Kevin Youkilis: I am not sure his value will ever go up. He is frustrated with the organization and he is well aware he will be traded eventually, so you can count on a continuous drop in performance.
The Bench: Nick Punto is tearing it up, going 2-for-2 in game 3 with a double that was inches away from a home run, and 2 RBI. Oh, and it was in the same inning. I don't even remember his strikeout in game 1. Darnell McDonald was great in his limited time (3-for-5), and Kelly Shoppach looked pretty damn good in game 2. These 3 guys were a big part of the 2 wins in the series.
All 3 pitchers pitched 7 complete, but Josh Beckett had the worst of the 3. Beckett's outing did not compare to what Buchholz and Doubront would follow with. Clay Buchholz and Felix Doubront pitched very strong in their outings with Doubront taking a no hitter into the 6th. All 3 pitchers had tough competition, especially the great duel between Buchholz and Buehrle.
A series victory after getting swept is a big confidence boost. Pitching did the job in the series and the offense showed up for the 8th inning of game 3. The Sox have picked up decent momentum heading into Theo Epstein Land.