Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz kneels down in the Red Sox dugout and takes a moment  after flying out to right field during ninth inning baseball action versus the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto on Saturday, May 30, 2009. The Red Sox lost to the Blue Jays 5-3. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese)

As it was last year, being on the road hasn’t been kind to the Boston Red Sox. After splitting a 4-game set with the Minnesota Twins, the Red Sox have lost the first two games of a 3-game set to the Toronto Blue Jays. This is the same Blue Jays team the Red Sox swept last week.

The Red Sox headed into this weekend series with the Jays in first place by a ½ game over the New York Yankees. But with two wins by the Yanks and the two losses by the Sox, they find themselves sitting 1½ games behind the Yanks and are also tied with the Jays for second place in the AL East.

Ramon Ramirez, who had been pretty much lights out all season, finally showed he was human as he gave up two runs yesterday. Brad Penny gave the Red Sox another quality start but you can’t really blame this one on the pitching. You can blame it on the hitting as the Red Sox bats have gone silent yet again on the road.

A win today would be nice to see as the Red Sox head to Detroit after the game with an off day tomorrow.

Boston’s bats stay silent [Providence Journal]

Sox know the score in loss [Boston Globe]

Red Sox hit bumps on road [Boston Herald]

Baldelli’s season of peaks and valleys takes another dip when he injures his knee diving for a foul ball [Providence Journal]

Inning became a lost cause for Ramirez [Boston Globe]

Empty feeling [Boston Herald]

Another buzzard-luck day for Ortiz [Providence Journal]

Hard-luck Baldelli hits another wall [Boston Globe]

Bad breaks dog Rocco Baldelli [Boston Herald]

Bard beginning to make his mark with the Sox [Providence Journal]

In a crouch and ready to rise [Portland Press Herald]

Ramon Ramirez shows a human side [Boston Herald]

Pedroia says fastball off the knee is ‘no big deal’ [Providence Journal]

For more slices of Boston Red Sox goodness, head over to the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and Providence Journal websites.

And if the enemy papers are more your flavor, you can head over to the Toronto Star and Toronto Sun websites.