Final: Red Sox 5, Rays 1: Breslow needs just three pitches to retire Myers (pop up) and Scott (ground out). Molina reaches first on a bloop hit to the left field line. But Escobar grounds out to end it. The Sox win in a game that technically took three hours and 10 minutes. They have now defeated the Rays eight times in their last 10 meetings. Will be back soon for game two of the doubleheader.
Bottom of the 8th: Red Sox 5, Rays 1: Ramos retires the side (Middlebrooks, Drew and Ellsbury) for a quick inning. Last licks here for the Rays in a game that has now spanned six hours. Breslow will pitch the ninth.
Top of the 8th: Red Sox 5, Rays 1: Koji Uehara in and he allows a leadoff walk to Joyce. Saltalamacchia and Uehara chat quickly on the mound, before he faces Jennings. Jennings falls behind 0-2 in the count then grounds out, though it advances Joyce to third base with one out. After a nine-pitch at bat, Zobrist walks. Longoria pops out as Uehara's pitch count reaches 22 and Craig Breslow begins warming up in the pen. Another long at bat (nine pitches) but Uehara finally catches Loney swinging on a slider.
Bottom of the 7th: Red Sox 5, Rays 1: Cesar Ramos in for the Rays, and he strikes out Ortiz on three pitches. Since the rain delay, there have been eight strike outs. Napoli singles on a line drive to left field but Nava pops out and Saltalamacchia strikes out swinging.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 5, Rays 1:Miller in to pitch. He strikes out Myers in four pitchers. The 22-year-old is now 0-for-3 in his major league debut. Scott, too, strikes out. He was caught swinging on an 87 mile per hour slider. Molina bangs one off the top third of the Green Monster, a two-out single. Escobar grounds out.
Bottom of the 6th: Red Sox 5, Rays 1:Should have noted before that Lueke --Tampa Bay's pitcher who was warming up as the game was delayed -- stayed in for the Rays. Here in the sixth, he strikes out Middlebrooks in four pitches. Two pitches later, Drew grounds out to second. And then Ellsbury rips a ball into the right field corner, a solid triple. He just needs a home run for the cycle. He has one home run in more than 300 plate appearances this season but hey, given today's wackiness, I wouldn't rule anything out. Victorino hits the ball in nearly the same exact spot. Back-to-back triples and the Sox grab a four run lead. Pedroia strikes out.
Top of the 6th: Red Sox 4, Rays 1: Aceves day is done. His final line: 5 IP, 3H, 1 R, 3 BB, 2 K and 75 pitches. Likely could have kept pitching if not for the nearly three hour delay. Junichi Tazawa gets the call for the sixth. Pace of game issues are definitely at play here -- it's tough getting back into it after spending three hours holed in the club house. Tazawa, though, has no such issues. He retries the side in 12 pitches, including back-to-back strikeouts to start things off. Andrew Miller is warming up in the pen.
Bottom of the 5th: Red Sox 4, Rays 1: The rain delay ends, after two hours and 59 minutes. (Second) first pitch is at 5:57 p.m. Saltalamacchia ends the inning striking out. The crowd here is pretty sparse and it appears ushers have blocked off the bleacher area altogether.
5:24 p.m. update: The skies are brightening and the tarp has been removed. The Red Sox have announced they expect to resume game one of the double header at approximately 5:55. Game two of the doubleheader would begin 35-45 minutes after the conclusion of game one. Fans who have tickets to game one are allowed to stay for game two if they wish.
Rain delay:At 2:58, the umpires called for the tarp. Reliever Josh Lueke was just warming up. There were two outs in the bottom of the fifth with bases loaded. The Sox were up, 4-1. Lightning was spotted at 3:10 so it could be a bit before we get started again. Stay tuned and we'll keep you posted on game one of today's scheduled doubleheader.
Bottom of the 5th: Red Sox 4, Rays 1: Still a cloud, still moving in, still no rain. Ellsbury flies out to deep center field. And it looks like maybe there's a few drops falling as fans file to the concourses. But we play on as Victorino reaches first on a throwing error by Loney, the first baseman. It's definitely raining now. Pedroia walks. Runners on first and second with one out for Big Papi as a local flash flood warning appears on my phone. Bad omen for Ortiz? Not quite. He smacks an RBI single to right field. That's his 17th of the month, which leads the American League. Conference on the mound for Tampa Bay and there's activity in the Rays bullpen. Archer (nearing 100 pitches) stays in for now and Napoli strikes out. Runners on the corner with two outs for Nava, who walks. Bases loaded and that'll do it for Archer, who threw 109 pitches (64 for strikes). His final line: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 5 K. Josh Lueke warms up but he will not pitch. It's really pouring. Rain delay! Stay tuned...
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 3, Rays 1: Aceves enters the inning on 66 pitches. He needs just three more to entice Molina into a groundout to begin the fifth inning. Escobar singles on a hit to center field. Joyce, too, grounds out. And with a runner on second with two outs, Jennings grounds out as well. Aceves exits the inning with 75 pitches, 43 for strikes.
Bottom of the 4th: Red Sox 3, Rays 1: Semi-regular weather report: There's a really dark cloud looming over the park. But no rain yet (hope I didn't just jinx it) so we're still playing. Saltalamacchia strikes out swinging and Middlebrooks grounds out softly. Drew makes it a 1-2-3 inning by striking out swinging on a slider.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 3, Rays 1: Loney grounds out. Myers' second big league at bat is a bit better than his first: He draws a full count, but flies out. Scott grounds out to end the inning.
Bottom of the 3rd: Red Sox 3, Rays 1:Top of the order for Boston, too, and Ellsbury leads off with a single. Victorino also singles and the speedy Ellsbury scoots to third, easily. Another conference for Archer as Pedroia looms on deck. Pedroia works a 3-1 count when Victorino darts for second, stealing his seventh base of the season. Pedroia lines out bringing Ortiz up with runners on second and third with no outs. Big Papi cashes in with a two-run single down the middle. With the shift, nobody was close to fielding it. Napoli and Nava strike out to end the inning. Semi-regular weather report: It's getting pretty windy here.
Top of the 3rd: Rays 1, Red Sox 1:It's the top of the order for Tampa Bay, and Joyce grounds out to lead things off. Jennings strikes out. Zobrist doubles on a hard hit ball to the edge of the Tampa Bay bullpen, but Longoria grounds out to end the inning. Should be noted the lights came on about halfway through the inning as dark clouds loom. Storm coming?
Bottom of the 2nd: Rays 1, Red Sox 1: Tampa Bay starter Chris Archer, like Aceves, walks two straight batters (Mike Napoli and Daniel Nava) to start the second inning. That calls for a Tampa Bay conference at the mound. And hey, just like Aceves, whatever was said seemed to have worked -- Saltalamacchia, the next batter, grounds into a double play. Middlebrooks then walks, bringing runners on the corner with two outs. Of the game's first 17 batters, six have walked. But Drew grounds out to end the inning.
Top of the 2nd: Rays 1, Red Sox 1:Evan Longoria works a full count and eventually a leadoff walk. Aceves then throws four straight balls to walk James Loney, as well. Then it's Wil Myers, whose much-anticipated first big league at bat is, well, unmemorable. He pops out to shallow center field for Aceves' first out of the inning. Myers swung on his first pitch -- probably not what you want to do after a pitcher yields back-to-back walks but hey, he's new at this. Luke Scott hits one down the right field line for an RBI double. Jose Molina walks. That's Aceves' third walk of the inning and prompts a quick mound conference from Nieves (30 seconds, tops). Whatever was said worked -- Yunel Escobar grounds into a double play to end the inning.
Bottom of the 1st: Red Sox 1, Rays 0: Fenway Park is perhaps two thirds full, a byproduct of today being a makeup game and today being a work day. Regardless, those who are here cheer loudly as Jacoby Ellsbury leads off with a double, hitting the Green Monster right by the W.B. Mason sign. Ellsbury advances to third on a flyout from Shane Victorino. Dustin Pedroia hits one deep to center field. Another 10 feet -- maybe less -- and it would have gone over the fence. It was caught, but it's an RBI as Ellsbury easily tags home. David Ortiz flies out to end the inning.
Top of the 1st: Rays 0, Red Sox 0: Steady start for Aceves, who strikes Matt Joyce out looking at a 94 mile per hour fastball. Will Middlebrooks makes an athletic play look easy, as Desmond Jennings grounds out. Then Ben Zobrist pops out for a quick, 10 pitch inning for Aceves, looking to build off his past two strong starts. Should be noted last week Joe Maddon commented on Aceves and said: "We can't hit that guy."
Pregame Welcome to Fenway Park. Emily Kaplan here to provide update for today's doubleheader between the Rays and the Red Sox. It's a rare two-day homestand for the Sox who are coming off a four-game series in Baltimore and will head to Detroit later this week. Alfredo Aceves (3-1, 5.58 ERA) will start the first game. Aceves has posted quality starts in his past two outings (both spot starts) going 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA. Over those two games, Aceves allowed only two runs -- both on solo home runs. A big story to follow is the big league debut of Wil Myers for Tampa Bay. Myers, 22-years-old, is considered one of the top -- if not the top -- prospects in baseball The outfielder (.286 with 14 home runs and 57 RBIs in 64 games at Triple-A Durham this season) was the big return in the December trade that sent pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis to Kansas City. How will he fare? Stay tuned for updates throughout the game.
Mike Napoli is back at first base for the Red Sox today.
Napoli exited Thursday's game in Baltimore in the third inning because of illness. He did not play the rest of the four-game series, and returned to Boston on Saturday to be examined by team doctors when his symptoms continued.
"He's obviously improved to the point to be in the lineup today," John Farrell said.
The manager also expects Mike Carp to be available tonight. Carp left Sunday's game in Baltimore in the seventh inning with a cramp in his right hamstring.
Clay Buchholz (sore right trapezius) will throw on today and it will be "increased intensity" compared to what he threw in Baltimore, Farrell said. The coaching staff will evaluate the pitcher's progress to determine whether he will be available later this week or is headed for a stint on the disabled list.
Buchholz has not pitched since he left a start on June 8 because of the issue.
"Today would be the day for him to get off the mound if he's going to be eligible sometime later this week," Farrell said. "If not, we're probably looking at a roster move."
Farrell said it is "not likely" the roster move would occur between games on Tuesday.
The Red Sox need a starter for Saturday's game in Detroit, whether it's Buchholz or somebody else.
"For [Buchholz] to be able to make that start, he would need to bullpen today, Thursday, and then start Saturday," Farrell said. "If the bullpen can not be executed today, then we will make a move."
Farrell said the organization has narrowed in on two candidates as potential fill-ins: Rubby De La Rosa or Allen Webster.
Good morning. Here's a preview of today's doubleheader.
RED SOX (42-29)
Pitching: RHP Alfredo Aceves (3-1, 5.58)
Pitching: RHP Chris Archer (1-2, 4.80)
Game time: 1:05 p.m.
Red Sox vs. Archer: Ellsbury 4-4, Nava 1-4, Pedroia 1-5, Salty 0-3, Carp 1-2, Drew 0-2, Iglesias 0-1, Middlebrooks 0-1, Napoli 0-2, Ortiz 0-1.
Rays vs. Aceves: Longoria 1-9, Zobrist 1-10, Rodriguez 1-9, Scott 0-9, Jennings 2-7, Joyce 1-8, Escobar 2-6, Johnson 0-6, Molina 1-5, Fuld 1-3, Lobaton 0-2, Loney 0-3.
Red Sox starter: LHP Felix Doubront (4-3, 4.91)
Rays starter: Jake Odorizzi (0-0, 8.03)
Game time: 7:05 p.m.
Red Sox vs. Odorizzi: No history
Rays vs. Doubront: Zobrist 3-13, Escobar 4-12, Johnson 3-11, Longoria 3-8, Rodriguez 3-11, Jennings 2-8, Scott 3-8, Loney 1-5, Joyce 1-2, Lobaton 0-2, Molina 0-0.
Stat of the Day: The Red Sox lead MLB in runs (363), but are only 16th in runs scored in day games (102).
Notes: The Red Sox have lost three of their last four, but still lead the AL East by two games. The Rays are five games behind the Red Sox ... Rays prospect Wil Myers will make his MLB debut in Boston. The outfielder had a .354 batting average with 10 home runs and 32 RBIs in his last 23 games in Triple A ... The Rays are among the major league leaders in batting average with runners in scoring position at .294, though they've hit just .141 in those moments while losing seven of nine to the Red Sox this season ... Jim Rice, Peter Gammons, Tom Caron, and Rob Bradford, in that order, will fill in for Jerry Remy on the next four Red Sox game broadcasts on NESN.
Material from Stats Inc. included in this report.
NESN announced that Jerry Remy will miss the Red Sox games this week. Remy has been out since May 28 because of illness.
Remy wrote on Twitter on May 28 that he was suffering from allergies and would be out for three games. That was followed with an update on June 5 saying he had pneumonia.
There have been no updates on the condition of the broadcaster since.
Remy was treated for lung cancer in 2008 and missed much of the 2009 season recovering. In April, Remy said he was treated for cancer again during spring training.
Jim Rice (Game 1) and Peter Gammons (Game 2) will join Don Orsillo for today's doubleheader. Tom Caron will work with Orsillo on Wednesday.
You know how Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava got to the majors. Here's what he did to come back a second time — and stay.
The notebook has Mike Napoli set to return to the team.
Tuesday, Game 1: RHP Chris Archer (1-2, 4.80) vs. RHP Alfredo Aceves (3-1, 5.58), 1:05 p.m., NESN.
Tuesday, Game 2: RHP Jake Odorizzi (0-0, 8.03) vs. LHP Felix Doubront (4-3, 4.91), 7:10 p.m., NESN.
Wednesday: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (4-3, 5.67) vs. RHP Ryan Dempster (4-7, 4.21), 7:10 p.m., NESN.
Note: The Red Sox are asking fans attending Game 1 Tuesday to strongly consider public transportation. Originally unscheduled weekday afternoon games quite often lead to traffic and parking issues around Fenway Park.
Also: The Rays announced they are calling up outfielder Wil Myers for the series.The 22-year-old hit .286/.356/.520 for Triple A Durham with 14 homers and 57 RBIs in 64 games. Myers is one of the top prospects in baseball.
In a December trade, the Rays obtained Myers, Odorizzi, LHP Mike Montgomery, and INF Patrick Leonard from the Royals for RHPs James Shields, RHP Wade Davis, and INF Elliot Johnson.
BALTIMORE — A few updates before leaving Camden Yards:
• Mike Napoli came out of Thursday’s game in the third inning because of an illness and hasn’t played since. He was scheduled for further tests in Boston on Sunday but showed significant improvement. John Farrell said he hopes that Napoli will be able to play on Tuesday.
• Mike Carp left the game in the seventh inning with a tight right hamstring. He was injured going to second base after a double to left field. “I think it’s more of a cramp than anything else. Based on how I feel and what the medical people said, it’s not something serious,” Carp said.
Carp had strength testing done when he came out and it was close to normal.
“Hopefully with the day off, he’d be available again on Tuesday,” Farrell said. “It wasn’t a pull, it was more of a cramping sensation. Probably because of the humidity.”
• Daniel Nava batted third for the first time this season and the fourth time in his career. He was 0 for 4, although he did drive a ball to the wall in left field in the sixth inning. Nava is 1 for 15 without a RBI batting third.
• Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado doubled in the first inning to extend his hit streak to 14 games. He has 32 doubles this season. The Baltimore record is 56 by Brian Roberts in 2009. Earl Webb of the Red Sox set the major league record of 67 in 1931. The 20-year-old Machado was 9 for 19 in the series with four doubles and three RBIs.
• Jose Iglesias started at second base for the first time in his career. He handled three chances without any issues and was 1 for 4 at the plate. That extended his hitting streak to 17 games, the longest for a rookie in the majors this season. Iglesias is 26 of 61 (.426) in his streak with six extra-base hits and eight runs scored.
Game over: Orioles 6, Red Sox 3: The Red Sox lost three out of four to the Orioles at Camden Yards. Once again, Jon Lester had a poor outing allowing five runs in five innings. The Red Sox got closer when Will Middlebrooks produced a three-run homer in the seventh inning, but the Baltimore bullpen took care of things as Jim Johnson got the save before 41,311. The Red Sox' seven game road trip ended 3-4 vs. Tampa Bay and Baltimore.
Bottom 8th: Orioles 6, Red Sox 3 - The Orioles threaten but do not score. Valencia and Markakis singled off Miller, but Machado grounded out to shortstop with a force at second base.
Top 8th: Orioles 6, Red Sox 3 - Jose Igesias extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a single in the shortstop hole. But the Red Sox couldn't capitalize as Nava flew out deep to left, Ortiz lined out hard to right all against lefty Brian Matusz. Jonny Gomes flied out to deep right.
Bottom 7th: Orioles 6, Red Sox 3 - JJ Hardy drove in Nick Markskis with a single for an insurance run. Markakis started the inning with a double - his third hit. Jones hit a ground-rule double off Tazawa, but Andrew Miller came on to strikeout Davis and Wieters to end it.
Top 7th: Orioles 5, Red Sox 3 - Will Middlebrooks blasted a three-run homer to right field to close the gap in a hurry. Mike Carp had doubled to open the inning, but he had to come out of the game for a pinch-runner when it appeared he injured his knee. Carp has been icing the knee for days but when asked about it always said "maintenance." Saltalamacchia singled to create a first and third for Middlebrooks who stroked the home run to right field. That marked the end of Miguel Gonzalez' night.
Bottom 6th: Orioles 5, Red Sox 0 - Pedro Beato, just recalled from Pawtucket, continued his dominance in Pawtucket against the Orioles.
Top 6th: Orioles 5, Red Sox 0 - With one out, Ellsbury singled to center and Iglesias reached on an error by Machado at third. Nava flew out deep to left and and Ortiz lined out to first.
Bottom 5th: Orioles 5, Red Sox 0 - Nick Markakis, who doubled to open the inning, scored on Manny Machado's single to center. He went to thrid on Mike Carp's throwing error. With two outs. Chris Davis produced an opposite field double to left scoring Machado. Lester struck out three in the inning.
Top 5th: Orioles 3, Red Sox 0 - Middlebrooks knocked into a double play to put a hurting on a potential Boston rally.
Bottom 4: Orioles 3, Red Sox 0 - Lester pitches a 1-2-3 inning. Great play by Middlebrooks.
Top 4th: Orioles 3, Red Sox 0 - Sox go down in order. Gonzalez locating very well today.
Bottom 3rd: Orioles 3, Red Sox 0 - Rough inning for Lester as the woes continue to mount. He allowed a leadoff single by Nick Markakis, who advanced to second on Manny Machado's long fly ball to left. After Hardy flew out to center, Adan Jones dropped a double to left field with Jonny Gomes playing toward leftcenter. Chris Davis then uncorked his 100th career homer, a long shot to the back side of the iron railing in right center.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 - The Red Sox out two runners on base with a salty walk and a since to center by Ellsbury, but couldn't score.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 - The Orioles strung together hits from Matt Wieters and Danny Valencia, but Lester got the bottom of the order - Pearce to strike out and Casilla to ground out to end the threat.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 - Gonzalez strikes out Gomes and Carp in another effective inning.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 - Manny Machado doubled down the third base line, but Jon Lester was able to escape.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 - Miguel Gonzalez had a quick 1-2-3 inning.
BALTIMORE — A few Red Sox notes:
• Dustin Pedroia is getting a day off, his first of the season. With the team off on Monday, he'll get two full days to rest. Pedroia is 3 of his last 19 and committed his first error of the season on Saturday.
• Jose Iglesias will be making his first start at second base. He does have four innings there.
• RHP Pedro Beato was added to the 40-man roster and called up from Pawtucket. Rubby De Rosa was sent back and will start on Monday for Pawtucket. The Sox wanted to keep him on his routine.
• If Clay Buchholz doesn't throw in the bullpen on Tuesday, he's almost surely headed for the disabled list. If he does, he could start Saturday in Detroit. If Buchholz can't go, that Saturday starter could be De La Rosa or Allen Webster.
• Alfredo Aceves and Felix Doubront will start the doubleheader (order to be determined) with Ryan Dempster on Wednesday. Salty will catch Aceves.
• No real update on Mike Napoli. He's just sick it seems like. The Sox are hoping he can avoid the disabled list.
Good morning and Happy Father's Day. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (42-28)
Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (6-3, 4.12).
Pitching: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (4-2, 3.71).
Game time: 1:35 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI.
Red Sox vs. Gonzalez: Pedroia 2-8, Saltalamacchia 1-5, Nava 2-4, Ellsbury 1-3, Iglesias 1-3, Ortiz 0-1, Middlebrooks 0-1.
Orioles vs. Lester: Markakis 11-55, Jones 11-42, Wieters 13-34, Hardy 6-15, Davis 0-13, Valencia 1-9, Casilla 0-6, Pearce 0-4, McLouth 0-4, Teagarden 0-4, Machado 0-3.
Stat of the Day: Baltimore relievers have walked one and struck out 23 in 23.2 innings against the Red Sox this season. They have a 1.52 ERA.
Notes: The Sox lost two of the first three games of the series and are 3-3 on a road trip that ends today. ... Lester is 0-3, 6.90 in his last three starts. But the Orioles are a team he has owned. He is 14-1, 2.63 in 21 career starts against Baltimore; 7-0, 2.52 in 10 starts at Camden Yards. He did lose his last start against the O's, however. That was last Sept. 21. ... Gonzalez is a former Red Sox minor leaguer (2010-2011) who was signed by the Orioles as a free agent when they saw him pitch in the Mexican Winter League. He is 13-6, 3.43 in 29 appearances over two seasons, 2-0, 2.76 in three games (two starts) against the Sox. ... The Sox are 21-28 against the Orioles since Buck Showalter became Baltimore's manager. That includes losses in 23 of the last 33 games and 13 of the last 18. ... The Sox are 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position in each of their last four games. ... Koji Uehara has struck out the last six batters he has faced over a four game stretch. ... Iglesias has a 16-game hitting streak, matching the longest in the majors by a rookie this season. He is 25 of 57 (.439) in the streak with six extra-base hits, five RBIs, eight runs scored and six walks. ... Pedroia (3 of 19) and Ortiz (3 of 22) are slumping a bit. ... Gomes is 8 of his last 17. ... The Sox have not taken two straight from the Orioles since July 7-10, 2011 when they won four in a row. ... The Sox are a major-league best 14-6 in day games.
Song of the Day: "Father and Son" by Johnny Cash (with Fiona Apple).
BALTIMORE — I was sure we had taken a wrong turn the first time my dad took me to Fenway Park. This old building made of bricks couldn't be the ballpark, could it? It sure looked a lot different on Channel 38.
There were no colorful signs outside the park back in those days and Yawkey Way was just a plain old street. Can't recall if there were sausage carts, but I remember a guy on the corner of Van Ness Street who yelled out "Peanuts! Pistachios! Popcorn!" over and over again.
(We always got peanuts, by the way. Never pistachios. I have no idea why.)
The ramps leading into the park were dark and it wasn't until you walked up through one of the portals and into the grandstands that Fenway opened itself up. Two colors are indelibly burned into my memory from that day: the bright white home uniforms and the green grass.
We sat down the right field line in Section 14. The Sox were playing the Indians and I got a program on the way in because I read everything about baseball I could get my 9-year-old hands on. My dad told me to pick a red pencil out of the box, too. It was 10 cents.
Once the game started, he taught me how to score the game and by the seventh inning or so, I delighted in telling the people sitting around us that Yaz was 2 for 3 with a double and that Dewey had already walked twice. To this day, no matter whether I'm working or not, I have to score the game. It's a force of habit.
At some point that day, my dad pointed up at the press box (which was a lot lower than it was now) and said that was where the guys from the newspapers sat. We got the Globe in New Bedford every morning and I'd read every word Peter Gammons wrote. Dad was a Ray Fitzgerald fan.
My dad explained the infield fly rule, why lefty pitchers were so tough to hit and told me to pay attention to how the infielders got in front of groundballs. We didn't have box seats very often, but sometimes we'd sneak down closer at the end of the game.
I got Juan Marichal's autograph in 1974. He was signing for kids one day and my dad told me to run over and get my program signed because that guy was going to be in the Hall of Fame some day.
Oh, and we never left before the last out. Never once. If the idea even came up, I'd complain. I was going to fill out that scorecard no matter what happened. Dad always patiently waited through rain, cold and lopsided games.
Those games and the love of baseball he instilled in me eventually led to a summer job at my hometown paper. I'd score Little League, high school and Legion games, write up a story and get $10. My mom drove me around around on weekdays, but dad liked doing it on the weekends. We'd sit there at games, talk about baseball and I'd keep track of how the kids from Fairhaven High were doing against Old Rochester.
Inexplicably, it led to a real job. I covered college basketball for a while then baseball in New York City for 10 happy years. When the Globe called, getting to write for the paper my folks read every day seemed perfect.
Every time I walk into a ballpark, I think about those games and buying those 10-cent pencils to keep score. It was a gift that changed my life, even if I didn't know it at the time.
So if you'll excuse me, I've got a phone call to make. Dad is going to want to know if I think Jon Lester will pitch well today and whether his man Jose Iglesias is in the lineup.
Thanks, Pop. Happy Father's Day.
The Red Sox, thanks in part to a phantom foul tip, beat the Orioles, 5-4.
Nick Cafardo writes that Mike Carp is following the same path as David Ortiz.
The notebook has Mike Napoli returning to Boston because of an illness.
In the Sunday Baseball Notes, Nick writes that the trade market will revolve around pitchers.
Older professional athletes are persevering like never before. Shira Springer has the story.
Fans are against PEDs and want the game cleaned up according to a poll taken by Stan Grossfeld.
BALTIMORE — A few notes from an interesting day at the ballpark:
• It's the little things that count. The Red Sox had not scored in 18 consecutive innings when Dustin Pedroia stepped to the plate in the fourth inning. The Baltimore Orioles had a two-run lead at that point and the many Red Sox fans in the crowd at Camden Yards were growing restless.
Dustin Pedroia appeared to strike out on a curveball in the dirt from Freddy Garcia. But Pedroia turned to umpire Jeff Nelson and said he ticked the ball with his bat.
Nelson ruled it a foul ball. Orioles manager Buck Showalter argued the call, as did Garcia. Nelson, after checking the ball, said his decision stood.
Pedroia flicked the next pitch into center field for a single. Two batters later, Mike Carp hit a home run to right field. The Sox took the lead later in that inning and went on to a 5-4 victory.
It was a big break for the Red Sox — especially because Pedroia never actually made contact with the pitch. He only thought he did.
“The last four or five games, the ball looks like a baby aspirin coming in. I actually thought I did hit it,” Pedroia said. “I swung and felt something and I'm like, 'Could have swore I fouled that ball off.' And then I didn't. That's kind of how locked in I am at the plate.”
Garcia never recovered. Jonny Gomes singled to left field after Carp’s home run and scored on a double by Stephen Drew. Pedroia drove in a run in the fifth inning then Gomes homered in the sixth.
“That was a really bad call and I lost a little of my concentration,” Garcia said. “It shouldn’t happen. … When you face a lineup like that, one thing can change the game.”
• John Farrell felt the first inning was the key to the game. With two runs in, two on and nobody out, John Lackey didn't allow another run.
“Can’t really do too much about a couple of guys getting on once they’re on,” Lackey said. “You’ve got to minimize it as best you can, locate it a little better.”
Lackey had more good work in the fifth inning. Taylor Teagarden led off with a grounder to third base that Jose Iglesias booted. It was charitably ruled a hit. McLouth followed with a grounder to second base that went through the legs of Pedroia for his first error of the season.
Lackey, aided by Jarrod Saltalamacchia throwing out McLouth trying to steal second, didn't allow a run.
Pedroia had gone 97 consecutive games without an error, one shy of matching his own team record. Lackey said the ball going through the second baseman’s legs was one of the more surprising things he’s even seen on a baseball field.
“I told him that I’ll probably not have to worry about seeing that again. I’ll be gone before that happens,” Lackey said. “It’s always satisfying to pick up a teammate and not let that guy score.”
Lackey has a 3.08 ERA after 11 starts.
• Mike Carp is hitting .320 with a 1.052 OPS in 103 at-bats. He has driven in 25 runs. Not bad for a guy who was purchased from Seattle a few days into spring training after he was designated.
• Andrew Bailey blew a save Monday and nearly again today when some rock-headed base-running saved him. He has decent numbers (21.1 IP, 16 H, 9 BB, 30 K), but the first batter he faces has gotten on base nine times in 22 attempts.
• The Sox have not won consecutive games against the O's since taking four straight from July 7-10, 2011. Jon Lester takes the mound Sunday against Miguel Gonzalez.
Thanks for reading. Enjoy the hockey. Go B's.
Game over: Red Sox 5, Orioles 4: The Red Sox ended their two-game skid against the Orioles with a win today before 42,422 at Camden Yards.
The Red Sox overcame a 2-0 deficit after one inning and John Lackey settled down to pitch seven full innings to get the win. Mike Carp hit a two-run homer and Stephen Drew drove in the go-ahead run in the fourth inning. Jonny Gomes also homered and had two hits. Andrew Bailey allowed a two-run homer to Matt Wieters and then a single to J.J. Hardy to make this a nail-biter, but he Orioles helped him out.
Ryan Flaherty knocked into a game-ending double play on a liner to right field which pinch-runner Alexei Casilla thought had dropped in for a base hit. Casilla kept running and the Sox doubled him off first base end the game.
Top 9th: Red Sox 5, Orioles 2 - Jose Iglesias walked with two outs and was caught stealing.
Bottom 8th:Red Sox 5, Orioles 2 - Koji Uehara mows down the Orioles. It reminds us that the Orioles sent Uehara to Texas on July 30, 2011 for Tommy Hunter and Chris Davis. Pretty good deal.
Top 8th: Red Sox 5, Orioles 2 - Ortiz, Carp and Gomes go down in order.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 5, Orioles 2 - A Hardy basehit is erased by a line to first double-play by Flaherty.
Top 7th: Red Sox 5, Orioles 2 - Victorino with a two-out hit, stolen base, but stranded
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 5, Orioles 2 - Lackey still effective as Orioles go down in order.
Top 6th: Red Sox 5, Orioles 2 - Jonny Gomes belted a long homer to centerfield off Garcia, who exited after the blast.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 4, Orioles 2 - Missed opportunity for the Orioles. Taylor Teagarden reached on an infield single to third base on a hard-hit ball thatate up Jose Iglesias. Then the unthinkable - Dustin Pedroia made an error. His first. The ball, hit by Nate McLouth, went right through his legs. But things improved for the Sox. Jarrod Saltalamacchia made a terrific throw to catch McLouth stealing. Machado then tapped back to Lackey for the second out. And Markakis flew out to left for the final out.
Top 5th: Red Sox 4, Orioles 2 - Red Sox play small ball to manufacture a run. Ellsbury singled to right, stole second base and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Victorino. He scored on a ground out by Pedroia.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 3, Orioles 2 - Lackey allows a two-out walk to JJ hardy, but gets the weak-hitting Flaherty to ground out.
Top 4th: Red Sox 3, Orioles 2 - It was just a matter of time before the Red Sox made something happen against Garcia. Pedroia singled after distracting Garcia by asking for a scuffed ball be thrown out of play. This seemed to irritate Garcia and even brought Buck Showalter out to have a word with umpire Jeff Nelson. Pedroia stole second on Ortiz' strike out and rode home on Mike Carp's linedrive homer to right, his 8th this season. Gomes single and Stephen Drew doubked to right scoring Gomes.
Bottom 3rd: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0 - Manny Machado singled to right, but he was caught stealing. Lackey retired the side after that.
Top 3rd: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0 - Jose Iglesias extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a infield single to short that he hustled to beat out. Jacoby Ellsbury hit into a double-play. Victorino struck out to end the inning. Garcia is tricking the Red Sox with his offspeed stuff.
Bottom 2nd: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0 - Lackey rebounds with strikeouts vs. No. 8 and No. 9 hitters Ryan Flhaerty and Taylor Teagarden and a ground ball out to first by McLouth.
Top 2nd: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0 - The Red Sox offense missed a golden opportunity to score some runs. David Ortiz tripled to center to leadoff the second inning. After Mike carp walked, the Red Sox messed this up big time. Jonny Gomes fouled out to first base. Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out. Stephen Drew popped out to shortstop after workign the count to 3-2. Awful.
Bottom 1st: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0 - Not a great start for John Lackey, who was roughed up for 10 hits and four runs in 5-1/3 innings in his last start vs. Tampa Bay. Nate McLouth led off with a single off Lackey's right foot. He came home on Manny Machado's double to left. McLouth was running on the pitch. Nick Markakis singled to right to put runners at the corners. Adam Jones reached on an infield single to shortstop, scoring the second Orioles run. Lackey retired Chris Davis for the first out, but the runners advanced to second and third. Lackey got a big out when DH Matt Wieters popped out to shortstop, JJ Hardy then flew out to right. The Orioles stranded runners at second and third.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 - Orioles starter Freddy Garcia retires the Red Sox in order in the first.
BALTIMORE — Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoil has been sent back to Boston to be examined by team medical director Dr. Larry Ronan. He left Thursday's game in the third inning because of an illness and has not played since.
Napoli has been dizzy and on Friday felt nauseous. But the Sox do not feel he has a concussion after consulting with Dr. Michael Collins, a brain trauma specialist.
"There's a pretty high level of confidence that he's not dealing with anything concussion related," John Farrell said.
Several other Red Sox players are sick, so perhaps Napoli's illness is connected to that. But his symptoms have lingered and been more severe. Ronan, an internist, will examine Napoli today.
"We want to be sure that he's in a safe place and we can get to the bottom of it," Farrell said.
Farrell was asked whether Napoli has vertigo or whether his illness could be related to the medication he is taking for his hip condition. He didn't know.
The Red Sox have had Will Middlebrooks taking grounders at first base to increase their depth at the position.
Meanwhile, Clay Buchholz has once again been pushed back because of a sore trap muscle on his right side. The righthander told the Sox he does not feel ready to throw in the bullpen on Sunday and as a result will not start on Tuesday.
"He's not to the point physically where he feels like he can get on the mound [Sunday] without the potential of a setback or irritating of the trap muscle he's feeling it in," Farrell said. "It's restricting him from greater intensity."
Buchholz last pitched a week ago. So the next step could be to place him on the disabled list retroactively. Felix Doubront will start one of the games of Tuesday's doubleheader. Ryan Dempster would then start on Wednesday.
Buchholz has made just one start since June 2. The longer he stays out, the more likely it becomes that he will need a rehab assignment before he returns to the majors.
Buchholz is 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA.
Good afternoon from Baltimore, where it's a beautiful day. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (41-28)
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Shane Victorino RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Carp 1B
Jonny Gomes LF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Stephen Drew SS
Jose Iglesias 3B
Pitching: RHP John Lackey (3-5, 3.14).
Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters DH
J.J. Hardy SS
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Taylor Teagarden C
Pitching: RHP Freddy Garcia (3-3, 4.47)
Game time: 4:05 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN, MLB NetworK / WEEI.
Red Sox vs. Garcia: Ortiz 14-44, Pedroia 5-16, Ellsbury 5-15, Salty 1-7, Carp 3-9, Drew 2-8, Napoli 0-5, Nava 1-5, Ross 1-4, Gomes 1-1.
Orioles vs. Lackey: Markakis 15-42, Jones 6-29, Davis 8-17, Wieters 5-18, Casilla 1-11, Hardy 1-8, Teagarden 1-6, Dickerson 0-2.
Stat of the Day: Jose Iglesias has a 15-game hit streak. It's the second longest for a rookie in the majors this season. Marcell Ozuna had a 16-game hit streak for Miami.
Notes: The Sox have lost the first two games of the series. It's part of a trend. The Sox are 1-4 against the Birds this season and have lost 13 of 17 and 22 of 30 in the series. ... The Sox are 12 of 74 (.162) in the series with five extra-base hits. ... The Sox scored two runs in the seventh inning on Thursday. They are scoreless in the 15 innings since, going 3 for 47 at the plate with one runner getting to third base. . ... Lackey is 11-4, 3.35 against the Orioles in 19 career starts. He is facing them for the first time since 2011. ... Garcia is 10-4, 4.51 in 25 career appearances against the Sox. The Chief first faced the Sox back in 1999. The Orioles are the sixth team he has played for. Garcia had a 5.23 ERA in four games against the Sox last season. ... The Sox are 13-6 in day games, the best record in baseball.
Song of the Day: "Hungry Heart" by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
The Red Sox came up empty against the Orioles again. That has been happening a lot lately.
Nick Cafardo writes that the Sox need to get their lineup going.
The notebook has Rubby De La Rosa being called up.
BALTIMORE — The Red Sox scored two runs in the seventh inning on Thursday night before losing a game that went 13 innings. They haven’t scored since.
Friday was a 2-0 loss as the Sox were held to three hits by Chris Tillman and three relievers. They advanced only one runner beyond second base.
That’s 15 consecutive shutout innings for the Orioles with the Sox going 3 for 47 at the plate.
“That team gets excited for us. I watched almost all of the at-bats from their last few series and they didn't pitch that way,” said David Ortiz, who was 0 for 3.
“Tillman didn't give us anything. He was throwing me backdoor breaking balls and change-ups in hitters' counts and hitting the spot. Their bullpen, the same thing. They execute against us.”
Ortiz then muttered a curse.
“Been that way for a few years,” he said.
He’s right. The Sox are 1-4 against the Orioles this season and have lost 22 of 30 games against Baltimore going back to that fateful final month of the 2011 season.
The second-place Orioles have won five of their last six games and trail the Sox by 1½ games with two games left in the series.
• Ryan Dempster deserved a better fate after allowing two runs over 7 2/3 innings. The Red Sox have scored three or fewer runs in 10 of his 14 starts. Friday was the fifth time they scored one or fewer.
“For me, it’s not about me. It’s about us as a team,” Dempster said. “We’re just trying to win games however we can get them.”
• Jose Iglesias doubled to start the seventh inning. Orioles manager Buck Showalter called in Darren O’Day, a righthander with a drop-down delivery. He got Will Middlebrooks to pop to second and struck out David Ross before Jacoby Ellsbury flied to center.
Middlebrooks and Ross, both righthanded hitters, did not get good swings. John Farrell had switch hitter Jarrod Saltalamacchia available but was committed to the idea of giving him a full night off after he caught all 13 innings on Thursday. He also passed on pinch hitting lefthanded hitting Stephen Drew for Middlebrooks.
Saltalamacchia doubled in his only career at-bat against O'Day. Drew is 1 for 2 with a home run against him. That's not much to go on. But Middlebrooks was 0 for 4 against O'Day and Ross was facing him for the first time. The lefties probably had a better chance.
• Middlebrooks is 3 for 18 since being activated off the disabled list.
• Iglesias was 2 for 4 and is up to .451. Iglesias has 10 infield hits and is hitting a totally unsustainable .522 on balls he puts in play. But there is no denying his confidence and improved approach. Sitting him down now is essentially a disservice to the rest of the team.
• Two things come to mind after watching 20-year-old Orioles third baseman Manny Machado for a few days. One is that he may be even better than Mike Trout and Bryce Harper. The other is whether the Red Sox might want to throw 20-year-old Xander Bogaerts into the mix before the summer is over.
Bogaerts was 3 for 7 with a home run, two runs scored and a walk in a doubleheader Friday night as he made his Triple A debut.
Game over: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0: The Red Sox were defeated for the second straight night, unable to mount any offense against starter Chris Tillman, reliever Darren O'Day or closer Jim Johnson before 49,158 at Camden Yards. Ryan Dempster did a superb job for the Red Sox in going 7-2/3 innings and throwing 122 pitches in helping preserve the bullpen at least. The Orioles got a solo homer from Chris Davis in the second inning and infield single for an RBI by Adam Jones in the third. That was it. Game was played in 2:43.
Bottom 8th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0 - Koji Uehara struck out J.J. Hardy with the bases loaded to prevent a further cushion for the Orioles.
Top 8th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0 - Red Sox can't do anything tonight against Orioles pitching. In danger of losing to the Orioles for the second straight night.
Bottom 7th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0 - Orioles went down in order against Dempster. Daniel Nava made a nice sliding catch in foul territory for the third out.
Top 7th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0 - Jose Iglesias roped a double to left field for his second hit to lead off the inning, but the Red Sox missed a golden opportunity as the next three Red Sox made outs vs. Darren O'Day who relieved Tillman.
Bottom 6th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0 - Dempster continues to pitch a very good game. He's managed to keep the Orioles at bay, but the Sox haven't been able to catch up.
Top 6th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0 - Another rapid-fire 1-2-3 inning by Tillman. Ortiz, Carp and Nava all make outs.
Bottom 5th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0 - McLouth walkd and stole second base with two outs. A Markakis grounder to first base got him over to third, but Jones flew out to center.
Top 5th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0 - The Red Sox' top of the order went down 1-2-3 against Tillman, who has baffled the Red Sox tonight.
Bottom 4th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0 - A walk to Hardy and a subsequent wild pitch, put the Orioles in business for more. But Dempster was able to rebound to strike out Chris Dickerson and got Ryan Flaherty to ground out to first base.
Top 4th: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0 - What looked like a promising inning soon fizzled for the Red Sox. They had runners at the corners after Mike Carp walked, advanced to second on Daniel Nava's ground out and went to third on Jose Iglesias' infield hit to third base to extend his hitting streak to 15 games. But Middlebrooks flew out to right and David Ross struck out stranding the runners.
Bottom 3rd: Orioles 2, Red Sox 0 - Dempster walked McLouth and allowed a single to Machado after one out. Markakis flew out to center. But Jones reached on an infield hit on a slow roller to third. Middlebrooks didn't get a good jump on the ball off the bat. Jones beat it out, scoring the second run. Chris Davis lined out to second base and left two Orioles on base.
Top 3rd: Orioles 1, Red Sox 0 - A Shane Victorino walk was all the Sox offense could muster vs. Tillman.
Bottom 2nd: Orioles 1, Red Sox 0 - Chris Davis homered to left center on an 0-1 pitch to give Baltimore the early lead.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 - Daniel Nava worked a walk from Chris Tillman. Nava leads all American League outfielders in OBP (.391). However, his teammates weren't able to advance him or score him.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 - Ryan Dempster allowed a double to the left field corner by Manny Machado, but the Orioles failed in capitalizing as Dempster retired the next two batters.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0 - The Red Sox put two men on base with a Shane Victorino single and a David Ortiz walk, but couldn't score off of Chris Tillman.
BALTIMORE — A few Red Sox updates from Camden Yards:
• Mike Napoli remains under the weather with a virus of some sort. He didn't take batting practice and won't play tonight.
• Rubby De La Rosa is here and will be available in relief if needed. Ideally, manager John Farrell said, it would be to start an inning. De La Rosa and Alfredo Aceves are candidates to start one of the games Tuesday when the Sox host a doubleheader against the Rays.
• Jose Iglesias volunteered to pitch on Thursday night. Not happening, Farrell said. If it ever comes to that, Jonny Gomes would be the choice.
• Clay Buchholz played long toss today and had a more intense throwing session than in previous days. He's set for a bullpen session on Sunday and, if that goes well, will start Tuesday.
• Farrell thought Andrew Miller looked as good as he has all season in his two innings Thursday. Hard to dispute that. He fanned four, walked two, and didn't give up a hit.
• David Ross is catching because Jarrod Saltalamacchia caught all 13 innings Thursday.
• Farrell said he was looking to get Stephen Drew a day off. Left unsaid was that Drew is really struggling. If Iglesias has another big night at the plate, could they sit him down again?