Kevin Youkilis put on a show for the Red Sox fans at Fenway Park eagerly awaiting his return, gaining three hits and scoring the lone White Sox run in the first inning following a monstrous standing ovation. Adrian Gonzalez belted a three-run shot to left center in the eighth inning to give Boston the 5-1 advantage, but the real thrill was seeing Youkilis excel with his new team in his first game at Fenway since being dealt to Chicago in late June.
Youk is batting .323 with three homers and 15 RBIs in 17 games with the White Sox. “The place was pretty loud and rocking,” he said. “It was really cool. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone. I just wish it could have ended better and wish we could have won the game.”
Carl Crawford notched a base hit and scored two runs in his 2012 debut. The veteran outfielder was sidelined for the first 89 games of the season with wrist and elbow injuries. “I don’t know if I have to prove something,” said Crawford, “but I definitely want to prove to myself that I can still play this game at a high level and contribute to this team, try to play and help the team win.”
Aaron Cook let up five hits and one run for Boston, lasting seven innings before Vicente Padilla and Alfredo Aceves came in to close the game out. The Red Sox will host the White Sox for three more games with Jon Lester scheduled to start tonight against Chicago’s Philip Humber. Purchase your Boston Red Sox tickets here at Ace!