Sox offense 'not working'

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Sox offense 'not working'

DETROIT -- It's impossible to lay the blame anywhere else but on Josh Beckett for Saturday's 10-0 shellacking by the Detroit Tigers. Beckett was shelled for five homers and seven runs in just 4 23 innings.

But after two games, the Red Sox offense is lacking, too. In 18 innings so far, they've scored just two runs and both of those came in the same inning -- the ninth inning on Opening Day against Tigers' closer Jose Valverde.

That means the Sox' offense has been held scoreless in 17 of the 18 innings to date.

"We've got to do a better job,'' said catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who authored the only extra-base hit the Sox got yesterday, smacking a leadoff double in the third. "We've got to get guys on base, we've got some get some runs. We've got to get these pitchers some room to breathe so they can go out there and pitch a little more comfortable.''

In the two games to date, Red Sox hitters are hitting a collective .188 and have just two hits in 12 at-bats with runners in scoring position. They've stranded 12 baserunners in two games and have struck out 19 times in two games.

Kevin Youkilis, the No. 5 hitter in the lineup, is hitless in eight at-bats and has struck out four times. He's gotten the ball out of the infield just once in two games.

"I haven't had good at-bats,'' admitted Youkilis. "But, hey, in 162 games, you're going to have two bad games. These are two bad ones. Hopefully, after the two bad ones, I start
clicking real well and helping this team win.''

"I guess we've got to come back and make better adjustments,'' said DH David Ortiz, who's had some good at-bats with three hits and sacrifice fly in the two games. "It's going to happen. Everybody's adrenaline is high right now and wants to do good. That's part of the game.''

With just three bench players available to him thanks to a 13-man pitching staff, it's not like manager Bobby Valentine has the flexibility to try a lot of different things.

But, clearly, something has to change.

"We definitely have to make some adjustments,'' said Saltalamacchia. "What we're doing now is not working.''

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Jets coach Todd Bowles: 'Garoppolo can play'

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Jets coach Todd Bowles: 'Garoppolo can play'

The Jets don't have to play the Patriots during the first four weeks of the season, but they'll be watching as their division rivals go to work with Jimmy Garoppolo behind center. 

Jets head coach Todd Bowles is expecting more of the same from New England despite Tom Brady's four-game suspension.

"Garoppolo can play," Bowles told the New York Daily News. "They don't worry about who they have. They just have a system in place and they go play football. I think people underestimate that. You still have to knock off the champs. It's theirs until somebody takes it from them."

The Patriots haven't had a quarterback other than Brady take snaps of consequence since Brady tore his ACL in Week 1 of the 2008 season. Garoppolo is still a relative unknown given his 31 total pass attempts over the last two years, but with coach Bill Belichick still on the sidelines, and Belichick's system still in place, Bowles is assuming the Patriots will be a very good team once again -- even without their best player for the first month of the season. 

"They got a good team," Bowles said. "It's not just us. It's everybody. We split 1-1 (against them last year). They're a tough team. They're a tough out. They've had a coach and a quarterback and a system in place for a long time. There's a bunch of ways to skin a cat. They've found pretty good ways to skin it. They do what they have to."