Thursday, April 7, 2011

Rays, Red Sox Winless

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-Digger's Daily-

Early season blues biting AL East favorites Tampa Bay and Boston. General managers from both clubs kept busy during the off-season re-arranging their rosters. The pieces are slow to gel.

AL East is on it's head from a year ago. Boston and Tampa dead last (0-5). Baltimore and Toronto tied for first (4-1) as Yanks (3-2) stay close behind. Hometown newspapers buzzing loudly as poor play rules the day.

No need for panic. It's only the first week of a new season. Tell it to the fans. Manny Ramirez already hearing boo-birds. Sox papers calling their heroes woeful. Offenses for both clubs sputtering. Tampa's notched 7 runs in 5 games. B.J. Upton (.333) represents the only starter batting over .176. Boston's plated an unimpressive 16 while pitchers battered for 37 against (8.16 ERA).

Everyone expects winning ways to bless these teams. Good news for Boston. They're about to begin a 10 game home stand against division rivals. New York (3), Tampa (3) & Toronto come to town. Sox pitchers better bring their A games against powerhouse Yanks and Jays. Tampa has a very tough stretch coming up. Four games in Chicago before heading to Boston (3). Things won't get any easier if the Rays keep losing. Minnesota comes to town for four followed by a four game rematch against Chicago.

2011 getting late early? Time will tell.


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