"I mean, the guy who's supposed to hit the homers is not here anymore, Papi", Hanley Ramirez after the Red Sox' 8-1 win against the Baltimore Orioles last night.
Mookie Betts (flu) has played in only four games and is just starting to show signs of life with his 2-for-5 performance.
The Red Sox are the only ones that have it. Jackie Bradley Jr.is on the disabled list with a knee sprain, but Andrew Benintendi's bat is beginning to awaken, his 3-for-5 night pushing his average to.250.
Buck, with the flu, with the Red Sox.
Had the Red Sox been 100 percent this season and were a losing ball club, there's no doubt Farrell would be getting dragged to Logan airport by every Twitter-GM and sports-radio caller in town. The fielders collided and everybody was safe.
Christian Vazquez added a two-run triple in the eighth, capping off a 4-for-4 game, as the Red Sox tagged Baltimore pitchers for 15 hits and had back-to-back three-run innings in the seventh and eighth to blow the game open. Vazquez has now reached base in all seven of his plate appearances this season, as he had a double and was hit by a pitch twice in his other start.
Said Vazquez: "I'm trying to do, not to do too much".
As far as John Farrell could tell, this was as close as the nighttime, sniffling, sneezing, coughing, vomiting, keeping-them-from-playing-baseball Red Sox had been to full strength since the start of the season. They would have been great plays had we made them, but it just turned into ugly baseball after I didn't make that double play. We found some holes.
"He's going to take his work day there [in Sarasota, Fla.]", Showalter said.
In his first action since coming off the 10-day disabled list, Drew Pomeranz said after the game that he felt good and the 95-mph fast ball he threw by Baltimore slugger Mark Trumbo showcased how strong he felt.
His final line in six-plus innings: one run, four hits, one walk and six strikeouts. But the southpaw is certainly off to a good start and that bodes well for the back end of the Red Sox rotation.
After that, Showalter said Tillman would have more minor league rehab starts with the Orioles' various affiliates, with the first week in May targeted as his return date. That's the way he pitched in the National League. Ubaldo had a rough first game, giving up five runs in just 4 1/3 innings, but he actually didn't do it in typical Ubaldo fashion.