The Boston Red Sox are heading into the 2010 MLB All-Star break on a positive note after getting a 3-2 win yesterday afternoon over the Toronto Blue Jays behind a strong effort on the mound by Daisuke Matsuzaka and home runs from Darnell McDonald and David Ortiz.
It was a much needed win for the Red Sox as it allowed them to keep pace with the two teams they are chasing in the standings. The Red Sox enter the break trailing the New York Yankees by five games for first place in the AL East and are three games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for second place and in the AL wild card.
Ironically enough, the Red Sox have the fourth most wins in MLB this season but are in third place in their own division. This just tells you how tough the AL East is and will be for the rest of the season. It really could come down to who makes the best moves during the upcoming trade deadline frenzy.
The break couldn't have come soon enough for the Red Sox either. With a good portion of the team on the disabled list and a few others battling nagging injuries, the All-Star break will give the team time to heal.
Surprisingly yesterday, the good Dice-K showed up. He attacked the strike zone and commanded the ball well with all of his pitches. Now if he just do this consistently, it could really help the Red Sox in the second half.
The good news for Red Sox fans is that Josh Beckett should be back soon. He made the first of two rehab starts yesterday for the Pawtucket Red Sox and looked good on the mound.
Beckett threw mostly fastballs in his 68 pitch, four inning effort. He retired 12 of the 14 batters he faced and allowed just two hits and one run while striking out four.
With the Red Sox off for the break, we'll be sure to keep you updated on any news that comes about but for now enjoy the overnight links after the jump.