Red Sox lineup 8/9/12 vs Indians


Ellsbury CF
Crawford LF
Pedroia DH
Gonzalez 1B
Ross RF
Saltalamacchia C
Middlebrooks 3B
Aviles SS
Ciriaco 2B

Doubront SP

Red Sox win five consecutive games, shutout Mariners 5-0 on “Thanks Wake” Day, head to St. Petersburg to take on Rays in two game series


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Beckett pitched a gem of a game yesterday, which makes up for his horrible outing against the Cleveland Indians in his last start. It was also his 32nd birthday yesterday and with his awesome pitching and win, I’m sure that upped the specialness of his birthday. We are finally seeing quality starts from the starting pitchers and hopefully a turnaround from the recent events surrounding the Red Sox.

Beckett struck out nine batters over the seven innings he pitched and was even caught by Jarrod Saltalamacchia rather than Shoppach, which we’ve seen so far this season. Beckett shutdown the Mariners and didn’t let them get a hit off him until the 4th inning. Suzuki had the first hit of the game in the 4th and he even got another single  in the top of the 6th. Suzuki even stole 2nd and 3rd, but Beckett got Seager to fly out to end the inning after having Suzuki on 3rd and giving up a walk to Jesus Montero. Beckett left in the 7th inning after having thrown 93 pitches and allowing only four hits and two walks. Hill replaced Beckett and had a 1-2-3 inning. Then Aceves came out for the 9th and also shutdown the Mariners in another 1-2-3 inning to get the Red Sox their 5th win in a row.

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David Ortiz got the first run of the game in the bottom of the 3rd off of a solo shot to right field. In the bottom of the 4th, Aviles added on another run by doubling and driving home Ross after Ross walked and Nava singled to advance Cody Ross to 3rd. Next Sweeney grounded out, but was able to score Nava to make it 3-0 Red Sox. Then in the bottom of the 5th, Middlebrooks scored Ortiz off of a single to left field. The last run of the game came from another double from Mike Aviles in the bottom of the 8th to score Jarrod Saltamacchia to push the Sox to a 5-0 lead, heading into the last inning.

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The Red Sox look to Clay Buchholz (4-1, 8.31 ERA) tonight to continue the Sox’s win steak. The Rays will have Jeremy Hellickson (3-0, 2.95 ERA), who is is 2-1 with a 4.99 ERA in six career appearances against the Red Sox. The game begins at 7.10pm from Tropicana Field on NESN and ESPN tonight.

Red Sox win first game against Mariners, Beckett takes the mound in last game; Celtics lose Game 2 and head to Philly


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The Red Sox won yesterday night against the Mariners in a 6-1 victory behind Jon Lester. The first Seattle run came in the top of the 9th by Kyle Seager, but the Red Sox added on runs consistently throughout the game. Ortiz scored the first run in the bottom of the 1st. Later Gonzalez doubled which drove home Ortiz to make it 2-0. Nava continued to contribute to the Red Sox by belting a 2-run home run in the bottom of the 4th. Then Shoppach hit a solo shot to left. Then in the 8th, Byrd hit a sacrifice fly to right which allowed Middlebrooks to break to home, making it 6-0 before Seattle scored its first and only run in the 9th. Lester received his second win of the season.

The Seattle Mariners have Blake Beavan (1-3, 4.32 ERA) today while the Red Sox have Josh Beckett (2-4, 5.97). Beckett looks to regain Red Sox Nation’s confidence after losing a horrible game to the Cleveland Indians in his last start.

The Celtics on the other hand now head to Philadelphia in a tied 1-1 series. In Game 2, the Celtics lost to the 76ers 82-81. The next game will begin on Wednesday, May 16th at 7pm on TNT.

Red Sox take Indians series, win three in a row


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Will Middlebrooks, who homered Sunday, has nine extra-base hits and 13 RBIs in his first 10 major league games.

Today it was no contest on who’s the victor. Red Sox came out way on top in a 12-1 win over the Tribe (of course, they have blown a huge lead like this earlier to the Yankees – thankfully they didn’t do that today). Saltalamacchia was on fire, scoring five RBIs. Middlebrooks was also pretty hot today too.

Red Sox jumped on the early lead in the bottom of the 1st by scoring four runs. One run came from Middlebrooks’ single to score David Ortiz. Then Daniel Nava continued to have a great impact with the Sox by driving home Gonzalez on a double to left field. Masterson then gave up a two RBI single to Saltalamacchia to give the Sox a 4-0 lead.

Cleveland got their first run of the game in the top of the 3rd from a single by Jason Kipnis. But the Red Sox answered back with another run in the same inning. Middlebrooks scored his 2nd RBI of the night with a solo shot to make it 5-1 Sox. The Red Sox kept adding on the runs. Saltalamacchia got another RBI from a single to drive Nava home in the bottom of the 6th. Then in the next inning, the Red Sox tacked on six more runs. Ortiz scored Pedroia on a single to start off the six run inning. Next, Gonzalez doubled to advance Ortiz to 3rd which then brought up Middlebrooks to the plate who walked. Dan Wheeler threw a wild pitch that allowed Ortiz to go home and Gonzalez to 3rd during Middlebrooks’ at-bat. Middlebrooks and Gonzalez scored from Nava’s double to center field. Finally to make the last run of the night from both teams, Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered to center field to put the Sox up with the final score of 12-1.

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The pitching was clearly superb today. Masterson lasted six innings, but was only responsible for the first six runs. Wheeler took the fall for the other remaining six runs. Bard also went six innings, giving up just one run, striking out two, and giving up four walks. Rich Hill came in at the top of the 7th and got a 1-2-3 inning by getting a ground out and two strike outs. Matt Albers also had a 1-2-3 inning. Then Scott Atchinson took the mound for the 9th and successfully closed out the Indians series without any damage done.

The Red Sox now take a two game series at Fenway Park against the Seattle Mariners. The game starts at 7.10pm tomorrow on NESN with Jon Lester (1-3, 4.29 ERA) and Jason Vargas (4-2, 2.79 ERA).

Red Sox go 2-1 in Tribe series, take on Indians tomorrow afternoon; Celtics take Game 1 against 76ers


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The Red Sox beat the Indians again with great pitching from Felix Doubront. He pitched till the 6th inning, allowed one run in the 6th, and struck out five batters, two of which were in the top of the 1st inning.

The Red Sox put themselves on the board in the bottom of the 3rd. The Sox hit back-to-back doubles by Pedroia and Ortiz, whom scored a RBI each. Red Sox took the lead 2-0. Later in the bottom of the 4th, Nava singled on a line drive and Saltalamacchia hit a ground-rule double that advanced Nava to 3rd. Aviles drove home Nava on a sacrifice fly to make the score 3-0. In the top of the 6th, Kipnis scored the first Indian run of the night off of a single to score Lou Marson. But Cody Ross hit a solo shot to answer back the Indians run in the bottom of the 6th, putting the Sox up 4-1. In the top of the 7th, Miller replaced Doubront. Miller had a 1-2-3 inning, then so did Padilla. Then Aceves came out in the top of the 9th to close out the game and notch his seventh save of the season.

Tomorrow the Red Sox will play the last game of the series against the Indians at 1.35pm on NESN. Daniel Bard (2-4, 4.83 ERA) will be on the mound for the Red Sox and former Red Sox, Justin Masterson (1-2, 4.89 ERA – who I also deeply miss), will be on the mound for the Indians.

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It’s a great night for Boston, both the Red Sox and Celtics won their matchups. The Celtics, after eliminating the Hawks from the first round, took on the Philadelphia 76ers in the first game of the second round playoff series and won a close 92-91 victory at the Garden. Garnett once again had an excellent game posting 29 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks over 38 minutes. Rondo had another postseason triple-double by scoring 13 points, 17 assists, and 12 rebounds. Avery Bradley also had great defensive efforts. On the other side, Andre Iguodala posted 19 points and Evan Turner had a double double with 16 points and 10 rebounds for the 76ers.

Sox take down Tribe 7-5 with the help of Buchholz and bullpen


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Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who was 3 for 4 with three RBIs, legs out an infield single in the first inning.

The Red Sox notched a win yesterday against the AL Central leader. The Sox won 7-5. Buchholz was fine all the way up to the 7th, after he allowed a RBI single to Carlos Santana, who scored Asdrubal Cabrera. The Indians got an early lead, but the Red Sox came right back at their first at-bat by scoring two runs to make it a 2-1 Boston lead by the 2nd inning. Will Middlebrooks, excellent as always, came through with a two RBI double which scored Pedroia and Ortiz to put the Sox on top. Later in the bottom of the 3rd, Pedroia added on two insurance runs by scoring Punto and Sweeney to make it 4-1. Cody Ross doubled which scored Nava in the bottom of the 5th. Saltalamacchia grounded out, but advanced Ross to 3rd. Then Punto reached on a fielder’s choice. Sweeney therefore scored Ross on a single to right field Shin-soo Choo and moved up Punto to 3rd. That would be the end of Jiménez. Pedroia hit a sacrifice fly off of Dan Wheeler to drive in Punto which gave the Red Sox a comfortable 7-1 lead.

Unfortunately, the lead was almost blown in the top of the 7th when Clay Buchholz hit a wall. Buchholz managed to get Hannahan out; however the next two batters, former Red Sox star Johnny Damon and Jason Kipnis, hit back-to-back singles. Then Buchholz walked Cabrera to load the bases up. Rich Hill never recorded an out and walked Hafner to make the score now 7-2. Then Middlebrooks unfortunately had a fielding error that let Kipnis score to make it now 7-3. Next, Andrew Miller replaced Rich Hill. He got the next two outs, but did however give up a single to Michael Brantley that scored Cabrera for another Tribe run to make the score 7-4 by the end of the 7th inning.

Morales replaced Miller in the top of the 8th. Morales got one out, but surrendered a single and a walk to Jack Hannahan and Jason Kipnis. Padilla came in to relieve Morales and he got the last two outs of the inning.

Then in the top of the 9th, Aceves came in to replace Padilla and end the game. He walked Santana, who advanced to 2nd of fielder indifference. Choo lined out to Dustin Pedroia. Then Aceves gave up two back-to-back singles by Brantley, who scored Santana, and Kotchman, who advanced Brantley to 3rd base. Aceves gots the last two outs with Hannahan striking out and Damon flying out to Ryan Sweeney.

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Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Alfredo Aceves, right, and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia celebrate after getting Cleveland Indians’ Johnny Damon to fly out with two runners on to end a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Friday, May 11, 2012. Aceves earned a save in the Red Sox’s 7-5 win.

Last night’s game placed Buchholz with his fourth win, making him now 4-1 and Aceves received his sixth save of the season. The Red Sox continue against the Tribe tonight at 7.10pm from Fenway Park on NESN. The matchup will be Red Sox’s Felix Doubront (2-1, 5.01 ERA) against Zach McAllister (1-0, 3.00 ERA).

Beckett puts another loss on the Sox, ignites more media drama


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At least one Red Sox did well last night, oh right, former Red Sox, Derek Lowe, limited the Red Sox to only two runs. On the other hand, Josh Beckett was gosh darn awful in his start tonight giving up three runs on the top of the 2nd and four runs in the top of the 3rd. He only last 2.1 damn innings! Seriously if you are going to miss your original start and have Aaron Cook come in for you, then fine. But to then go golfing on your day off as well and do so horribly when the Red Sox have already hit rock bottom, well that’s just darn-unacceptable. Not to mention, Mr. I’m-going-to-spend-my-free-days-however-I-want-and-not-give-a-damn-about-the-team-that’s-paying-$15.75 million salary-for-one-of-his-worst-starts-in-his-career was the poster boy for the troubles and woes that befell the Red Sox last season (i.e. eating chicken and drinking beer in the clubhouse).

The bullpen is once again going to be taxed, oh wait it already is, because the Red Sox starting pitchers cannot stop giving up early leads to their opponents. I’ve said this many times, I believe in it since at least 2007 about the Red Sox relievers; many times the relief pitchers give up runs when the Sox should have won it. Though I admit some relievers are doing better than they were in the beginning of this year’s season; but if the starting pitchers can’t go at least five innings, the Red Sox are going to have a lot more problems than their offensive issues.

On the bright side, Daniel Nava, in his return to the Red Sox, got the second RBI of the night in the bottom of the 5th off of a double to right field. Aviles scored the first run in the bottom of the 2nd to bring home Gonzalez. Then Pedroia belted a solo shot to right center field in the bottom of the 7th as the final Red Sox run in a horrible 8-3 loss to the Tribe.

Also former Red Sox, Casey Kotchman received the first run with a sac fly to Ryan Sweeney that put the Indians up and started a 3-run inning off of Beckett in the top of the 2nd.

Tonight the Red Sox will go against Ubaldo Jiménez (3-2, 4.04 ERA), the former Rockie on the 2007 NCLS team which the Sox swept in four games to win another World Series, while the Red Sox have Clay Buchholz (3-1, 9.09 ERA). The game will begin at 7.10pm on NESN.

Red Sox lineup 5/10/12 and some news


Tonight’s game begins at 7.10pm from Fenway Park on NESN. In honor of Carl Beane, Red Sox’s PA announcer, the PA mic will be silent. This was reported through The Red Sox twitter account:

Yesterday we lost our friend and voice, Carl Beane. Tonight the PA mic will be silent in his memory.

Also the Red Sox has brought up Daniel Nava, who at his first major league at-bat hit a grand slam, to start in left field tonight. As a result, pitcher Clay Mortensen has been sent back down to make room on the roster.

Red Sox lineup 5/10/12

Sweeney RF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Gonzalez 1B
Middlebrooks 3B
Nava LF
Aviles SS
Byrd CF
Shoppach C

Beckett SP

Sox head back home to Indians after losing series to Royals


Tonight my favorite two teams of MLB go head-to-head (though of course the Red Sox are always my number 1 team). The former Red Sox (awfully sad that he left after the 2004 World Series) and now Cleveland Indians’ pitcher, Derek Lowe (4-1, 2.39 ERA), takes the mound tonight against Josh Beckett (2-3, 4.45 ERA). The Red Sox are now back home after losing their road series against the Royals last night in a disappointing 4-3 loss.

The Red Sox had some tough breaks last night. Lester was hoping for a few called balls to be strikes, then there was the fielding error by Marlon Byrd which allowed Butler to score in the bottom of the 1st, advanced Francoeur to 3rd, and placed Johnny Giavotella on 1st. Brayan Pena then scored 2 RBIs on a double to left field that put the Royals up 3-0. The Royals later added the go-ahead run in the bottom of the 4th after the Red Sox scored 3 runs to tie the game on a 3-run double by Adrian Gonzalez on the top of the 4th. The Red Sox were obviously not able to produce anything to stop another loss that placed the Red Sox at now .400 baseball. Also Lester ended in five innings, giving up four runs on six hits and one of which was just a single earned run. He struck out three as well.

As much as I love Derek Lowe, I hope the Red Sox will be able to do something against him and come out with a win. Or better yet do something against the Indians other pitchers so Lowe stays stellar. The Red Sox are in a huge rut right now and it’s quite obvious the problems from last season have turned over to this season and not even Bobby Valentine can fix it nor does it seem like the Red Sox’s management is trying to.

Sox lose and get swept by the Birds in 17 innings of play


 

The highlight of the game was definitely Middlebrooks’ grand slam in the bottom of the 5th inning to tie the game up 5-5, but unfortunately the Orioles’ Adam Jones belted a 3-run homer in the top of the 17th inning to give the Orioles the sweep at Fenway Park. By the 16th inning, both teams had replaced their pitchers with utility players. Davis for the Orioles and McDonald for the Red Sox. The Red Sox fall behind in the league 11-16 as they head to Kansas City to take on the Royals in a three game road trip before heading back home to take on the Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners. Red Sox gave the Baltimore Orioles the top of the AL East (19-9) with the 9-6 defeat to the birds.

Hello, Fenway. How are you this Opening Day?


Opening Day is less than two hours away! Are you excited? I know my eyes will be glued to the screen. Today at 2.05pm on NESN, the Boston Red Sox will take turf at home against the Tampa Bay Rays. It’s Price vs Beckett in the pitching duel and Shoppach starts as Saltalamacchia sits out.

If you aren’t a Rex Sox fan and support another team or just MLB in general, there are seven other teams hosting their Opening Day 2012. They are the Braves, Cardinals, Giants, Mariners, Royals, White Sox and Yankees.

Angels vs Yankees @ 1.05pm, SP: Santana (0-1) vs Kuroda (0-1)

Tigers vs White Sox @ 2.10pm, SP: Scherzer (0-0) vs Peavey (0-0)

Cubs vs Cardinals @ 3.15pm, SP: Samardzija (1-0) vs Wainwright (0-1)

Indians vs Royals @ 4.10pm, SP: Lowe (1-0) vs Hochevar (1-0)

Pirates vs Giants @ 4.35pm, SP: McDonald (0-0) vs Cain (0-0)

Brewers vs Braves @ 7.35pm, SP: Wolf (0-1) vs Jurrjens (0-1)

Athletics vs Mariners @ 10.10pm, SP: Colon (1-1) vs Hernandez (1-0)

Here’s the lineup for today’s Opening Day game.

Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Youkilis 3B
Ortiz DH
McDonald LF
Ross RF
Aviles SS
Shoppach C

Beckett SP

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