Kevin Youkilis with RBIs in this game. To harp on a much plucked upon theme, Theo Epstein composed the team to win games in this manner: modest contributions from the lineup chiming in with just enough runs to support a virtuoso pitching staff.

Although the Bruins failed Monday night to put away the Flyers in a disheartening manner, as the Red Sox ensured a series win against the Blue Jays the Celtics trounced the Cavaliers 120-88. The Celtics secured a 3-2 lead in the series, but as I didn’t believe in Varitek’s reinvigorated career I am dubious about the resuscitation of the Celtics’ playoff hopes.

Game 34: May 11, 2010
Blue Jays
1L: Dana Eveland (3-2)
2B: John Buck (10), Fred Lewis (10)
WinRed Sox
6W: Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-1)
2B: Dustin Pedroia (13), Darnell McDonald (4)
HR: Jason Varitek (6)

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