12/04/07: The Twins continue to try to deal two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana. New York's Hank Steinbrenner, the son of Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, had imposed a deadline of yesterday for a deal to acquire star pitcher. The Yankees have offered pitcher Phil Hughes, center fielder Melky Cabrera and a midlevel prospect for Santana, who can become a free agent after next season. The Red Sox are thought to have offered a package that would include pitcher Jon Lester or center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, but not both. Center fielder Coco Crisp also could be part of a trade. The Yanks made a pair of moves yesterday, finalizing their two-year, 4-million-dollar contract with catcher Jose Molina and designating Andy Phillips for assignment. And the Red Sox have reached preliminary agreement on a one-year, 3-million-dollar deal with reliever Mike Timlin, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations.
11/20/07: Mike Lowell is staying with the Boston Red Sox, who worked out a three-year, $37.5-million with the third baseman. Lowell reached career highs during the regular season with a .324 average and 120 RBIs before he was named the World Series MVP.
11/17/07: Shoe business founder and philanthropist Harold Alfond has died while being treated for cancer. He was 93. The Swampscott native was also a longtime member of the Red Sox ownership group from 1978 to 2002. He founded Dexter Shoe and donated tens of millions of dollars to colleges, health centers and other nonprofit organizations. A statement from Red Sox president Larry Lucchino praised Alford as being a key contributor to the Red Sox community. Alfond's sons are still partners in the club's ownership. University of Maine President Robert Kennedy said Alfond will be remembered as one of the most important and influential Mainers of the past century. Much of Alfond's philanthropy was directed to Maine.
11/13/07: World Series MVP Mike Lowell is now free to sign with any other major league team, although there is still a chance he could return to the Red Sox. The team tried but failed to reach agreement with representatives for the third baseman before the free agent signing period began at midnight.
11/13/07: The American League and National League rookies of the year were announced yesterday. Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was the runaway winner for AL honors after hitting .317 with 39 doubles and 86 runs scored this year. The NL award went to Milwaukee third baseman Ryan Braun, who hit .324 with 34 home runs, 97 RBIs and 26 errors at third base.
11/7/07: The AL managers and coaches have voted Kevin Youkilis winner of AL gold glove for first base. Youk had 135 errorless games & 1,094 errorless innings. He is first Red Sox player to win award since Jason Varitek in 2005 and first for his position since George Scott in 1971.
11/6/07: Curt Schilling and the Boston Red Sox have reached a preliminary agreement on an $8 million, one-year contract that will allow the star right-hander to return next season to the World Series champions. After compiling a 9-8 regular season record, the soon-to-be-41-year-old pitcher went 3-0 in the playoffs, helping the Bosox win their second title in four years.
11/5/07: Major League Baseball's general managers are converging on Orlando for four days of fall meetings starting today. A major topic of discussion is expected to be free agent infielder Alex Rodriguez, who is possibly considering playing for the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers and Angels, New York Mets and Detroit Tigers.
11/4/07: If Curt Schilling is indeed finished with the Boston Red Sox, wife Shonda has a message for other baseball wives. "I tell every wife that Boston is something you have to experience," Shonda said Saturday during a press conference attended by the couple to honor those who helped in the New England chapters of "Curt's Pitch for ALS," the charity the couple started when he was with Philadelphia and continued in Arizona and Boston. Schilling filed for free agency Tuesday, the day the team was honored for winning the World Series with a parade through downtown Boston. "Nothing amazes me about Boston," he said. "This has been vastly different than anything I've ever experienced before. The relationship with the players is a gift. The last four years have been amazing. They made us part of the family. They wooed us to come here." Schilling was traded to the Red Sox from Arizona a few days before Thanksgiving in 2003 and general manager Theo Epstein closed a deal during that weekend, signing the right-hander to a two-year extension that convinced him to waive his no-trade clause. Now, after the team elected to pass on his $13 million option this past spring, Schilling enters free agency. "We've prepared the kids that we may be moving again," Shonda said. "I don't have bad memory. I've had bad days, bad games," he said. "Based on the feedback I've gotten the last few days, I'll remember them the way I'm supposed to remember them. I won't take away anything negative from any of this. I think the fans are going to remember it in a way that I'm proud to be a part of."
11/3/07: Tim Wakefield is staying put. So are Julian Tavarez, Bobby Abreu and Matt Stairs. Wakefield's $4-million option has been picked up by the Boston Red Sox, who also exercised their option on Tavarez. Wakefield went 17-12 with a 4.76 ERA for the World Series champs this year. But he had to miss the ALDS and World Series due to injuries to his back and shoulder. Tavarez went 7-11 with 5.15 ERA for the Bosox last season.
10/31/07:Eric Gagne's short stay with the Boston Red Sox appears to be over after the 2003 NL Cy Young Award winner filed for free agency on Wednesday.
10/31/07: The Boston Red Sox's World Series celebration went into extra innings on Wednesday on Beacon Hill. Gov. Deval Patrick and other state officials joined hundreds of fans to again congratulate the Red Sox for their second championship in four years. The rally was the second in as many days for the Red Sox. But instead of closer Jonathan Papelbon wildly dancing through the streets of Boston on Tuesday, the Statehouse rally was a buttoned-down affair with short speeches from Patrick and other state officials. In return, catchers Jason Varitek and Doug Mirabelli also spoke, thanking Red Sox Nation for their support. Without it, they said the team could never have come from behind to win the American League pennant and then sweep of the Colorado Rockies. "It's important to know how much you guys are talked about in our clubhouse, about how exciting it is going to be when we come out on that field and we know that you guys are going to be there strong for us," Mirabelli said. That was never more important than when the team was down 3-1 in the ALCS championship against the Cleveland Indians, Varitek said. "When we came back from Cleveland, we knew we had a severe advantage because we were coming home and without you guys and your support and the excitement that filled that field we wouldn't have been able to accomplish half of what we were able to," Varitek said. And with the second World Series win this century, the team has put to rest the ghosts of the past, Varitek said. "For the longest time we played this game and people would always bring up it's the 'Yankees way,' " he said. "I think it's now the Red Sox way." Red Sox president Larry Lucchino also hinted at future glories as he promised a statewide tour of the twin World Series trophies. "We are going to be the Boston Red Sox - not the Boston Red Sox of your father or grandfather. This is the Boston Red Sox of the 21st century," he said. Patrick said the team buoyed the spirits of fans across the region. "Thank you for the lift that you have given this city and to this commonwealth," he said. "Our pride knows no limit." House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi, D-Boston, remembered growing up in Boston's North End and cheering for the team during their 86-year World Series drought - a time when the Yankees dominated the game. "I'd like to say to all those people in New York, 'How do your like the Red Sox now?' " DiMasi said.
10/30/07: The city of Boston will celebrate its World Champion Red Sox today with what the mayor is calling a "rolling rally." A parade of Duck Boats carrying the team will roll through the city, from Fenway Park to downtown. The route will be the same as the victory parade in 2004, except the Ducks will NOT go into the Charles River this year. Along the way, Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon will dance his version of an Irish jig, and the Dropkick Murphys will perform. Mayor Tom Menino says the parade will be held today because the Red Sox are eager to celebrate, then get home to their families for some time off.
10/30/07: The city of Boston will host a "rolling rally" for the World Champion Red Sox beginning today at noon. The team will be carried on duck boats -- World War II vintage amphibious vehicles -- from Fenway Park, down Boylston Street, through Copley Square. They'll follow Boylston along the lower part of Boston Common then turn left onto Tremont, going against the regular flow of traffic, and continue past City Hall Plaza. The parade will pause in three locations, including Copley Square -- across from the Parkman Bandstand at Boston Common -- and at City Hall. That's so closer Jonathan Papelbon can dance his now-famous Irish jig on a flatbed truck, accompanied by the Dropkick Murphys. There will be large TV screens set up at each location. Unlike the 2004 victory parade, the ducks will not travel into the Charles River. The slow-rolling rally will end at New Chardon and Cambridge Streets. The MBTA will be running rush-hour service throughout the day to accommodate the crowds.
10/30/07: The Red Sox waste no time in hoisting a sign declaring them 2007 World Series Champions outside Fenway Park. The banner was already in place as hundreds of fans gathered yesterday to catch a glimpse of their returning heroes. The Red Sox arrived late in afternoon after flying back from Denver, where they swept the Rockies for their second title in the past four seasons. Team owner John Henry emerged from one of the buses holding the World Series trophy and walked toward the crowd of fans. David Ortiz also got a chance to show off the trophy, with anxious fans eagerly reaching out to touch it. Ortiz said he hadn't got much sleep, but wasn't too worried because there's no more baseball to play this season. The city is planning a "rolling rally" today from Fenway to City Hall Plaza to celebrate the championship.
10/30/07: Red Sox fans got a glimpse of the World Series trophy as they greeted the team outside Fenway Park yesterday. David Ortiz held the trophy for all to see after a long night of celebration. The Red Sox won their second World Series title in four years completing a four-game sweep of Colorado Sunday night in Denver. The city of Boston is planning a rolling parade today starting at Fenway and ending at City Hall. Mayor Thomas Menino says there are plans for the parade to make three stops so that fans can see closer Jonathan Papelbon dance his Irish jig.
10/29/07: Mike Lowell capped an outstanding October with a big performance last night, earning World Series MVP honors as the Red Sox finished a four-game sweep with a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies. The third baseman homered, doubled and scored twice in the Game 4 clincher at Coors Field. He hit .400 in the series with four RBIs, three walks and a team-high six runs. Lowell is eligible for free agency.
10/29/07: It's a Rocky Mountain high for Red Sox fans as Boston wins its second World Series title in four years. The Sox completed the four-game sweep in Denver last night, beating the Colorado Rockies 4-3. Mike Lowell and Bobby Kielty hit home runs for the Boston. Jon Lester started and pitched five shutout innings for the win. Jonathan Papelbon got the final five outs, throwing his glove in the air and embracing catcher Jason Varitek after striking out Seth Smith for the final out in the ninth.
10/29/07: The Red Sox couldn't have done it without David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez, Curt Schilling and Jason Varitek, regulars from the 2004 title that ended their decades-long dynasty of disappointment. In winning its second World Series championship in four years, though, Boston relied on some new players, too: -World Series MVP Mike Lowell and fellow former Marlin Josh Beckett, the player the Red Sox really wanted when they acquired the pair in a Florida fire sale. -First-year second baseman Dustin Pedroia and still-a-rookie Jacoby Ellsbury, who made the postseason their coming out party. -Japanese pitchers Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima, who joined the Red Sox with different expectations, salaries and hype but proved equally valuable in October. -Jonathan Papelbon and Jon Lester, homegrown pitchers likely to anchor both ends of the Boston staff for years to come. "This is a very different team, a very different organization than the Red Sox of your father's days," Schilling said after the Red Sox beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 on Sunday night to complete their World Series sweep. "They're going to continue - and hopefully we're going to continue - to be a force. We have young, we have old, and it starts at the top." After missing the playoffs last year for the first time in general manager Theo Epstein's tenure, the Red Sox opened the season with a $143 million payroll - second only to the New York Yankees, and tens of millions more than the next-most extravagant spender. But unlike the Yankees, who spent more than $1 billion since winning its last World Series title, Boston has two in four years and the pieces in place for more. "We have a big payroll, but there are other teams that have big payrolls that haven't had the success," chairman Tom Werner said in the celebratory visitor's clubhouse at Coors Field. "And a big part of the success are the other guys who had some of the biggest hits for us." It was money well spent on Lowell, who was coming off a down-year and making $9 million annually. As he stood in the infield accepting the MVP trophy and a new car, fans behind the Red Sox dugout began to chant, "Re-sign Lowell." The payroll also allowed the team to take on more salaries with midseason reinforcements such as Bobby Kielty, who hit the game-clinching homer in the eighth. "I couldn't ask for a better place to get picked up," said Kielty, who was waived by Oakland. "This is the best team I've ever played for. We are the world champions." That's also because of a player development staff - the Red Sox spend freely on that, too - that drafted Lester, the Game 4 winner, along with Ellsbury, Pedroia, Papelbon and Kevin Youkilis from a sea of eligible prospects and guided them to the majors. "You watch the veterans act like little kids, and then you see the young kids starting to act like veterans," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "It's gratifying." Ellsbury started the season in Double-A, played in just 33 regular-season games for Boston and didn't crack the lineup until late in the AL championship series; he hit .438 in the Series, with four doubles. Pedroia batted .317 as a rookie and had seven hits in three games as Boston rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the ALCS. "It breaks down to a lot of guys who come up in the system and the veterans who help them do that," said Papelbon, who didn't allow a run in the postseason. "I think we have the talent to contend year after year and produce a championship ballclub." The Red Sox had four scouts following the Rockies, preparing reports on when to pick Matt Holliday off first, when to shade the left fielder to his right, when to swing at the first pitch and when to take it. "That all paid off," Werner said. It was money well-spent, too, on Julio Lugo, who didn't hit like a $9 million player during the year but did in the postseason to supplement defense that was very, very good. Even on J.D. Drew, whose five-year, $70 million contract weighed on the organization until he started hitting when they needed it: in Game 6 of the AL championship series, with the Red Sox facing elimination. "We're a very aggressive organization, so we try to do whatever it takes," owner John Henry said. "We get a little criticism, and it shows we're not stagnant. Winning it once, some people call it a fluke. Winning it twice is indicative that we're a pretty well-rounded organization."
10/29/07:Overwhelming in every way, the Red Sox swept to their second title in four years Sunday night. Jon Lester, Mike Lowell & Co. left little room for drama with a 4-3 win over the Colorado Rockies in Game 4. Then again, no NL team could have blocked Boston this October. This was hardly a repeat from 2004, when the Red Sox ended their 86-year championship drought by beating St. Louis. Boston is a major league bully these days, playing in rarefied air before crowds who demand to win.
10/28/07: The Red Sox will try to sweep the World Series tonight when they play the Rockies in Game Four. Boston is up three games to none after a 10-5 victory last night in Denver.
10/28/07: The Boston Red Sox used a six-run third inning and some timely hitting by rookies Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia to beat Colorado 10-5 and take a commanding 3-0 lead in the World Series. The Red Sox have outscored the Rockies 25-7 in their three wins. Leadoff hitter Ellsbury went 4-for-5 with three doubles and two RBIs. Pedroia, who hits right behind Ellsbury, went 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Winning pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched five and a-third innings, allowing two runs on three hits and striking out five. Matsuzaka helped his own cause with a two-run single in the six-run third inning. It was his first major league hit and RBIs. Every hitter in the Red Sox starting lineup had at least one hit except Manny Ramirez. After the Rockies closed to 6-5 with three in the seventh, the Red Sox added three in the eighth. Ellsbury's fourth hit of the game, a bloop double down the right field line, drove in one. Dustin Pedroia added two more with a double to right. Closer Jonathan Papelbon got the final four outs. Rockies starter Josh Fogg took the loss. He was touched for six runs on ten hits in his two and two-thirds innings. The Red Sox go for the sweep Sunday night in Game 4 as they try to win their second World Series in four years. Scheduled pitchers are Jon Lester against Colorado's Aaron Cook.
10/28/07: The Red Sox won game three of the World Series Saturday night 10-5. The Sox are now only one win away from their second World Series title in three years. Jacoby Ellsbury went 4-for-5 and had 2 RBI. Daisuke Matsuzaka got his second win this post season allowing only two earned runs over 5.1 innings pitched. Red Sox go for series sweep Sunday night in Denver for game four. 10/27/07: It's back to business tonight for the Boston Red Sox and Colorado Rockies. Game three of the best of seven World Series takes place this evening in Denver as the Rockies trail the Sox two games to none. Tonight's pitching features Joss Fogg of the Rockies against Daisuke Matsuzaka.
10/26/07: The Boston Red Sox are halfway to their second World Series title in four seasons. The Red Sox nipped Colorado 2-1 to take a 2-0 series lead as Curt Schilling, Hideki Okajimi and Jonathan Papelpon combined on a five-hitter.
10/25/07: Game 2 of the World Series is Thursday night at Fenway Park. Curt Schilling, who has a 10-and-2 lifetime record in the postseason, is the scheduled starter for Boston against Ubaldo Jimenez of the Rockies.
10/25/07: The Boston Red Sox won the World Series opener in convincing style by routing the Colorado Rockies 13-1. The Red Sox rapped out 17 hits to back Josh Beckett, who struck out nine Rockies in his seven innings and improved to 4-and-0 in this postseason.
10/25/07: Dustin Pedroia became only the second player to hit a leadoff home run in a World Series opener, lining a shot over the Green Monster in Boston's 13-1 win over Colorado on Wednesday. Pedroia was the 31st player overall to homer in his first career at-bat in the Series. He became the 18th player to hit a leadoff home run in any Series game and the first since Johnny Damon did so for the Red Sox in Game 4 in 2004.
10/24/07: The 2007 World Series begins later today with Josh Beckett starting for the Boston Red Sox against Colorado Rockies ace Jeff Francis. Jon Lester will be the Red Sox's Game Four starter instead of Tim Wakefield, who's been left off the roster because of a shoulder injury. Aaron Cook has been activated by the Rockies and will oppose Lester on Sunday.
10/23/07: Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield is being left off Boston's roster for the World Series because of a bad shoulder. The 41-year-old Wakefield fought through back problems late in the season and was kept off the roster for the first-round series against the Los Angeles Angels. He has pitched once since Sept. 29, allowing five runs in 4 2-3 innings in Game 4 of the AL championship series against the Cleveland Indians. Wakefield was 17-12 with a 4.76 ERA in the regular season.
10/23/07: The Red Sox and Colorado Rockies have workouts scheduled at Fenway Park today as they get ready to square off in the Fall Classic. The weather is expected to cooperate for the first two games of the World Series tomorrow and Thursday nights, although it won't be nearly as warm as it has been the last couple of days in Boston. ALCS MVP Josh Beckett pitches the opener for Boston against Jeff Francis, who is 2-0 with a 2.13 ERA for Colorado in his first postseason.
10/22/07: The Colorado Rockies shifted their base of operations from Denver to Boston Monday in preparation for Wednesday's World Series opener at Fenway Park. The Boston Red Sox will be playing in their second World Series in four years.
10/22/07: Fenway franks and Rocky Mountains. Ski slopes and baked beans. Not a bad setting for the final act of October. Just don't expect Matt Holliday and the Colorado Rockies to be intimidated by the Green Monster. Back in June, long before their historic surge to an unlikely NL pennant, the baby-faced Rockies roared into Boston and took two of three from the Red Sox - outscoring them 20-5. By Mike Fitzpatrick.
10/22/07: He wasn't needed in Game 7 but without him, there wouldn't have been a Game 7. Josh Beckett was named the Most Valuable Player of the ALCS. He shut down the Cleveland Indians twice, including a victory in Game 5 that started Boston's comeback from a 3-1 deficit in the best-of-seven series. Beckett was also the MVP of the 2003 World Series, when he was a member of the Florida Marlins.
10/22/07: The Red Sox are going back to the World Series, and they can thank a bunch of guys who weren't even in the majors when Boston won it all three years ago. Rookie Dustin Pedroia hit his first postseason homer and drove in five runs on Sunday night as the Red Sox completed another October comeback and beat the Cleveland Indians 11-2 in Game 7 of the AL championship series. Japanese imports Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima combined for seven strong innings, and Jonathan Papelbon finished things off. By Jimmy Golen.
10/22/07: The Red Sox advance to World Series by beating the Cleveland Indians 11-2 in game seven of AL championship series. Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-5 and had 5 RBI, including a two run home run in the seventh inning. Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed two Earned Runs over five innings for the win. The Red Sox will face the Colorado Rockies in game one of World Series Wednesday at Fenway.
10/21/07: Daisuke Matsuzaka starred in big games in Japan, even pitched a no-hitter in his national high school championship game. Now he can pitch the Red Sox back into the World Series. The $103 million pitcher takes the mound for Boston tonight in Game 7 against Cleveland and Jake Westbrook, with the Red Sox trying to cap their comeback from a 3-1 deficit in the AL championship series. After Boston's 12-2 win last night, Dice-K said he's "very excited." He lasted less than five innings in both of his two postseason starts: a 6-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels in Game 2 of the AL division series and a 4-2 loss in Game 3 against the Indians and Westbrook. Josh Beckett would likely be available to relieve on short rest tonight. Beckett won Games 1 and 5 for Boston.
10/21/07: The American League Championship Series will go to a seventh and deciding game as the Boston Red Sox crushed Cleveland 12-2 to even the best-of-seven series at three games apiece. J.D. Drew belted a first-inning grand slam off losing pitcher Fausto Carmona and added an RBI single in a six-run third.
10/21/07: Who will face Colorado in the World Series? Baseball fans find out Sunday night when the Cleveland Indians and the Boston Red Sox meet for game seven in the American League Championship series. The World Series starts Wednesday.
10/20/07: Boston Red Sox force game seven Sunday night at Fenway, by beating Cleveland 12-2. J.D. Drew had five RBI on three hits including a first inning grand slam to start the Red Sox rally. Curt Schilling allowed two runs and six hits over seven innings, for the win. The Winner of Sunday's game will face the Colorado Rockies in the World Series Wednesday.
10/20/07: The Indians and Red Sox are back in Boston ready to resume the American League Championship Series tonight. The Red Sox passed their first "must win" test of the series, by taking Game 5 Thursday night in Cleveland. That still leaves the Indians with a 3-games-to-2 lead and needing just one win to advance to the World Series. Cleveland will send Fausto Carmona to the mound tonight against Curt Schilling.
10/20/07: The Cleveland Indians are hoping to wrap up their first American League pennant in 10 years with a victory in Game 6 tonight in Boston. The Red Sox, meanwhile, are hoping to extend their season with Curt Schilling on the mound against Cleveland's Fausto Carmona.
10/18/07: The Cleveland Indians are hoping to wrap up their first American League pennant in 10 years with a win at home tonight against Boston. The Indians are sending out 19-game winner C.C. Sabathia against 20-game winner Josh Beckett, who won the opener of the AL Championship Series for the lone Boston win.
10/17/07: Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez hit consecutive homers in the sixth inning of the Boston Red Sox 7-3 loss, only the second time that's happened in the postseason.
10/17/07: Red Sox fans must now hope for another ALCS comeback. Last night's 7-3 loss in Cleveland has given the Indians a commanding three games to one lead in the series and pushed Boston to the brink of elimination. The Red Sox fell behind 7-0 before closing the gap with three straight solo homers in the sixth. Game 5 will be played tomorrow night in Cleveland. The Red Sox, of course, trailed the Yankees 3-0 in 2004 before roaring back to win that series.
10/16/07: Jake Westbrook had his sinkerball working and hurled the Cleveland Indians to a 2-1 advantage in the American League Championship Series. The Indians gained the series lead by beating the Boston Red Sox 4-2. Westbrook held the Red Sox to two runs on seven hits in his six and two-thirds innings. Westbrook got 14 of his 19 outs on groundballs. Boston cooperated by hitting into three double plays. Kenny Lofton's two-run home run off Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka got the Indians on the board in the second inning. The Indians added two more when they knocked out Matsuzaka in the fifth inning. Game 4 is tonight at Jacobs Field. Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, who's been bothered by bad problems, is scheduled to pitch for Boston against Paul Byrd of the Indians.
10/15/07: The American League Championship Series resumes tonight in Cleveland with the Indians and Red Sox knotted at one game apiece. The Indians send out Jake Wesbrook against Boston's Daisuke Matsuzaka tonight.
10/15/07: Game three of the AL Championship Series will be played tonight in Cleveland. The Red Sox and Indians are tied at a a game apiece after splitting the first two games at Fenway. Those games were part of a wild weekend for New England sports fans. They also watched the Patriots roll to their sixth straight win, 48-27 over the previously unbeaten Cowboys in Dallas.
10/14/07: Daisuke Matsuzaka and the Red Sox arrived in Cleveland ready to face the Indians - and possibly millions of bugs. Boston, which split the first two games of the AL championship series, watched the New York Yankees fall victim to a swarm of midges in the first round of the playoffs. They bugged rookie reliever Joba Chamberlain enough that he threw two costly wild pitches in Game 2 as the Indians came back to win 2-1 in 11 innings. Matsuzaka, Boston's starter for Monday night's Game 3 of the ALCS, packed accordingly. "I did bring along some bug spray," he said Sunday. "But in terms of preparation, that's about it."
10/14/07: The American League Championship Series is heading to Cleveland all tied up at one game apiece. Ex-Red Sox stalwart Trot Nixon delivered a key pinch hit to drive in the go-ahead run in a seven-run Cleveland outburst in the 11th inning that gave the Indians a 13-6 win over Boston. Franklin Gutierrez added a three-run home run in the 11th. The seven runs is the most ever scored in an extra inning during a postseason game. The Indians bullpen shut down the Red Sox for the final six innings. The win went to Tom Mastny, who pitched a scoreless tenth. Joe Borowski closed out Boston in the 11th. The loss went to Boston reliever Eric Gagne. The Indians also got home runs from Jhonny Peralta and Grady Sizemore. Peralta drove in four runs. Manny Ramirez and Mike Lowell hit back-to-back home runs when Boston scored three runs in the fifth. But the Indians bullpen shut down the Red Sox for the rest of the five-hour, 14-minute marathon. The teams have a travel day today before heading to Cleveland for Game 3 on Monday night.
10/14/07: Red Sox lose game 2 of AL championship series 13-6 in extra innings. Trot Nixon hit go ahead RBI in eleventh inning for Indians. Game 3 will be played Monday in Cleveland, with both teams tied at one game each.
10/14/07: Manny Ramirez hit his 23rd post season home run in game 2 of ALCS Saturday, and surpassed Bernie Williams as all time leader for home runs in the playoffs. Ramirez has hit three home runs in five games this October.
10/13/07: One down, three to go for the Red Sox in the best of seven AL Championship series against the Indians. They cruised past Cleveland by a 10-3 score. David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez reached base all 10 times they came to the plate. Josh Beckett got the win, striking out seven and allowing two runs in six innings. Curt Schilling faces Fausto Carmona in Game 2 tonight.
10/13/07: Josh Beckett's postseason scoreless streak ended at 18 innings when Cleveland's Travis Hafner hit a solo homer off the Red Sox right-hander in the first inning of Boston's 10-3 victory on Friday. Beckett pitched six innings of four-hit ball to improve his career postseason record to 4-2.
10/13/07: David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez, Red Sox, reached base all 10 times they came to the plate to lead Boston past Cleveland 10-3.
10/13/07: The Boston Red Sox have crushed Cleveland 10-3 to win the opener of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park. Red Sox 20-game winner Josh Beckett held Cleveland to two runs on four hits while striking out seven in getting the win. His only downer was a first-inning home run by Travis Hafner that ended his postseason scoreless streak at 18 innings. Beckett owns a 4-and-2 career postseason record and 1.87 ERA. Manny Ramirez and Mike Lowell each drove in three runs for the Red Sox. Indians starter C.C. Sabathia lasted just four and a-third innings and allowed eight runs while walking five. Game 2 is tonight. The Red Sox send out Curt Schilling against Indians 19-game winner Fausto Carmona.
10/12/07: Boston's Bobby Kielty has gone 9-29 with two homers and four strikeouts in his career against Cleveland's C.C. Sabathia, so he'll start in right field in place of J.D. Drew for tonight's Game 1 of the AL Championship Series. Twenty-game winner Josh Beckett pitches for the Red Sox tonight.
10/11/07: Want to see the Boston Red Sox play the Cleveland Indians for the American League Championship Series? You just might get a chance if you donate $20.04 to Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd's longshot Democratic presidential campaign. The amount is because 2004 is when the Red Sox last won the World Series. Supporters can also enter by recruiting 24 friends to sign-up at www.ChrisDodd.com. Dodd is a lifelong Red Sox fan who says he'll raffle off two playoff tickets next Thursday to see Game 6 at Fenway Park. The only catch is that you have to sit with him for the game. If Game 6 isn't necessary, the winner will get to go to Game 2 of the World Series instead. And if the Red Sox get eliminated before Game 6 of the championship series, the winner gets free airfare to go to Iowa or New Hampshire and watch Dodd campaign.
10/11/07: "Believe me when I say this: I don't want them to beat us. I think that's stating the obvious. But there are some people over there that I am really close to. ... There's nothing wrong with going up against people that you really have a lot of respect for. Sometimes it makes you want to win more." - Red Sox manager Terry Francona on the ALCS with the Indians.
10/11/07:The first game of the American League Championship Series is slated for tomorrow night in Boston with the Red Sox entertaining Cleveland.
10/10/07: The Boston Red Sox have tweaked their starting rotation for the AL Championship Series. Josh Beckett will start Friday night's Game One. But instead of using Daisuke Matsuzaka as he did in the second game of the ALDS against the Angels, manager Terry Francona has decided on Curt Schilling for Game Two against Cleveland. Matsuzaka will instead start Game Three.
10/9/07: It will be the Cleveland Indians against the Boston Red Sox in the American League championship series, beginning Friday at Fenway Park. Grady Sizemore led off with a homer and Victor Martinez added a two-run single as the Indians knocked off the Yankees 6-4 to close on the AL Division Series in four games last night. The Yankees wasted late homers by Robinson Cano, Alex Rodriguez and Bobby Abreu and were dispatched in the division series for the third consecutive year.
10/9/07: The Red Sox were rooting for the Yankees, if only for one game. Boston has four days off before the start of the AL championship series, having swept the Los Angeles Angels in the first round of the playoffs. Though none of the Red Sox would express a preference in the lone remaining division matchup, they wouldn't have minded if New York and Cleveland wore each other out before it was over. But Cleveland, which held a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series, eliminated New York with a 6-4 win on Monday night.
10/9/07: The alleged assault of a Quincy man - earlier said to stem from his loyalty to the Boston Red Sox - wasn't about baseball at all, a New York police detective said.
10/8/07: The Boston Red Sox will host Game One of the ALCS Friday night at Fenway Park. Boston completed a Division Series three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels yesterday, winning 9-1. David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez homered for Boston, while Curt Schilling limited the Halos to six hits over seven shutout innings.
10/8/07: Curt Schilling pitches the Boston Red Sox to another sweep of the Angels. Schilling worked seven masterful innings, David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez homered, and the Red Sox routed Los Angeles 9-1 yesterday to complete a three-game sweep of their AL playoff series. Boston joined the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies in sweeping a first-round series this October. It is the first time since the current format began in 1995 that it's happened. The Red Sox earned themselves a long rest, too. They will open the AL championship series at Fenway Park on Friday night against either the Cleveland Indians or New York Yankees. Vladimir Guerrero and his Los Angeles teammates scored a mere four runs in three games. The Angels have lost nine straight playoff games to the Red Sox and seven straight postseason games overall.
10/7/07: Red Sox nation is hoping for a sweep. Up 2-0 in their best-of-five AL playoff series against Los Angeles Angels, the Sox head to Angels's home turf after back-to-back wins at Fenway Park. Curt Schilling is on the mound for the Sox.
10/7/07: The Boston Red Sox take on Los Angeles this afternoon and Cleveland plays New York tonight, in do or die games for the Angels and Yankees in the American League series. Colorado and Arizona polished off Philadelphia and Chicago yesterday to advance to the National League Championship Series starting Thursday.
10/6/07: Manny Ramirez hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning off Francisco Rodriguez and the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-3 Friday night, taking a 2-0 lead in their AL playoff series. The Red Sox, who tied the game in the fifth thanks to the friendly - and legal - grab of a front-row fan, have a chance to complete the sweep on Sunday. Curt Schilling will face Jered Weaver in Game 3 in Anaheim.
10/6/07: As fan interference goes, Danny Vinik is more Jeffrey Maier than Steve Bartman. Vinik reached over the temporary photographers' box in front of the stands and kept Los Angeles Angels catcher Jeff Mathis from catching Manny Ramirez's foul pop on Friday night. He did not reach into the field of play, making it a legal move. Ramirez stayed at the plate and drew a walk to load the bases before Mike Lowell's sacrifice fly tied it at 3. "Everybody was giving me high-fives," Vinik told a crowd of about 20 reporters who interviewed him under the stands near the entrance to the Red Sox clubhouse. The 17-year-old fan said he got 15-20 calls on his cell phone, and while he was talking to reporters other fans congratulated him, saying, "That's the kid. Way to go. Nice play." One man called him "The anti-Bartman" and gave him a high-five. Bartman was cursed by Cubs fans in 2003 after deflecting a foul popup away from Moises Alou with Chicago just five outs away from the World Series. Maier was the 12-year-old New York Yankees fan who reached over the outfield wall in the 1996 playoffs and caught Derek Jeter's homer away from Tony Tarasco. Vinik, who said he had heard of Bartman, gave his name to a photographer, but identified himself only by his first name when reporters interviewed him. Red Sox spokesman John Blake could not immediately confirm Vinik's possible relationship to team part-owner Jeffrey Vinik, a hedge fund manager who once ran Fidelity's mammoth Magellan Fund. "My dad has season tickets," Vinik said. "I come a lot." Mathis, who punched the air in frustration, would have had a better play at the ball if not for the photographers' boxes added in front of the first row of seats down the first- and third-base lines for the playoffs.
10/5/07: Daisuke Matsuzaka makes his first postseason start in the majors when the Boston Red Sox play the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night in the second of the best-of-five divisional playoff series. Boston leads the series 1-0. Game begins at 8:30 p.m.
10/5/07: The Red Sox and Angels go at it Friday night in Boston. The BoSox have a 1-0 series lead after winning Wednesday night's opener 4-0.
10/04/07: The Boston Red Sox blanked the L.A. Angels 4-0 on a Josh Beckett four-hitter. These teams have today off before resuming this AL divisional series Friday night at Fenway Park.
10/3/07: A pair of hardthrowing right-handers with histories of postseason success take the mound at Fenway Park tonight in game one of the AL divisional playoff series. Twenty-game winner Josh Beckett goes for the Red Sox and 19-game winner John Lackey for the Los Angeles Angels. After an off day tomorrow, game two of the best of five series will be played Friday at Fenway, with Daisuke Matsuzaka going for Boston against Kelvim Escobar.
10/3/07: Mass. House lawmakers pass a bill aimed at regulating Red Sox ticket re-sales. Professional ticket agents will have to register with the state, wear ID and pay a $1,000 fee. They can then set their own prices for the tickets. The bill also gives venues the option to create an area where anyone can re-sell their tickets.
10/2/07: Josh Beckett was just 23 the last time he pitched in the postseason, coming back on three days' rest to shut out the New York Yankees and clinch the World Series for Florida. John Lackey was a 24-year-old rookie when he won Game 7 of the 2002 Series for the Angels. The two big-game veterans will start things off in Game 1 of their AL division series on Wednesday when the East champion Boston Red Sox play West champion Los Angeles. With Beckett facing Lackey in the opener, the only sure bet is that they won't be crumbling under the pressure.
10/2/07: Jonathan Papelbon stole the show at a pre-playoffs rally Monday, telling Red Sox fans that he'll give an encore performance of his celebration dance if the team wins it all. "If we win the World Series I'll dance all night long," the Red Sox closer told fans, whom he referred to as his "party people."
10/2/07: Also Wednesday, it's AL West winner Los Angeles visiting East champion Boston. The Angels go with 19-game winner John Lackey against the Red Sox 20-game winner Josh Beckett.
10/2/07: Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon says he'll do his celebration dance again if the team wins it all. Papelbon was among the players and team brass who turned out to rally about 5,000 thousand fan at a three-hour rally yesterday at City Hall Plaza in Boston. The AL East Champion Red Sox are getting ready for their best-of-five series against the LA Angels, who won the West. The teams play tomorrow night at Fenway Park.
10/1/07: The regular season is over and its on to the playoffs for the Red Sox. Game one of the first-round series with the Los Angeles Angels will be Wednesday at Fenway Park, starting time yet to be announced. Today, Boston will hold a pre-playoff rally for the hometown team, running from 4 to 7 p.m. at City Hall Plaza.
10/1/07: The Minnesota Twins won their final game of the season, stopping Boston 3-2. The loss comes one day after the Sox clinched the best overall record in baseball. The Red Sox are now headed to a first-round playoff against the Los Angeles Angels.
9/30/07: J.D. Drew connected for a go-ahead, three-run homer in Boston's 6-4 win over Minnesota. Drew singled in the second, tripled and scored in the fourth and finished 3-for-4 with his 11th homer. He's batting .393 in his last 18 games. Tim Wakefield improved to 17-12 with the win. He allowed four runs and six hits in seven innings.
9/29/07: Red Sox are guaranteed home field advantage for entire playoffs for finishing with best rcord in AL . Red Sox won Saturday 6-4 over Twins.
9/29/07: Daisuke Matsuzaka snapped out of his slump and helped the Boston Red Sox post their first AL East title in 12 years. Boston's win, coupled with the New York Yankees' 10-9 extra-inning loss in Baltimore, gave the Red Sox the division title, with the Yankees going as the wild card.
9/29/07: The Red Sox clinch their first AL East title in 12 years when the New York Yankees lost in Baltimore more than an hour after Boston beat the Minnesota Twins behind Daisuke Matsuzaka's best performance in more than six weeks.
9/28/07:Daisuke Matsuzaka snapped out of his slump and put the Boston Red Sox within one victory of their first AL East title in 12 years. Matsuzaka won for just the second time since early August, David Ortiz homered for the fourth time in seven games and the Red Sox beat their Minnesota Twins 5-2 Friday night.
9/28/07: Red Sox rookie Clay Buchholz won't pitch for the rest of the year and will miss the postseason because of shoulder fatigue. The 23-year-old right-hander pitched a no-hitter against Baltimore on Sept. 1 in his second major league start, then was sent to the bullpen and made a relief appearance on Sept. 6. He had just one outing after that, starting and losing at Toronto on Sept. 19.
9/27/07: Maine's biggest ski area is giving a lift to Red Sox fans tonight. Approximately 35,000 lift tickets to Sunday River ski resort will be given away tonight at Fenway Park for the start of the Red Sox final homes series. Spokesman Alex Kaufman says the cash value is nearly $2.5 million. The tickets must be used by mid-January, with blackout dates over Thanksgiving and Christmas weeks. Boston College graduate and Boyne USA President of Eastern Operations Stephen Kircher will be throwing out the first pitch tonight. Boyne USA bought Sunday River and Sugarloaf USA ski resorts this summer. More lift tickets will be given away at the Massachusetts-BC game this weekend. 9/27/07: The magic number for the Red Sox to clinch their first AL East Division title in 12 years is down to just two. Mike Lowell drove in five runs and Manny Ramirez went 3-3 in Boston's 11-6 victory over the Oakland A's at Fenway last night. The Red Sox could clinch the division tonight if they beat the Minnesota Twins and the Yankees lose to Tampa Bay.
9/25/07: Manny Ramirez is back in the Boston Red Sox lineup tonight after missing 24 games with a strained muscle in his left side. He's batting in the number-two spot in the order against Oakland. It's a lineup spot he's occupied just six times over almost 2,000 games in 15 seasons. He's hit fourth in most of those games.
9/25/07: The Boston Red Sox begin a six-game stand at Fenway Park, hoping to feed off home crowd advantage in their quest for the AL East title. They start with two games against the Oakland Athletics and close the season against Minnesota. Curt Schilling goes for the Red Sox tonight, looking for his ninth win. Oakland starts Chad Gaudin, who has 11 victories. Boston clinched a playoff berth over the weekend, but the AL East title is still up for grabs. Boston has lost six of its last nine, including two of three against the New York Yankees, to have its division lead over New York shrink to two games. The Red Sox were as many as 14 1/2 games ahead of the Yankees in late May. New York finishes with three-game road series against Tampa Bay and Baltimore.
9/25/07: The Red Sox close out the regular season this week at Fenway Park, with games against the Oakland A's tonight and tomorrow night, followed by four games with the Minnesota Twins. The Red Sox have clinched a playoff spot and got a boost in their bid for the East Division title yesterday when the Yankees lost to the Blue Jays 4-1. Boston now leads New York by two full games.
9/25/07: The Boston Red Sox begin a six-game stand at Fenway Park, hoping to feed off home crowd advantage in their quest for the AL East title. They start with two games against the Oakland Athletics and close the season against Minnesota. Curt Schilling goes for the Red Sox tonight, looking for his ninth win. Oakland starts Chad Gaudin, who has 11 victories. Boston clinched a playoff berth over the weekend, but the AL East title is still up for grabs. Boston has lost six of its last nine, including two of three against the New York Yankees, to have its division lead over New York shrink to two games. The Red Sox were as many as 14 1/2 games ahead of the Yankees in late May. New York finishes with three-game road series against Tampa Bay and Baltimore.
9/25/07: The Yankees are two games behind the first-place Boston Red Sox in the AL East race. The Bosox's magic number to clinch the division title is five.
9/24/07: Tim Wakefield is still struggling, and the AL East race is up for grabs with a week remaining in the regular season. Wakefield gave up a two-run homer to Delmon Young and Boston lost 5-4 to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Sunday, cutting its division lead to 1½ games over the New York Yankees.
9/24/07: The Red Sox assured themselves of at least the American League wild-card spot with a win over Tampa Bay on Saturday night. But a 5-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, coupled with New York's 7-5 victory over Toronto, cuts Boston's AL East lead over the Yanks to just a game and a-half. They held a 14 and a-half game advantage in late May.
9/23/07: Struggling knuckleballer Tim Wakefield gave up a two-run homer to Delmon Young, and the Boston Red Sox lost 5-4 to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Sunday. The Red Sox, who clinched at least the wild-card spot Saturday, started play with a 2 and a half-game lead over second-place New York in the AL East.
9/23/07: The Boston Red Sox are assured of playing in October. The Red Sox are the first major-league team to clinch a playoff spot. They rallied on ninth-inning home runs by Jason Varitek and Julio Lugo to beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 8-6. The victory assures the Red Sox of at least the AL wild-card spot. They held their two and a-half game lead in the AL East over New York, which beat Toronto 12-11 in 10 innings. Boston trailed 6-5 when Varitek led off the ninth with an opposite-field homer off closer Al Reyes, who fell to 3-3. Eric Hinske then doubled and scored one out later when Lugo homered. Eric Gagne pitched a perfect eighth for the win. He's 4-2. Jonathan Papelbon worked the ninth for his 36th save in 39 opportunities.
9/22/07: Josh Beckett became the first 20-game winner in the majors since 2005, pitching Boston over Tampa Bay 8-1. The Red Sox got late home runs from Jason Varitek, David Ortiz and Mike Lowell and snapped a four-game losing streak. Boston leads the AL East by two and a-half games over the Yankees. Boston's magic number to clinch at least a wild-card spot is two. The loss went to Scott Kazmir.
9/22/07: The Boston Red Sox have a little more breathing room atop the AL East. Their lead is back to two and a-half games after beating Tampa Bay 8-1. Josh Beckett became the majors' first 20-game winner while Jason Varitek, David Ortiz and Mike Lowell all homered. The Yankees couldn't keep pace, dropping a 5-4 decision to Toronto. Gregg Zaun's homer in the 14th inning off Brian Bruney won it. The Yanks scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extra innings. Alex Rodriguez had a run-scoring single to reach a career-best 143 RBIs.
9/20/07: The Green Monster is getting greener. The Boston Red Sox said Thursday it would improve Fenway Park's recycling and trash program and consider adding solar panels to reduce energy usage in an effort to make the ballpark more environmentally friendly. The improvements are scheduled to be completed by 2012, Fenway's 100th anniversary. "We are not only committed to preserving the history, beauty, and integrity of Fenway Park, but we are also determined to enhance the park's environmental attributes so it can serve our team, our fans, and our community in the 21st Century as well as it did in the 20th Century," Red Sox president Larry Lucchino said. Solar panels are being considered for the roof of Fenway's fifth level to heat some areas of the ballpark. The Red Sox also will use more energy-efficient equipment and lighting. Starting with the next homestand, the Red Sox will add receptacles for recyclable items, and team staff will collect the items from fans during games. The Red Sox said they already have gathered 10 tons of cardboard in 2007 - enough to save 170 mature trees, 4,600 gallons of oil, 70,000 gallons of water and 41,000 kilowatt hours of electricity.
9/20/07: Former outfielder Gabe Kapler will try to resume his playing career in the majors in 2008. Kapler spent the past season managing Class A Greenville in the Boston Red Sox minor league system. He says experience "reawakened" the competitor inside of him. Kapler says his body is healthy as it has ever been. He played in the major leagues from 1998-2006 with Detroit, Texas, Colorado, and Boston, hitting .264 with 64 homers and 302 RBIs in 850 games. He was a member of the 2004 Red Sox team that won the World Series.
9/20/07: The Red Sox hold just a game-and-a-half division lead after a 6-1 loss to the Blue Jays. Russ Adams hit an eighth-inning grand slam off Jonathan Papelbon to sweep the series in Toronto. Clay Buchholz didn't give up a hit to the Blue Jays until Frank Thomas singled with two outs in the fourth. Buchholz gave up two runs in the fifth -- one unearned because of his throwing error fielding a bunt -- for his first major league loss.
9/19/07: Red Sox reliever Hideki Okajima won't pitch for several days because of a tired arm. Okajima has not appeared in a game since Friday, when he allowed a career-high 4 runs, including two homers - in one-third of an inning in an 8-7 loss to the New York Yankees.Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona was evasive Wednesday about the exact nature of Okajima's health, but said the left-hander was given time off to "refresh" his arm.
9/18/07: Boston manager Terry Francona has shaken up his starting assignments in order to give some of his pitchers some added rest heading into the playoffs. Curt Schilling will get an extra four days off before his next start on Tuesday, September 25 against Oakland and Daisuke Matsuzaka will get an extra three days rest prior to his next scheduled start Saturday against Tampa Bay.
9/1807: The New York Yankees trounced Baltimore 8-5 while the Boston Red Sox were losing 6-1 at Toronto. That means the Yankees trail the first-place Red Sox by three and a-half games in the AL East race.
9/18/07: The Boston Red Sox didn't need an interpreter for this: With one quick wardrobe change, Daisuke Matsuzaka went from star pitcher to Teletubby. "I didn't think there was anything that could make me laugh last night. There was," manager Terry Francona said Monday. Many teams use a late season trip as a chance to have some fun with the rookies, dressing them in outlandish costumes that must be worn on the flight to the next city. Dice-K had to don the outfit following Sunday night's 4-3 loss to the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. In addition to Matsuzaka, Boston's veterans dressed reliever Hideki Okajami and outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury as female pirates, pitcher Clay Buchholz as Minnie Mouse and outfielder Brandon Moss as Dorothy from "The Wizard of Oz." "There were some interesting looks, but no international incidents," Francona said. Third baseman Mike Lowell said Matsuzaka and translator Masa Hoshino - also a Teletubby - wore the funniest outfits. "That was pretty original, I thought," Lowell said. Francona said watching Matsuzaka clear customs at Toronto airport was "hilarious." "Somebody wrote a check for $102 million, and he's going through dressed as a rodent," Francona said. Francona was pleased that Matsuzaka, an eight-year veteran of the Japanese leagues, had no problem overcoming the cultural barriers and taking the joke. "I went through this in Philly with (Vicente) Padilla, where he didn't get it and it wasn't good," Francona said. "The way guys handle those things helps the team. We got in at 4 in the morning, but it was a good plane ride." Lowell said the Red Sox didn't go overboard in dressing up their teammates. "The guys took it great," Lowell said. "It's a night flight. No one is going to see you. They did it the right way." It was certainly an easier ride than the time Lowell was forced to dress in hobo clothes as a Florida rookie in 1999. "There were no stewardesses on the flight," Lowell said. "We had to serve all the drinks and everything." The costumed ballplayers made for a colorful evening at Toronto's Pearson Airport. Hours earlier, the Baltimore Orioles had pulled the same prank as they left for New York, dressing right-hander Fernando Cabrera in a gorilla suit, right-hander Jeremy Guthrie as a female nurse and left-hander Kurt Birkins as a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. "Customs was probably thinking some guys were pretty weird," Lowell said. "I think they got it. They knew it was a joke."
9/18/07: The New York Yankees edged the Boston Red Sox 4-3 last night to win the season series between the two bitter rivals. That tie-breaker could come into play if they deadlock in the American League East. Boston leads by four and a-half games with about two weeks to play.
9/17/07: Mariano Rivera retired David Ortiz on a popup with the bases loaded for the final out, and Derek Jeter broke an eighth-inning tie with a three-run homer that sent the New York Yankees to a 4-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night. Curt Schilling (8-8) outlasted Roger Clemens but couldn't beat Jeter, who drove a 2-2 splitter over the Green Monster to give the Yankees a 4-1 lead. Joba Chamberlain and Rivera held on, helping New York move within 4-and-a-half games of first-place Boston in the AL East.
9/16/07: Two astronauts with local roots participate in the opening pitch ceremony Sunday at Fenway Park when the Red Sox take on the New York Yankees. Needham native Suni Williams recently returned from space after serving as a flight attendant about the International Space Station from December to June. Michael Lopez-Alegria will also participate in the opening pitch ceremony. Lopez-Alegria has family roots in East Boston.
9/16/07: Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis left Saturday's game against the New York Yankees with a bruised right wrist after Chien-Ming Wang hit him with a pitch. Youkilis crumpled to the ground in obvious pain. After being tended to by the team's medical staff, he walked to the dugout. The team says X-rays were negative. Youkilis was at the center of a beanball incident last month, when New York rookie Joba Chamberlain threw two pitches above his head at Yankee Stadium. In June, Youkilis approached the mound after being hit in the head by Scott Proctor -- the fifth hit batsman of that game. The Red Sox did not complain about Wang's pitch, which came with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth inning of a 1-1 game. Jacoby Ellsbury pinch-ran and scored three batters later on J.D. Drew's single to make it 2-1.
9/15/07: Josh Beckett's 19th victory pushed back the surging New York Yankees. Beckett pitched three-hit ball over seven innings in Boston's 10-1 win that dropped New York five and a-half games back of the first-place Red Sox with two weeks to play. David Ortiz went 3-for-3 with a two-run double. Eric Hinske homered. Boston lowered its magic number to nine for clinching the AL East. Beckett is 19-and-6. He allowed one run and a walk while striking out seven, winning his third straight start. He is likely to have three tries to reach 20 wins for the first time in his career.
9/15/07: Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis left Saturday's game against the New York Yankees with a bruised right wrist after Chien-Ming Wang hit him with a pitch. X-rays were negative, the team announced.
9/15/07: N.Y. Yankees at Boston. Rogers Clemens faces Curt Schilling in the last regular-season meeting between the Yankees and Red Sox Sunday. The game starts at 8:05 p.m.
9/15/07: The New York Yankees continue to make things interesting in the American League East. The Yanks moved closer to first place by scoring six times in the eighth inning of last night's 8-7 comeback win over the division-leading Red Sox in Boston. The Red Sox enjoyed a 7-2 lead until Jason Giambi and Robinson Cano hit back-to-back homers to start the eighth. Bobby Abreu eventually tied the game with a two-run double before scoring on an RBI single by Alex Rodriguez. Johnny Damon went 4-for-6 with an RBI and a run scored as the Yankees won for the eighth time in nine games, trimming the Red Sox lead to four and a-half games.
9/14/07: The Red Sox and Yankees open a three-game series tonight at Fenway Park in their last regular season meeting. While both teams are poised to make it to the playoffs, neither has clinched a spot. Boston comes into the series with the best record in the majors at 89-58 and a five-and-a-half-game lead over New York. Daisuke Matsuzaka pitches for the Red Sox tonight against the Yankees' Andy Pettitte. The Red Sox are coming off a 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays thanks a five RBI performance by David Ortiz. The Yankees lost 2-1 to the Blue Jays last night, snapping a seven-game winning streak. Frank Thomas drove in the winning run for Toronto with a ninth-inning single.
9/13/07: David Ortiz's two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning propelled Boston past Tampa Bay 5-4 and kept the Red Sox five games ahead of the New York Yankees in the American League East race. The Yanks, who open a three-game series at Fenway Park tomorrow night, beat Toronto 4-1 and play the Blue Jays again tonight while the Bosox enjoy a day off.
9/12/07: The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Devil Rays close out a three-game series at Fenway Park Wednesday night. Jon Lester (4-0) goes for Boston against Tampa Bay right-hander Edwin Jackson (4-14). By Howard Ulman. Game begins at 7:05 p.m.
9/11/07: The owner of New England's largest sports venue - New Hampshire International Speedway - has been talking with Boston Red Sox owner John Henry about selling the track to the NASCAR team Henry partially owns. The track and team are playing down any suggestion a sale is around the corner. Bob Bahre says he discussed the sale of the track over the past month with Henry and Sox Chief Operating Officer Mike Dee. He described it as his latest contact with a long list of potential buyers. Dee described the talk as casual discussion. The track, about 80 miles north of Boston, seats 101,000 and is home to two Nextel Cup races a year, including the Sylvania 300 this weekend.
9/11/07: Maine today joins the American Red Cross and the Boston Red Sox in a blood drive honoring those who gave their lives six years ago in the September 11th attacks. The Day of Remembrance Blood Drive is being held at locations in five New England states, including Boston's Fenway Park and the Augusta Armory in Maine.
9/11/07: Scott Kazmir struck out 10 and outpitched Curt Schilling in Tampa Bay's 1-0 win over the Boston Red Sox. Josh Wilson's sacrifice fly in the fifth drove in the run for the Devil Rays, who are 13-4 in their last 17 games. Boston's lead in the AL East is five games over the New York Yankees, who were idle.
9/10/07: Josh Beckett gets his 18th victory in the Red Sox 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Coco Crisp singled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning, Mike Lowell drove in two runs and Dustin Pedroia had three hits. Beckett (18-6) gave up two runs on seven hits while striking out eight in seven innings. Hideki Okajima worked the eighth and Jonathan Papelbon got three outs for his 35th save. The closer had retired 17 straight batters before Melvin Mora singled with one in the ninth. Mora and Nick Markakis homered for the Orioles. Chad Bradford (3-7) took the loss. The Red Sox are back at Fenway today for the first of three against Tampa Bay. Curt Schilling (8-6) is scheduled to start Game One against the Rays' Scott Kazmir (11-8).
9/9/07: The Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 Sunday afternoon. Josh Beckett (18-6) allowed two runs in seven innings to earn his 18th victory. Hideki Okajima worked the eighth and Papelbon got three outs for his 35th save in 37 chances.
9/9/07: Rookie Scott Moore hit a grand slam to cap a seven-run third inning and the Baltimore Orioles ended their record 11-game home losing streak by beating Boston 11-5. Tike Redman and Nick Markakis also homered for the Orioles, who won for only the third time in 18 games. The 11 consecutive home losses were the most for Baltimore since the franchise moved from St. Louis in 1954. David Ortiz homered and hit two doubles for the Red Sox. The AL East-leaders led 4-1 before the Orioles rallied against Daisuke Matsuzaka, who fell to 14-and-12.
9/9/07: Orioles manager Dave Trembley met with pitcher Daniel Cabrera on Saturday, one day after the right-hander threw an inside fastball to Boston's Dustin Pedroia that nearly started a brawl. The pitch came immediately after Cabrera was called for a balk that forced in a run. Both dugouts and bullpens emptied, and although Cabrera had to be restrained from going after the Red Sox, no punches were thrown.
9/8/07: Rookie Scott Moore hit a grand slam to cap a seven-run third inning against Daisuke Matsuzaka, and the Baltimore Orioles ended a record 11-game home losing streak by beating the Boston Red Sox 11-5 Saturday night.
9/8/07: Jon Lester allowed four hits in seven innings to win his third straight start in Boston's 4-0 victory over the Baltimore. Lester (4-0) struck out four, walked two and allowed only one runner past second base in his eighth start since returning to the majors following a bout with lymphoma.
9/8/07: The Yankees knocked off Kansas City 3-2 on Bobby Abreu's tiebreaking double in the seventh. Alex Rodriguez belted his major-league-high 49th homer in the second before Jorge Posada added his 19th home run later in the second. Rodriguez had three hits as the Yankees stayed seven games behind the first-place Boston Red Sox in the AL East.
9/8/07: Boston handed an angry Daniel Cabrera his 15th loss of the season, barely avoiding a brawl Friday night in a 4-0 victory over Baltimore. Both teams charged from the dugouts and bullpens in the fourth inning after Cabrera threw a fastball behind the ear of Dustin Pedroia. After a warning was issued to both teams, Cabrera waved his arms at the Red Sox, causing tempers to escalate. No punches were thrown, and Cabrera was ejected from the game.
9/7/07: Red Sox beat Baltimore Orioles 4-0 Friday night. Jon Lester got the win and improves to four wins on season.
9/7/07: Pinch-hitter Jason Varitek singled in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, and the Boston Red Sox rallied to beat Baltimore 7-6. David Ortiz and Coco Crisp homered for the Red Sox, who increased their lead atop the AL East to six and a-half games ahead of the idle New York Yankees.
9/6/07: Boston's lead in the AL East is down to six games. Toronto beat the Red Sox 6-4 after rallying with two runs in the ninth inning. Vernon Wells cracked a tie breaking homer in the ninth.
9/5/07: Josh Beckett won his 17th game as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 5-3 Tuesday night. Kevin Youkilis and rookie Jacoby Ellsbury homered to put the Sox on top. Jonathan Papelbon made his third consecutive appearance and pitched a perfect ninth inning for the save. Red Sox remain 7 games ahead of Yankees for AL east.
9/4/07: Mike Lowell hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs for the Red Sox, who opened a seven-game lead over the second-place Yankees. Lowell is 10-16 with eight RBIs in his last four games.
9/4/07: Daisuke Matsuzaka nearly lost a nine-run lead but Mike Lowell hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs to lead the Boston Red Sox over the Toronto Blue Jays 13-10. The win gives Boston a seven-game lead over the
9/3/07: Boston's lead in the AL East has grown to six games. That's because the second-place New York Yankees lost an 8-2 decision at home to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays as the Yanks maintain their two-game lead in the wild card.
9/3/07: Boston Red Sox rookies continue to feed the dreams of Fenway Park faithful hoping for a World Series in New England. Jacoby Ellsbury hit his first major league homer to help Boston beat Baltimore 3-2. The Red Sox continued to get contributions from their first-year players following the no-hitter by rookie Clay Buchholz on Saturday night. Another rookie, second baseman Dustin Pedroia, went 2-4 with an RBI to finish 8-14 for the series. He also made a key defensive play similar to the one that preserved Buchholz's no-hitter Saturday night. Jon Lester improved to 3-0 with six solid innings. The loss went to Daniel Cabrera, whose record is now 9-14.
9/2/07: One day after Clay Buchholz pitched a no-hitter in his second major league game, rookie Jacoby Ellsbury hit his first career homer and Dustin Pedroia made another outstanding defensive play in Boston's 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday. Second-year pitcher Jon Lester threw six strong innings, and Hideki Okajima, a major league rookie after 12 seasons in Japan, escaped a one-out jam with the tying run at third in the eighth by striking out Kevin Millar and Aubrey Huff. Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for his 31st save in 33 chances. Boston increased its lead in the AL East to six games over the New York Yankees, who lost to Tampa Bay.
9/2/07: Red Sox take on the Orioles again on Sunday, but they'll be hard-pressed to match the excitement generated by Clay Buchholz's no-hitter on Saturday, thrown during just his second start as a major leaguer. Game starts at 2:05 p.m.
9/2/07: You're 23, just up from the minors and pitching your second major-league start before the usual packed house in the middle of a pennant race at Fenway Park. Clay Buchholz knew exactly what to do. The baby-faced Texan tossed a no-hitter in his second major league start, just hours after being called up by the Boston Red Sox. Buchholz is the 17th rookie to throw a no-hitter after he baffled Baltimore 10-0. The 371st straight sellout crowd at Fenway Park crowd stood through the entire ninth inning, cheering every pitch. Buchholz struck out Nick Markakis looking for the final out on his 115th pitch. It's the third no-hitter of the season. Buchholz joined Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox and Justin Verlander of Detroit. As far as Buchholz earning his ticket to the big leagues, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said, "There's no going back to Triple-A."
9/2/07: Democratic presidential hopeful Bill Richardson says that Senator Larry Craig "did the right thing" by resigning after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a gay sex sting. The New Mexico governor was speaking outside Fenway Park moments after arriving to watch the Boston Red Sox face the Baltimore Orioles in a night game. Craig was under pressure from other Republicans who were worried over possible political damage from his arrest and plea.
9/1/07: Clay Buchholz threw a no-hitter in only his second major league start Saturday, just hours after being called up by the Boston Red Sox. He is the only rookie ever to record a no-hitter for the Red Sox and only the 17th to do so in Major league baseball history. Red Sox beat the Orioles 10-0.
9/1/07: Nick Markakis hit a three-run homer and the Baltimore Orioles broke a nine-game losing streak with a 9-8 win over Boston. The Red Sox also lost their 16-game winner Tim Wakefield, who was scratched from the start with a sore lower back, but maintained their five-game lead over the Yankees. The Red Sox hope Wakefield will not miss his next start.
8/30/07: Robinson Cano belted a pair of solo home runs to help the New York Yankees complete a three game series sweep with a 5-0 whitewashing of visiting Boston. The Red Sox lead over the Yanks in the American League East race is down to five games.
8/30/07: Red Sox manager Terry Francona was ejected in the seventh inning of Thursday's game against the New York Yankees for arguing with the umpires after they called Boston's Kevin Youkilis out for running outside the basepath. Youkilis was originally ruled safe when he eluded Alex Rodriguez's attempt to tag him on J.D. Drew's grounder to third. Yankees manager Joe Torre then came out and argued that Youkilis ran out of the basepath when he went to the infield grass to get by A-Rod. Francona stood on the dugout steps while the umpires huddled, then bolted onto the field when they called Youkilis out. Francona got third base coach DeMarlo Hale and Youkilis away from the umps, then started to argue the call. After an animated discussion, Francona was ejected for the fifth time this year. He argued a little longer before returning to the dugout.
8/30/07: The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox observed a moment of silence before their game in New York Thursday afternoon, paying tribute to Cahill, Payne and two New York firefighters who died in a fire at a ground zero skyscraper this month.
8/30/07: Major League Baseball's style police were patrolling Yankee Stadium, and Red Sox manager Terry Francona was pulled over. During the second inning of Wednesday night's game against the New York Yankees, Francona was called out of the dugout so an MLB security official could make sure he was wearing his uniform top under his usual Boston pullover jacket. "When Derek Jeter is on second base and I got somebody coming from the league making me go down the runway, I was a little perturbed," Francona said Thursday. "That was about as embarrassed as I've been in a long time, for baseball." Francona got fired up again in the seventh inning of the series finale against New York. He was ejected for the fifth time this season for arguing with the umpires after Kevin Youkilis was called out for running outside the basepath. The Yankees went on to beat Boston 5-0, completing a three-game sweep and pulling within five games of the AL East-leading Red Sox. Francona said the commissioner's office contacted him when the Red Sox were in Cleveland earlier this month, reminding him to wear his uniform top. He also spoke with MLB vice president Bob Watson before Wednesday's game, and Francona said he showed him he was wearing his uniform under his jacket. A resident security agent then came to check on Francona with New York batting in the bottom of the second. "I'm not talking about that, and I'm disappointed that they talked about it. And there will be something said about that," Watson said. "That's in house." Francona said it's more comfortable to wear the jacket without the uniform top, but he started doing it anyway after the commissioner's office stressed its importance. "I don't want to disrespect the game," Francona said. "At the time I didn't think it was a big deal." Wearing team apparel instead of a uniform top is not uncommon among coaches and managers across the majors, and MLB will fine personnel for violations. "I got a letter warning me," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "You'd think there'd be more important things to do this time of year than do Mickey Mouse stuff like that. It's a farce, I think. I really do." Francona said he has had good conversations with Watson about the issue and was just surprised with the timing of the uniform check. "I have never seen anything like that before in my life," Francona said. "Middle of the game you've got the fashion police. This is incredible." The Boston manager said he felt the need to speak out because of a New York Post report that said Watson entered the dugout during the game and Francona snapped at him. "For somebody to say that I yelled at Bob Watson, somebody owes Bob an apology and probably me," he said, "because that's bad. That's not being professional."
8/30/07: The Red Sox are hoping to finally stop the Yankees this afternoon after losing the first two games of their series in New York this week. Curt Schilling pitches for Boston against New York's Chien-Ming Wang.The Red Sox lost 4-3 last night as Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens kept Boston's bats quiet for six innings.
8/29/07: Johnny Damon hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the seventh inning of a 5-3 triumph over Boston. Derek Jeter hit a solo shot and Andy Pettitte picked up his 12th victory for the Yankees, who trail the East-leading Red Sox by seven games. Jason Varitek and Manny Ramirez hit solo homers for the Bosox.
8/28/07: The Yankees are eight games behind the East-leading Boston Red Sox.
8/28/07: Boston at N.Y. Yankees (7:05 p.m. EDT). Daisuke Matsuzaka faces Andy Pettitte in the first game of a three-game set between the AL East's top two teams.
8/28/07: Tim Wakefield is improving as he, and the season, get older. At 41, the Red Sox knuckleballer has pitched scoreless ball in his last 22 innings and shares the major league lead with 16 wins, one below his career high. And he's the only pitcher with decisions in his first 26 starts since 1993. By Howard Ulman.
8/27/07: Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield is improving as he gets older. The 41-year-old has pitched scoreless ball in his last 22 innings and shares the major league lead with 16 wins, one below his career high. He is the only pitcher with decisions in his first 26 starts since 1993.
8/27/07: The Portland Sea Dogs hope Jon Lester will give them a boost as they battle for a spot in the Eastern League playoffs. The Red Sox leftie will be getting the start tonight at Hadlock Field against first-place Trenton. The Dogs are currently in third place, one game behind New Hampshire.
8/27/07: The Red Sox and their red-hot bats get a rest today before rolling into New York to begin a critical three-game series tomorrow with the Yankees. Boston sits 7-and-a-half games ahead of New York in the American League East after a weekend sweep of the White Sox. The Red Sox put up 46 runs in four games against Chicago and pounded out 52 hits. Boston pitchers finished the weekend with a stingy combined ERA of 1.75. The Red Sox outscored Chicago 46-7 in the series. Boston scored at least 10 runs in each game, only the fourth time that has happened in a four-game series since 1900. It's the first time it has happened in the American League in 85 years. Daisuke Matsuzaka pitches for the Red Sox tomorrow against the Yankees' Andy Pettitte.
8/27/07: Boston's lead in the East is now seven and a-half games over the Yankees after the Red Sox shot down the White Sox 11-1. David Ortiz led the way for the Red Sox with a two-run home run. During the four-game series, all wins by Boston, the Red Sox outscored the White Sox 46-7.
8/26/07: David Ortiz hit a two-run homer, and J.D. Drew and Bobby Kielty ended long homerless droughts to back Julian Tavarez's first win since late June as the Red Sox finished a four-game sweep of the White Sox. The Red Sox outscored Chicago 46-7 in the series. Boston has won four in a row, improved baseball's best record to 80-51 and increased their lead over second-place New York to 7.5 games in the AL East.
8/26/07: Tim Wakefield's knuckleball baffled the Chicago White Sox and sent the surging Boston Red Sox to another victory yesterday (SATURDAY), 14-2. It gave the Red Sox their major league-leading 79th win. After today's series finale in Chicago, Boston is off tomorrow (MONDAY) before beginning a three-game series at Yankee Stadium.
8/25/07: Tim Wakefield's knuckleball baffled the Chicago White Sox and sent the surging Boston Red Sox to another victory. Wakefield allowed three hits in seven shutout innings and joined teammate Josh Beckett as the major league's only 16-game winners as Boston pounded Chicago pitching for a third straight game in a 14-2 win Saturday.
8/25/07: In the American League, the Boston Red Sox swept a doubleheader in Chicago in easy style, 11-3 and 10-1. Josh Beckett became the major leagues' first 16-game winner in the first game and David Ortiz homered twice and Kevin Youkilis added a three-run shot in the second game.
8/24/07: Josh Beckett became the major league's first 16-game winner Friday, surviving a shaky first when he walked three batters and leading the Boston Red Sox over the Chicago White Sox 11-3 in the first game of a split doubleheader.
8/24/07: The Red Sox and White Sox are preparing for a day-night doubleheader necessitated by last night's rainout in Chicago. Boston starts play five games up on the second-place New York Yankees in the American League East race.
8/24/07: The Boston Red Sox have sent left-handed starter Jon Lester to Double-A Portland and recalled left-handed reliever Javier Lopez from AAA Pawtucket. Yesterday's move came two days after Lester struggled in his first start since an outstanding outing. It also adds a proven pitcher to the bullpen, which may be more important than a starter since Boston has a day off next Monday. Julian Tavarez, who pitched well in a spot start last Sunday, could take Lester's spot in the rotation in Sunday's series finale at the Chicago White Sox. Lester, who underwent chemotherapy for lymphoma during the offseason, is 2-0 in six starts since Boston called him up from Pawtucket on July 23rd. He'll be playing for the Sea Dogs because its rotation matches up best for Lester.
8/23/07: Tampa Bay edged Boston 2-1 to improve to 3-and-9 against the Red Sox this season. All three of the Devil Rays' victories have come against Daisuke Matsuzaka, who was the hard-luck loser, allowing two runs on two hits and striking out eight.
8/22/07: Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia left Wednesday night's game at Tampa Bay with a left elbow injury. Pedroia was scheduled to undergo an X-ray, but no other details were available.
8/22/07: The Red Sox go for a series sweep of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays tonight when they send Daisuke Matsuzaka to the mound against Edwin Jackson. Tampa Bay has won only two games against Boston this season, and both victories have come against Matsuzaka. Jackson started the season 0-8 but has a 1.33 ERA over his last four starts despite a 1-2 record in that span. The Red Sox beat the Devil Rays last night 8-6. Boston has now won six of nine and increased their American League East lead to six games over the New York Yankees.
8/21/07: Tim Wakefield simply has the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' number. The knuckleballer improved to 19-2 lifetime against Tampa Bay as the Boston Red Sox blanked the Devil Rays 6-0. Wakefield allowed four hits over seven innings to improve to 15-10 overall this year. Wakefield improved to 9-0 lifetime at Tropicana Field. It's the most wins by any Tampa Bay opponent. Wakefield struck out five and moved into a tie for the major league lead in wins this season. Mike Lowell had a homer and drove in three runs. Manny Ramirez had two RBIs for the AL East-leading Red Sox, who are 11-8 in August.
8/20/07: Tim Wakefield continued his dominance over Tampa Bay, allowing four hits over seven innings as the Boston Red Sox blanked the Devil Rays 6-0 on Monday night.
8/20/07: The Red Sox are in Tampa Bay tonight to face the lowly Devil Rays as Boston tries holding on to a slim four-game lead in the American League East. Tim Wakefield pitches for the Red Sox against Scott Kazmir and the last-place D-Rays. Wakefield has been dominant at Tropicana Field, winning all eight of his decisions there.
8/20/07: The Los Angeles Angels and Boston Red Sox split a four-game weekend matchup of the teams with the two best records in baseball. Joe Saunders took a shutout into the eighth inning and the Angels beat the Red Sox 3-1.
8/20/07: Boston's lead over the New York Yankees is down to four games as both teams hit the road tonight. The Red Sox are playing last-place Tampa Bay while the Yankees travel cross-country to play the AL West-leading L.A. Angels, who are coming off a four-game weekend split with the Red Sox.
8/19/07: Catcher Doug Mirabelli was placed on 15 day DL Saturday, for injury to his right calf. Mirabelli hurt his calf Friday as he was crossing the plate during first game of doubleheader. Kevin Cash was called up from Pawtucket to replace him.
8/19/07: The Red Sox lost Sunday 3-1 to the Angels. Julian Tavarez only allowed two runs in six strong innings, but the Sox bats were quiet. The Yankees are now only four games back in the AL east. The Sox travel to Tampa Bay tomorrow to take on the last place Devil Rays.
8/19/07: David Ortiz's grand slam capped a six-run fifth inning and the Boston Red Sox beat the L.A. Angels 10-5 in a matchup of the teams with the best records in the majors. Curt Schilling got his first win since a one-hitter two months ago. He's 7-5. Schilling gave up homers to Chone Figgins and Vladimir Guerrero. He has given up 15 homers in 17 starts. The Red Sox rallied against Angels starter Jered Weaver, who is 8-and-6 with the loss. That erased the Angels' 5-0 lead and kept Boston's AL East lead at five games over the New York Yankees, who beat Detroit.
8/18/07: Red Sox beat Angels 10-5 Saturday night with help from a 6 run 5th inning, including a grand slam from David Ortiz. Curt Schilling pitched 6 innings and allowed 5 earned runs but still got the win.
8/18/07: The top two teams in the American League played to a draw on Friday. One team will try to gain the upper hand when the Boston Red Sox host the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Saturday.
8/18/07: Clay Buchholz won his major league debut and David Ortiz homered during a six-run first inning as the Boston Red Sox beat the L.A. Angels in the first game of a day-night doubleheader at Fenway Park. The Red Sox looked like they were on their way to a sweep before the Angels rallied with three in the ninth off Eric Gagne to win the second game 7-5. Orlando Cabrera singled to tie the game and scored on Vladimir Guerrero's two-run double.
8/17/07: Clay Buchholz won his major league debut, David Ortiz homered to highlight a six-run first inning and the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-4 Friday in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.
8/17/07: Red Sox backup catcher Doug Mirabelli strained his right calf Friday and left the opener of a day-night doubleheader after limping across home plate in the first inning. Jason Varitek took Mirabelli's place against the Los Angeles Angels. There were no other catchers on the Red Sox roster.
8/17/07: The Boston Red Sox traded outfielder Wily Mo Pena to the Washington Nationals for a player to be named later, the Red Sox announced Friday. The Red Sox also gave the Nationals cash considerations in the trade.
8/17/07: Clay Buchholz makes his major league debut Friday in the first of two games between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Angels. The 23-year-old was called up Thursday from AAA Pawtucket.
8/16/07: Right-hander Clay Buchholz, who has an 8-3 record and a 2.15 ERA in the minor leagues this season, is scheduled to start for the Boston Red Sox on Friday in the first game of a day-night doubleheader against the Los Angeles Angels.
8/15/07: Coco Crisp singles in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth as the Red Sox beat Tampa Bay 2-1. Mike Lowell tied the game with his 16th homer earlier in the final inning. Jason Varitek hit a ground rule double and went home on Crisp's single to right.
8/14/07: Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield didn't allow a hit until the seventh inning, pitching the Boston Red Sox to a 3-0 shutout over the Tampa Devil Rays. Wakefield and Jonathan Papelbon combined on the two-hitter. Wakefield improved to 14-10 with eight strong innings, striking out six and allowing just two hits. Papelbon got his 28th save. Carl Crawford spoiled the no-hit bid when he led off the seventh with a single.
8/14/07: The New York Yankees remain four games back of Boston. Melky Cabrera raced home on Derek Jeter's grounder in the ninth inning to lift the Yankees to a 7-6 victory over Baltimore. Bobby Abreu and Wilson Betemit homered for the Yanks, who've won four straight and nine of 10.
8/13/07: The New York Yankees are looking very large in the Boston Red Sox's rear view mirror right now. The Yankees are just four games behind the first-place Bosox in the AL East after the Bombers completed a six-game season sweep of Cleveland 5-3. Jason Giambi socked a two-run homer and Melky Cabrera added a solo shot to support Andy Pettitte, who took a shutout into the seventh. Boston walked away with a 6-3 loss at Baltimore when former Red Sock Kevin Millar ripped a three-run homer in the bottom of the tenth. Manny Ramirez drove in two runs while the Red Sox were building a 3-1 lead. But Miguel Tejada forced extra innings with a two-run homer in the eighth before Millar sent Boston to its fourth loss in six games. The Red Sox have their smallest division lead since May first. Boston is home to start a series with Tampa Bay. The Yanks start a series against Baltimore.
8/12/07: Kevin Millar hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning after Miguel Tejada tied it with a shot off Eric Gagne in the eighth, leading the Baltimore Orioles past the skidding Boston Red Sox 6-3 Sunday. It was the fourth loss in six games for the Red Sox, whose lead over the second-place New York Yankees in the AL East shrunk to four games - Boston's smallest margin since May 1.
8/11/07: Josh Beckett came within one out of a shutout and became the first major leaguer to reach 15 wins as the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-2 Saturday. Julio Lugo and J.D. Drew had two RBIs apiece. Beckett allowed eight hits, struck out eight and walked none in 8 and two-thirds innings. He was lifted after Miguel Tejada hit a run-scoring single and Kevin Millar followed with an RBI double. The game drew an announced crowd of 49,242 - the sixth-largest in the 16-year history of Camden Yards. Many of the fans were dressed in red and cheering for Boston.
8/11/07: Boston's lead in the AL East is down to five games over the New York Yankees. Boston blew a four-run lead and lost to Baltimore 6-5 while the Yankees were beating Cleveland 6-1 for their 21st win in their last 28 games.
8/11/07: The Baltimore Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox 6-5 last night as Brian Roberts led off the ninth inning with a double and scored the game-winning run. The Orioles rallied from a 5-1 deficit with a four-run eighth against Eric Gagne, then won it in the ninth against Hideki Okajima.
8/10/07: The Texas Rangers have called up outfielder David Murphy from Triple-A Oklahoma to fill the roster spot vacated Wednesday when Jerry Hairston Junior was placed on the disabled list. Murphy was acquired from Boston last week in a deal that sent closer Eric Gagne to the Red Sox and brought left-handed starter Kason Gabbard to Texas.
8/10/07: The Red Sox arrive in Baltimore for the first of a three-game series. Game begins at 7:05 p.m.
8/9/07: The Red Sox end a small losing streak. Mike Lowell went 4-4 with two RBIs as Boston beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-6 last night to salvage the final of a three-game series.
8/8/07: The Red Sox sign former Oakland outfielder Bobby Kielty to a minor league contract, giving them a potential backup for the playoff run. The 31-year-old was assigned to Triple-A Pawtucket and is expected to report when the team begins a series at Scranton/Wilkes Barre tomorrow. A switch-hitter, Kielty had just seven hits in 35 at-bats for the Athletics before he was released on July 31.
8/7/07: Maicer Izturis spoiled Curt Schilling's return from the disabled list by hitting a tiebreaking homer off the Red Sox right-hander in the seventh inning of the Los Angeles Angels' 4-2 victory over the AL East leaders. Schilling spent more than six weeks on the DL due to tendinitis in his throwing shoulder.
8/6/07: Curt Schilling was activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Boston Red Sox on Monday before his scheduled start against the Los Angeles Angels.
8/507: Josh Beckett struck out 9 and the Boston Red Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 9-2. Manny Ramirez hit his 19th home run as Boston won for the fourth time in 5 games. The Red Sox remained 7 games ahead of the New York Yankees atop the AL East.
8/4/07: Daisuke Matsuzaka matched a season-high with 10 strikeouts over seven innings as the Boston Red Sox beat Seattle 4-3. Jason Varitek hit the go-ahead 2-run double in the fourth inning. David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez also had RBIs to help Matsuzaka improve to 13-and-8. Adrian Beltre and Yuniesky Betancourt homered for the Mariners, who trail the AL West-leading Angels by 2 and a-half games.
8/3/07: Daisuke Matsuzaka pitches for Boston against Seattle's Jarrod Washburn as the Red Sox try to snap a nine-game losing streak at Safeco Field. The Red Sox dropped the opener in the weekend series 7-4.
8/2/07: David Ortiz showed Kevin Garnett who's still Boston's big star from Minnesota. "Big Papi" slammed an RBI double and scored the go-ahead run in a four-run seventh inning, drawing a huge grin and a standing ovation from "The Big Ticket" seated in a box high behind home plate Wednesday night. "That's my man, dog," Ortiz said after the Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 Wednesday night. "He loves watching this game. I remember my days in Minnesota. He always came to the field to give us support."
7/31/07: The Boston Red Sox acquire Eric Gagne from the Texas Rangers, who also unload first baseman Mark Teixeira to Atlanta in a seven-player swap. Boston sends left-hander Kason Gabbard and minor league outfielders David Murphy and Engel Beltre to the Rangers.
7/31/07: The pitching-starved St. Louis Cardinals acquire right-hander Joel Pineiro, optioned to the minors last week by the Boston Red Sox, and cash for a minor league player to be named.
7/31/07: Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez has been named the American League Player of the Week. In seven games, Ramirez collected seven extra-base hits, including four doubles and three home runs. During the week ending July 29th, he hit .393 with an .857 slugging percentage, scoring seven runs and posting ten RBIs. This week's honor is the 15th time Ramirez has been named Player of the Week -- the most by any American League player. He's the third Red Sox player to win the weekly award this season, joining Daisuke Matsuzaka and Dustin Pedroia. During a four-game series last week with the Indians, Ramirez went 7-14 with two home runs and six RBIs.
7/30/07: Daisuke Matsuzaka has been as good as advertised. If Boston would just score some runs for him, he'd have the record to prove it. Dioner Navarro, B.J. Upton and Carlos Pena homered during a five-run seventh inning and the Devil Rays beat the Red Sox 5-2 on Sunday to stop an eight-game losing streak.
7/29/07: Boston rallied with six runs in the 12th inning to beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 12-6. Julio Lugo drew his second bases-loaded walk and Kevin Youkilis followed with a three-run double in Boston's big 12th inning. Jonny Gomes tied it at 6 with a two-run shot in the ninth off Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon. It was Papelbon's second blown save in 25 chances and first since May First. Kyle Snyder threw two scoreless innings for the win. He's 2-2. The win helped the Red Sox take a nine-game lead over the New York Yankees in the AL East. New York lost 7-5 at Baltimore.
7/28/07: Tim Wakefield and Kevin Youkilis led Boston's fifth victory in six games, a 7-1 decision at Tampa Bay. Wakefield struck out seven while limiting the Devil Rays to a run and six hits in six innings. He blanked the D-Rays after Dioner Navarro hit an RBI single in the second inning. The Red Sox trailed 1-0 until Youkilis hit a three-run homer in the six inning. Coco Crisp added a two-run double while the Bosox were scoring four in the eighth to break it open. Wakefield improved to 12-9 while Jason Hammel dropped to 1-1. Hammel blanked Boston over the first five innings but was pulled after allowing back-to-back one-out walks in the sixth.
7/27/07: The Red Sox outslug the Indians 14-9 as Manny Ramirez gets the two home runs. His tree-clearing solo in the second inning was the third-longest home run at Jacobs Field. He added a two-run homer in the eighth. Ramirez's tape-measure rocket off Cliff Lee went at least 481 feet. After the Indians closed to 12-9, Ramirez connected again. It was Manny's 49th multihomer game, tying for 12th on the career list. Wily Mo Pena hit a three-run homer and had four RBIs, and Jason Varitek and Mike Lowell drove in two runs apiece for Boston. The Red Sox have won three of the four games against one of the A-L's other top teams. For the Indians, Ryan Garko hit a three-run shot and Frankin Gutierrez homered. Julian Tavarez got the win after relieving starter Kason Gabbard in the fifth. Tavarez working out of a bases-loaded jam after Gabbard gave up four runs in the inning. Lee gave up seven runs and nine hits in four innings for the loss. Tonight, the Red Sox are at Tampa Bay with Tim Wakefield starting against the Devil Rays' Jason Hammel.
7/26/07: Fausto Carmona outdueled Josh Beckett in pitching the Cleveland Indians over the Boston Red Sox 1-0 in winning his 13th game. Franklin Gutierrez provided all the offense with a third-inning home run for the Tribe.
7/25/07: Daisuke Matsuzaka shuts out the Indians for a 1-0 win. Dice-K gave up four hits in seven innings to outduel C.C. Sabathia and deny Cleveland's ace his 14th win. It's Boston's fifth win in a row and Dice-K's Number 12. The Red Sox have the best won-loss record in the major leagues after 100 games at 61-39. Sabathia gave up five singles, struck out seven and didn't allow a walk in seven strong innings. Jonathan Papelbon got his 23rd save in 24 tries. The Red Sox scored the lone run in the fourth on singles by Kevin Youkilis and Manny Ramirez, and a Mike Lowell fly ball that should have been an easy out. Cleveland rookie Ben Francisco misread the catch. Tonight, Josh Beckett goes for his 14th win for the Red Sox. Cleveland's Fausto Carmona will be looking for Number 13.
7/24/07: Jon Lester, the young Boston pitcher whose rookie season ended suddenly when he was diagnosed with cancer, pitched six innings to win his first game in eleven months and lead the Red Sox past Cleveland 6-2. Lester allowed two runs and five hits to easily handle the Indians, the A-L's best team at home. The 23-year-old Lester was diagnosed last year with anaplastic large cell lymphoma, a highly treatable form of cancer. He says it's "just nice to be back." The loss drops Cleveland two games back of Detroit in the AL Central.
7/23/07: It's a big night for the Red Sox and Jon Lester. The 23-year-old left-hander makes his first major league start since being diagnosed with a treatable form of cancer during his rookie season last year. After pitching the first half of the season in the minors, Lester will start for Boston against the Indians in Cleveland. Lester says he doesn't think it will all sink in until he actually takes the mound.
7/22/07: Manny Ramirez homered and drove in four runs, Mike Lowell added a three-run shot and the Boston Red Sox held on for an 8-5 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
7/22/07: Boston pitcher Jon Lester is slated to return to the mound for the Red Sox tomorrow, nearly a year after his rookie season was cut short when he was diagnosed with cancer. Lester is scheduled to replace Julian Tavarez for Boston's game at Cleveland. It will be the 23-year-old lefty's first major league appearance since he beat the Los Angeles Angels last August 23rd. 7/21/07: Kason Gabbard is giving the Red Sox a surprising lift just when they need it. A 29th-round draft pick by Boston back in 2000, the rookie left-hander pitched superbly for the second time in a week as they hammered the Chicago White Sox for the second straight day, 11-2 on Saturday. That victory on the day before the first anniversary of his major league debut was another sign of progress.
7/21/07: Curt Schilling pitched three scoreless innings in a minor league rehab outing for AAA Pawtucket on Saturday, striking out six - including Mark Bellhorn, a teammate from Boston's 2004 World Series championship team.
7/21/07: Josh Beckett had ten strikeouts and tied Cleveland's C.C. Sabathia for the major league lead with his 13th win as the Boston Red Sox snapped a three-game losing streak with a 10-3 win over the Chicago White Sox. Julio Lugo iced it with an eighth-inning grand slam.
7/21/07: Boston's lead is now eight over the New York Yankees. Edwin Jackson won on the road for the first time since 2003 and B.J. Upton homered twice to help the Tampa Bay Devil Rays rout the New York Yankees 14-4. Dioner Navarro hit his first career grand slam for the Devil Rays.
7/20/07: The troubles continue for the Red Sox. They've now lost three straight games at Fenway and eight of their last eleven games overall. Daisuke Matsuzaka gave up a career-high six walks in last night's rain-delayed 4-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox. The Yankees also lost yesterday, so the Red Sox' lead in the American East remains at seven games.
7/17/07: Rookie Kason Gabbard gave the Red Sox a good reason not to rush Curt Schilling back from the disabled list. Facing more than three batters in just one inning, the lefty pitched Boston's second complete game shutout of the season - Schilling threw the other - and beat the Kansas City Royals 4-0 Monday night.
7/16/07: Toronto rookie Jesse Litsch held the Red Sox to one run over six and two-thirds innings to help the Blue Jays post a 2-1 victory in Boston. Lyle Overbay had three hits off All-Star game winner Josh Beckett to lead the Blue Jays.
7/16/07: The loss, coupled with the Yankees' 7-6 come-from-behind win at Tampa Bay, trims Boston's advantage in the American League East to nine games over second-place New York. It's the first time since June 19th the Yanks have been a single digit out of the division lead.
7/15/07: David Ortiz hit his first home run at Fenway Park since April and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-4. Eric Hinske and Jason Varitek also homered. Daisuke Matsuzaka got his eleventh win.
7/14/07: Alex Rios had three hits and drove in the go-ahead run and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 6-5. Rios and Reed Johnson hit consecutive R-B-I doubles in the sixth inning to help the Blue Jays snap a four-game losing streak to the Red Sox. Toronto moved into a tie with the New York Yankees for second place in the American League East, ten games off the lead. Shaun Marcum survived a shaky start to win for the first time in nearly a month. He allowed all five of his runs in the first three innings but settled down to earn his first win since June 16th. He's 5-3.
7/13/07: Curt Schilling threw more pitches than expected during a bullpen session Friday, another step toward him returning to Boston's rotation.
7/13/07: Julian Tavarez (5-7) pitches for the Boston Red Sox against Shaun Marcum (4-3) and the Toronto Blue Jays. The Red Sox have an 11-game lead over Toronto in the AL East.
7/13/07: David Ortiz says he's been playing with a torn meniscus in his right knee since last summer. The Red Sox slugger says he hurt his knee during batting practice at Yankee Stadium, probably last June. Ortiz said he twisted his leg to field a bunt and his knee turned but his spike got caught in the netting that protects the grass in front of home plate. Ortiz says the knee is bothering him more than it used to but he's just going to get through the season. He says it's not certain that he'll need surgery, even after the season. The Red Sox designated hitter has had 14 homers and 54 RBI's so far this season. Last season he had 54 homers and 137 RBI's.
7/13/07: Tim Wakefield won his third straight start and the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox opened the second half with a 7-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay allowed the first four Red Sox batters of the game to reach base and score, and fell to 10-4 with the loss.
7/11/07: Josh Beckett pitches two scoreless innings for the win as the American League beats the National League 5-4. Beckett pitched the third and fourth innings, getting Barry Bonds to fly out deep to left field in the third. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless eighth and Mike Lowell singled to score on Victor Martinez's eighth-inning homer. David Ortiz reached first in the opening inning on a throwing error, then flied out in the third. Manny Ramirez pinch-hit in the third and flied out to right. The Red Sox host Toronto when regular play resumes tomorrow night.
7/10/07: Boston pitcher Josh Beckett will not start for the American League in tonight's All-Star game in San Francisco. The Red Sox ace was passed over in favor of Oakland A's ace Dan Haren.
7/10/07: The Boston Red Sox stumbled into the break with a three-game sweep by the Detroit Tigers. Good thing they have a 10-game cushion in the AL East.
7/9/07: Carlos Guillen's two-run homer off Daisuke Matsuzaka capped a five-run third inning and the Tigers held on for a 6-5 win over Boston. Gary Sheffield and Marcus Thamesalso homered for the Tigers. The Tigers have won five straight and 14 out of their last 19.
7/9/07: The defending American League champion Detroit Tigers enter the All-Star break with a one-game lead over Cleveland in the Central Division. Boston has the biggest bulge with a ten-game lead in the AL East. And the LA Angels have a two and a-half game spread on Seattle in the AL West. The National League races are a little tighter. The New York Mets have a two-game lead over Atlanta in the East. Milwaukee is four and a-half clear of the Chicago Cubs in the Central. And the San Diego Padres are one-up on the LA Dodgers in the NL West.
7/8/07: Boston Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez was out of the lineup Sunday against Detroit Tigers because of a stomach ailment, but was used as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning after the Tigers gave him antibiotics.
7/8/07: Gary Sheffield and the Detroit Tigers made Daisuke Matsuzaka pay for his lackluster location. Sheffield hit one of Detroit's three homers off the Japanese star, Curtis Granderson took a home run away from Boston and the Tigers beat the Red Sox 6-5 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.
7/8/07: Ivan Rodriguez's two-out RBI single in the 13th inning gave the Detroit Tigers a 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night. David Ortiz homered, doubled and walked four times - three intentional - for Boston, but the Red Sox left 12 runners on base and didn't score after two first-inning runs.
7/7/07: Jeremy Bonderman was unable to overcome a Boston Red Sox pitcher to make the AL All-Star team. The Detroit Tigers right-hander gets a chance to show the Red Sox he should be an All-Star when the teams continue their three-game series Saturday at Comerica Park. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.
7/7/07: Curtis Granderson led off the fifth with a home run and Marcus Thames added a grand slam in the inning in the Detroit Tigers' 9-2 win over Boston.
7/6/07: - Boston reliever Hideki Okajima has been added to the American League All-Star roster as the winner of the 32nd man Internet vote, giving the Red Sox a major league-leading 6 players in the game. Okajima received 4.3 million votes in four days to beat Detroit starter Jeremy Bonderman, Minnesota reliever Pat Neshek, Los Angeles Angels starter Kelvim Escobar and Toronto starter Roy Halladay.
7/6/07: Boston enjoys a 12-game lead in the A-L East after Coco Crisp and Mike Lowell drove in five runs apiece in a 15-4 pounding of Tampa Bay. Crisp hit a grand slam and Lowell delivered a three-run homer as part of the Red Sox's season-high 21-hit attack. Lowell had five hits to support Josh Beckett, who's 12-2 after sending the Devil Rays to their eleventh consecutive loss.
7/6/07: Two National League pitchers and one American League hurler have been added to the All-Star rosters for Tuesday's game in San Francisco. Houston's Roy Oswalt has replaced injured Atlanta pitcher John Smoltz on the NL squad. San Diego's Chris Young and Boston's Hideki Okajima won the 32nd-man Internet vote.
7/5/07: Coco Crisp hit a grand slam in the first inning, and Josh Beckett earned his 12th win as the Boston Red Sox beat Tampa Bay 15-4 on Thursday night, the Devil Rays' 11th consecutive loss.
7/5/07: The Red Sox signed first-round draft pick LHP Nick Hagadone along with eight international free agents.
7/5/07: Red Sox reliever Hideki Okajima was added to the AL All-Star roster Thursday night as the winner of the 32nd man Internet vote, giving Boston a leading six players in the game.
7/5/07: Red Sox skipper Terry Francona rested most of his regulars for a day game following a night game and the strategy paid off with a win. All-Star Mike Lowell and Doug Mirabelli each drove in a pair of runs in Boston's 7-5 win over a Tampa Bay team that lost it's tenth straight.
7/4/07: All-Star Mike Lowell homered to help carry a lineup of Red Sox reserves on Wednesday, and Tim Wakefield shut down the Devil Rays to lead Boston to a 7-5 victory and hand Tampa Bay its 10th consecutive loss. Wakefield (9-8) left with a 7-1 lead, cruising through six innings before three of the first four batters in the seventh singled. The knuckleballer was charged with four runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings, walking two and striking out two for his fourth win in five starts. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save.
7/4/07: The Boston Red Sox are making plans to return from the All-Star break without Curt Schilling in the rotation. The 40-year-old right-hander went on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis effective June 19, but the team had announced that he won't pitch again until after next week's break. On Wednesday, the Red Sox announced their rotation through July 16 without Schilling. Schilling played catch on Monday and was to do so "several more times" before he would return, manager Terry Francona said.
7/4/07: The Boston Red Sox have formed an alliance with Bobby Valentine's team, the Chiba Lotte Marines of Japan's Pacific League, to share player evaluations and statistical analysis.
7/4/07: Daisuke Matsuzaka picked up his tenth win before scattering four hits over eight shutout innings of Boston's 4-to-1 win over Tampa Bay. Julio Lugo was in an 0-33 skid before collecting two hits, including a two-run single in the second inning of the Red Sox's second straight win.
7/3/07: Lenox had an ambulance for sale. The town of Haina in the Dominican Republic needed a new one. Enter the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox charitable arm paid Lenox $20,000 for the 2001 model ambulance to donate to Haina, slugger David Ortiz's home town. The ambulance was handed over to Haina's mayor at last night's Red Sox game. The mayor says the town's current ambulance is old, has no air conditioning and no on-board medical equipment. Lenox Ambulance Squad member Michael Zinchuk says the ambulance will be packed with medical supplies before being shipped overseas.
7/3/07: The Boston Red Sox and the Portland Sea Dogs have extended their partnership though 2012. The two teams announced yesterday afternoon that they've agreed to a four-year extension of their player development contract.
7/3/07: Eric Hinske had a bases-loaded triple and Dustin Pedroia hit a two-run double as Boston's bats came alive in a 7-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday night. Kason Gabbard (2-0), making his second start in Curt Schilling's spot, allowed three runs, three hits and four walks in 5 2-3 innings, striking out five.
7/2/07: It was a classic good news, bad news day for the Red Sox. The bad news first -- they lost for the fifth time in the last six games, 2-1 to the Texas Rangers at Fenway. But five members of the Red Sox also learned yesterday that they had been named to the American League All-Star team David Ortiz, Josh Beckett, Jonathan Papelbon, Manny Ramirez and Mike Lowell. The game is July 10th in San Francisco.
7/1/07: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is bringing his glove to the All-Star game - and a whole bunch of teammates, too. Ortiz was elected to start at first base for the July 10 game in San Francisco, and he will be joined by at least four other Boston players. Starter Josh Beckett, reliever Jonathan Papelbon, third baseman Mike Lowell and outfielder Manny Ramirez made the team through the players' ballot. With five players on the AL roster, Boston matched Detroit for the most in the majors. "We are going to be well-represented, as we should be," manager Terry Francona said Sunday after the Red Sox lost to the Texas Rangers 2-1. "Regardless of the last five or six days, we have one of the best records in baseball. We have a lot of good players, and I hope we get a sixth."
7/1/07: Brad Wilkerson doubled home the go-ahead run and Kameron Loe won his fourth consecutive start as the Texas Rangers topped Boston 2-1. Loe gave up one run on six hits with two walks in six innings to run his record to 5-6. He hasn't lost since being sent to Triple-A after winning just once in his first 15 starts. Eric Gagne got the final four outs for his tenth save. The loss went to Boston starter Julian Tavarez who is 5-6.
7/1/07: The state of Maine will be in spotlight today when the Boston Red Sox take on the Texas Rangers. That's because today is Maine Day at Fenway Park, where the Red Sox will pay tribute to Mainers who consider themselves part of Red Sox Nation. Governor John Baldacci will be at the game, as will hundreds of other people who bought tickets reserved for Maine residents.
7/1/07: Sammy Sosa hit his 602nd career homer to break a fifth-inning tie in leading the Texas Rangers over Boston 5-4. That deprived Boston starter Josh Beckett a chance to match C-C Sabathia as the only 12-game winners in the majors. Beckett is 11-2.
6/30/07: A glimpse at the future for Sox fans tonight Top prospect Jacoby Ellsbury will make his major league debut against Texas. Ellsbury is batting ninth and starting in center field in place of Coco Crisp, who has a thumb injury. The 23-year-old Ellsbury was Boston's first round draft pick in 2005. He was batting .277 with eleven RBI and 21 stolen bases in 50 games with Pawtucket this year. To make room for Ellsbury, relief pitcher Joel Pinero was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an ankle sprain.
6/30/07: Manny Delcarmen was nibbling around the corners with the bases loaded and Sammy Sosa at bat on Friday night before third baseman Mike Lowell ran over to the mound with some advice. "Mikey was like, 'Trust yourself. They're not going to hit your fastball,"' Delcarmen said after helping the Boston Red Sox protect their 2-1 victory over the Texas Rangers. Delcarmen worked the count full after falling behind 2-0, then fanned Sosa on a 96 mph fastball to end the seventh inning and preserve a one-run lead. After Hideki Okajima pitched a perfect eighth, Jonathan Papelbon earned his 19th save by striking out Michael Young in another tense showdown. "It was a good show for our bullpen," said Papelbon, who nearly lost his cool when a close play at first base didn't go his way. "I'm not thinking. I've got nothing but 100 percent adrenaline there. That's the reason why I came back in the (closer's) role." Tim Wakefield (8-8) gave up one run and seven hits, striking out four and walking four to help the Red Sox snap a three-game losing streak and improve to .500 for June, their worst month this season. Delcarmen relieved him with two on and two out in the seventh, then walked the bases full before striking out Sosa to end the threat.
6/29/07: Red Sox fans will have something extra to cheer about at this weekend's NASCAR races in Loudon, New Hampshire. Carl Edwards has turned his No. 99 car into a baseball. It's repainted white, with the traditional red stitches of a baseball, to celebrate his first visit to the land of the Boston Red Sox since the ballclub's owners invested in his race team. The car will also sport the Red Sox name and logo. Even Edwards' helmet has been painted white with red seams.
6/29/07: The Red Sox return to Fenway Park tonight (Friday) in the midst of a three-game losing streak. Boston begins a weekend series against Texas and sends Tim Wakefield to the mound against Jamey Wright. The Yankees, who are eleven games behind AL East-leading Boston, were beating the Orioles 8-6 when the game was suspended in the top of the eighth. The game will resume on July 27th. The Mets-Cardinals game was postponed because of rain.
6/28/07: Jose Lopez was watching unpredictable Manny Ramirez - just like many curious people do at a Red Sox game. Lopez noticed that Ramirez was positioned close to the left-field line in the bottom of the 11th, creating a large gap in left-center. Lopez pulled Joel Pineiro's pitch into the gap for a double, scoring Ichiro Suzuki and helping the surging Mariners beat Boston 2-1 on Wednesday. Suzuki drew a one-out walk off Pineiro (1-1), the former Mariners starter. Lopez then hit a 1-0 pitch that eluded a leaping, twisting Ramirez, the ball caroming past center fielder Coco Crisp and allowing Suzuki to score easily. "I'm not going to make excuses. I hung a pitch," Pineiro said, before adding the ankle he twisted stepping on teammate Eric Hinske's heel during pregame stretching Monday still hurts.
6/27/07: Richie Sexson hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning to give Seattle its third and final lead, and the Mariners beat the Boston Red Sox 8-7 on Tuesday night. The Mariners also got a homer from Willie Bloomquist and overcame yet another shaky start by Felix Hernandez to win for the sixth time in seven games. They beat Boston for the seventh consecutive time in Seattle. Boston lost for the third time in four games despite Kevin Youkilis' three RBIs. Its previously strong pitching has allowed 17 runs in the first two games of the series.
6/27/07: The Boston Red Sox are doing so well right now, they can afford to do something they almost never do. Rest Manny Ramirez. Manager Terry Francona did not start the slugger Tuesday night against Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez, after he had played in 73 of the first 75 games. The Red Sox entered the night with the best record in the major leagues and a 10-game lead on Toronto in the AL East. "I think he leads the team in games played. I don't want to go too far," Francona said correctly while discussing his decision to start Eric Hinske in left field instead.
6/26/07: Two Red Sox minor league pitchers pick up weekly honors. Pawtucket Red Sox righty Devern Hansack has been named International League Pitcher of the Week. In two starts, he was 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA. He retired the first 21 batters he faced Saturday in a win over Louisville. Portland Sea Dogs righty Charlie Zink wins Eastern League Pitcher of the Week honors after posting a 2-0 record last week with a 1.80 ERA in two starts.
6/26/07: Jeff Weaver won his second straight outing after a dismal start to the season, pitching the Seattle Mariners to a 9-4 win over the Boston Red Sox on Monday night. Jose Lopez capped a five-run fifth inning with a two-run single and Kenji Johjima and Adrian Beltre hit back-to-back home runs for Seattle. Weaver showed anger and resolve - if not consistent command - while allowing an earned run and six hits in 5 2-3 innings. He walked two and struck out three.
6/25/07: Rod Beck, an All-Star relief pitcher who played for the Boston Red Sox for three seasons and wore a bushy mustache while earning 286 career saves, has died. He was 38. Beck was found Saturday by police officers responding to a call to his home in suburban Phoenix, police department spokesman Andy Hill said Sunday. Foul play is not suspected, though the cause of death might not be known for several days.
6/24/07: The marquee matchup went to Josh Beckett and the Boston Red Sox. Beckett became baseball's first 11-game winner and the Red Sox worked over Jake Peavy in a 4-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Sunday in a matchup of two of the game's top pitchers.
6/24/07: UNDATED (AP) - All-Star relief pitcher Rod Beck, who earned 286 career saves, has died. He was 38. Police in suburban Phoenix say Beck was found yesterday by officers responding to a call to his home. Foul play is not suspected.
6/24/07: SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Red Sox lose 6-1 to the San Diego Padres in a game that included two overturned umpire calls. Chris Young pitched one-hit ball for seven innings and Khalil Greene homered twice off Tim Wakefield for San Diego. Fill-in third base umpire Brian Knight had a home run call and fair catch call both overturned. Boston's only hit was J.D. Drew's single in the fifth. Josh Beckett pitches for the Red Sox today against Jack Peavy.
6/24/07: Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona was ejected last night after the umpire crew overturned a second call in a span of two innings. The reversal gave San Diego's Josh Bard a home run -- lifting the Padres to a 5-0 lead. It was Francona's second ejection this season.
6/23/07: he Red Sox continue a West Coast trip as they take on Chris Young and the San Diego Padres. Tim Wakefield pitches for Boston. The Red Sox won the series opener 2-1 as Daisuke Matsuzaka outdueled Greg Maddux. Game time is 10:05 p.m.
Daisuke Matsuzaka outpitched Greg Maddux in leading the Boston Red Sox to a 2-1 win over the San Diego Padres in a matchup of two of baseball's top teams. The Padres' third straight loss drops them a half-game back of the L.A. Dodgers in the NL West.
6/22/07: Curt Schilling is officially placed on the 15-day disabled list as the Red Sox arrive in San Diego. Schilling was expected to be re-examined by the team physician for tendinitis in his right shoulder, though an MRI exam has found no major problems. He will be replaced on the mound by ten-game winner Josh Beckett this weekend. Tonight's game at 10:05 p.m. will see Daisuke Matsuzaka face off against the Padre's 339-game winner Greg Maddux (6-3).
6/20/07: Julian Tavarez pitches seven scoreless innings as the Red Sox beat the Braves 11-0 Wednesday night. After hitting a home run and a double in the first two innings, J.D. Drew of Boston left Wednesday night's game because of tightness in his right quadriceps. Meanwhile, Sox starter Curt Schilling is headed to the 15-day DL because of soreness in his right shoulder, though an MRI finds no major damage.
6/20/07: After hitting a home run and a double in the first two innings, J.D. Drew of the Boston Red Sox left Wednesday night's game against the Atlanta Braves because of tightness in his right quadriceps.
6/20/07: Boston Red Sox starter Curt Schilling is headed to the disabled list because of soreness in his right shoulder, though an exam found no major damage. Schilling will be placed on the 15-day DL when the Red Sox get to San Diego on Friday for the start of a weekend series.
6/20/07: Josh Beckett's slump lasted all of one game. Bouncing back from his first loss, Beckett pitched six scoreless innings and even contributed a run-scoring double in his 10th win, leading the Boston Red Sox past the Atlanta Braves 4-0 Tuesday night. The weather was the only thing that got the best of Beckett (10-1). The right-hander didn't return after a 48-minute rain delay, letting three relievers finish up a five-hitter. Beckett joined John Lackey of the Los Angeles Angels as the second member of the 10-win club this season. "Too much Beckett - period," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. After a 9-0 start, Beckett was roughed up for six runs and 10 hits in a 7-1 loss to Colorado last week. He got right back on track against the Braves, surrendering four hits and two walks while allowing only one runner to reach third. "No. 10 has always been a win that's kind of elusive for me," said Beckett, whose career high for wins was 16 a year ago. "It usually takes me two or three starts. This time it took two."
6/19/07: Brian McCann was in a slump. He knew where to turn. One night after getting some much-needed hitting advice from his dad, the Atlanta catcher homered and drove in four runs off Curt Schilling to lead the Braves past the Boston Red Sox 9-4 on Monday.
6/19/07: The Portland City Council has approved a deal where the Portland Sea Dogs will build their own clubhouse and pay the city $2.9-million over 20 years to rent the city-owned Hadlock Field ballpark. The lease agreement approved yesterday will end up costing Portland taxpayers $1.7-million over a 20-year period beginning September 2008. That's about $400,000 less than the city would have paid under a lease negotiated in April. The clubhouse will be built under the right-field stands and pavilion. The club approached the city several months ago about building a new clubhouse, in part to ensure its future affiliation with the Boston Red Sox.
6/18/07: The Boston Red Sox completed a three-game sweep of the Giants despite Barry Bonds hitting his 748th career homer. The Red Sox won 9-5 as Bonds moved within seven homers of tying Hank Aaron's all-time record. Manny Ramirez homered for the second straight day and knocked in three runs for Boston. Fenway Park is the 36th different ballpark in which Bonds has homered. Tim Wakefield is the 441st pitcher to surrender one of his homers.
6/17/07: Barry Bonds added baseball's oldest ballpark to his long-ball list on his way to the sport's most hallowed record. The San Francisco slugger hit his 748th career homer in Boston's 9-5 victory over the Giants on Sunday, adding Fenway Park, the Red Sox and knuckleballer Tim Wakefield to his totals and moving within seven of Hank Aaron's record. Tim Wakefield allowed five runs and eight hits with a walk, striking out three in 5 2-3 innings. He allowed a solo homer to Pedro Feliz - his ninth of the season (and the 98th of his career) - while becoming the 441st different pitcher to feed Bonds' home run habit.
6/17/07: The Boston Red Sox placed right-hander Brendan Donnelly on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right forearm on Sunday and recalled right-hander Manny Delcarmen from Triple-A Pawtucket. Donnelly was 2-1 with a 3.05 ERA in 20 2-3 innings over 27 starts. He last pitched on June 11 and will be eligible to be activated on June 26. Delcarmen pitched one scoreless inning against the New York Yankees on May 21, his only appearance for Boston.
6/17/07: Manny Ramirez ended a 50 at-bat homerless streak and to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 1-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants. Daisuke Matsuzaka and two relievers combined on a four-hitter. Matsuzaka struck out eight in seven innings and improved to 8-5. He won for the first time in four starts, holding the Giants to three hits and three walks. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a perfect ninth for his 16th save for Boston, which has won six of its last nine and 12 of their last 13 interleague series. Ramirez homered in the fourth, his ninth of the year. Barry Bonds went oh-for-three with an intentional walk and remained stuck on 747 career homers, eight away from Hank Aaron's record. First-place Boston remained eight and a-half games ahead of the Yankees in the AL East.
6/16/07: The home run drought is over. For Manny Ramirez, not Barry Bonds. Ramirez ended a 50 at-bat homerless streak and Daisuke Matsuzaka struck out eight in seven innings to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 1-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday. Bonds went 0-for-3 with an intentional walk and remained stuck on 747 career homers, eight away from Hank Aaron's record. Matsuzaka (8-5) won for the first time in four starts, holding the Giants to three hits and three walks. The Red Sox have scored just six runs in his last four outings, and overall they have scored two or fewer runs in eight of their last 11 games. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a perfect ninth for his 16th save for Boston, which has won six of its last nine and 12 of their last 13 interleague series. First-place Boston remained 8 1/2 games ahead of the Yankees in the AL East.
6/15/07: With a line-drive grand slam over Fenway Park's Green Monster, Garrett Atkins might have put his slump behind him. "I know I'm a good hitter," the Rockies third baseman said Thursday night after going 3-for-5 to help Colorado beat the Boston Red Sox 7-1. "I've had two bad months of swings, but we've got four months left." Kaz Matsui also had three hits for the Rockies as they sent Josh Beckett (9-1) to his first loss of the season. Jeff Francis (6-5) pitched five shutout innings, allowing seven hits and two walks while striking out two to win for the fifth time in six decisions.
6/14/07: Brad Hawpe stayed focused on each pitch, not the star pitcher on the mound. Hawpe hit a three-run homer off ace Curt Schilling in the fifth inning, breaking open a close game and leading the Colorado Rockies to a 12-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night. Schilling (6-3) nearly escaped that jam when he retired two batters after allowing singles to Kaz Matsui and Matt Holliday. But he left a changeup high and Hawpe took advantage, hitting the ball into the wind to right field. "I had a manageable, winnable game in the fifth and I gave up a three-run homer," said Schilling, who came within one out of a no-hitter in his previous start. "You get blown out like that, you can deal with it, not like a 4-3 loss," Boston's Kevin Youkilis said. "It's one of those nights when you want to get the game over."
6/13/07: Tim Wakefield and David Ortiz led the Boston Red Sox to a 2-1 win over Colorado, preventing the Rockies from reaching the .500 mark. Wakefield is 6-7 after holding the Rockies to a run and four
hits in eight innings.
6/11/07: Former Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette has won a legal victory that allows him to hold college-level summer baseball games at a sports camp he runs here.
6/11/07: Randy Johnson allowed one run in six innings and three relievers did the rest as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Boston Red Sox 5-1 to salvage the final game of a 3-game series. Eric Byrnes had three hits as the Diamondbacks moved within percentage points of first-place San Diego in the NL West.
6/10/07: Mike Lowell's pinch-hit sacrifice fly drove in the go-ahead run in the tenth inning and lifted the Boston Red Sox to a come-from-behind 4-3 win over Arizona. Jason Varitek homered, doubled and drove in three runs for the Red Sox, who won their third straight. They remain ten and a-half ahead of the New York Yankees in the AL East. Hideki Okajima pitched two innings to improve to 2-0. Jonathan Papelbon, making his first appearance in a week, allowed two baserunners in the tenth before finishing for his 14th save in 15 attempts.
6/9/07: Josh Beckett is 9-0 after pitching the Boston Red Sox past Arizona 10-3. J.D. Drew had a pair of three-run homers and drove in seven for the first-place Red Sox.
6/8/07: Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein was torn: It was time to make his first pick in the baseball draft, and 3,000 miles away Curt Schilling was closing in on a no-hitter against the Oakland Athletics. "We were trying to do two things at once," Epstein said in a conference call with reporters on Thursday night. "We actually closed the door of the draft room and asked people not to make noise." Epstein and the other Red Sox draftniks had just watched Shannon Stewart single with two outs in the ninth inning to deprive Schilling of the no-hitter when their pick came up, 55th overall. They took Washington junior Nick Hagadone, a lefthander who began the 2007 season as a starter before being converted to reliever. Boston did not have a first-round pick, having given it up to sign Julio Lugo as a free agent. Beau Mills, the son of Red Sox bench coach Brad Mills, went in the first round, 13th overall, to the Cleveland Indians. The Red Sox took California high school shortstop Ryan Dent - no relation to the former Yankee who ended the Red Sox season in 1978 - with the 62nd overall pick in Thursday's draft. With the 84th pick, Boston took high school third baseman Jeffrey Morris.
6/7/07: Joe Kennedy has been Oakland's tough-luck pitcher the first two months. So perhaps it was fitting that a lucky bounce helped give Kennedy his first win in nearly a month. Kennedy shut down Boston for seven innings, Bobby Crosby drove in two runs after a potential groundout deflected off first base for a double, and the Oakland Athletics handed the Red Sox their season-high fourth straight loss, 3-2 on Wednesday night. The frustration boiled over in the eighth inning when manager Terry Francona was ejected by home plate umpire Dan Iassogna for arguing balls and strikes. The Red Sox face Oakland again at 3:35 this afternoon with Curt Schilling (5-2) facing Joe Blanton (5-3).
6/6/07: Lenny DiNardo insisted he had no fantasies of revenge or vindication while he infuriated the Boston Red Sox for six innings. In fact, his six walks - and that fat fastball down the middle to former roommate Kevin Youkilis - were more than generous to the club that dropped him nearly four months ago. Yet the Red Sox didn't use any of DiNardo's reunion gifts in a 2-0 loss Tuesday night, wasting Daisuke Matsuzaka's strong start and falling to their ex-reliever for their fifth loss in six games.
6/5/07: The Oakland Athletics scored a run in the bottom of the eleventh on an Eric Chavez walkoff home run to nip Boston 5-4. It was his eighth homer of the season. Oakland's Mark Ellis is the first player to hit for the cycle against the Boston Red Sox since 1978.
6/4/07: The Red Sox are in Oakland Monday night as they begin a seven-game western roadtrip. Julian Tavarez pitches for Boston against the Athletics' Dan Haren.
6/4/07: Alex Rodriguez was taunted most of the weekend but A-Rod got the last laugh in Boston. A-Rod lined a ninth-inning, opposite-field home run to give the New York Yankees a 6-5 win over the Boston Red Sox. It was his major league-leading 20th home run. The victory gave the Yankees two wins in their three-game set at Fenway Park. The Red Sox still have a ten and a-half game lead over Toronto in the AL East. The Yankees are 12 and a-half back.
6/3/07: The Boston Red Sox host the New York Yankees at Fenway Park this evening. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. Josh Beckett (8-0) is aiming for a team leading ninth victory as he faces off against Yankees slinger Andy Pettitte (3-4). Not since Roger Clemens in 1986 has a Red Sox pitcher won his first eight decisions.
6/3/07: New York Yankees first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz will be placed on the 15-day disabled list before Sunday's game after colliding with Boston's Mike Lowell in a play at first base. Mientkiewicz suffered a mild concussion, cervical sprain and a fractured bone in his right wrist and spent the night in the hospital for observation.
6/2/07: Mike Lowell dished out the big hits - with his body and his bat. Lowell homered to start a Red Sox comeback and also flattened two Yankees in a pair of basepath collisions on Saturday as Boston beat New York 11-6. Neither starter, Curt Schilling and Mike Mussina, made it out of the sixth inning.
6/2/07: The New York Yankees worked over Boston 9-to-5 to win the opener of their three-game set at Fenway Park. The win still leaves the Yanks 12 and a-half games back of the Red Sox. Jorge Posada had a pair of doubles, including a three-run shot to cap a six-run rally that broke a fourth-inning tie. Alex Rodriguez reached base three times and scored twice.
6/1/07: The Boston Red Sox kick of a three game series against the New York Yankees tonight at Fenway Park. Tim Wakefield (5-5) will start for the Sox while Chien-Ming Wang (3-4) starts for the Yankees. Boston is 13 1/2 games ahead of New York in the American League East this season. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., providing the weather cooperates. The forecast calls for a 30% chance of showers.
5/31/07: Even the most selective team in the league couldn't coax a walk out of Paul Byrd. Putting his pitches where he wanted, Byrd extended his walkless streak to 43 innings and threw first-pitch strikes to 25 of 27 hitters as the Cleveland Indians beat the Boston Red Sox 8-4 Wednesday night. "I don't know that I take pride in a walk streak. I take a lot of pride in making them earn their way to first base," he said. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for Boston (36-16), which has the best record in the majors. Cleveland (32-19), with the AL's second best record, overcame a 2-0 deficit after four innings and avoided being swept in the three-game series.
5/30/07: Daisuke Matsuzaka (7-2) will start for the Boston Red Sox tonight at Fenway as they wrap up their series against the Cleveland Indians. Gametime is 7:05 p.m.. Dice-K is 3-1 with a 5.00 ERA in his first five starts at Fenway. Paul Byrd (5-1) starts for the Indians.
5/30/07: The Boston Red Sox didn't need Josh Beckett in the rotation to open up a double-digit lead in the AL East. It sure is nice to have him back, though. "It's not about one player. It's not about one pitcher," first baseman Kevin Youkilis said after his homer helped Beckett return from the disabled list and win his eighth consecutive decision, a 4-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.
5/29/07: Curt Schilling worked seven strong innings and the Boston Red Sox hit two homers in a 5-3 win over Cleveland. Schilling struck out ten and held the Indians to a run and six hits in seven innings. He pitched shutout ball until the sixth and improved to 5-2.
5/28/07: J.D. Drew and Mike Lowell hit RBI singles in the eighth inning as the Boston Red Sox completed a three-game sweep over the Texas Rangers with a 6-5 win. The Red Sox have an 11.5 game lead over Baltimore in the AL East.
5/27/07: J.D. Drew and Mike Lowell hit RBI singles in the eighth inning as the Boston Red Sox held on to complete a three-game sweep over the Texas Rangers with a 6-5 win Sunday. Kevin Youkilis singled off Akinori Otsuka (1-1) to lead off the eighth. After Youkilis stole second base on Manny Ramirez's strikeout, Drew lined a single to right to tie it at 4. Lowell then drove a single to left field that scored Drew and put the Red Sox ahead 5-4. Dustin Pedroia added his second homer of the year in the ninth. Jason Varitek also homered for Boston, which has the best record in baseball.
5/27/07: Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was not in the starting lineup Sunday against the Texas Rangers because of sore hamstrings. "I wanted to give him today and let the medical people give him a little care," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "Hopefully he'll bounce back and feel good tomorrow. I don't want him to limp for the next couple of weeks because we got greedy trying to get another game here." Francona also said Ortiz has had bouts of dehydration in the past week. Boston starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka left Friday's game after five innings because of nausea and dehydration.
5/27/07: Manny Ramirez had four hits and keyed a five-run sixth inning with an RBI triple in the Boston Red Sox' 7-4 win over Texas. Kevin Youkilis led off the sixth with a single. He capped the inning with a run-scoring walk that put Boston ahead 7-4. Ramirez was four-for-four and fell a home run short of the cycle. He also singled in the second, doubled in the seventh and singled in the ninth. Tim Wakefield snapped a personal two-game losing streak to even his record at 5-5. Vicente Padilla fell to 2-7 with the loss.
5/26/07: Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield is seeking his first win in three starts tonight as Boston faces off against the Texas Rangers. Gametime is 8 p.m. Wakefield will face off against Rangers slinger Vicente Padilla who is 2-2 for the month of May.
5/26/07: Daisuke Matsuzaka earned his seventh win of the season before leaving the game with nausea and the Boston Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 10-6. Matsuzaka is 7-2. The Red Sox scored two in the fifth to take the lead. They added four in the sixth to help Matsuzaka win his fourth straight start. Matsuzaka gave up five runs and seven hits and matched his shortest outing of the season. He is tied for the major league lead with seven wins along with teammate Josh Beckett, the Angels' John Lackey and the Braves' John Smoltz.
5/25/07: Red Sox pitchers had been sharp all season - until the three-game series that ended Wednesday night with a loss to the Yankees. With Daisuke Matsuzaka facing the Rangers on Friday night and Josh Beckett set to leave the disabled list to oppose the Indians on Tuesday night, the results should improve.
5/25/07: Daisuke Matsuzaka looks to win his sixth consecutive decision tonight when the Red Sox open a three-game series on the road against the Texas Rangers. Matsuzaka is 5-0 with a 4.71 ERA in his last six starts. He's been even better over the last three outings, winning all of them with a 1.88 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 24 innings. Matsuzaka has also benefited from strong run support, as the first-place Red Sox have scored at least six runs for him in each of his last six games. The Red Sox hope Matsuzaka can help them rebound from an 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees on Wednesday as the team dropped two of three to its division rival. Boston still holds a 9.5 game lead in the American League East. The Rangers -- who own the worst record in the AL -- send Brandon McCarthy to the mound.
5/24/07: Andy Pettitte and the New York Yankees capped a busy day with an encouraging victory over Boston. Pettitte pitched seven vigorous innings, Hideki Matsui hit one of two homers off an ineffective Curt Schilling, and New York beat the Red Sox 8-3 on Wednesday night. Light-hitting Doug Mientkiewicz also connected and Derek Jeter passed Joe DiMaggio for fifth place on the franchise hits list to help the Yankees take two of three in the series and move within 9½ games of AL East-leading Boston. Matsui drove in three runs, while Jeter, Mientkiewicz and Johnny Damon had three hits apiece. New York roughed up Schilling (4-2) for 12 hits, the most he had allowed since yielding 13 on April 22, 2004, at Toronto.
5/23/07:The Boston Red Sox have regained a double-digit lead in the American League East by pounding Mike Mussina last night. Manny Ramirez set the tone with a three-run homer in the first inning of the Red Sox's 7-3 win over the New York Yankees. Mike Lowell also homered off Mussina, who was torched for seven runs and ten hits over six and two-thirds. Julian Tavarez was a winner on his 34th birthday, combining with three relievers on a three-hitter. Boston has baseball's best record at 31-14 after sending the Yankees to their eighth loss in 12 games. The Bosox pace their division by ten and a-half games over the Yankees and Toronto.
5/22/07: The Yankees beat the Red Sox 6-2 Monday night, moving New York within 9.5 games of the division-leading Boston. The Red Sox still owns the best record in the major leagues at 30-14.
5/21/07: The Boston Red Sox and the panel overseeing the state's landmark health care insurance law are teaming up to launch a public education campaign to help Mass. residents understand the law ahead of a July 1 deadline by which virtually everyone in the state must be insured or face tax penalties.
5/2107: The Red Sox roll into the Bronx tonight to begin a three-game series against the Yankees. At 30-13, Boston owns the best record in the majors and leads New York and Baltimore by 10.5 games in the American League East. The Red Sox have dominated the Yankees so far this season, sweeping a three-game series at Fenway Park in late April.
5/21/07: Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada homered for the Yankees. They enter this week's series ten and a-half games back of the division-leading Boston Red Sox.
5/20/07: Kason Gabbard came up from Triple-A and struck out a career-high seven batters while shutting Atlanta out for the first five innings to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 6-3 victory over the Braves on Sunday. Hideki Okajima allowed a pair of hits in the eighth but escaped with his scoreless inning streak at 20 2-3 over 20 outings. Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth in a non-save situation.
5/20/07: Daisuke Matsuzaka won his fifth straight decision as Boston defeated Atlanta 13-3 in the opener of a day-night double header yesterday. It boosted its American League East lead to 10.5 games, its largest ever at this point in the season. In the second game, the Braves handed the Red Sox their worst shutout loss in 17 years, 14-0.
5/19/07: The Boston Red Sox placed right-hander Josh Beckett on the disabled list Saturday, and recalled righty Devern Hansack from Triple-A Pawtucket in time for him to start the second game of a day-night doubleheader against Atlanta.
5/18/07: The Boston Red Sox head into this weekend's interleague series with Atlanta with a bulging 9.5 game lead over the New York Yankees in the American League East. That's the biggest division lead for the Red Sox since September of 1997.
5/18/07: The Red Sox have won nine of ten after sweeping visiting Detroit, 2-1 and 4-2, in a day-night doubleheader Thrusday.
5/17/07: The game between the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox scheduled for Wednesday night was postponed because of rain. It was called about 15 minutes before it was supposed to begin. The game will be made up Thursday as part of a day-night doubleheader. The first game will begin at 12:35 p.m. and the night game will be at 7:05 p.m.
5/17/07: Another injury to the middle finger on his pitching hand is nothing new to Josh Beckett. It's becoming a recurring problem for Jeremy Bonderman. The talented right-handers for the AL's two top teams will miss their next turn, both scheduled for Friday, the day after Boston and Detroit finish a four-game series with a day-night doubleheader. That was caused by a rainout Wednesday night. Beckett, baseball's winningest pitcher at 7-0, has a torn flap of skin that hasn't completely healed. Bonderman, who had two blisters in spring training, went on the Tigers' disabled list Wednesday, retroactive to May 9, with a blister, making room for Andrew Miller, Detroit's first-round draft pick last season, to make his major league starting debut.
5/16/07: Barry Bonds says he's "too old" to respond to Curt Schilling's critical comments. A week ago, Schilling criticized Bonds on a radio talk show, saying the slugger has admitted using steroids and cheating on his wife and his taxes. The Red Sox ace apologized to Bonds on his blog the next day. The 42-year-old Bonds says there's no need to address Schilling's comments.
5/16/07: Red Sox host the Tigers again tonight at 7:05 pm; Julian Tavarez (1-4) starts for Sox and Mike Maroth (3-0) takes mound for Detroit.
5/15/07: Justin Verlander scattered six hits over 7 2-3 innings, and Brandon Inge and Magglio Ordonez homered to cool off Tim Wakefield and lead the Detroit Tigers to a 7-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.
5/15/07: Boston Red Sox right fielder J.D. Drew left Tuesday night's game against Detroit in the eighth inning after crashing into the outfield wall pursuing a home run. He bruised his lower back.
5/15/07: Tim Wakefield takes the mound Tuesday night versus the Tigers' Justin Verlander at 7:05 p.m.
5/15/07: Daisuke Matsuzaka's best game in the majors gave the Red Sox their biggest lead in the standings in 12 seasons. Not even the team with the second-best record in the AL could stop them from taking an 8½-game lead in the AL East. Boston's record is the best in both leagues - 26-11 after Monday night's 7-1 win over the Detroit Tigers.
5/14/07: Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched his first major league complete game to start a four-game series between the AL's two top teams and the Boston Red Sox took their biggest lead in the standings in 12 seasons with a 7-1 win over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night. The AL East-leading Red Sox improved to 26-11, while the AL Central-leading Tigers fell to 23-14 with their second straight loss. Both teams are 11-3 in their last 14 games.
5/14/07: Daisuke Matsuzaka will be on the mound tonight for Boston as the Red Sox host the Detroit Tigers at 7:05 p.m.
5/14/07: Even slugger David Ortiz, with all those game-winning hits in his career, thought the Boston Red Sox were just about finished. He was wrong. Trailing by five runs with one out and none on in the ninth inning, Boston pulled off an improbable rally to beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-5 on Sunday at Fenway Park.
5/13/07: Jason Varitek and Eric Hinske scampered home when closer Chris Ray dropped the toss at first base on what could have been a game-ending groundout, and the Boston Red Sox rallied for six runs in the ninth inning to beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-5 Sunday. Jeremy Guthrie carried a three-hit shutout into the ninth and came within two outs of his first career complete game. But he was lifted after catcher Ramon Hernandez dropped Coco Crisp's popup near the third-base line for an error, and the Red Sox took advantage of an ugly meltdown by Baltimore's bullpen.
5/13/07: Boston Red Sox starter Josh Beckett has failed in his attempt to become the major league's first eight-game winner of the season. He left today's game against Baltimore after four innings due to a torn flap of skin on the middle finger of his throwing hand. The Red Sox were trailing 2-0 when Beckett departed.
5/13/07: Josh Beckett will try to become the major leagues first 8-game winner as the Red Sox take on Baltimore at Fenway. The game starts at 2:05 p.m.
5/13/07: The Boston Red Sox will be celebrating Mothers Day when the team concludes its series with the Baltimore Orioles tomorrow, Sunday, May 13 at 2:05 p.m. All mothers in attendance at Sundays game at Fenway Park will be invited to run the bases with their children, weather permitting, at the conclusion of the Red Sox-Orioles contest. Individuals interested in participating should enter the field via Canvas Alley off the lower first base concourse. The activity will begin approximately 15 minutes after the final out.
5/12/07: Kevin Youkilis, Manny Ramirez, Alex Cora and Mike Lowell drove in two runs apiece as Boston clobbered Baltimore 13-4. Youkilis snapped a four-all tie with an RBI single in the sixth before the Red Sox scored eight times in their last two at-bats. He added an RBI single in the Red Sox's five-run eighth. Cora delivered a pinch-hit, two-run single in the seventh to give the Red Sox breathing room. Manny Ramirez hit a two-run double that put the Bosox ahead 4-1.
5/12/07: The Boston Red Sox will be celebrating Mother's Day when the team concludes its series with the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday. All mothers in attendance at Sunday's game at Fenway Park will be invited to run the bases with their children, weather permitting, at the end of the game. Anyone interested in participating should enter the field via Canvas Alley off the lower first base concourse.
5/12/07: The Red Sox try to start a new winning streak after dropping the opener a weekend series with Baltimore. Curt Schilling takes on Steve Traschel as Baltimore tries to win its fifth straight. Game time is 1:05 p.m.
5/11/07: The Boston Red Sox, who have won seven of their last eight games, return home Friday night to play the Baltimore Orioles. Julian Tavarez pitches against Brian Burres. Game begins at 7:05 p.m.
5/11/07: Even their best pitcher couldn't keep the Toronto Blue Jays from suffering their ninth straight loss. The Boston Red Sox roughed up Roy Halladay en route to an 8-0 shutout of the Jays.
5/11/07: The Boston Red Sox are on top of the American League East because of strong pitching. Their potent offense is doing pretty well, too. Tim Wakefield pitched seven sharp innings while the Red Sox roughed up Roy Halladay, beating Toronto 8-0 Thursday night in sending the Blue Jays to their ninth straight loss. "We like our lineup but it starts and ends with pitching" Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "If you get pitching, you've got a chance. It sets the tone and gives you a chance to win every night." With Josh Beckett, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Curt Schilling and Wakefield, the Red Sox are the only team in the majors to boast four starters with at least four wins apiece. Mike Lowell homered for the third consecutive game for Boston, which has won seven of eight.
5/10/07: Daisuke Matsuzaka won his third straight decision and the Boston Red Sox handed the Toronto Blue Jays their eighth straight loss, 9-3 Wednesday. Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz, Mike Lowell and Julio Lugo went deep the Red Sox hit four homers for the second consecutive game.
5/9/07: Changing speeds more often has made Josh Beckett unbeatable this season. Beckett (7-0) gave up a home run on his first pitch, then settled down to become the first seven-game winner in the majors as the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-2 Tuesday night. "We've been saying all along he's matured," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "He's a better pitcher. He feels good about himself." Beckett was tagged for a home run by Alex Rios on the first pitch, and Adam Lind followed with a double. But Beckett got Vernon Wells on a popup, struck out Frank Thomas and retired Troy Glaus on a grounder. "To his credit, he reeled it back in in a hurry," Francona said. "He got down in the zone and made adjustments real quick, which was really good to see." The Blue Jays lost their seventh in a row.
5/9/07: Boston Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis was listed as day-to-day after getting hit by a pitch above the left knee Tuesday night. Youkilis went 3-for-3 with a home run before leaving in the sixth inning of a 9-2 win over Toronto. "It's a question mark whether it was intentional or unintentional," Youkilis said. "It gets old after a while, getting hit, but what are you going to do?" Youkilis was nicked in the same area by Minnesota's Glen Perkins on Sunday and has been hit five times already this season.
5/8/07: Boston Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis left the game against the Toronto Blue Jays in the sixth inning Tuesday night after he was hit in the leg by a pitch. Youkilis suffered a contusion and is day-to-day.
5/8/07: Josh Beckett, who has won six straight for the Boston Red Sox to open the season, takes the mound Tuesday night against Blue Jays pitcher Victor Zambrano in Toronto. Game begins at 7:07 pm
5/8/07:Radio-station operator Entercom Communications expects no growth in second-quarter revenue from stations open at least a year. The news reflects trouble in attracting advertising dollars as listener numbers stagnate. Meanwhile, the company projects 5% higher operating expenses primarily related to costs on a contract to carry Boston Red Sox baseball games.
5/7/07: Roger Clemens' return to the New York Yankees was negotiated by e-mail and cell phone for two days as his agent was in Boston talking to the Red Sox. Clemens' agent, Randy Hendricks, was talking to the Red Sox on Thursday when talks with the Yankees intensified. By Friday evening, a deal was in place.
5/6/07: The last thing Minnesota's struggling, short-handed offense needed was a date with Curt Schilling. Boston's ace tied a season high with seven strikeouts and the Red Sox hung on for a 4-3 victory over the Twins on Sunday. Schilling (4-1) allowed three runs and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings, and Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-4 with two doubles for the Red Sox, who took two of three from a Twins team that scored just five runs in the series. Minnesota starter Sidney Ponson (2-4) gave up four runs, three earned, and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings. He walked four. Jason Tyner's two-run single with two outs in the seventh chased Schilling. Torii Hunter added an RBI single off Hideki Okajima to cut Boston's lead to 4-3. But AL MVP Justin Morneau grounded out to end the inning, and Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for his 10th save in 11 tries.
5/5/07: Jon Lester, who has been on the disabled list all season while recovering from lymphoma treatments, will not be activated this weekend, manager Terry Francona said. Lester developed a cramp in his left forearm during a rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday. "Even though we're thrilled it was a cramp, there's still a reason it was a cramp and we don't want that to happen," Francona said. ... The Red Sox have beer available in their clubhouse, but Francona said he didn't think the team needed to reconsider that in light of the recent drunken-driving death of St. Louis Cardinals reliever Josh Hancock. "We've talked to the team before, that if it's abused it will be taken away," Francona said. "But it hasn't been. I don't think we need to be reactionary here because we've been diligent and respectful in how we've handled it in the past."
5/5/07: Johan Santana picked up the victory in a rare five-inning outing and the Minnesota Twins hung on to beat Julian Tavarez and the Boston Red Sox 2-1 Saturday night. Jason Bartlett's infield single in a two-run second inning was enough to beat Tavarez (1-3), who outpitched the two-time AL Cy Young Award winner and turned in his best start this year. The only score against Santana (4-2) came on a bloop double by Dustin Pedroia that hit the white line with two outs in the fourth and drove in Wily Mo Pena. Boston left a runner in scoring position in each of the first six innings and had a three-game winning streak end. Joe Nathan got the last four outs for his eighth save. Center fielder Torii Hunter ran down a long drive by David Ortiz for the second out in the ninth, and Nathan struck out Manny Ramirez to end it.
5/5/07: Hideki Okajima didn't come with a nine-figure price tag or the international intrigue of baseball's posting process. His signing wasn't broadcast live on two continents. And while reporters tracked the private jet bringing Daisuke Matsuzaka to town, Okajima came in under the media radar. The left-handed reliever was the second-most coveted Japanese pitcher signed by the Boston Red Sox in the offseason, largely written off as a baby sitter who could ease Matsuzaka's transition to the major leagues. He's making things easier for Dice-K, all right, and in just the way the Red Sox had hoped: by mopping up for Matsuzaka and the rest of the Red Sox starters with inning after scoreless inning and helping Boston take an early lead in the AL East. "He comes with a pedigree of pitching in big markets and pitching in big stages," said Craig Shipley, who handles international scouting for the Red Sox. "This had nothing to do with Daisuke. I don't think teams are in the habit of signing this player to help that player's adjustment."
5/5/07: Tim Wakefield threw seven innings and David Ortiz homered to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 2-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Wakefield held the AL's top-hitting team to three hits to even his record at 3-3. Wakefield never allowed a runner past second base to out-duel Carlos Silva, who is 2-2 with the loss. Jonathan Papelbon got the last three outs for his ninth save. Boston has won three in a row.
5/4/07: Tim Wakefield's knuckleball always seems to be dancing in the Dome. Wakefield threw seven innings and David Ortiz homered to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 2-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night. Wakefield (3-3) held the AL's top-hitting team to three hits and never allowed a runner past second base to out-duel Carlos Silva (2-2) for Boston's third straight win. Silva allowed just one run over seven innings, but got nothing from an offense that flailed helplessly at 61-mph knucklers all night.
5/4/07: Tim Wakefield (2-3) takes on Carlos Silva (2-1) as the Boston Red Sox open a weekend series against the Minnesota Twins on Friday night. Despite his record, Wakefield has the lowest ERA of any of Boston's starting pitchers. Game begins at 8:10 p.m.
5/4/07: Former Red Sox pitcher Josh Hancock was drunk and talking on his cell phone at the time of his fatal accident, and marijuana was found in the sport utility vehicle he was driving. Medical examiner Michael Graham said at a news conference Friday that the 29-year-old reliever for the St. Louis Cardinals was dead "within seconds" from head injuries in the crash early Sunday on Interstate 64 in St. Louis. His vehicle hit the back of a tow truck parked on the highway to assist a driver from a previous accident. "There is nothing at all that could have been done for him," Graham said. Hancock's blood-alcohol level was 0.157, nearly twice Missouri's legal limit of 0.08, Graham said. Police Chief Joe Mokwa said 8.55 grams of marijuana and a glass pipe used to smoke marijuana were found in the rented Ford Explorer. Toxicology tests to determine if drugs were in his system had not been completed.
5/4/07: Manny Ramirez delivered for the Red Sox Thursday night. He hit two-homers and the Sox got by Seattle 8-7 Thursday night at Fenway. Brendan Donnelly picked up the win and JC Romero got three outs for his first save.
5/3/07: Boston Red Sox placed reliever Mike Timlin on the 15-day disabled list for the second time this season and recalled right-hander Devern Hansack from Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday.
5/2/07: Former ski resort owner Leslie Otten has sold his stake in the Boston Red Sox. The Portland Press Herald reports on its Web site that Otten sold his shares to the team's other owners.
5/2/07: Dan Johnson doubled home the winning run in the 10th inning after Jonathan Papelbon suffered his first blown save in the ninth and the Oakland Athletics stopped the surging Boston Red Sox 5-4 Tuesday night. The Red Sox had won four of five games and began the day with the best record in baseball but wasted a 4-2 lead and another strong performance by Curt Schilling. Oakland will face off against Boston again tonight at 7:05 p.m. Josh Beckett will go for his major league-leading sixth win of the season.
5/1/07: The Boston Red Sox have compiled the best record in baseball by doing two things very well - pitching and avoiding the injuries that have plagued their opponents. The Red Sox are back home Tuesday for the start of a two-game series with Oakland, whose outfield has been decimated by injuries. Boston just completed a series in New York in which it went 2-1 against the Yankees, who have starting pitchers Mike Mussina, Carl Pavano and Jeff Karstens on the disabled list. Boston has won five of its last six games over New York as part of its current 7-3 surge that vaulted it to a 16-8 record.
5/1/07: After winning two of three in New York over the Yankees, the Red Sox open a two-game series against Oakland at home Tuesday with Curt Schilling on the mound. The Red Sox own the best record in baseball after finishing April at 16-8.
4/30/07: BOSTON - After winning two of three in New York over the Yankees, the Red Sox open a two-game series against Oakland at home Tuesday with Curt Schilling on the mound. The Red Sox own the best record in baseball after finishing April at 16-8.
4/29/07: The Boston Red Sox ended April on a high, thanks to another listless performance by the New York Yankees. David Ortiz, Alex Cora and Manny Ramirez homered, Julian Tavarez got his first win of the season and the Red Sox beat New York 7-4 Sunday, sending the Yankees to their eighth loss in nine games. Boston is 5-1 against New York, and Yankees owner George Steinbrenner is angry about his team's slow start, possibly disappointed enough that manager Joe Torre's job may be in jeopardy. With both teams off Monday, the Yankees (9-14) ended the month 6½ games back of the AL East-leading Red Sox (16-8).
4/29/07: Kei Igawa shut out Boston for six-plus innings after replacing injured starter Jeff Karstens in the first and the New York Yankees snapped a seven-game losing streak by beating the Red Sox 3-1. Jorge Posada hit a two-run homer off knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.
4/29/07: The New York Yankees have avoided their longest losing streak in 12 years. Kei Igawa shut out Boston for six-plus innings after replacing injured starter Jeff Karstens in the first and the New York Yankees snapped a seven-game losing streak by beating the Red Sox 3-1. Karstens had to leave after getting hit on the knee by a liner. Jorge Posada hit a two-run homer off knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, who is 2-3 with the loss. Igawa is 2-1. He left in the seventh to a standing ovation from the sellout Yankee Stadium crowd of just over 55,000. Mariano Rivera earned his first save to help the Yankees avoid their first eight-game skid since August 1995.
4/28/07: Banished to the bullpen, Kei Igawa saved the struggling New York Yankees when they desperately needed him. Igawa shut out the Boston Red Sox for six-plus innings after replacing injured starter Jeff Karstens in the first, and New York snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory Saturday. Jorge Posada hit a two-run homer off knuckleballer Tim Wakefield (2-3) and Mariano Rivera earned his first save to help the Yankees avoid their first eight-game skid since August 1995. The slump had owner George Steinbrenner seething in Florida, and it raised questions about manager Joe Torre's job security. But the Yankees (9-13) got what they needed - a well-pitched game, even though they lost yet another starter to injury.
4/28/07: The New York Yankees lost another starting pitcher Saturday, two batters into their game against Boston. Jeff Karstens was hit in the knee by Julio Lugo's line drive on his first pitch, then came out after giving up a single to Kevin Youkilis. The right-hander was replaced by Kei Igawa, relegated to the bullpen after flopping in his most recent start Monday night against Tampa Bay. It was the latest injury to New York's depleted staff. Already missing starters Mike Mussina (hamstring) and Carl Pavano (forearm), the struggling Yankees sent Karstens to the mound hoping he could help end a seven-game skid - their longest since the last week of the 2000 season.
4/28/07: The Boston Red Sox continue their early-season dominance over the New York Yankees with their fourth straight win over the Bronx Bombers, 11-4. Daisuke Matsuzaka overcame control problems to defeat the Yankees for the second time in six days.
4/28/07: Julio Lugo, Red Sox, went 3-4 with a homer and three RBIs in Boston's 11-4 victory over New York.
4/28/07: The Boston Red Sox continue their early-season dominance over the New York Yankees. Daisuke Matsuzaka overcame control problems to defeat the Yankees for the second time in six days, 11-4. He's 3-2. Kevin Youkilis and Julio Lugo homered as Boston improved to 4-0 against its longtime rival this season. New York has lost seven straight games for the first time since the final seven of the 2000 season. The last-place Yankees have fallen six and a-half games back of the division-leading Red Sox.
4/27/07: Wily Mo Pena was standing in the on-deck circle when an intentional walk loaded the bases. Pena had struggled all season against right-handed pitching, which did not bode well for his matchup against Baltimore closer Chris Ray. "I had to go in there and be patient, take one pitch to hit," Pena said. That pitch was a fastball, and Pena launched it an estimated 430 feet. The eighth-inning grand slam capped a rally that provided the Boston Red Sox with a 5-2 victory Thursday night.
4/26/07: One weekend after beating New York 3 straight times at Fenway Park, the Red Sox visit Yankee Stadium for a 3-game series that begins Friday night. Even though it's early in the season, this chapter in the long-running rivalry between the teams could be particularly important for the scuffling Yankees.
4/26/07: A new controversy has erupted over that famous bloody sock that Curt Schilling wore in Game Six of the 2004 American League Championship Series. Baltimore Orioles broadcaster Gary Thorne said on the air last night that Schilling painted the sock red as a public relations stunt. Thorne cited Red Sox catcher Doug Mirabelli as his source.
4/26/07: Curt Schilling pitched seven innings of five-hit ball and the Boston Red Sox exploited Baltimore's revamped bullpen in a 6-1 victory Wednesday night. After losing two straight to Toronto by a combined 17-6 score, Boston scored five runs over the final three innings to avoid its first three-game skid of the season. Alex Cora hit his first homer for the Red Sox, who have won 16 of their last 19 games against the Orioles. Schilling (3-1) gave up one run, struck out three and walked two. The 40-year-old right-hander gave up a home run to Miguel Tejada but allowed only one other batter beyond second base. Orioles starter Daniel Cabrera (1-2) pitched well but was victimized by the bullpen in Baltimore's third straight defeat. The right-hander left in the seventh after getting two outs and walking two batters with the score tied at 1.
4/25/07: The Toronto Blue Jays brought a five-game losing streak to Boston. Now it's the Red Sox who are struggling. Vernon Wells went 4-5, scoring four runs and driving in three, and Roy Halladay struck out 10 in eight innings Tuesday night as the Toronto Blue Jays took advantage of four Boston errors to beat the Red Sox 10-3 and finish a two-game sweep.
4/24/07: Vernon Wells went 4-5 with four runs scored and three RBIs and Roy Halladay struck out 10 in eight innings Tuesday night as the Toronto Blue Jays took advantage of four Boston errors to beat the Red Sox 10-3.
4/24/07: The Boston Red Sox followed their three-game sweep of the Yankees with a 7-3 loss to Toronto. Frank Thomas smacked his 490th career homer, a go-ahead, two-run blast off loser Tim Wakefield in the sixth inning. Aaron Hill added four hits, including a two-run homer in the ninth to help the Blue Jays end a five-game skid.
4/24/07: Homers ended the Boston's Five-game winning streak, one day after the Red Sox tied a major league record by hitting four in a row. Frank Thomas hit his 490th homer, a go-ahead, two-run drive off Tim Wakefield in the sixth inning that led Toronto to a 7-3 victory Monday night over a Red Sox team that lacked the power and passion that produced a three-game sweep of the New York Yankees.
4/23/07: What a way to complete a sweep of the Yankees. The Red Sox hit four consecutive homers in the third inning of last night's game at Fenway Park and went on to a dramatic 7-6 win to complete the weekend sweep of the Bronx Bombers. Manny Ramirez, J.D. Drew, Mike Lowell and Jason Varitek all homered in a span of ten pitches by rookie Chase Wright. It was the first time in Red Sox history and the fifth time in major league history that a team has hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back homers.
4/23/07: The Boston Red Sox hit four straight homers to match a major league record and finished a satisfying sweep of the New York Yankees. Mike Lowell hit one of Boston's four consecutive home runs off rookie Chase Wright in the third inning, then connected for a go-ahead, three-run shot in the seventh that led Daisuke Matsuzaka and the Red Sox to a 7-6 victory Sunday night.
4/22/07: The Red Sox tied a major league record Sunday by hitting 4 straight home runs against the NY Yankees. Manny Ramirez, J.D. Drew, Mike Lowell and Jason Varitek connected in a span of 13 pitches during the third inning against NY's Chase Wright. Wright was making his second major league start for the Yankees.
4/22/7: Jon Lester was back at Fenway Sunday to throw a side session in front of team manager Terry Francona and G.M. Theo Epstein. Lester has completed 3 outings this month for the A Greenville Drive and is scheduled for at least one start in Pawtucket before the Sox reevaluate his status.
4/21/07: David Ortiz homered, Alex Rodriguez didn't and the
Boston Red Sox earned their second consecutive victory over the New
York Yankees, 7-5. Josh Beckett settled down after allowing two
runs in each of the first two innings and improved to 4-0.
Rodriguez was 2-for-4 for the Yankees with a double and an RBI
single. He extended his hitting streak to 21 games dating to last
season. His home run streak ended after four straight games. He has
12 homers in April.
After Beckett allowed a pair of runs in each of the first two
innings, he retired 15 out of 17 batters.
Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for fifth save in as many
tries for Boston's fourth consecutive win and seventh in their last
4/20/07: The Boston Red Sox begin their first series of the year against arch-rivals the New York Yankees tonight at Fenway Park. First pitch at 7:05 p.m. The Red Sox are coming back from Toronto after beating the Blue Jays 5-3 yesterday. The Yankees beat Cleveland 6-8 as Alex Rodriguez continued his home run tear, increasing his major league-leading totals to 10 homers and 26 RBIs. At tonight's game, Curt Shilling (2-1) will start for the Red Sox while Andy Pettitte (1-0) gets the call for the Yankees.
4/20/07: Alex Cora saved the Boston Red Sox with his glove, then won the game with his bat. Cora was upended on a double play, then tripled home the go-ahead run in the ninth inning as the Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 Thursday and headed home to Boston with a victory going into their first series of the year against the New York Yankees. That series begins tonight at 7:05 p.m. in Fenway Park. Curt Shilling (2-1) is starting pitcher for the Red Sox and Andy Pettitte (1-0) will do it for the Yankees.
4/19/07: A dome does wonders for Tim Wakefield's knuckleball. Wakefield allowed four hits in seven innings and David Ortiz homered, leading the Boston Red Sox to a 4-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.
4/18/07: Before Wednesday night's game, Terry Francona gave a status report on Jon Lester and it was a good one. The lefty will make one more start in Class-A Greenville Friday night, return to Boston to meet with Sox brass and throw a side session Sunday and start with the Pawtucket Red Sox next week.
4/18/07: Daisuke Matsuzaka's lack of control in a key inning cost him against the Toronto Blue Jays. Dice-K struck out 10 over six innings but forced in the go-ahead run with a bases-loaded walk to Gregg Zaun in the fourth. Toronto beat the Boston Red Sox 2-1 despite getting just three hits Tuesday.
4/17/07: The Red Sox open a three-game series in Toronto Tuesday night with Daisuke Matsuzaka going against Gustavo Chacin. Game begins at 7:07 p.m.
4/16/07: The Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels on Patriots Day 7-2. The game was delayed over two hours due to rainy weather at Fenway Park. Sox starting pitcher Josh Beckett picked up his third win of the season without a loss.
4/16/07: The Red Sox wasted no time after more than 24 hours of rain to resume their hot hitting. Boston scored six runs in the first inning and beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-2 Monday behind Josh Beckett's third straight strong outing.
4/16/07: Angels slugger Vladimir Guerrero left Monday's game against the Red Sox with a bruised right wrist after being hit by a pitch from Boston's Josh Beckett in the first inning.
4/16/07: The Boston Red Sox pushed back the start of Monday's game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim by two hours - and warned it could be delayed further - due to heavy rain and high winds. The new game time is 12:05 p.m. The team said in a statement it would make every effort to play the day game, which is scheduled to coincide with the Boston Marathon on Patriots Day. However, the team alerted fans that it could be further delayed by storm conditions that included driving rain and wind gusts of more than 30 mph.
4/15/07: Julian Tavarez has spent plenty of time watching the other members of Boston's rotation excel. If it ever stops raining long enough, he'd like to do that, too. For the second time, Tavarez's second start of the season was pushed back when the Red Sox game against the Angels was rained out Sunday. Instead of facing Los Angeles on Monday, he's scheduled to pitch Thursday in Toronto. Boston's Josh Beckett and Los Angeles' Ervin Santana, who were scheduled to pitch Sunday, are set to work Monday, although rain is forecast for the entire day.
4/15/07: This afternoon's Red Sox-Angels game at Fenway Park has been postponed due to inclement weather and the forecast for heavy rain and high winds throughout the remainder of the day and evening. Today's game will be rescheduled on a date to be determined later in the 2007 season. Fans holding tickets for this afternoon's game should hold on to those tickets pending an announcement of the make-up date. That announcement will be made as soon as possible.
4/15/07: The Red Sox and Angels will conclude this four-game series with a single game on Monday, April 16. That game is scheduled for a 10:05 a.m. start. However, the starting time of that game may be changed due to the weather conditions and forecast. An announcement to that effect would be made by the end of today.
4/15/07: Boston blanked the L.A. Angels, 8-0. Curt Schilling and Brendan Donnelly combined on a five-hitter. David Ortiz hit a three-run homer.
4/14/07: Curt Schilling pitched eight innings to extend his scoreless streak to 14, and David Ortiz hit a three-run homer to lead the Boston Red Sox to an 8-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday. Schilling (2-1) allowed four hits, struck out four and walked one to pick up his second consecutive win. He gave up five runs in four innings on opening day and a first-inning homer in his next start, but has not allowed a run since then to drop his ERA from 11.25 to 2.84. Schilling allowed just five baserunners, and none of them made it to third base. He got a standing ovation as he tipped his cap to the crowd after getting Orlando Cabrera on a popup to right to end the eighth inning and finish off his longest outing since June 13. Brendan Donnelly allowed a hit in the ninth.
4/14/07: Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez is 7-for-14 with a homer and eight RBI in his career against Carrasco.
4/1407: Boston has activated reliever Mike Timlin, who had been on the disabled list with a strained muscle in his left side since early in spring training. He spent much of last season as the Red Sox's chief setup man for closer Jonathan Papelbon, going 6-6 with a 4.36 ERA and nine saves in 68 games.
4/14/07: Curt Schilling pitches for Boston as the Red Sox try to make it two straight over the Los Angeles Angels. He'll be opposed by Hector Carrasco for the Angels. Boston beat Los Angeles last night 10-1, as David Ortiz and Mike Lowell both knocked in three runs. Game time is 3:55 p.m.
4/13/07:The Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-1 Friday night at Fenway. David Ortiz and Mike Lowell drove in 3 runs each, Doug Mirabelli homered and drove in 2. Tim Wakefield, starting pitcher for the Red Sox, allowed one run in 7 innings. It was Wakefield's second strong outing of the year for the Red Sox.
4/13/07: Bill Russell and other Celtics past and present were at Fenway Park Thursday for a scheduled tribute by the Red Sox to Auerbach, who died last year. But the game was rained out.
4/12/07: Thursday night's game between the Seattle Mariners and the Boston Red Sox was postponed because of inclement weather and rescheduled for May 3 at 7:05 p.m.
4/12/07: Tim Wakefield takes the mound for the Boston Red Sox in their third game against the Seattle Mariners, though forecasted rain could keep players off the field.