Boston Red Sox: David Ortiz and the 5 Most Surprising Performances of 2011

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Boston Red Sox: David Ortiz and the 5 Most Surprising Performances of 2011
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The first half of 2011 was a somewhat surprising one for the Boston Red Sox.

A 2-10 start was shocking but leading the AL East at the All Star break was almost expected in the preseason buildup. The Red Sox are in the top three in the major leagues in almost every offensive category; that is hardly surprising. On the other hand, they rank 19th in baseball in starters' ERA.

Josh Beckett and Jacoby Ellsbury made the All-Star Game, which was at best unlikely, and JD Drew has been terrible, which was...okay, that one we figured.

Here are the most surprising Red Sox player performances up to the All-Star Game.

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