Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek(notes), left, talks to designated hitter David Ortiz(notes) before the Red Sox's baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday, April 11, 2011, in Boston. Varitek did not start the game.

The bad news for the Boston Red Sox came in the form of a rainout in their game against the Tampa Bay Rays. The good news about that though is the Red Sox could not lose. And the even better news is the fact the Red Sox are off today and again, they can’t lose.

Two days off may just be what this team needed. It will give them a chance to clear their heads, clense their souls of all the bad mojo and get the losing out of their system.

While there is more to life than just baseball for most people, this is their livelihoods. This is how they earn their paycheck to support their families. And just like any job, if you’re underperforming, you can be replaced. 

There’s one thing that we need to remember.

It’s only April 14th. Sure the Red Sox sit at 2-9 right now. But if you do the math, that means there are 151 games left. I certainly don’t expect the Red Sox to continue winning one of every five games. I know they don’t.

I’ve said this time and time again. Baseball can be a fun game but it can also be a humbling one. Things don’t necessarily tend to click all at once as we’ve seen this season.

The potential for greatness is there with this team. There’s no doubt about that. We/they just need it to work together all at once. When that happens, this dismal start to the month of April will be a thing of the past.

We’ll be back later with the pitching matchups for the series with the Toronto Blue Jays but for now enjoy the overnight links by clicking on the read more button below if you’re on the home page.

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Work in progress: Why Carl Crawford believes routine will end his slump [Alex Speier –]

Clouds over the Sox [Boston Globe]

Lackey’s turn will be skipped [Boston Globe]

Extra-special Fenway debut [Boston Globe]

Red Sox experience no feelings of panic [Boston Herald]

David Ortiz & Co. ‘worried’ about poor start [Boston Herald]

Red Sox to skip on John Lackey [Boston Herald]

Red Sox hope days off serve as relief []

Notes: Lackey to be skipped in rotation after rainout []

Getting better . . . really! []

Video: State of the Nation with Gordon Edes [ESPN Boston]

Boston Red Sox skip John Lackey’s turn after postponement [ESPN Boston]

Red Sox notebook: David Ortiz uses the ‘F’ word; Jed Lowrie is on a role; Dennys Reyes sticks around [Full Count]

Red Sox Should Turn to Crash Davis, ‘Bull Durham’ to Snap Out of Prolonged Slump []

Joe Maddon Gives Boston Reason for Optimism, Kevin Youkilis Maintains Batting Eye and Seven Other Red Sox Thoughts []

Lowrie plays himself into lineup [Providence Journal]

Red Sox Journal: Despite poor start, no one’s panicking [Providence Journal]

Papi: ‘Everybody’s worried’ about slow start []

Red Sox look to get back on track vs. Blue Jays []

Terry Francona, Red Sox Must Make Most of Extra Day to Get Rotation, Lineup Clicking [Tom Caron –]

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

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