Red Sox take on Yankees before All-Star Game

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David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox swing and watches the flight of his ball as he hits career home run #400, a solo shot in the fouth inning against Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum on July 4, 2012 in Oakland, California

Congratulations to David Ortiz for hitting his 400th home run yesterday in the loss to the Athletics. The home run record has placed him as the 49th player in MLB history to hit at least 400 career home runs.  Additionally, congratulations for being the only Red Sox member on the All-Star roster for the upcoming All-Star Game on July 10th. The Red Sox are currently tied with the Toronto Blue Jays at the bottom of the AL East. Being 7.5 games behind, the Red Sox will facing their rivals this upcoming weekend. The New York Yankees roll into Fenway Park as the AL East Division leaders for now, but this series could certainly help diminish the AL East leader’s dominance over the Red Sox and other teams.

Concerning some Red Sox players, Daisuke has been placed on the DL for trapezius muscle tightness, while Dustin is on the list for his right thumb injury which has produced new soreness not where his torn abductor muscle is. Also Bobby Jenks has been released and Crawford, Ellsbury, and Podsednik have all played in recent Triple-A rehab games with the Pawtucket Red Sox. Pedroia and Podesednik might be available tomorrow for the first Red Sox-Yankees game. Also Darnell McDonald has been designated for reassignment to make room for Josh Beckett on the roster now.

The Red Sox unfortunately lost the entire series against the Oakland Athletics at the beginning of this week in July. Previously the Red Sox had taken two out of four from the Mariners. It was a shame the defeats were walk-offs for the Mariners. The games were incredibly close and well fought, but minor errors determined the victor. Before June ended with a road series against Ichiro Suzuki and the Mariners, the Sox took on Toronto and managed to take two games out of a three game series.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

After a rough MLB debut, Cook has come back for the Red Sox and managed to pitch a complete game shutout against the Seattle Mariners on June 29th. The ending score was 5-0 and the Sox managed to get a bit more offense to help. The Sox belted three solo homers each by Middlebrooks, Ross, and Nava. But before in the first game featuring Franklin Morales, the guy put up a great appearance pitching 109 throws, allowing only three hits, and two walks. However, his show was not enough without any run support by the Sox offense, leaving the turf that night in a 0-1 loss to the Mariners. In the third game, Beckett took the mound and was pretty good until the 5th inning when he gave an RBI double to Jaso that netted two runs to put the Mariners up 2-0. Beckett ended the night throwing 85 pitches over six innings, allowing two runs on four hits, walking three, and striking out four. The Red Sox managed to score two runs in the top of the 7th to tie the game; however, later Aceves blew the game by allowing two singles in the 11th inning that allowed a runner to third. Later the winning walk-off run was scored off of a sacrifice fly. Doubront took the fourth game and only went 4.1 innings pitched, threw 103 pitches, struck out four, gave up three hits, and just one run. however when he departed, he left the bases loaded, but thankfully Matt Albers got a double play ball that ended the threat and the inning. Later Ortiz managed to plate Kalish for the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th to make it 2-1 Sox. Aceves then came out and had a 1-2-3 inning to stop those pesky walk-off Mariners’ wins.

Concerning the Athletics series, no offense for the Red Sox plus and great performance by Lester that got blown by Aceves plus a poor performance by Matsuzaka equals a West Coast sweep over the East Coast Red Sox.

Tomorrow the Red Sox take on the New York Yankees at home with Beckett (4-7, 4.06 ERA) on the mound facing Hiroki Kuroda (8-7, 3.17 ERA). The game will be viewable on NESN at 7.10pm.

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