Early success no surprise to Red Sox

Early success no surprise to Red Sox
April 15, 2013, 7:00 pm
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BOSTON –Before the start of the season, there weren’t too many prognosticators outside of the Red Sox clubhouse who would have predicted that at any point in the season the Sox would be at the top of the American League East standings. But, there they are, with a record of 8-4, and a .667 winning percentage.
 
They completed their sweep of the Rays with a 3-2 walk-off win on Monday, finishing the first homestand of the season with a record of 4-2.
 
All their games have been within the American League East.
 
“You look at the games in our division, many ways they count as two,” said manager John Farrell said. “And to get out of the gate with the way we’ve played, particularly the way we’ve played defense and pitched, it’s very encouraging. We're going to continue to get tested, obviously. But to have this first 12 games inside this division, it’s been a very good start.”
 
“That’s what you want to do,” said Jarrod Saltalamacchia. “You want to try and space the gap as much as possible.  But it’s April, anything can happen, it's a great division, period. We’re not going to take things too lightly and think we’re too good, because that’s when you can get in trouble. So we’re going to go out there and continue to do what we’ve been doing.”
 
While some observers might be surprised at the Sox’ early-season success, they are not.
 
“No, not at all,” said third baseman Will Middlebrooks. “The way we hit it off in spring and so far our chemistry, we’ve had a really good feeling about this team and hopefully we can keep it going.”
 
“The talent’s always been there, the pitching’s always been there,” said Saltalamacchia. “We have a lot of the same guys we’ve had in the past. We’ve just got to execute and keep ourselves in some close ball games and win them.”