Red Sox notes: Youkilis hits first homer since July


Red Sox notes: Youkilis hits first homer since July

By Danny Picard

BOSTON -- With Friday night's loss, the Red Sox are now 2-10 on the season. They've started 2-10 only three other times in club history: 1925, 1927, and 1996. As hard as it is to take positives out of the latest defeat, there was one.

One would be Kevin Youkilis, who hit his first home run of the season, which was a two-run shot to deep center off of Toronto starter Brett Cecil in the third inning. It gave the Red Sox a 3-0 lead at the time, and marked his first home run since last July.

"It was a great swing," said Francona. "The ball wasn't carrying real well, and he drove the heck out of that ball."

Dustin Pedroia also homered for the Red Sox. It was a solo shot over the monster in the third that put Boston up 1-0, marking his second home run of the season.

Francona admitted after the game that Carl Crawford is beginning to get a "little bit" frustrated with his poor start to the season. Crawford finished Friday's loss 0-for-5 with a strikeout in the leadoff spot.

"Trying to do too much," said Francona. "Trying to do it before it happens.

"He's going to get hot. I don't care if we hit him one through nine. At some point, he's going to get real hot. That's probably something I need to sit and talk to him about, because the last thing I want to do is hinder somebody. I want to help him."

A pretty big call was overturned in the top of the first inning on Friday night, after Adam Lind drove a low liner down the right field line toward Pesky's pole. It was initially ruled a three-run home run, but after the review, it was ruled a long foul ball.

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