Red Sox wrap-up after win over Jays

May, 12, 2010
BOSTON -- A few final notes following the Red Sox' 6-1 victory over the Blue Jays:

Plan with Mike Cameron. Manager Terry Francona said that outfielder Mike Cameron (lower abdominal strain) will come to Fenway Park on Wednesday after going 1 for 3 in a rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday, before returning to Pawtucket to play again Thursday.

Praise for Jason Varitek. Asked how locked in catcher Jason Varitek is at the plate after a 2 for 3 night that included a home run, Francona said: "He's done a great job, that's stating the obvious." Varitek has played in 14 games and is hitting .342 on the season. Francona lauded him for staying sharp despite not playing every day, noting that as a switch-hitter it adds to his challenge. Varitek now has six home runs on the season (in 42 plate appearances). He didn't have his sixth home run last season until his 125th plate appearance.

Bunts. The Red Sox improved to 7-2 on the current homestand. ... They have now won five straight over the Blue Jays. ... Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed just three base runners. ... Kevin Youkilis was hit by a pitch for the 63rd time in his career, one shy of tying Jim Rice for second on the Red Sox' all-time list (Mo Vaughn is first at 71). ... Dustin Pedroia was 2 for 4, turning in his ninth multi-hit game since April 24. ... J.D. Drew's single in the fifth inning was Boston's first bunt single of the season, and his first since July 6, 2004 while playing for the Braves (at Montreal). ... Darnell McDonald is now batting .364 (8 for 22) against left-handed pitchers this season.

Mike Reiss

ESPN Staff Writer



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