The game had a series of highlights:
- Jon Lester with 6 plus innings of 1 run ball
- A bench clearing brawl after Coco Crisp charged the mound after being thrown at
- Manny Ramirez jacking a three run first inning homer
- Manny Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis having a shoving match in the dugout
- Jacoby Ellsbury hurting his wrist making a diving catch
Crisp charged the mound, avoided a James Shields right hook, got tackled by Dioner Navarro, and then played punching bag to Johnny Gomes and Carl Crawford.
Manny got subbed out early for a pinch runner after hitting a homer...and Youkilis.
Ellsbury appeared to hyperflex his right (glove hand) wrist making a diving catch.
The genius of Francona may get tested in his explanation of the Ramirez-Youkilis set to...I'm guessing that Manny was making an argument for John McCain and Youkilis was a Ron Paul guy.