After a late-night flight out to Oaktown, the Sox have to pick their weary bones up and get ready to play after a long trip west. No better way to do this than to check the AL’s recent weekly and monthly honors, and see that Dustin Pedroia has been named both Rookie of the Month (for May) and PotW for his recent heroics. Pedroia has exceeded expectations, not unlike the team itself, who have surged to the best record in the AL despite inconsistency from Daisuke Matsuzaka, a DL stint for their ace, Tim Wakefield throwing batting practice during real games for about a month, extended slumps from Manny Ramirez, Julio Lugo, Coco Crisp, and JD Drew, and a nagging injury to David Ortiz (who has gone homerless for roughly 70 at-bats). Oakland isn’t much of a cure for this, though; the foul territory is voluminous and Danny Haren excels at home, with a 1.70 ERA and four wins. He’s on a six game winning streak, and tonight is going to be a tough one. Julian Tavarez has surprised us before, so we’ll keep our chin up, for at least a little while.
Use this as your thread for tonight’s action.