Maybe He Should Have Started

OK, I’m just kidding. He’s been relieving for so long that it’s a stretch to think Justin Masterson could have started this game (as a rookie no less).

But you have to be impressed with how he’s come in and shut the Rays down after they used Wakefield for batting pratice. The top of the 4th ended with Masterson freezing Carlos Pena for strike 3.

I forgot to mention Kevin Cash’s home run in the 3rd to make it a 5-1 game. As the Sox point out (and Lynchie actually remembers) he’s the first Red Sox to homer in his first postseason at-bat since Jose Santiago did it in Game 1 of the 1967 World Series against St. Louis. A later update reminds us that Todd Walker did it as well against Oakland in 2003.

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