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A dozen thoughts about today's game

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  April 16, 2007 04:41 PM

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The Red Sox took a quick flight to Toronto after the 7-2 win over the Angels today at Fenway. Daisuke Matsuzaka was with the team and did not fly ahead.

A dozen thoughts on today’s game:

1. Josh Beckett has really found himself. His breaking pitch is so reliable after making a nice adjustment to the middle of the rubber. He has a 1.50 ERA in three starts. Can you say Cy Young?

2. Julio Lugo is a very energizing player. He went 2-for-4, and made two outstanding plays -- one on a sliding catch on his knees on a pop to short center field and the other on a play in the hole on which runner Gary Matthews shielded his vision. Many of his teammates commented that Lugo is a much better defensive player than he gets credit for.

3. The Angels couldn't wait to get out of here. They were outscored 25-3 in an awful display of baseball. They never seemed as if they were in the game. Good to hear Vlad Guerrero will be OK after being hit in the right wrist with a Beckett pitch in the first. He had to come out of the game.

4. David Ortiz hit his fourth homer in the fourth inning. Ortiz is trying to hit the ball more to left-center. Great thought.

5. Wily Mo Pena can't hit a curveball or change-up to save his life. It's too bad he's never been able to spend a full season in the minors.

6. Kevin Youkilis thought people had jumped to conclusions too early about the lack of potency in the Red Sox lineup.

7. In the last six games, Sox starters have a 1.50 ERA. When Orlando Cabrera hit a first-inning home run it snapped a streak of 14 straight scoreless innings by the starters.

8. With B.J. Ryan on the shelf in Toronto and Mike Mussina, Carl Pavano and Chien-Ming Wang all on the DL for the Yankees, the Sox have a great chance to do some damage in the East.

9. What got so much attention was a fan getting hit with a slice of pizza in the left field corner after he had reached out and prevented Garrett Anderson from making a catch in foul territory. Beer flew everywhere, and then came the pizza to go with it.

10. Ervin Santana is now 9-13 with a 6.78 on the road for his career.

11. There were 35,424 announced at Fenway. There had to be at least 10,000 empty seats.

12. Mike Lowell on playing in the Rogers Centre: "I just want to go somewhere where I can wear short sleeves."

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