Veteran infielder Mike Lowell stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the second inning to a standing ovation from the 37,402 in attendance last night at Fenway Park. The 2007 World Series MVP didn’t waste any time proving his worth, sending the first pitch he saw over the monster to give his Red Sox the early advantage en route to their 3-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Lowell hasn’t been listed on the roster since June 13th. Before Kevin Youkilis was deactivated with a thumb injury on Monday, Boston considered shopping him around before the trade deadline. It’s now clear that the 36-year old will remain in Red Sox uniform and look to contribute during their most crucial point in the season.
“It was definitely more than I expected,” said Lowell after the game. “I don’t remember too many ovations like that. I was glad I could come through as quickly as I did.” Josh Beckett was stellar on the hill through eight innings, holding the Indians to one run on three hits. Also fresh off the disabled list, Beckett was thrilled to see his teammate succeed when they needed him most, saying “with him being one of my best friends in baseball, that was a great moment.” Jacoby Ellsbury will take the leadoff spot tonight for the Sox for the first time since early April. Boston will play host to the Indians for two more games before starting their west coast road trip in Oakland. Purchase your Boston Red Sox tickets with us at Ace!