This is why the Red Sox stockpiled a pitching surplus.



The only thing familiar was the backdrop.
 



The return of Hanley Ramirez to Fenway Park was hardly spectacular. During a three-game series with the Marlins, the superstar shortstop collected just two hits in 10 at-bats with a pair of walks and a pair of strikeouts.



You won't find too many games this season that will leave the majority of the Red Sox as frustrated as they found themselves while leaving the Fenway Park premises in the waning minutes of Thursday.
 



It was well and good to be called “a tough kid” by Terry Francona, but really, the Red Sox manager’s credentials to make that call only go so far.



Jason Bay had seen the Florida Marlins Josh Beckett from afar, running into the pitcher on occasion while both were living their



In the bottom of the sixth, David Ortiz took a hellacious hack at a 91 mph fastball from Marlins reliever Burke Badenhop, fouling it straight back and narrowly missing a chance to send a ball into orbit.



Here comes John Smoltz.



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Nobody is going to suggest for a minute that Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis and Jon Lester are approaching their craft differently this year compared to last.



Some might not understand why, but Jonathan Papelbon is sitting back and smiling.