Back from Skydome. Having the roof open makes a huge difference in my enjoyment of a game. As does Boston being on the winning side of a 9-2 score.
Beckett was once again great (7-5-1-1-5, 88), although Alex Rios did tattoo his first pitch of the game for a home run to left. ... After that HR, Adam Lind doubled on a 0-1 pitch and I'll admit I was a tad worried (having seen Beckett get shelled at Skydome last season) But he settled down. Working with an 8-1 lead helped, I'm sure. After allowing a one-out double in the second, he retired the next 11 batters on only 37 pitches.
The Red Sox played long ball, too. Youkilis hit a solo shot in the first, Pedroia had a three-run job in the second, Lowell hit a three-run bomb in the third, and then Varitek followed Lowell by pounding Zambrano's next pitch over the wall in dead center.
Devern Hansack made his 2007 debut in the eighth and had some control problems (he walked 3 of 6 batters), but only one run scored.
Varitek went 4-for-4 with a walk and scored three runs. Youkilis was 3-for-3 before leaving the game after getting plunked in the sixth.
Before Lugo doubled home Boston's last run in the eighth, he had a .301 OBP and a .299 SLG (now it's up to .306 and .314). It might be time to move him out of the leadoff spot. ... Then again, we're 21-10. We can afford to wait and see if he comes out of this slump.
Josh Beckett (2.72, 159 ERA+) / Victor Zambrano (5.63, 79 ERA+)
Against Beckett: Vernon Wells is 7-for-15, with 4 home runs, Overbay 3-for-14, Thomas 2-for-11, and Glaus 2-for-10.
Aganst Zambrano: Manny is 4-for-26, with 7 strikeouts, Hinske 6-for-23, Varitek 3-for-15, and Ortiz 5-for-12, with 2 home runs (also 7 walks for a .632 OBP).
If you're at Skydome tonight, swing by Aisle 116, Row 16, Seats 7 & 8 and say Hi. It's been a sunny, beautiful day today; I hope they open the roof.
Beth has NESN's "Cuddle Cam" clip of Manny and Sexy Lips. (Remy may be giggling harder than Orsillo, which I didn't think was possible.)