Dustin Pedroia became the first Red Sox second baseman in team history to get four extra-base hits in one game. The last AL 2B to have four extra-base hits: Carlos Baerga (Sept. 20, 1990).
J.D. Drew was named American League Player of the Month for June: .337/.462/.848, with seven doubles, two triples, 12 homers, 29 RBI, 27 runs scored and eight multi-hit games.
David Ortiz is making progress:
I'll probably be hitting in the field maybe when I get back to Boston [July 7]. It all depends on how I feel. This is kind of a weird injury, and it's because one day you feel really good, and another day you feel kind of weak. ... Every day I feel better. Every day I discover something new, but in a good way.Jason Varitek continues to slump. He is hitless in his last 17 at-bats and is 3-for-48 (.063) in his past 15 games. Since the beginning of June, Varitek is hitting .113 and slugging .163 (23 games, 90 plate appearances).
Tampa walked Kevin Youkilis intentionally twice and both times, Varitek ended the inning with an out. And when Boston had the tying run at first with one out in the ninth inning, not only did Terry Francona allow Varitek to bat, but he called for a hit-and-run. Varitek swung and missed and Lowell was easily thrown out. Three pitches later, Tek was called out on strikes (his 3rd whiff of the night) to end the game.
More on Tek's woes at The House That Dewey Built.
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