The Red Sox beat the Marlins last night 10-2, behind yet another stellar outing from this season's pleasant surprise -- Felix Doubront. Doubront went 7 innings, striking out 9 to raise his K total to 81 for the season.
The guys are still a game under .500 and 6.5 games out of first and four games behind the Rays who got their asses handed to them two straight games by the Mets to fall out of first and back to third place in the AL East.
Young Felix has a 7-3 record and a 4.17 era this season as a starter. Very impressive for a second year guy who spent last year in the bullpen. Doubront's given a series of quality starts and is giving the Sox some muscle at the back end of the rotation.
Very nice :-)
The guys head to Chicago to play a series with the Cubs, where former Sox GM Theo Epstein is now in charge of baseball operations, or some such grandiose title. Here's hoping the Sox throw a major smackdown on Theo's new team in payback for the mess he left behind in Boston, the team he once couldn't wait to help win a title.
Speaking of the Cubs -- guess who's working his way through the Sox triple A system? Mark Prior! The former Cub phenom has been out of baseball for what, like 6 years?! But the Sox gave him a chance to get back into the bigs, and word is Prior's lighting it up in the minors and could possibly find himself in the Sox bullpen before the year's out.
How cool would that be?