Josh Beckett looked good on the mound for a second straight outing as he allowed only one run over 7 2/3 innings. Still not pounding fastballs, Beckett's relying a lot on finesse and location to get guys out which has me wondering about his health. But he fielded his position like I cannot remember seeing before catching an infield pop up and turning a nifty 1-4-3 double play at one point.
Though I didn't care for the heat he took over "GolfGate" perhaps it woke him up a bit and reminded him he's still an employee of the team and the fans, and needs to play like he owes them something each week.
The guys brought the thunder to series with Philly with Aviles hitting back-to-back lead off homers and Salty crushing a couple of huge blasts as well. The Sox have won 8 of their last 10 to move to within a game of .500 and if they can maintain a pace similar to this for a while will climb out of the cellar and move back into contention in the highly competitive AL East.