CHICAGO, IL - JULY 31: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox hits a run scoring single in the 7th inning against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on July 31, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Red Sox Vs. White Sox: Dustin Pedroia, Boston Edge Chicago, 5-3

Dustin Pedroia hit the go-ahead two-run double in the seventh inning, plating Marco Scutaro and Jacoby Ellsbury, and the Boston Red Sox scored again in the ninth to preserve a 5-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

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Red Sox 5, White Sox 3: Dustin Pedroia, Boston Defeat Chicago

Dustin Pedroia hit the go-ahead two-run double in the seventh inning as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Chicago White Sox, 5-3, in the series finale at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago on Sunday afternoon.

Boston won the series, 2-1, but looked like it was going to lose it after the White Sox grabbed a 3-2 lead after four innings off of Red Sox started Andrew Miller, who surrendered three earned runs on 10 hits and had eight strikeouts in five and two thirds innings.

Jason Varitek put the Red Sox on the board first, connecting for a two-run homer to deep left center in the second inning, plating Darnell McDonald and putting Boston on top 2-0.

The White Sox responded by scoring a run in three straight innings to take a one-run lead. Brent Morel doubled to center field in the second inning, scoring Tyler Flowers. Alex Rios had an RBI-single in the third and and Alexi Ramirez also hit an RBI-single in the fourth inning.

Pedroia's two-run double put the Sox up by a run in the seventh, and Adrian Gonzalez doubled to right field, bringing Jacoby Ellsbury around to score and give the Red Sox a 5-3 advantage.

Alfredo Aceves relieved Miller for the Red Sox and picked up his seventh win, allowing a walk and striking out one in one inning. Daniel Bard tossed an inning and a third, allowing one hit and striking out one and Jonathan Papelbon recorded his 24th save, striking out the side in the ninth inning.

Mark Buehrle tossed six innings for the White Sox, allowing two earned runs on five hits and three walks while striking out only two. Jesse Crain was the losing pitcher for Chicago, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits in a third of an inning. Chris Sale struck out two in one inning pitched and Jason Frasor gave up an earned run and a walk in an inning. Will Ohman pitched the final inning for the White Sox, giving up a hit and a walk.

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Red Sox Vs. White Sox: Chicago, Boston Locked In Early 2-2 Tie

The Red Sox are locked in an early 2-2 tie thanks to 

Andrew Miller showed his usual difficulties in the early-going, walking Paul Konerko with two outs in the bottom of the first, and has been hittable as the game has progressed. Throwing 35-of-55 pitches for strikes, Miller has recorded 5 strikeouts through the first three frames, but allowed a run when Brent Morel doubled home Tyler Flowers in the second, and another thanks to three straight two-out singles in the third.

Jason Varitek has kept the Sox in things, however, taking a 1-0 fastball from Mark Buehrle and sending it into the stands in left field for a two-run homer in the second. That makes seven homers for the captain, despite ceding the bulk of the year's playing time to Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Adrian Gonzalez, meanwhile, has already extended his hitting streak to ten games with a first-inning double, though Kevin Youkilis couldn't bring him in to score.


Red Sox 10, White Sox 2: Jon Lester, Red Sox Manhandle White Sox, Beat Chicago For First Time in 2011

For four innings, Philip Humber was mostly untouchable. 

Unfortunately for the Chicago White Sox, they play nine innings. And by the end of nine innings, it was Boston that prevailed over Chicago for the first time all season, winning 10-2. 

The Red Sox attack went to work in the fifth inning, with Carl Crawford reaching first, stealing second and advancing to third on an error by second baseman Gordon Beckham. Jarrod Saltalamacchia doubled Crawford home and Marco Scutaro scored the Boston catcher on a sacrifice fly.

Dustin Pedroia then sacrificed Josh Reddick home and Kevin Youkilis singled in Jacoby Ellsbury to give the Red Sox all the offense they'd need on the night. 

Jon Lester pitched eight strong innings, giving up only two solo home runs and needing just 98 pitches to get through eight innings of the second start since his return from the disabled list. 

Reddick was the beneficiary of some uncharacteristic poor defense by Chicago in the eighth inning, scoring from first base on a Marco Scutaro single with two outs. 

Just for good measure, Boston added five runs in the ninth to make sure the game was in hand. Adrian Gonzalez his his first home run since July 7th and Youkilis followed it up with a shot of his own to the left field bleachers. 

With trade rumors swirling around the team, the Red Sox didn't need to worry about who was going where, knowing that their team wasn't going to be involved in any deals that moved their major-league talent, and they were able to focus on the game at hand. 

During the game, it was reported that Colorado Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez was being shipped off to Cleveland, before the report was contracted and then confirmed by game's end. 

The Red Sox had been high on Jimenez as the relief that their starting rotation so desperately needed, but instead wound up landing Oakland's Rich Harden in a trade that reportedly involved Pawtucket first baseman Lars Anderson and a player to be named later. 


Red Sox vs. White Sox: Boston Sends Jon Lester To The Mound In Search Of First Win Against Chicago

Jon Lester's splits in 2011 are pretty intimidating. If you're facing him as the home team, anyway.

Lester (10-4, 3.23) is a remarkable 7-1 on the road this season, with a 2.80 ERA in opponents' stadiums. He'll get the ball Saturday night looking to put an end to the Red Sox' first losing streak since June 29th as Boston hopes to maintain its two-game lead on New York in the American League East standings. 

Dustin Pedroia, who had a 25-game hit streak snapped in Friday night's 3-1 loss to the White Sox, will be batting second for Boston, which gets Adrian Gonzalez back in the third spot a night after he was scratched with a stiff neck. 

Boston's lineup will look much as it has all year, but the bench will be a man short with Yamaico Navarro having beend traded to Kansas City and Mike Aviles not yet in the Boston clubhouse. 

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B

4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B

5. David Ortiz, DH

6. Carl Crawford, LF

7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C

8. Josh Reddick, RF

9. Marco Scutaro, SS


For Chicago:

1. Juan Pierre, LF

2. Alexei Ramirez, SS

3. Paul Konerko, 1B

4. Adam Dunn, DH

5. Carlos Quentin, RF

6. A.J. Pierzynski, C

7. Alex Rios, CF

8. Gordon Beckham, 2B

9. Brent Morel, 3B

Phil Humber (8-6, 3.27) gets the ball for Chicago, which looks to win the season series with Boston before they even lose one game to Boston. 


White Sox 3, Red Sox 1: Boston Bats Quiet, Pedroia's Streak Ends As Frustrations Against Chicago Continue

Tim Wakefield was denied win number 200, and Dustin Pedroia’s hitting streak came to an end as the Gavin Floyd quieted the Red Sox’ bats, leading the White Sox to a 3-1 victory.

With Tim Wakefield starting strong, only giving up his first hit in the fourth inning, the Red Sox got out to the early lead when Jarrod Saltalamacchia worked a long at bat against Floyd. On the eighth pitch of the battle, the White Sox starter left a slider up in the zone, and Saltalamacchia didn’t miss it, launching the ball well into the stands in right.

The lead held until the sixth, when the White Sox used some small-ball to tie things up. Juan Pierre led off the frame with a bunt single, was moved over to second on Omar Vizquel’s sacrifice, and then was brought home on a Paul Konerko sacrifice fly following a wild pitch.

That tie would not last long. Carlos Quentin drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the seventh, bringing A.J. Pierzynski to the plate. As often seems to be the case with Tim Wakefield, it took just one hanging knuckleball to undo a night of good work. Pierzynski let loose on the floating pitch, and blasted a two-run shot to put
the White Sox up 3-1.

The Red Sox bats had been quiet all night, only once really getting a chance when Kevin Youkilis was rung up on an outside pitch with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the sixth. Included in the hapless top-of-the-order (batters one-through-six went 0-for-20) was Dustin Pedroia, whose poor performance broke up a hit streak of 25 games. Nothing changed in the eighth or ninth innings, and the Red Sox were sent back to their hotel with an 0-4 record against the White Sox on the season.


Red Sox Vs. White Sox: Chicago Takes 3-1 Lead As A.J. Pierzynski Goes Deep

The Red Sox have lost their lead against the White Sox, with Chicago tying the game on some small-ball in the sixth, and taking the lead on some decidedly large ball in the seventh.

The Red Sox squandered a major offensive opportunity in the top of the sixth, though it wasn’t entirely their fault. With the bases loaded, two outs, and a 2-2 count, Kevin Youkilis took a pitch away and was rung up when he most certainly should not have been.

The White Sox took advantage of their renewed life in the bottom of the inning with some small-ball. Juan Pierre led off the frame with a bunt single, was moved to second by another bunt—this one from Omar Vizquel—and then reached third on a passed ball. With just one out, Paul Konerko just needed to put the ball in the air, and did so, bringing Pierre home with a sacrifice fly.

Still, the Sox had the lead, and Wakefield had allowed just one solid hit all night. But things changed quickly in the seventh, as Wakefield gave up a leadoff walk to Carlos Quentin, and then allowed a knuckleball to float a bit too much en route to A.J. Pierzynski, who put a home run swing on it and knocked it out of the park to make it 3-1.


Red Sox Vs. White: Boston Takes Early 1-0 Lead On Jarrod Saltalamacchia's Homer

The Red Sox have taken a 1-0 lead over the White Sox thanks to a solo-shot off the bat of Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Tim Wakefield has been strong so far in pursuit of his 200th win, only allowing one baserunner his first time through the lineup when he hit Gordon Beckham. Juan Pierre has looked particularly baffled, twice striking out and not really coming close either time.

Gavin Floyd has been in similar form, sitting down the side on just nine pitches in the first. Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz have put some decent wood on the ball, but neither saw the productive results of Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Having worked the count full, fouling a number of pitches deep into the stands, Saltalamacchia finally got a pitch he could really kill: a hanging slider that went right into his wheelhouse. Salty turned on the pitch, and launched it well into the stands in right to put the Sox up 1-0.


Red Sox Vs. White Sox Lineups: Tim Wakefield Goes For Win 200

Tim Wakefield will try for his 200th career win Friday night as the Red Sox take on the weak-hitting White Sox in Chicago.

It's been 20 seasons in the making for Wakefield, but the Red Sox' veteran knuckleballer is finally just one win away from that landmark number.He's seemed to break another record or reach another milestone every game these days--he picked up his 2000th strikeout in Boston in his last start--but none compares to this one.

If Wakefield can keep the Knuckleball dancing, then he has exactly the lineup he'd want to help get him there:

Boston Red Sox (64-39)

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  4. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
  5. David Ortiz, DH
  6. Carl Crawford, LF
  7. Josh Reddick, RF
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  9. Marco Scutaro, SS
He also has one of the lineups he'd probably be happiest facing:

Chicago White Sox (51-52)
  1. Juan Pierre, LF
  2. Omar Vizquel, SS
  3. Paul Konerko, 1B
  4. Adam Dunn, DH
  5. Carlos Quentin, RF
  6. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  7. Alexei Ramirez, 2B
  8. Alejandro De Aza, CF
  9. Gordon Beckham, 2B
Pitching Matchup: Tim Wakefield (6-3, 5.15 ERA) vs. Gavin Floyd (8-9, 4.11 ERA)

Other than Quentin and Konerko, that's one of the weakest-hitting groups that Tim Wakefield will face all year, but it's rarely the case that that really matters when the Knuckleball is in play. One of the greater issues is that the White Sox have a good few guys who can hit a home run, but just don't seem to square up the ball often enough. Is Tim Wakefield just the guy to get Adam Dunn, for example, off the schneid?

Gavin Floyd is probably the weak link in the Chicago Rotation this year, not counting Jake Peavy, but that's not saying much at all. Floyd has been his usual supremely-reliable self this year, making up for any poor games with outings of seven or eight innings and one or two runs. He's one of those guys the Sox will really want to jump on early, since he loves to get ahead in the count and is prone to settling in for those long outings that make him so valuable.

Red Sox Vs. White Sox: Boston Looks To Avenge May Sweep In Chicago

The last White Sox - Red Sox series came at the end of a period in which Boston had played twenty games in twenty days. The ridiculous stretch saw them breach .500 for the first time, and left the team at 30-22 as they headed back home to welcome Chicago into Fenway Park. The White Sox weren't particularly good then--they aren't any better now, either--but the exhausted Red Sox couldn't stand up to their paler counterparts, and were swept at home for the first time since the Rays took a rain-shortened two game set back when the Sox had just two wins to their names.

Now, the Red Sox are in the midst of a dominant 18-5 July, and looking to close it out with a bit of revenge on the White Sox.

It's been a tough year for Chicago. They're paying some of the worst players in the league--Alex Rios and Adam Dunn--some of the largest salaries. Despite having one of the worst offenses in the game, however, they've managed to stick near to .500 with their deep pitching rotation. That proved enough to stop the Red Sox the last time they met, but Boston is a team that can put up 10 on any given night against any given pitcher. So there are no guarantees.

Boston Red Sox (64-39) vs. Chicago White Sox (51-52)

Friday, July 29, 8:10 p.m.
Tim Wakefield (6-3, 5.15 ERA) vs. Gavin Floyd (8-9, 4.11 ERA)

Saturday, July 30, 7:10 p.m.
Jon Lester (10-4, 3.23 ERA) vs. Phil Humber (8-6, 3.27 ERA)

Sunday, July 31, 2:10 p.m.
Andrew Miller (4-1, 5.45 ERA) vs. Mark Buehrle (8-5, 3.22 ERA)

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