Friday, September 9, 2011

Sox - Blue Jays Series

Jacoby Ellsbury: What has two thumbs, makes all the ladies swoon, and hit 5 doubles over 4 games (not to mention a 3-run home run)? This guy! Ellsbury has a 13 game hit streak, went 9-19 against the Blue Jays with 4 RBI's. The only concern here is that he seems to have forgotten how to steal bases. Might be time to dust off those "Willie Mays Hayes" comparisons.

Marco Scutaro: When the hell did Scutaro turn into Ted Williams?! He had multiple hits in every game in the series, finishing with an astounding 11 hits in 17 at-bats. Oh, he also had 9 RBI's in the series. 9! With 4 doubles to boot. Pretty slick in the field too. It's like this guys in the tail end of his contract year or something!?

Jon Lester: 7 IP, 0 runs, 11 K's. Win #15 on the year. No one can doubt Lester's efforts lately. He hasn't allowed more than 1 earned run over his last 5 starts. His ERA has dipped from 3.32 to 2.93 over that span. He's dealing.

Alfredo Aceves: Sure, he only got in on one of the games, but with Beckett spraining his ankle early in a 0-0 ball game, Aceves stepped in and delivered 3.2 innings of one-hit ball. The Sox ended up losing the game, but once again Aceves was called into an unorthodox situation and rose to the challenge.

Daniel Bard: In the first game of the series he pitched 1.2 innings of hit-less ball. But no one is going to remember that thanks to him costing Tim Wakefield win number 200 with his 5 run, 3 BB suck-fest on Wednesday night. That very well could be the low-point of Bard's young career.

Dustin Pedroia: Yikes! 1 hit in 20 at-bats with 6 strikeouts. The beautiful thing about Pedroia is that this poor series will be nothing more than motivation for him against the Rays. Expect big things.

Andrew Miller: I don't want to harp on him too much. As I wrote in the dump, he was never supposed to be playing in the majors this season, let alone pitching in must-win situations. But, at the end of the day we need him. And he's just not delivering.

David Ortiz: Two sub-par games to bookend two stellar games. In games 1 and 4, Papi finished 1-8 with a walk. In the other two games he went 6-10 with a HR, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs and 5 runs scored. We're still waiting on him to prove us better.

Adrian Gonzalez: Not a bad series for Adrian, although he did sit out last night's contest. 6 hits in his 13 at-bats, with a solo shot, 3 RBIs, 3 doubles and 5 runs scored. But like Papi, we are still expecting a lot from him.

Tim Wakefield - Poor guy. He keeps doing enough for the Sox to get the 'W', and the Sox keep finding a way to blow it. He's no Jon Lester on the mound, but no one expects him to be. We're going to be patient and whisper, "It's not your fault" into his ear until he grabs that 200th victory.

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Red Sox 4 - Athletics 0 - both games go to the Boston Red Sox !

David Ortiz hit on Saturday a two-run homer, and four Boston pitchers combined to allow just three hits in the 4-0 shutout of the Red Sox over the Oakland Athletics to complete the sweep in the second game a watered-night doubleheader.

In the first game, Jason Varitek hit a homer, two dashes and drove in three runs in support of another strong opening day of Jon Lester for the Red Sox beat the Athletics 9-3.

The meeting, with two rain delays totaling three hours, was passed at noon to play the night game, which was scheduled for Sunday but was rescheduled to avoid the effects of Hurricane Irene. In the eighth, the suspension was two hours and 15 minutes.

Erik Bedard allowed two singles in four innings in the second game before being replaced by Alfredo Aceves (9-1) when they resumed the meeting that had been stopped by rain.

Daniel Bard gave up a single in the eighth before Jonathan Papelbon threw a perfect ninth inning.

Ortiz closed two games 8-5, driving in four runs and scoring three.

The Red Sox are 8-3 in their last 11 games and increased their lead in the Eastern Division of the American League to two games over the Yankees, whose doubleheader against Baltimore was suspended by rain.

In the first game, Lester (14-6) allowed two runs, one earned, with three hits in six innings. He gave two walks and struck out four strikeouts.

The Red Sox scored three runs in the second and third innings against the Venezuelan Guillermo Moscoso (6-8) for a 7-2 lead.

In the opener, the Red Sox, Marco Scutaro 5-2 with a run scored and an RBI. Adrian Gonzalez 4-2 with a run scored. The Ortiz 4-2 with two runs scored and two RBIs.

In the second game, the Red Sox, the Venezuelan Scutaro 3-0. The Mexican Gonzalez 4-0. The Ortiz 4-3 with a run scored and two RBIs.

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Red Sox game Sunday ahead of Hurricane Irene

Boston Red Sox advanced to Saturday, their final series against the Oakland Athletics as part of a doubleheader, not to play Sunday, when expecting the arrival of Hurricane Irene causing heavy rains in the region.

The start time of the first game went ahead at noon. The second meeting was agreed for 5.00 pm, as part of changes announced on Thursday.

Torrential rain could hit the area since Saturday night and throughout Sunday as Irene moves through the east coast.

"We consider it necessary and prudent move the game from Sunday to Saturday," said Red Sox president Larry Lucchino. "Not only does this give us a better opportunity to play the scheduled games, but make sure that traffic conditions safer for our fans."

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Lester kept the Red Sox in the hunt for the lead

Starter Jon Lester pitched six innings and was supported by two homers to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 6-1 victory over Kansas City.

The Red Sox regained their form after losing last night, but they remain subleaders in the Eastern Division of the American League leaders for New York Yankees, who also lost the night before, this time beat the Twins 3-0 Minnesota. The Yankees have a half-game lead.

Lester (13-6) pitched six innings, allowed three hits, one run, walked four and struck out three grounds for the win.

Darnell McDonald (5) and Carl Crawford (8) homered to support the attack.

The loser was starter Danny Duffy (3-8) in six innings, allowed five hits, a homer, two runs, walked two and struck out three.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Pedroia drove in three runs and Beckett overcame a tricky exit

Second baseman Dustin Pedroia drove in three runs with two timely singles for Boston Red Sox return to the path of success and won 4-3 to Kansas City and not lose ground to the top of the AL East occupied by New York Yankees.

The timely hitting Pedroia starter Josh Beckett allowed to overcome a bad start to the match and reach the seven innings he would be allowed to stay with the win.

The catcher Jason Varitek also drove another run for the Red Sox (75-48), who had lost five of their last seven matches and lose the lead in the NL East after losing the series 3-1 against the Rays in Tampa Bay.

Beckett (10-5), although it gave up three runs in the first three episodes, then regained control, not making concessions and keeping the win.

The right-hander returned to find the winning formula to get the Royals 7-1 in the fighting that has had as a professional against them and only lost once, on July 28 in Boston.

Beckett also reached 10 wins after failing in four attempts.

The defeat was for starter Luke Hochevar (8-10) who worked six innings and gave up eight hits with four earned runs, walked two and struck out walked six batters rivals.

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Mariners 5 - Red Sox 3 - Boston dominated bu Furbush

Charlie Furbush on Sunday gave up one run in seven innings, the longest distance of his career, Casper Wells homered and scored two runs and the Seattle Mariners beat Red Sox 5-3 in Boston.

Seattle took two of three games against the leaders of the Eastern Division of the American League.

For the first time since late June, the Red Sox lost a series. Their advantage in the division fell a half game after escorts New York Yankees did not play Sunday because of rain.

Furbush (3-4) held off the bat as the Red Sox got four hits in his 11th season opener. He had the most strikeouts in his career with six hits and did not admit in the first three innings.

Tim Wakefield (6-5) lost his second straight decision and fell to the Mariners for the second time this season. In late July, Wakefield gave up 10 hits and seven runs in Seattle.

On Sunday, Wakefield received the credit of the complete game after throwing eight innings, allowing four runs and nine hits. He had four strikeouts for the fourth straight start but was unable to achieve victory number 200 in his career.

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Josh Reddick, right fielder for the Red Sox, raised his right fist in celebration after the manner of connecting the single that produced the winning run in the 10th inning, for the game against the Yankees at Fenway Park on Sunday August 7, 2011.

Thus the Red sox win the series 2-1 and return to the top of the AL with 1 game above the Yankees.

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Red Sox get last 2 games against the White Sox

Dustin Pedroia hit a two-run advantage in the seventh inning, Jason Varitek homered and Boston Red Sox 5-3 on Sunday to beat the Chicago White Sox to take two of three games in the series on the road.

Alfredo Aceves (7-1), who relieved starter Andrew Miller in the sixth, scored the victory with an episode on the mound.

The All-Star Paul Konerko White Sox left the game with a strained a calf being beaten by starter Andrew Miller in the end of the fourth inning. The X-rays were negative.

Starter Mark Buehrle pitched six innings and allowed five hits and two runs, both with Varitek's homer in the second inning. The left-hander left the game with a 3-2 lead.

For the Red Sox, Adrian Gonzalez 5-2 with an RBI. David Ortiz 5-1.

The White Sox, Alexei Ramirez 5-2 with an RBI. Alex Rios 5-1 with an RBI. Omar Vizquel 1-0.

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Butler homered in Kansas's victory over Red Sox

Billy Butler hit a three-run homer and Luke Hochevar pitched seven strong innings to lead Kansas City to a 4-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

Hochevar (7-8) allowed two runs, six hits and walked one, as well as matching their best season record with six strikeouts. He retired 14 of the last 16 batters he faced and gave only one extra-base hit in two of the Dominican Yamaico Navarro in the third inning.

Hochevar left the game with a 4-2 lead, and Dustin Pedroia led off the eighth inning with a home run high over the Green Monster on a shot by Greg Holland with account 3-2. Batters Faced But Holland withdrew to Adrian Gonzalez, Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz to end the inning, and Joakim Soria entered the field for the ninth.

Josh Beckett (9-4) lost for the first time in a month, by giving up four runs, five hits and three walks while striking out eight. Before Thursday's loss, the Red Sox had won six of their last seven games to get for the first time in three games this season before the New York Yankees, second in the Eastern Division of the American League.

For the Royals, the Venezuelan Alcides Escobar 3-1.

For the Red Sox, the Mexican Gonzalez 4-2. Dominicans Ortiz Navarro 4-0 and 4-1 with a run scored.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Red Sox 12, Mariners 8, Boston shoots 17 hits

Jarrod Saltalamacchia drove in four runs Sunday and Kevin Youkilis hit two-run homer to Boston Red Sox 12-8 to the Mariners batieran, thus extending the longest losing streak of 15 straight losses to Seattle.

Tim Wakefield (6-3) is, after Roger Clemens, the pitcher who struck out second to 2,000 batters and went to Boston a victory for his 200th victory. However, the knuckleballer left the game 44 years after Brendan Ryan hit the grand slam that cut the lead to 11-7 with one out in the seventh.

The offensive power of Boston got 17 hits, of which Saltalamacchia, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford had three each.

The Dominican Michael Pineda (8-7) allowed five runs in the first inning after Seattle took a 2-0 lead and ended up giving up seven runs in four innings.

The Sox maintained their three-game lead on the tip of the Eastern Division of the American League on the New York Yankees, who beat the Athletics 7-5 in Oakland.

The team with the most hits in the majors got 11 runs for the fourth time in the past eight starts for Wakefield. The Red Sox swept the three-game series with their 17th victory in 20 games.

Seattle, with the defeat, the worst extended string of setbacks followed by the team that was established in 1993. It is also the longest in the majors since Kansas City lost 19 straight in 2005.

The Mariners, Miguel Olivo 5-1 with a run scored and two RBIs. Franklin Gutierrez 3-2 with three runs scored.

For the Red Sox, the Mexican Gonzalez 5-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Dominicans Yamaico Navarro David Ortiz 1-0 and 5-2 with two runs scored.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Who will the sox bring on board ?

The July 31st trade deadline is rapidly approaching and rumors are beginning to fly around Major League Baseball.

The Red Sox are shopping for either a right-handed hitting outfielder, starting pitcher, or reliever before the deadline, and Theo Esptein would ideally like to fill numerous holes on his first place club.

Will the Sox target National League All-Stars like Carlos Beltran or Hunter Pence? Can they make a strong enough bid to pry right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez away from the Rockies? Is Heath Bell a realistic option for the back end of Boston’s bullpen?

If you were Epstein, who would you target before July 31st?

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Monday, July 18, 2011

1-0. Pedroia broke the tie with a single and strengthens the Red Sox

Second baseman Dustin Pedroia hit single up the right field to tow the game's only run in the sixteenth inning to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 1-0 victory over Tampa Bay.

With the victory, the Red Sox are entrenched as leaders in the Eastern Division of the American League with a 1.5 game lead over the Yankees, who beat the Blue Jays 7-2 in Toronto.

Pedroia, who went 7-3, singled to deep right field to send the register to the Rangers Josh Reddick with the only run of the match.

Also Pedroia hit single in the fourth inning with what he said extending his hitting streak to 15 straight games hitting the hit.

The match was marked because the top of the eleventh episode, the pilot of the Rays, Joe Maddon was ejected for arguing with the referee.

While the bench coach of that ninth, Dave Martinez, also was ejected by umpire of the register, Chad Fairchild, in the middle of the inning for arguing.

The victory was credited with the relief of Alfredo Aceves (5-1) in three innings, striking out two of the 11 enemies he faced, who dominated with 27 submissions, 21 of them make it perfect for his ERA 3.13 .

The defeat was the closer Adam Russell (1-2) in one episode, allowed two hits, one run and walked one.

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