The Boston Red Sox have had a great start to the 2013 season, winning 2-out-3 games against the New York Yankees. Although they were able to score runs and win ballgames, there was something missing from their game — the long ball.
Coming into Friday night’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Red Sox had yet to hit for a home run. That game ended in the 6-4 win over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ont. Friday night.
Mike Napoli crushed a 1-1 pitch over the right field wall in the fifth inning while grabbing two RBI in the process. Napoli joined the Red Sox this offseason for his ability to hit the ball with power. His fifth inning bomb was something Red Sox Nation has been waiting to see and is a welcome sight with David Ortiz on the disabled list.
Last season, Red Sox fans fell in love with prospect Will Middlebrooks. The third baseman was having a banner year before going down with a hand injury and ending his season short. It took the 24-year-old four games, but he managed to get his first long ball of the season on Friday night in the top of the ninth inning.
With the two home runs, the Red Sox can breathe a little easier knowing the home run drought is behind them and they can get back to focusing on winning ballgames.
The two teams are back at it on Saturday afternoon as John Lackey gets his first start for the Red Sox since returning from tommy john surgery. First pitch is set for 1:07 p.m. eastern.