The Boston Red Sox used some of their fresh blood to beat up the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday night at Fenway Park, reminding all of Red Sox Nation that this team is deeper than most.
Making his first start for the Red Sox was the fresh-faced Rubby De La Rosa, who was acquired in the massive, franchise-changing Adrian Gonzalez-Josh Beckett-Carl Crawford trade. There has been a lot of hype surrounding De La Rosa after the deal and Red Sox fans were very interested in seeing how his first start at Fenway Park would go.
Oh, Red Sox Nation was not disappointed. Against an always tough Rays lineup, the youngster tossed seven innings of shutout baseball, allowing just four hits without walking a batter to go along with his eight punchouts. To say he was impressive would be an understatement and with Clay Buchholz on the shelf, De La Rosa may be the perfect filler for the time being.
Brock Holt and Jackie Bradley Jr. didn’t want to be left out of the conversation regarding Boston’s future. Both players homered, supplying De La Rosa with the offense he barely needed to earn his first-ever victory with the Red Sox. The bottom of the Sox lineup was fantastic, with Grady Sizemore adding two hits and Jonathan Herrera going 3-for-4.