Red Sox take Braves series, Youk traded to the other Sox, Sox must make room for returning players

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Today the Red Sox notched their second victory over the Atlanta Braves to take the series. After dropping the first game, the Sox have put up the offense to bring the Sox above the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East standings.

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Some rather sad news today, Kevin Youkilis has been traded Chicago White Sox for infielder/outfielder, Brent Lillibridge, and RHP Zach Stewart. For a while now, it’s been floating around that Youkilis would be traded due to Middlebrooks performance since joining the roster. In addition, Josh Beckett is on the DL due to a right shoulder inflammation which promoted Clay Mortensen. Ryan Sweeney was placed on the DL because of a fractured toe. Scott Podsednik might return in  early July after straining his left groin. Then most recently Daniel Bard has been placed back in the bullpen, while Daisuke Matsuzaka has returned from his Tommy John surgery and replaced him after Bard’s last horrible outing that demoted him to the Triple-A to fix his control and command. Clay Buchholz was additionally placed on the DL on June 24th because of gastrointestinal issues. Ellsbury and Crawford as well as Andrew Bailey are possibly returning to the Red Sox in July too and the Sox need to figure out the outfield as Ryan Kalish and Nava have been great contributions after being called up.

Surprisingly before the Red Sox took on the Atlanta Braves, the Red Sox held the Miami Marlins to five runs each game.  In the first game, Ortiz and Shoppach both hit two run home runs to power the Sox in the 7-5 win. Also Cody Ross had his own solo shot as well. Buchholz unfortunately  gave up five runs after claiming he wanted the extra day for rest. In the second game, Ortiz blasted a grand slam, Aviles belted a three-run homer, Middlebrooks blasted a two-run shot, then Saltalamacchia hit a solo shot as well. All four people managed to hit every home run possible in the blowout game against the Marlins. In addition, Nava had a four hit night and Ross had a three-run double. Doubront didn’t give a stellar performance, but managed to receive the win anyway. Middlebrooks saved the Red Sox in the last game versus the Miami Marlins when he tied the game 5-5 in the 8th with a two run homer. Then Nava got the go-ahead RBI and Aceves came out to have a 1-2-3 inning.

Concerning the Braves series, the Red Sox managed to hold the Braves to four runs each game and took two out of three. Tomorrow the Blue Jays roll into town for an AL East battle. The Red Sox will looking to Doubront (8-3, 4.31 ERA) to keep the Red Sox ahead and lower the games behind the AL East leaders, New York Yankees, presently. He will be against Henderson Alvarez (3-6, 4.30 ERA). The game begins on NESN at 7.10pm from Fenway Park.

Take care Youk and thanks for everything you’ve done for the Red Sox. Hope you enjoy the new Sox.

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