Red Sox close up against White Sox, take on Blue Jays for the weekend

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Red Sox’ Cody Ross (right) gets up in arms as he celebrates with Jacoby Ellsbury and Adrian Gonzalez (28) after hitting the second of his two home runs.

Tonight the Red Sox will be wrapping up their series with the Chicago White Sox. After taking two out of three from the Rays and White Sox, the Red Sox are currently 4-2 after the All-Star break. Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford are back, while Mauro Gomez replaces Ortiz who landed on the 15-day DL for a strained right Achilles.

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Carl Crawford roped a single to right in the first inning, and then stole second.

Later this evening, the Red Sox will place Clay Buchholz (8-3, 5.53 ERA) on the mound against Jose Quintana (4-1, 2.60 ERA). Hopefully the Red Sox can take another game from the White Sox before heading against their AL East rivals. Yesterday the Red Sox notched a huge win in a 10-1 blowout. The only run for the White Sox came in the 1st inning given up by Doubront to Paul Konerko. Later in the 1st, Ellsbury hit a standup double that allowed Gonzalez to tie up the game. The real highlight of the game was Cody Ross and his two three-run blasts of the night. Ross gave the Red Sox a nice 4-1 lead in the bottom of the 3rd with his first homer of the night. Then in the 4th, Ross hit another to make it a very comfortable 7-1 lead in favor of the Red Sox. Gonzalez also managed to hit a home run that placed the Sox up 8-1. He later plated Crawford and Ross to make the score 10-1 by the end of the night. Doubront went six innings, threw 96 pitches, allowed just one run off of four hits, struck out two, and walked three batters.

Lester’s outing in game 2 against the White Sox wasn’t as favorable to the Red Sox. Lester ended up giving up two runs in the 1st, one run in the 2nd, and lastly a three-run shot to former Red Sox player YOUKilis. Unfortunately, more people were cheering for Youk than Lester by the end of the 4th. The Red Sox ended up losing 5-7 to the other Sox and had another game where Lester struggle.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Charles Krupa

Aaron Cook took the mound for the first game of the series and only allowed one unearned run in the seven innings he pitched across. He threw 97 pitches and allowed five hits. He unfortunately didn’t record any Ks. Red beat White in 5-1 final score. The Red Sox tied the game up by the end of 1st and didn’t score any runs until the 8th inning. Crawford and Ortiz both got walked by Septimo which led to Gonzalez’s plate appearance and nice three-run blast over the Green Monster to give the Red Sox a 4-1 lead. Later, Aviles plated Ross to make it 5-1.

The game tonight will be broadcasted on NESN and begins at 7.10pm from Fenway Park. It’ll be the last time we will see Youkilis in Fenway Park this season as well as the last White Sox series. No more YOUKKKKK cheers sadly. The Red Sox will battle against the Blue Jays in the last home series tomorrow before heading to Texas to take on the Rangers, then back to the East to take on their rivals, the New York Yankees, in the Bronx.


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