Kevin Youkilis and the Red Sox (4-5) are showing signs of life after a 1-5 start. Boston has taken the first three games of a four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays with Youk going 4-10, scoring five runs, driving in three, and walking three times, raising his batting average to .200. That may not seem like much, but given that he had just two hits in his previous 20 at bats… ‘nuf said.
Youkilis was a guest on Opening Day for this rock station. Perhaps more than most cities, Opening Day in Boston is almost a holiday, especially this year, as the storied Fenway Park celebrates its centennial.
Ryan Braun and the Brewers (4-6) suffered a three-game sweep at the hands of the Atlanta Braves. Braun was 5-12 with two runs scored, one double, and two RBIs.
Ike Davis hit his first home run in yesterday’s 8-2 loss to the Phillies. His blast gave the Mets (6-3) an early lead, but the bullpen blew up, accounting for seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings to cost the team a chance at a sweep against their arch-rivals.
Because of a new rule, Josh Satin was back with the Mets, albeit briefly, over the weekend. According to this story on MLB.com, “Though Satin was not active for Saturday’s game against the Phillies, he was in Philadelphia as part of the “taxi squad” provision built into Major League Baseball’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Mets flew Satin in from Triple-A Buffalo in case they needed to place David Wright on the disabled list, an event that never took place.” Indeed, Wright, who had missed the previous three games, hit a home run on the first pitch he saw.
Ian Kinsler has cooled off a bit after his usual hot start. It’s amazing hos just a few hitless at bats can cuase a hitter’s batting average to plummet. Prior to the three games against the Twins — all wings by the way; Texas is 8-2 — Kinsler was hitting .370. It’s now .268. He was 1-14, with the one hit being his fourth home run of the year. Scott Feldman has appeared in just one game so far, and that was on April 9.
In the series against the Rangers, Danny Valencia was 3-11, scoring two runs, and driving in one. He’s batting .267. The Twins are 2-7. Jason Marquis is expected to join the team on Wednesday, after another strong tune-up in the minors.