June 17, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Franklin Morales (46) delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE

Red Sox 7, Cubs 4: Franklin Morales' Strong Spot Start Gives Sox Series Win In Chicago

Franklin Morales struck out nine over five innings and delivered a solid spot start to guide the Boston Red Sox (33-33) past the Chicago Cubs (22-44), 7-4, in the series finale on Sunday night at Wrigley Field. David Ortiz hit his 16th homer.

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Owning Up: Does Boston Red Sox Ownership Deserve Blame For Mediocrity?

Baseball games are decided on the field, but how much blame does ownership deserve for the chaotic state of today's Red Sox?

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What To Do With The Red Sox: Stay The Course Or Blow It Up?

So, what now? Up and down the Boston Red Sox go. One week they're ice cold, another they're world beaters. With the trade deadline rapidly approaching, management will have to make a tough choice: stay the course or blow it up.

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Red Sox Vs. Cubs Final Score: Boston Takes Series With 7-4 Win Sunday

The Boston Red Sox defeated the Chicago Cubs, 7-4, on Sunday night in Game 3 of the three-game series at Wrigley Field. Franklin Morales was solid in his first start since 2009, striking out nine in five innings. He gave up two earned runs off four hits and no walks.

Cubs starter Paul Maholm gave up three earned runs off six hits and a walk over six innings. David Ortiz went 2-for-4 at the plate, hitting an RBI single to score Dustin Pedroia in the first inning and a solo home run in the fourth. The blast to center field was a his 16th of the season.

The Red Sox added another three runs in the seventh inning once Maholm left the mound. Darnell McDonald hit a double off reliever Shawn Camp to lead off the inning, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia advanced to second on a single thanks to a throwing error. Ryan Kalish singled to score McDonald with no outs in the inning. He ran in a run two batter later off a Daniel Nava sacrifice to the pitcher.

Camp (2-4) ultimately earned the loss for the Cubs. Matt Albers (2-0) got the win for the Red Sox after giving up one run, unearned, off a Jeff Baker grounder into a fielder's choice during the sixth inning.

The Red Sox head back home for a three-game series against the Miami Marlins beginning Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. ET. Clay Buchholz (7-2, 5.38 ERA) will take on the Marlins' Mark Buehrle (5-7,3.41) at the mound.


Final - 6.17.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Boston Red Sox 2 0 0 1 0 0 3 1 0 7
Chicago Cubs 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 4

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Red Sox Vs. Cubs: Franklin Morales To Start For Boston As Lineups Announced For Sunday's Series Finale

The Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs have announced their lineups for Sunday's series finale at Wrigley Field.

The series is tied 1-1. Game three will begin at 8 p.m. Franklin Morales for Boston will be getting the start as Josh Beckett is on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. Sunday's game will be Morales' first start since 2009 with Colorado and his first start against Chicago since 2008. Morales' longest appearance this season was for 4 1/3 innings.

Here's the Red Sox lineup:

Scott Podsednik LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
David Ortiz 1B
Mike Aviles SS
Darnell McDonald RF
Kelly Shoppach C
Ryan Kalish CF
Pitching: LHP Franklin Morales (0-1, 3.04)

Here's the lineup for the Cubs:

Reed Johnson RF
Darwin Barney 2B
Starlin Castro SS
Alfonso Soriano LF
Jeff Baker 1B
Joe Mather CF
Welington Castillo C
Luis Valbuena 3B
Pitching: LHP Paul Maholm (4-5, 4.91)

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Ryan Sweeney Injury: Red Sox OF Added To Disabled List, Ryan Kalish Called Up

The Boston Red Sox added outfielder Ryan Sweeney to the 15-day disabled list on Sunday. To replace him, the Red Sox will bring outfielder Ryan Kalish up from Triple-A Pawtucket, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

Sweeney is dealing with a toe injury, the specifics of which were not revealed by the team. In his last seven games, the 27-year-old left hander is hitting just .158. Through 52 games this season, Sweeney is hitting .292/.330/.404 with 19 runs, 13 RBI and no home runs.

Kalish has been on fire in the minor leagues this season. In nine games with Triple-A Pawtucket, he has four home runs, 10 RBI and a .378 batting average. Kalish was activated off the major league disabled list on June 9 and optioned to Pawtucket immediately thereafter. He saw action in 53 major league games last season, hitting .252 with a .710 OPS.

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Red Sox Vs. Cubs: Boston Looking For Series Win In Prime Time

Having split their series with the Chicago Cubs, the Boston Red Sox will go for the best out of three on Sunday night. A win would put the Red Sox back at .500, notched at 33-33, for the first time since falling below that mark a week ago.

Josh Beckett was supposed to make Sunday's start, but he ended up on the disabled list with a shoulder problem. Starting instead is Franklin Morales (0-1, 3.04 ERA), making his first appearance of the season.

Opposing Morales will be Paul Maholm (4-5, 4.91 ERA). The left-hander has experienced more downs than ups in his first season with the Cubs. He has not picked up a win since May 9, thanks in part to anemic support from his team. Maholm has given up 10 earned runs in his last three starts.

The game starts at 8 p.m. Eastern, and will be seen nationally on ESPN.

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Boston Red Sox
@ Chicago Cubs

Sunday, Jun 17, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT
Wrigley Field

Franklin Morales vs Paul Maholm

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to center field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.

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Red Sox Vs. Cubs Final Score: Boston Wins Close Game, 4-3

The Boston Red Sox survived a nail biter on Saturday night, defeating the Chicago Cubs by a final score of 4-3.

Starting pitcher Jon Lester got off to a strong start for the Red Sox, allowing just five hits through six innings while blanking the opposing Cubs. But in the bottom of the seventh inning, Lester gave up a double to first baseman Jeff Baker and walked catcher Welington Castillo, setting up a homer by third baseman Luis Valbuena. The three-run bomb narrowed Boston’s lead to 4-3 entering the eighth inning.

Neither team gave up a hit in the eighth, and Boston closer Alfredo Aceves picked up his 16th save of the season after Welington Castillo hit into a double play.

Boston’s offense came courtesy of catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who gave the Red Sox a 2-0 advantage in the fourth inning with a homer that scored designated hitter David Ortiz. Third baseman Will Middlebrooks knocked in a run in the sixth inning, and left fielder Scott Podsednik added to the Red Sox lead an inning later with an RBI single that sent shortstop Mike Aviles home.

The win boosted the Red Sox to a 32-33 record, while the Cubs stand at 22-43. The third and final game of the interleague series will take place Sunday at 8:00 p.m.

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Josh Beckett Injury: Red Sox Pitcher Lands On Disabled List

Josh Beckett was scratched from his start with the Boston Red Sox Sunday, and will placed on the disabled list with shoulder soreness. D.J. Short, of Hardball Talk, has the scoop:

The severity of the issue isn't yet known, but Beckett will be eligible to rejoin the Red Sox before the end of the month. It's another tough blow for a team that is having troubling digging their way out of the cellar in the American League East.

Clayton Mortenson will take Beckett's place on the roster.

The 33-year-old Beckett has not pitched well for the Red Sox this season, as he sports an ERA over 4.00. The most notable of signs is his fastball velocity, which is down from a career average of 94, at 92 miles per hour.

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Red Sox Vs. Cubs Lineups: Kevin Youklis Out Of Lineup For Sox

The Boston Red Sox dropped the first game of a three-game set with the Chicago Cubs on Friday. On Saturday, they'll look to bounce back to even the interleague series, against the worst team in the Major Leagues. Jon Lester will be on the mound for the Sox, opposed by Jeff Samardzija of the Cubs.

At 31-33, the Red Sox are currently in last place in the American League East, trailing the first place Yankees by 7.5 games.

Boston Red Sox (31-33)

Scott Podsednik, LF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, 1B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
Will Middlebrooks, 3B
Adrian Gonzalez, RF
Ryan Sweeney, CF
Mike Aviles, SS
Jon Lester, P

Starting Pitcher: Jon Lester, LHP (2-3, 3.71 ERA)

Chicago Cubs (22-42)

Reed Johnson, RF
Darwin Barney, 2B
Starlin Castro, SS
Alfonso Soriano, LF
Jeff Baker, 1B
Joe Mather, CF
Welington Castillo, C
Luis Valbuena, 3B
Jeff Samardzija, P

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Samardzija, RHP (5-4, 3.96 ERA)

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Red Sox Vs. Cubs: Josh Beckett To Miss Start Sunday, Morales To Start Instead

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Josh Beckett will miss his scheduled start against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, sitting out the game due to inflammation in his right shoulder.

Beckett is 4-7 with a 4.14 ERA in 12 starts this season. In comments to the team's official website, manager Bobby Valentine said Beckett would stay on the roster but may undergo tests over the weekend:

"He may get some tests," Valentine said. "I think they want to do a baseline [exam] to figure out where we are with that whole situation, so there might be tests."

Reliever Franklin Morales will pitch in Beckett's place. Morales is 0-1 this season with a 3.04 ERA over 23.2 innings with opponents batting .236 against the left hander.

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Red Sox Vs. Cubs Final Score: Boston Blanked 3-0 By Chicago In Series Opener

The Boston Red Sox were defeated 3-0 by the Chicago Cubs in the teams' series opener at Wrigley Field.

Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster was dominant on Friday, throwing seven scoreless innings and giving up only four hits in the win. Daisuke Matsuzaka got the start for Boston in the loss. He lasted six innings, giving up four hits and three earned runs. Matsuzaka also struck out three and walked three. James Russell got a hold for the Cubs for a scoreless eighth inning and Carlos Marmol picked up his third save of the season on 29 pitches in the ninth inning, allowing one hit and one walk while recording a strikeout.

The scoring was limited in this game but the Cubs got it done early with two runs in the first inning and one more run in the second. Steve Clevenger hit an RBI double. David DeJesus drove in the other run with an RBI single.

Despite three errors by the Cubs, Boston left 11 men on base and was only 1-10 with runners in scoring position.


Final - 6.15.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston Red Sox 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Chicago Cubs 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 3 4 3
WP: Ryan Dempster (3 - 3)
SV: Carlos Marmol (3)
LP: Daisuke Matsuzaka (0 - 2)

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Red Sox Vs. Cubs: Boston Makes First Trip To Wrigley Field Since 2005

The Boston Red Sox visit Wrigley Field for the first time since 2005 for a three-game series against Theo Epstein's new team.

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