Verlander Shuts Down Sox

With his final five pitches of the eighth inning,  Justin Verlander hit 99, 99, 99, 100, and 100 on the Fenway radar gun in striking out Jason. It was typical of the dominant performance put forth by the Detroit yesterday in the Tigers 2-0 win over the Red Sox.

Adam Kilgore has the Red Sox in awe of Verlander, while Clay Buchholz again pitched well enough to win. John Tomase has the Sox upbeat heading into Texas, despite not having a chance against Verlander yesterday. Kevin McNamara notes that Verlander is the latest big name pitcher to completely shut down the Sox. Matt Tempesta says Verlander was in complete control yesterday. Ron Chimelis has another strong Buchholz start going to waste. Alex Speier has the Red Sox facing their Kryptonite yesterday.

Sean McAdam is impressed by how Clay Buchholz has looked in his last two starts. Brian MacPherson says that as good as Verlander was yesterday, he still didn’t upstaged Buchholz, who was very impressive himself. Bill Ballou is impressed by Buchholz’s last two starts, and the maturity he has displayed. Speier has Buchholz making Major Strides in his last two outings.

Nick Cafardo says that the Red Sox just need to not think about the Yankees the AL East and instead focus on beating out the Rangers for the wild card. Daniel Barbarisi agrees that the Rangers series looms huge for the Sox. Chimelis says that the Sox need to keep Mike Lowell in the lineup everyday. Jon Couture says that we’re closing in on the time when every inning becomes critical.

Rob Bradford has Josh Beckett focused on wins, not Cy Young votes. McAdam has Verlander getting stronger over the course of his start yesterday. He also looks at more Ortiz woes at the plate. Bill Burt has a frustrated Mike Lowell pressing through an “awkward” time. Mike Fine says that the Red Sox pitchers could use some offensive support.

Kilgore’s Minor League notebook has a look at Portland’s Daniel Nava who has gone from washing the uniforms of his college team to one of the most prolific hitters in the Red Sox farm system. Silverman’s minor league notebook has Michael Bowden ready to pitch in whenever he is needed.

Stephen Smith says that the depression which hit Jerry Remy during his bout with cancer is not that unusual.

Kilgore’s notebook has David Ortiz right back in the slump that he started the season in. Tomase’s notebook says that assistant GM Jed Hoyer is a finalist for the Washington Nationals GM job. The ProJo Red Sox Journal says that Buchholz has been successful in his last two starts by being a groundball pitcher. Ballou’s notebook has more on Ortiz’s latest slump. Tempesta’s notebook has Buchholz a victim of circumstance. Chimelis’ notebook has the Sox confident heading into Texas.

Patriots Links Coming – Check Gut Check on Patriots Daily for a recap of last night.