He may not be the future of the Red Sox, but Pedro Ciriaco is the present. He's right now, this week, which, with Dustin Pedroia sidelined, is all the Red Sox really need.
One-time Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland, two years removed from emergency surgery to repair a cavernous malformation in his brain, is operated on again because of complications stemming from the condition.
The bullpen nails down the final four innings to help the Red Sox get the second half started on the right foot.
David Ortiz homers and Franklin Morales hurls five shutout innings as the Red Sox start the second half with a 3-1 win over the Rays.
The illness that took Adrian Gonzalez out of the series finale against the Yankees keeps him out on Friday against the Rays.