It appears my misgivings about starting Ortiz at first instead of Youkilis were unfounded. That's why Terry Francona is Boston's manager and I'm not.
The Sox did it again last night, beating the Rockies 10-5 and putting the series at 3-0 Boston, one win away from closing the deal. At one time Boston was up 6-0 and the game became more interesting than was comfortable when the Rocks closed to 6-5. But Boston drove a stake in Colorado's heart in the late innings.
What I really have liked this post-season has been the contributions of the rookies. With guys like Pedroia and Ellsbury playing more like seasoned vets and the actual seasoned vets on the team playing well and looking healthy, it's hard not to be bullish on Boston's chances in upcoming seasons.