Game over: Red Sox 4, Giants 2
Papelbon had an easy 1-2-3 ninth as the Sox used seven relievers and won. Nice effort by those guys. Atchison (1-1) was the winner.
Back with more later on.
Top of the 9th: Red Sox 4, Giants 2
The Sox survived another inning. Bard whiffed Uribe and Burrell before Sandoval hit a blast to center. Cameron tracked it down and made a spectacular catch as he landed on the warning track. With the sun and the wind (and the situation), that’s a big-time play.
If the Sox win this one, it’ll be Cameron who’s the hero.
Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 4, Giants 2
The Sox went in order again, this time against Jeremy Affeldt. Since the second inning, the Sox have put one runner on base. O-N-E. Not good.
But they are six outs away from a win. Bard coming in for the eighth. Left in the bullpen: Fabio Castro and Papelbon.
Top of the 8th: Red Sox 4, Giants 2
Bumgarner is done, having retired 16 of the last 17 batters he faced. Hideki Okajima just worked around a leadoff double by Freddy Sanchez, striking out Torres and Huff.
The Sox have Bard warming up now.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 4, Giants 2
The Giants scored one run but it could have been a lot worse. Uribe doubled to left and Burrell looped a single into center off Delcarmen. Rookie lefthander Dustin Richardson came in and struck out Sandoval with a high 3-2 fastball. Posey gave the Giants a run with a sacrifice fly to center before Rowand grounded into a force play to end the inning.
The Sox now need to figure out one more inning before they can get to Bard and (gulp) Papelbon. A few more runs would help. Like maybe six.
Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 4, Giants 1
Manny Delcarmen got through the fifth inning and will stay out there for the sixth. Meanwhile the Red Sox bats have gone quiet against Madison Bumgarner. They have one hit since the second inning.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 4, Giants 1
Atchison walked Burrell in the bottom of the fourth. A single off the wall in right by Sandoval moved him to third. In came Ramon Ramirez, who got Posey to ground to third but the ball was too slow to turn a double play and a run scored.
Rowand then grounded out.
He has a hyperextended left knee. On the scale of possibilities, that’s about the best the Sox could have hoped for.
Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 4, Giants 0
Bumgarner has retired seven straight. Meanwhile Atchison is two innings into is unexpected stint and hanging in there. Ramirez warming up.
No news on Buchholz yet.
Sox make a trade: Patterson on the way
The Red Sox just obtained 27-year-old outfielder Eric Patterson from Oakland for Single-A lefthander Fabian Williamson.
Patterson was hitting .204 when the Athletics designated him for assignment on Tuesday. He has played mostly outfield with 32 games at second base in his career.
Patterson is expected to be added to the roster before today’s game against the Giants. He is a career .224 hitter over parts of four seasons with the Cubs and Athletics. He is the younger brother of Orioles outfielder Corey Patterson.
Williamson, 21, was 4-3 with a 3.72 ERA for Salem of the Carolina League. The Sox obtained him from Seattle for David Aardsma in 2009.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 4, Giants 0
Atchison retires the side in order. So let’s see, the Sox are without Ellsbury, Beckett, Lowell, Pedroia and have Cameron half the time and now Buchholz may be hurt. Yet they’re three games out of first. How long can that continue?
Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 4, Giants 0
You want the good news or the bad news?
The good news is that Cameron hit a three-run homer to center, his first of the season. He pumped his fist as he rounded first. Then Buchholz singled to right in his first big-league AB. But when Scutaro grounded into a double play, Buchholz appeared to strain his calf or hamstring and he’s out of the game.
Scott Atchison is in. When does it stop with the injuries for the Red Sox?
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 1, Giants 0
Renteria walked and went to third on a single down the line in right by Huff. But Buchholz got Uribe to foul out to third before Burrell struck out swinging.
Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval, as you may know, is nicknamed Panda. The team sells Panda hats and it seems like every little kid has one on. I hit the Giants team team store today and picked up some t-shirts for my niece and nephew. They have some great stuff here for fans. The black-and-orange color scheme makes for good-looking shirts.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 1, Giants 0
McDonald continued to swing the bat well against lefties with a solo homer to left field. That’s five for him this season, or one more than Jason Bay.
D-Mac is now 16 of 55 (.291) against southpaws with four homers.
Bumgarner settled down and got Martinez to ground out before Youkilis struck out looking. Youkilis came into the game 22 of 52 against lefties.
Top of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Giants 0
Good evening (afternoon out here) from sun-drenched AT&T Park. The Giants just retired the No. 20 worn by Hall of Famer Monte Irvin. Fellow legends Willie Mays, Juan Marichal, Gaylord Perry, Orlando Cepeda and Willie McCovey were among those participating. It’s cool to see so many great players gathered in one place like that.
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