Boston Red Sox Early Season Domination of AL East Makes 2012 a Distant Memory

By Tyler Ash
Clay Buchholz
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It is nearly impossible to wipe away the memories of the 2012 Boston Red Sox season. How could anyone forget a season that saw the Red Sox lose 93 games, finishing last in the AL East? It is unbearable to recollect the memories of maligned manager Bobby Valentine running fan favorite Kevin Youkilis out of town. Valentine stooped so low as to say that the bench coaches “did not support him” and that his players helped form the “weakest September roster in the history of baseball”. Alas, the Red Sox horrific 2012 seasons is over and it is time to move on.

The 2013 season has gotten off to an astounding start for the Red Sox, restoring the faith and spirit in Red Sox Nation. The Red Sox have won five of their first seven games, all against AL East opponents. The Sox teed off on former CY Young award winner C.C. Sabathia on opening day at the Bronx in New Yankee Stadium, plating four runs of Sabathia en route to an 8-2 win. The Sox won their second contest behind a brilliant effort from Clay Buchholz, who tossed 7 innings of 1-run ball, allowing just six hits. The win gave the Red Sox their first 2-0 start since 1999 as they took two of three from the New York Yankees.

The Toronto Blue Jays proved to be no match for the Red Sox either as Boston was able to leave Canada with the series win. The Red Sox won the rubber match of the series as they racked reigning NL CY Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, scoring five first inning runs. Boston’s Will Middlebrooks clubbed three home runs as the Red Sox routed the Blue Jays 13-0 to win their second consecutive series against an American League East opponent.

Today, the Red Sox were able to treat their fans to an enjoyable opening day game at Fenway Park as Buchholz was once again masterful on the mound. Buchholz recorded his second win of the year, pitching seven shout-out innings to lower his ERA to an insane 0.64. Utility man Daniel Nava bashed a clutch three-run homer in the bottom of the 7th as the Sox defeated the Baltimore Orioles 3-1.

It may be extremely early in the season, but it is hard not to take pleasure in the Red Sox starting their 2013 campaign off to such a sizzling start — especially with all wins coming against division opponents. If the Red Sox are able to play this brand of baseball all year, then the horrific memories of 2012 can be wiped away and potentially replaced with glorified Red Sox moments in 2013.

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