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Carpenter, a right-handed reliever, was acquired by the Red Sox from the Chicago Cubs as compensation for former Boston general manager Theo Epstein. Carpenter had surgery during the spring to remove a bone spur from his throwing elbow. He only threw two innings during Spring Training before the surgery.
Carpenter pitched in 10 games for the Cubs in his rookie season in 2011 and had a 2.79 ERA in 9.2 innings.
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The Boston Red Sox have set a portion of their pitching rotation for the second half of the season, as according to Peter Abraham, the Red Sox will go with Franklin Morales in the team's second-half opener against the Tampa Bay Rays.
As for who will round out the rotation, the final two spots have not been announced, but signs point toward Jon Lester and Felix Doubront getting the final two spots.
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The Sox will enter the All-Star break at an incredibly disappointing 43-43 after a 7-3 loss to the New York Yankees.
To nobody's great surprise, the Yankees once again scored in the first inning, staying amusingly true to their pattern of putting up one less in each game: first five, then four, then three, and tonight two runs off of Jon Lester. The damage was done early, as the first three batters reached, and while a bad play by Mauro Gomez perhaps cost Lester a double play and, as a result, a run, it was still a poor effort by the southpaw.
With another run coming in the second, Lester finally seemed to settle down in the third and fourth innings, striking out the side to put an exclamation mark on the fourth. Meanwhile, the Sox had gotten him a couple of runs back, as Pedro Ciriaco scored when Derek Jeter dropped a pop-up in the first, and then again when Jeter failed to throw him out on a fairly routine ground ball and David Ortiz hit a long double to left.
Just when the Sox were getting close, however, Lester fell apart again. A single and a triple to the triangle in the fifth brought a fourth run in to score, and after a walk and single brought in a fifth his night was over, with five runs (four earned) on the board in just 4.1 innings.
While Boston wasn't showing any real sign of coming back in the next couple of innings, the Yankees didn't let that stop them from building their lead. It was Andruw Jones who did it, striking again with his fourth homer of the series hit to left into the Monster seats off of Scott Atchison. With Nick Swisher already on base, the Sox' deficit grew to five runs.
The Sox would finally score again in the eighth, but have an opportunity to really get back in it go by the wayside, as Mike Aviles just missed a thee-run homer, instead settling for a wall ball double that brought one home, and Daniel Nava just missed catching some wall with Aviles and Mauro Gomez in scoring position, ending the inning with a long fly to left.
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Instead, Lester got knocked around by the Bronx Bombers, giving up five runs (four earned) in just 4 1/3 innings on nine hits and two walks. Scott Atchison didn't provide much relief in Lester's stead, surrendering two runs in just two innings.
The New York Yankees on the other hand received a terrific outing from their sophomore star Ivan Nova, who only allowed two runs in six frames. Nova also kept the ball out of reach all night, striking out 10 Red Sox.
The Red Sox now go into the break looking at a major deficit in the AL East while only being 2 1/2 games out of the AL Wild Card spot. It's probably the best time for a few days off, considering all the scrutiny that's about to be heaped on them.
Vicente Padilla apparently has some pretty strong views about Mark Teixeira. In fact, Padilla says that Teixeira is prejudice against Latin players and should consider playing women's sports instead of baseball.
The Sox and Yankees are ready to wrap up the first half of the series with the fourth game of their series in Fenway Park.
We'll keep you up-to-date on all the action as it goes down in Boston.
Yankees 7, Red Sox 3, End 8th -- The Sox finally score again, but in an inning where they came tantalizingly close to really making this a game again, it smacks of too little, too late. After putting two men on with two outs, the Sox saw Mike Aviles hit the ball a long way to left. It doesn't have quite enough height, however, catching the Monster just a foot short of a home run. The RBI double gets them their third run before Daniel Nava goes to the same area. While his ball has the height, however, it doesn't quite have the distance, allowing Curtis Granderson to make the play up against the wall.
Yankees 7, Red Sox 2, Mid 8th -- Mark Melancon gives up a couple hard-hit balls around a pair of strikeouts, but with two down Pedro Ciriaco once again leaves his mark on the game, making a tremendous diving play to snag a low line drive off the bat of Alex Rodriguez, robbing him of a surefire base hit.
Yankees 7, Red Sox 2, End 7th -- A pair of leadoff walks do nothing to help Boston's situation in the score line, as Pedro Ciriaco grounds out, David Ortiz goes down swinging, and Nick Punto hits one to Jeter to end the inning.
Yankees 7, Red Sox 2, Mid 7th -- Andruw Jones is having a field
day weekend in Fenway, and may have just put the nail in this particular coffin. Once again just completely destroying a pitch--this time off Scott Atchison--Jones makes it a five-run game with just nine outs to go. The Sox have to rally in a hurry, or this one's over.
Yankees 5, Red Sox 2, End 6th -- Ivan Nova, unfortunately, isn't flinching, and is doing a great job of taking advantage of the lack of patience shown by plate vision shown by Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Mauro Gomez, picking up another pair of strikeouts on the free-swingers in a 1-2-3 sixth.
Yankees 5, Red Sox 2, Mid 6th -- Scott Atchison works around a leadoff single despite some difficulty turning double plays behind him, keeping the Sox in the game for the sixth inning.
Yankees 5, Red Sox 2, End 5th -- Pedro Ciriaco manages to reach base again, singling up the middle. Tonight, though, his energy doesn't seem to be enough for the Sox, as David Ortiz grounds to second to start the double play. Nick Punto manages to knock a ball off Mark Teixeira's glove for a hit, but with Cody Ross striking out behind him the inning ends without any much-needed runs.
Yankees 5, Red Sox 2, Mid 5th -- And just like that, Lester falls to pieces again. A leadoff single scores when the next batter, Alex Rodriguez, hits a long fly ball into the triangle, where Ryan Sweeney goes down after colliding with the wall trying to make a catch on what ends up a triple. He stays in the game to watch Lester strike Robinson Cano out, but then a walk and an Andruw Jones RBI single spell the end to the southpaw's unfortunate night and leave the Sox down by three.
Yankees 3, Red Sox 2, End 4th -- The bottom of the Boston lineup hit their pop-ups to the wrong place, sending them back of first base rather than second, where Jeter would be waiting to drop them. As is, it's an unproductive 1-2-3 inning.
Yankees 3, Red Sox 2, Mid 4th -- Jon Lester suddenly seems to be finding his stride, striking out the side in the fourth. If he can keep it up through the end of his night, it'll be a start reminiscent of his last outing in Oakland: first inning struggles that lead to general domination.
Yankees 3, Red Sox 2, End 3rd -- It's once again Derek Jeter helping the Red Sox to a run in the second. This time the help comes when he can't get Pedro Ciriaco out on a ground ball to his left--always Jeter's trouble spot--allowing David Ortiz to score him when he goes off the wall in left. Another poor play by Jeter on a Nick Punto ground ball leads to another generously-scored infield single, but the Sox don't bring in a run despite loading the bases with one out, as Jarrod Saltalamacchia watches a called strike three and Ryan Sweeney grounds out to first to end it.
Yankees 3, Red Sox 1, Mid 3rd -- A single that gets under Nick Punto's glove at third is all the Yankees get in the top of the third. You may have noticed that Nick Punto was not originally in this game, which brings us to the bad news: Adrian Gonzalez has left the game due to illness, leaving Nick Punto batting...cleanup.
Yankees 3, Red Sox 1, End 2nd -- Ivan Nova gets the bottom of the order 1-2-3 with three strikeouts. Not an impressive performance from the offense, that, with Gomez swinging at a pitch so far outside that it could have started out as a pickoff throw had there been anyone on first.
Yankees 3, Red Sox 1, Mid 2nd -- A leadoff double from Jayson Nix ends up costing Lester a third run in the second after a passed ball and decently long fly ball from Chris Stewart is enough to get him home, with Daniel Nava's throw hitting Nix to prevent a play at the plate.
Yankees 2, Red Sox 1, End 1st -- Derek Jeter's defense is...divisive, to put it nicely. Lauded for years by mainstream pundits for his ability to make plays that look amazing and criticized by analysts who note that they only look spectacular because he's got so little in the way of range, even Jeter's greatest critics don't question his ability to make the basic play. Tonight, however, he's 0-for-1. After Pedro Ciriaco once again brought his energy to the game with an infield single and stolen base to get into scoring position, Cody Ross came to the plate and popped one up behind short. Jeter stepped back, measured it, and let it bounce off his glove, bringing Ciriaco home for the run.
Yankees 2, Red Sox 0, Mid 1st -- Well, that was predictable. After scoring five runs in the first inning of the first game, four runs in the game two, and three in game three, the Yankees now have two in game four. The Baseball Gods work in mysterious ways. Once again the damage could have been limited by the defense, though Lester was certainly not particularly good, giving up two singles, a double, and a walk before the second out was recorded. Still, with a run already on the board and the bases loaded, Lester got the ground ball he needed.
The problem is that it came to Mauro Gomez, who is not really a third baseman. Making the mistake of trying to take the ball to third rather than fire to second or home, Gomez then put his throw in the dirt, three-hopping it to Adrian Gonzalez at first, missing the opportunity for the double play.
The Sox can only hope for a series split tonight as they take on the New York Yankees in Fenway Park. First pitch is at 8:05 p.m. EST with broadcasts on ESPN and WEEI.
Both Mauro Gomez and Pedro Ciriaco will be back in the lineup for the Red Sox one night after they lifted the Sox to their first win in six games.
Presumably Gomez' stay will only last as long as Will Middlebrooks' injury continues to keep him out, at least as far as starting at third is considered given Gomez' moribund glove. For Ciriaco, however, this might be the beginning of a big opportunity. With Mike Aviles' numbers having taken a nosedive after the first few weeks of the season, Ciriaco at least gives the Sox an element of the unknown quantity. Ciriaco doesn't exactly come with much in the way of expectations given his mediocre minor league career and complete lack of hype, but he's got a slick glove and can't do that much worse than Aviles at the plate. For now they both fit in the lineup, but over the next couple of weeks if Ciriaco proves himself and Aviles doesn't, who's to say?
In other words: what's there to lose?
Boston Red Sox (43-42)
New York Yankees (51-33)
After five games of frustration, the Red Sox finally got back in the win column, taking a 9-5 victory over the New York Yankees thanks to some big contributions from unlikely sources.
Things would get worse before they got better for the Sox, however, as the Yankees once again jumped all over them in the first. Or, perhaps more accurately, the Sox let themselves get run over yet again, as Mauro Gomez made two errors on one play and then failed to field a bunt to put two men on before an out was recorded. Up came Mark Teixeira, and on the second pitch the Sox found themselves down 3-0 before they had recorded an out thanks to a big homer to dead center.
If Felix Doubront had been responsible for the homer, the three runs were still not representative of how he'd pitched, however, and he did his best to show the truth of that over the next five innings. While Mauro Gomez and Pedro Ciriaco were busy helping the Sox to claw back into the game with a run in the third and another in the fifth, Doubront set about retiring Yankees, often by way of the strikeout. Through the end of the sixth, Doubront would allow just two more baserunners while striking out six batters to keep the Sox alive.
Then came the bottom of the sixth. While the Sox had already seen plenty in the way of backups and call-ups producing results, the last week or so had seen a bit of a drop off in that respect. Suddenly, however, they've found another wave. Already responsible for the first two runs, Mauro Gomez and Pedro Ciriaco would strike again in the sixth, with the former loading the bases with a one-out single and the latter clearing them with a double past third, giving the Sox a 5-3 lead.
The seventh would prove even more productive. After Ryan Sweeney tripled home Adrian Gonzalez, Mauro Gomez knocked Sweeney in and then scored on a hard hit ground ball by Pedro Ciriaco that bounced off Jayson Nix' glove at third. It was scored an error, but could easily have been another big hit for the call-up, who then stole third and scampered home when the throw ended up in left field, making a quick curtain call as Fenway chanted his name.
Clayton Mortensen made a bit of a mess of things by loading the bases with one out in the eighth before Vicente Padilla quickly got two pop-ups in foul territory to end the inning, and Alfredo Aceves gave up a solo shot to Eric Chavez in the ninth, but the Sox had plenty of cushion to survive the hit, finally snapping their lengthy losing streak.
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Red Sox 9, Yankees 4, End 7th -- And suddenly the Sox are having fun out there. After Adrian Gonzalez chased Boone Logan with a double to deep center field, the Sox started hammering Cory Wade. Cody Ross was kept off the basepaths when Jayson Nix either snagged a line drive for the first out or threw to first after an errant call by the first base umpire on a drop depending on how you look at it, but after him the balls found dirt. Ryan Sweeney absolutely crushed a triple into the triangle to score one, and Mauro Gomez hit a double past third to score Sweeney. While Pedro Ciriaco was denied a hit by a stingy scorer, his hard hit to third bounced off of Jayson Nix' glove, scoring a pinch-running Mike Aviles from second, and he would not be denied a run of his own, dashing to third with a stolen base and then hurrying home when the throw to third got away. All together, four runs in in the seventh, giving the Sox a five-run lead.
Red Sox 5, Yankees 4, Mid 7th -- Felix Doubront's night comes to an end with a bang, as Andruw Jones goes over everything and then some with his third homer of the game. Matt Albers is able to work around a one-out walk, however, with Derek Jeter providing a generous two-out bunt to end the inning without too much trouble
Red Sox 5, Yankees 3, End 6th -- A lead! A lead! Adrian Gonzalez starts the rally with a single to right, but it's the call-ups who seal the deal for the Red Sox. Derek Jeter lends a helping hand by botching a ground ball hit in his direction by Cody Ross, and while Ryan Sweeney can only pop out, Mauro Gomez finds the outfield to load the bases with one out.
Up comes Pedro Ciriaco, the clutch king of spring training, and in his first real opportunity with the Sox he carries the title over to the majors. He hits the first pitch he sees hard down the third base line and into left field, and with the ball getting back to the wall, all three baserunners score, giving the Sox their first lead of the game.
Yankees 3, Red Sox 2, Mid 6th -- This time the Yankees pick up some serious contact off of Felix Doubront, but it still doesn't lead to a baserunner. With 95 pitches on his arm, he's not likely long for this game, but it's been an impressive recovery.
Yankees 3, Red Sox 2, End 5th -- And suddenly it's a one-run game, and they've got none other than Darnell McDonald to thank for it. After a Pedro Ciriaco single gave the Sox a one-out baserunner, it was McDonald closing on the same fly ball as Curtis Granderson that caused the latter to flub the play, having the ball bounce off his glove and letting Ciriaco reach third, where he would score from on a Nick Punto sacrifice fly.
Yankees 3, Red Sox 1, Mid 5th -- Two more strikeouts highlight another 1-2-3 frame for Felix Doubront, who is suddenly looking like his old self again.
Yankees 3, Red Sox 1, End 4th -- A two-out double from Adrian Gonzalez extends his hitting streak to 18 games, but doesn't lead to any runs, as the Sox can only produce a pair of ground outs behind him.
Yankees 3, Red Sox 1, Mid 4th -- An excellent play from Pedro Ciriaco helps Doubront keep the Yankees off the board after a leadoff walk, getting the lead runner out and just barely missing a double play. Another ground ball in his direction still doesn't get two, but with Russell Martin striking out to end the inning, it hardly matters.
Yankees 3, Red Sox 1, End 3rd -- The Sox get a pair of leadoff baserunners as Mauro Gomez hits a double to the wall and moves to third on a bunt base hit from Pedro Ciriaco. Unfortunately, the good fortune of the bunt is erased as Daniel Nava's hard ground ball reaches Robinson Cano on one hop, allowing the Yankees to turn two as the run comes in the back door.
Yankees 3, Red Sox 0, Mid 3rd -- Another good inning for Felix Doubront, who gets a ground out and two strikeouts. He could easily have just one run on the board now, but that's the way things are rolling for the Red Sox right now.
Yankees 3, Red Sox 0, End 2nd -- The Sox almost had a bit of life in the second when Ryan Sweeney hit a hard shot to left with Cody Ross on base via a walk. Unfortunately, Andruw Jones is up to the challenge defensively, covering a good bit of ground and making a diving grab to rob the Sox of extra bases and perhaps a run.
Yankees 3, Red Sox 0, Mid 2nd -- Felix Doubront works around a single from Mark Teixeira turned into a double by Daniel Nava in left. Two strikeouts at the end of the inning are a positive sign for the struggling Doubront.
Yankees 3, Red Sox 0, End 1st -- A leadoff hit from Daniel Nava holds the promise of more first inning offense, but it goes unfulfilled as Nick Punto (batting second!) grounds into a double play behind him. Ortiz hits into the shift for the third, bringing the inning to an end with the Sox still down three.
Yankees 3, Red Sox 0, Mid 1st -- Is this a positive or a negative? Sure, the Sox gave up three first inning runs, but that's an improvement over the first two games of the series, which saw five and four runs score in the first. This time it's Mauro Gomez that shoulders the majority of the blame, as the third baseman commits two errors on one play with a bobble and errant throw of a ground ball, and then fails to field a bunt in time to record the out. That leaves two men on for Mark Teixeira who gets a ball waist-high over the plate. He doesn't miss it, launching a high drive to dead center which ends up in the bleacher seats for a three-run shot. Just another day at the ballpark for these Red Sox.
Ryan Sweeney has been activated from the disabled list for the second half of Saturday's doubleheader between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. Sweeney spent three weeks on the disabled list with a stress fracture in his toe. He has also had a concussion this season.
Ryan Kalish has been optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room for Sweeney. Kalish struggled in his 17 games with Boston this season, hitting .232 with a .522 OPS. The 24-year-old will get some much needed seasoning in the minors, and could make his way back to Boston at some point.
Sweeney is hitting .292 with a .734 OPS in 52 games this season. He will start at center field and hit seventh in the batting order facing Yankees starter Phil Hughes. The Red Sox dropped the first doubleheader, 6-1, Saturday afternoon.
The Red Sox will have a slightly more impressive lineup for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the New York Yankees. First pitch is at 7:15 p.m. EST with broadcasts by FOX and WEEI.
After a distinctly minor league lineup was held to just one run in the first game of the day, the Sox will have a few more regulars worked into the order as they try to snap their five-game losing streak in the nightcap.
One of those regulars will be Ryan Sweeney, making his return from the disabled list after being diagnosed with a stress fracture in the middle of June. Ryan Kalish was optioned to make room for the outfielder, who will bat seventh and play center field.
Boston Red Sox (42-42)
New York Yankees (51-32)
The Red Sox were frustrated once again Saturday morning, as they dropped the opening game of their day-night doubleheader against the Yankees, 6-1.
The game started out looking every bit the rerun of Friday night's game. Facing his first real challenge as a starter, Franklin Morales was victimized by the New York lineup in the first inning. While the first two baserunners he allowed came on a Derek Jeter bloop single and an acting job by Robinson Cano that earned him a HBP, the next two were rather more emphatic. Nick Swisher and Andruw Jones both received fastballs tailing in but over the plate, and each of them hit it a long way to left, clearing the wall and putting four quick runs on the board.
While Morales would settle down in the second inning, he'd only be saved from damage in the third by a pair of pickoffs at first, and there was nothing to save him in the fourth from another set of back-to-back homers, once again including Andruw Jones, this time paired with Jayson Nix.
Justin Germano would quiet down the Yankees from there, providing six strong innings of shutout baseball, striking out seven batters to keep the Yankees with just the six runs.
Unfortunately, however, the Sox' offense was not capable of repeating their performance from the night before. Despite facing off against a struggling Freddy Garcia, the Sox' lineup of misfits, backups, and minor leaguers performed as one might expect. Only David Ortiz was truly impressive, reaching base each time he came to the plate, but being stranded every time but one. His run would be the lone tally achieved by the Sox, leaving them hopelessly behind after nine.
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The Red Sox are in need of a big day as they try to recover from their heartbreaking Friday loss to the Yankees in the first game of their Saturday doubleheader.
We'll keep you up-to-date on all the action as it goes down in Fenway Park.
Yankees 6, Red Sox 1, Mid 9th -- Germano continues to be a bright spot, picking up strikeouts six and seven as he completes his sixth scoreless inning of work against the Yankees.
Yankees 6, Red Sox 1, End 8th -- David Ortiz reaches base for the fourth time today on his third walk, and is stranded for the third time as well. Three outs away from a five game losing streak.
Yankees 6, Red Sox 1, Mid 8th -- Germano runs into some more trouble with back-to-back one-out singles putting runners on the corners. The long-reliever battles back, however, striking out both Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez to end the inning in style.
Yankees 6, Red Sox 1, End 7th -- Kelly Shoppach doubles, but it comes with two outs in the inning and Brent Lillibridge can do nothing, sending the game to the eighth with the score still stuck at 6-1.
Yankees 6, Red Sox 1, Mid 7th -- Germano works around another single. His solid performance is keeping the rest of the pen fresh for the second half of the doubleheader that starts in all of about four hours.
Yankees 6, Red Sox 1, End 6th -- David Ortiz draws a walk, and for a minute it looks like the Sox are ready to mount another rally when Adrian Gonzalez hits a rocket out to left. Unfortunately, though, Andruw Jones is able to make the grab, smashing into the wall to do so, and then throws to Robinson Cano who doubles up Ortiz at first, though perhaps with the help of a favorable call as Mark Teixeira may have come off the bag.
Yankees 6, Red Sox 1, Mid 6th -- A single from Derek Jeter is all the Yankees get off Germano in the sixth, leaving the deficit at five.
Yankees 6, Red Sox 1, End 5th -- A two-out rally featuring singles from Brent Lillibridge and Daniel Nava falls short as Pedro Ciriaco imitates Wise's inning-ending comebacker.
Yankees 6, Red Sox 1, Mid 5th -- Justin Germano finds himself in trouble in the fifth. After striking out Alex Rodriguez to start the inning, Germano surrendered a double to Robinson Cano and then walked Nick Swisher to put two on with one out. Another strikeout and walk served to leave the bases loaded with two outs, leaving Joe Girardi to call on Dewayne Wise to pinch hit for Darnell McDonald. The substitution doesn't lead to any runs, however, as Wise grounds back to the mound to end the threat.
Yankees 6, Red Sox 1, End 4th -- The Sox are finally on the board, but it comes as more of a whimper than a bang. David Ortiz gets the biggest contact of the inning, hitting a high drive to left field that bounces high off the Monster for a Fenway single. Gonzalez shoots a line drive into Center to move Ortiz to second, and Mauro Gomez finds a hole in the right side of the infield, bringing him in to score before a Ryan Kalish double play ends the frame.
Yankees 6, Red Sox 0, Mid 4th -- Back-to-back homers for Andruw Jones and Jayson Nix makes the New York lead a far less approachable six runs and serve to chase Franklin Morales from the game with a solidly failing grade in his first real challenge after converting back to the starting rotation.
Yankees 4, Red Sox 0, End 3rd -- The Sox go 1-2-3 again. Somehow Freddy Garcia has a no-hitter through three.
Yankees 4, Red Sox 0, Mid 3rd -- Franklin Morales is saved from more damage by his pickoff move in the third inning. After allowing the first two batters to reach base, Morales managed to strike out Robinson Cano, and then with Nick Swisher at the plate fired to first to catch Alex Rodriguez jumping the gun on a stolen base attempt. While Swisher would ultimately draw the walk,another deceptive move had him picked off as well, leaving the Yankees with a scoreless third.
Yankees 4, Red Sox 0, End 2nd -- Unfortunately, things go just as well for Garcia, who picks up his first 1-2-3 inning of the game. Garcia has been struggling this year, but the Sox gave him a Triple-A lineup to face and he's doing what you'd expect a major leaguer to do.
Yankees 4, Red Sox 0, Mid 2nd -- Franklin Morales has a much easier time, enjoying a 1-2-3 inning on a pop-up, strike out, and ground out as he quiets the Yankees lineup following an explosive first.
Yankees 4, Red Sox 0, End 1st -- No fight-back for the Red Sox this time. Daniel Nava hits a pop-up, Pedro Ciriaco strikes out, and while David Ortiz draws a two-out walk, Adrian Gonzalez hits a terribly familiar ground ball to first base to end the inning.
Yankees 4, Red Sox 0, Mid 1st -- Is this a rerun? Just 17 hours after scoring five in the first inning against Josh Beckett, the Yankees put a four-spot up on Franklin Morales in the first inning Saturday. To be fair to Morales, he did not start out as poorly as Beckett. Derek Jeter picked up a leadoff hit on a bloop to center, and with two outs Cano's acting abilities may have cost him a second, as what sounded like a foul ball was ruled a hit-by-pitch leaving two men on for Nick Swisher.
That's when things got legitimately bad. Falling behind 1-0, Morales grooved a fastball over the plate to Nick Swisher, and the outfielder sent it a long way to left, over everything for a three-run shot that had the Sox once again staring at an early deficit. It only got worse after a long battle against Andruw Jones, who saw a similar pitch and left with similar results, albeit with his shot coming on a line that kept it in the Monster seats, leaving the Yankees ahead 4-0 after one.
The Red Sox and Yankees will play two Saturday, starting with a 12:35 p.m. matchup between Franklin Morales and Freddy Garcia. Broadcasts are available from NESN and WEEI.
The Sox will have a new face in the lineup today, as recent call-up Pedro Ciriaco will take over second base from Nick Punto for the day. Ciriaco has actually had decent results in his limited major league appearances with the Pirates, hitting .333/.350/.513 in some 40 trips to the plate. A lifetime .656 OPS in the minors and .301/.318/.406 line in 2012 with Pawtucket belie some issues in his game, however. Ciriaco will be familiar to Sox fans who followed spring training closely enough, thanks to his clutch performances that helped the Sox to a pair of (meaningless) victories.
The bullpen has also received a reinforcement in the form of Clayton Mortensen, returning to the team as the 26th member of the roster for the day-night doubleheader.
Boston Red Sox (42-41)
New York Yankees (50-32)
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz is nearing a return after a scary bout with esophagitis.
Buchholz threw a bullpen today. He should be back no later then 2nd turn through rotation after the break— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) July 6, 2012
Buchholz hasn't pitched since June 19. He is 8-2 with a 5.53 ERA so far this season over 14 starts.
A number of other key Red Sox contributors are also dealing with injuries. Carl Crawford will continue his rehab assignment in Triple-A Pawtucket Saturday night. Dustin Pedroia was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a hyperextended thumb. Rich Hill was sent to the 60-day DL. Will Middlebrooks strained his hamstring last week, and Jacoby Ellsbury, who has missed almost the entire season with a shoulder injury, is continuing his rehab assignment in Double-A Portland.
The Red Sox fell to the Yankees 10-8 Friday night thanks to a terrible start from Josh Beckett and a rocky seventh inning of relief.
To the great detriment of the pitchers, the first few innings were a game of copycat for the Sox and Yankees. Josh Beckett started things off in the first in disastrous fashion, allowing the first five batters of the inning to reach base, walking in one run, allowing two more to score on singles, and having a fourth and fifth come around on sacrifice flies before the terrible inning was over.
Amazingly enough, however, Kuroda was up to the task of copying that feat. A double, wild pitch, and sacrifice fly was enough to bring Daniel Nava home in the bottom of the first, but the bleeding didn't stop there. A single from David Ortiz, errant throw from Eric Chavez, and Adrian Gonzalez double were enough to put two men on with a second run in for Jarrod Saltalamacchia. And when Kuroda delivered a fastball into a left-handed hitter's wheelhouse, he was just asking for the tie game he received on Salty's long ball into the stands in right.
The Sox and Yankees would trade runs in the second before both Kuroda and Beckett surprisingly managed to start recording outs, including a good few strikeouts. Then, in the fifth, the Sox struck again, with Mauro Gomez pushing Adrian Gonzalez across after a leadoff single and wild pitch. The infielder's first major league RBI was good for the 7-6 lead.
The lead would hold for only one full inning. Then, in the top of the seventh, everything fell apart. Andrew Miller allowed a walk, had a runner reach on an Mike Aviles error-ruled-single, and then was pulled after recording the first out for Vicente Padilla to face Mark Teixeira, a pitcher who he has traditionally seen quite well. The result was fairly predictable, as Teixeira went down and out of the zone to launch a triple to the triangle, giving the Yankees an 8-6 lead.
Two more runs would score before the inning ended, leaving the Sox behind by three. While Cody Ross would get one right back with a solo shot to lead off the bottom of the inning, the Sox saw their best chances to tie the game go by the wayside as Nick Punto struck out with two on in the seventh and Adrian Gonzalez grounded out in a similar situation to end the eighth. With Rafael Soriano picking up a 1-2-3 ninth, the Sox fell yet again.
Yankees 10, Red Sox 8, Mid 9th -- Mark Melancon continues to show why the Sox got him in the first place, getting a ground out and two strikeouts to send the game to the bottom of the ninth.
Yankees 10, Red Sox 8, End 8th -- Adrian Gonzalez had been having a very good night to this point, but sadly he cannot come through in his biggest moment. With runners on first and second and two outs, Gonzalez gets ahead 3-1 against Rafael Soriano, but tops off the fifth pitch, sending an easy ground ball to first to end the inning.
Yankees 10, Red Sox 8, Mid 8th -- Mark Melancon works around an Alex Rodriguez single to record a scoreless eighth, but it's all about the offense right now for the Sox.
Yankees 10, Red Sox 8, End 7th -- The Sox grab one back on Cody Ross' homer to start off the bottom of the seventh, but they waste a big opportunity with two on and one out as Mike Aviles grounds into a fielder's choice and Nick Punto strikes out to send the game to the 8th.
Yankees 10, Red Sox 7, Mid 7th -- Once again, the Sox find themselves in line for a heart-breaking loss if things don't change soon. A leadoff walk to Curtis Granderson balloons on Andrew Miller as a ground ball to shortstop goes for a poorly-ruled single when Mike Aviles has it bounce off his glove. The ball was not particularly difficult to play, Aviles just did a bad job with it.
Regardless, though, after a relatively big strikeout, Vicente Padilla is called in to face Mark Teixeira, who takes a fairly good pitch--a low fastball that's sinking lower--and sends it all the way into the triangle in a rare instance of Teixeira playing like the old Teixeira. The triple scores two, putting the Yankees ahead 8-7 before a Raul Ibanez double scores Teixeira and puts a runner in scoring position for Eric Chavez, who cashes in to make it 10-7.
Red Sox 7, Yankees 6, End 6th -- Hiroki Kuroda records a couple of outs, and then gives way to the bullpen for the third in a 1-2-3 inning.
Red Sox 7, Yankees 6, Mid 6th -- The difference between Matt Albers in the sixth and Hiroki Kuroda in the fifth? Daniel Nava. With Albers giving up hard contact to the leadoff batter in Eric Chavez, Nava is forced to play a ball off the wall. He gets the carom just right, however, and fires a bullet back in to second, where Punto makes the tag and keeps Albers out of a jam. A walk follows, but a come-backer to the mound helps the Sox start a double play that ends the inning.
Red Sox 7, Yankees 6, End 5th -- Mauro Gomez' first major league RBI is a big one. After a single and a wild pitch puts Adrian Gonzalez on second, Gomez leans out to hook a slider into left field. While Gonzo is hardly a speed demon, the throw from left is weak, and the Yankees cut it off before it reaches the plate, allowing the Sox to actually take a lead in the fifth.
Red Sox 6, Yankees 6, Mid 5th -- Beckett gets out of a big jam in the fifth thanks to Nick Punto. After a leadoff single and two stolen bases from Alex Rogriguez ended with him on third and just one out, Nick Punto snagged a quick ground ball to second and, despite playing deep at the position, fired home, where Jarrod Saltalamacchia put down a block and applied the tag on A-Rod for the big out. Raul Ibanez managed to hit his offering a long way, but with Ryan Kalish tracking it down in dead center, the inning ended mercifully uneventfully.
Red Sox 6, Yankees 6, End 4th -- After a leadoff double from Nick Punto, Robinson Cano makes a diving grab on a hard shot to second off the bat of Ryan Kalish with one out, Punto at third, and the infield in to save a run in the fourth.
Red Sox 6, Yankees 6, Mid 4th -- Good luck and bad luck mix for Josh Beckett in the top of the fourth, as he likely prevents an out by getting his glove on a come-backer to put a runner on, and then has Curtis Granderson hit the ball hard, but right at Mike Aviles, who's able to double Jeter off of first to end the inning.
Red Sox 6, Yankees 6, End 3rd -- The copycatting has gotten ridiculous now. After being hit hard in both innings, Kuroda also responds with a 1-2-3 third, striking out both Mauro Gomez and Mike Aviles to keep the Sox off the board for once.
Red Sox 6, Yankees 6, Mid 3rd -- Josh Beckett gives the Sox a reason to stick with him in the third, striking out the side on just 12 pitches in the third. It's an almost unbelievable turnaround given the first couple of innings. Jet lag, maybe? Who can say.
Red Sox 6, Yankees 6, End 2nd -- Things don't go as smoothly as they could in the second for the Sox, as three leadoff baserunners lead to just one run thanks to a wall ball single from Papi that results in an out as he tries to stretch it to two. Still, even the outs were relatively loud contact for Kuroda, meaning the third could be more of the same.
Yankees 6, Red Sox 5, Mid 2nd -- The way this inning is going, giving up one run on a triple and sacrifice fly (really a double and error by Cody Ross, but it hardly matters since a double would follow after the bases were cleared) is a rousing success. Josh Beckett should either be proud of himself, or pulled immediately for Justin Germano. Probably the latter.
Red Sox 5, Yankees 5, End 1st -- And suddenly that hole is gone. It's been an absolutely bizarre first inning in Fenway Park. Amazingly, Hiroki Kuroda comes out as completely inept as Josh Beckett, leaving pitches high to Daniel Nava and Ryan Kalish, allowing Nava a double and Kalish a sacrifice fly after a wild pitch allowed the former to move to third. Now trailing 5-1, the Sox received a single from David Ortiz laced into left and a double very high off the wall from Adrian Gonzalez to put two men on for Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Getting ahead 0-1, Kuroda never-the-less fed a fastball a little down, a little in, but not nearly enough of both. Taking a golf swing, Saltalamacchia cleared it out and put it five rows deep to right, leaving the game at a remarkable five-all after one.
Yankees 5, Red Sox 0, Mid 1st -- We are twenty minutes into the game and Josh Beckett has already put the Red Sox in a massive hole. Coming out of the gate with absolutely nothing, Beckett proceeded to give up two hits and then caught Alex Rodriguez with an inside curveball to load the bases without an out on the board. A walk to Robinson Cano brought in the first run of the night for the Yankees, and a line drive single from Mark Teixeira was good for two more. Add in a pair of sacrifice flies around a Raul Ibanez single, and you've got a 5-0 lead after one terrible inning.
The Boston Red Sox have been beset by a string of injuries to starters this season. A handful of players are now nearing a return.
Pitcher Clay Buchholz threw a bullpen session on Friday. Manager Bobby Valentine wants to re-insert Buchholz into the lineup after the All-Star break.
Outfielder Carl Crawford continues his rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket. Crawford said about his elbow, "It's not 100 percent healthy but I'm able to hit. The elbow, there are still some issues. I've been making some throws down in the minor leagues, good enough to hit the cutoff man. I don't know if I'll be hosing anybody out at home or anything like that. But I think it's strong enough to hit the cutoff man if I can to the ball quick enough to stop the guys from advancing." (via Boston.com)
Outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury will be playing for Double-A Portland on Friday night.
Third baseman Will Middlebrooks tested his strained left hamstring at Fenway Park on Friday. He also took batting practice for the first time since injuring his hamstring on Sunday. Middlebrooks said about his recovery, "I'm getting there. I'm not taking groundballs today but maybe tomorrow. The running went pretty well. I'm not there yet. Could I play? If I needed to." (via Boston.com)
In other injury news, second baseman Dustin Pedroia was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday for a hyperextended thumb. He may miss a few weeks of action. Reliever Rich Hill was also placed on the 60-day disabled list.
Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right thumb, according to manager Bobby Valentine (via ESPN Boston). Valentine added that this injury, which Pedroia sustained on Tuesday, is not the same as the partially torn adductor muscle in his right thumb.
"This is not related to the other injury but it's a disabling situation, so he's going to take the 15 days -- and four of those days thankfully are All-Star break days -- to try to get better and come back to us healthy and ready to go."
Pedroia has only hit .210 since sustaining the first thumb injury in late May.
The Red Sox will kick off their crucial four-game set against the New York Yankees Friday night as they send Josh Beckett to the mound against Hiroki Kurodi. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. EST with broadcasts on NESN and WEEI.
It seems for now that the Jarrod Saltalamacchia cleanup experiment is on hold. This is likely due to the fact that Salty, after another apparent breakout, is now hitting .181/.241/.408 in his last 83 trips to the plate. Adrian Gonzalez will take over for him in the fourth spot. While the first baseman is not exactly setting the world on fire--his home run count continues tor rise glacially--he has managed a solid .349/.379/.429 line during his 15-game hitting streak.
Otherwise, it's the same injury-depleted lineup as the last time out, featuring the likes of Mauro Gomez and Nick Punto.
Boston Red Sox (42-40)
New York Yankees (49-32)
The Red Sox have everything to gain and everything to lose as they take on their arch-rivals in the Yankees in a crucial four-game series.
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