Some accomplishments, some setbacks, some news well-known, some lesser:
- Last night Josh Beckett continued his early-season hotstreak, pushing his record to 6-0 (here he comes, George Herman!). Need more evidence of his success beyond the gaudy record? Beckett has given up one homer in 39+ innings and only walked nine.
- Uber-prospect Clay Buchholz sparkled in Portland, lowering his ERA to a measly 1.16 in four starts.
- Jon Lester’s rehab start in Pawtucket was a struggle, cut short due to forearm cramps. Rob Bradford reports them as "apparently nothing serious", while Pete Abraham uses the setback to reiterate that the Sox need Roger Clemens.
- One of the founding partners of the current Sox’ ownership team (a New Yorker!) sells his share, all terms of the finances are undisclosed, of course. Wouldn’t want anyone knowing what the team is worth, right?
- The Sox keep their player translators at a distance, hoping this fosters communication between the players themselves on the multi-ethnic squad. Seems to be working, based on the relationship of new BFF Julian Tavarez and Daisuke Matsuzaka.