So . . . AJ is hurt, and Dustin Moseley subs, in a performance reminiscent of Linus coming in for poor Charlie Brown and impressing the Little Red-Haired Girl.
Berkman, three hits--two doubles--vs. Beckett. 5 for 25--at the Mendoza line, precisely--then a late-inning strikeout. O well.
Not for nothing, but when Berkman came up in the fifth, the Red Sox put the shift on, moving the third-baseman to the shortstop position. Is Berkman unknown in this league? Neither the Cardinals nor Cubs have played Berkman that way for six years. Play that way against Berkman with a righty pitcher, he'll slice singles and doubles to left and hit .330 lefty. Get a fastball up, goodbye.