A Red Sox designated hitter has not had a hit since the first inning last Wednesday.
After a flair that fell into short right-center for a single, David Ortiz went 0-for-his-last-10 against the Angels and Rocco Baldelli went 0-for-11 in Seattle over the weekend (though he did walk twice). Boston's DHs went 1-for-25 on the short west coast trip.
Sean McAdam offers a Quarterly Report in today's Herald. The Red Sox's starters' ERA (5.76) is tied for worst in the American League with Baltimore, they have played seven series against the trio of Tampa Bay, New York and Los Angeles and David Ortiz is slugging .300. Yet Boston has the third-best record in the AL and is tied for fourth in runs scored.
Kevin Youkilis played first base and lead off for Pawtucket last night. "I felt good. Just a little rusty ..." MLB.com: "In the first, he had a five-pitch at-bat, grounding out to third baseman Mike Lamb. Leading off in the third, he struck out on four pitches. In his final at-bat, he walked on four pitches."
Mark Kotsay may rejoin the Red Sox during this Blue Jays/Mets homestand.