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Sox Summary: Sox bats help Lackey earn win over D-Backs, series sweep

Posted by Joshua Kummins on June 18, 2010

The Diamondbacks were swept by the Red Sox in this three-game series and worsen their road losing streak to 13 games. (Jonathan Wiggs/Boston Globe)

The Red Sox bats helped starter John Lackey win his eighth game of the season on Thursday night as they beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 8-5, at Fenway Park. With the win, the Sox sweep the three-game series and improve to 7-2 in Interleague Play.

Both teams traded runs in the first inning as Miguel Montero hit an RBI double to center field and Kevin Youkilis drove in the Red Sox’ run on an infield groundout.

In the third, the D-Backs took a 2-1 lead on an RBI double to left field, while David Ortiz smashed a two-run home run to center field (14) in the bottom of the inning for a 3-2 Sox lead.

Arizona plated two more in the top of the fourth and fifth innings on a Kelly Johnson RBI single to right and another Miguel Montero double to center.

The Sox turned it on in the fifth inning and held Arizona scoreless until they were down to their final out. In the fifth, Marco Scutaro doubled home another run, while Adrian Beltre singled home the go-ahead run one inning later.

Marco Scutaro made it 6-4 on a sacrifice fly to to right field in the sixth inning. Daniel Nava and Scutaro doubled to right and singled to center in the eighth inning.

Chris Young doubled to center field for the D-Backs in the ninth inning to make the final score of 8-5.

John Lackey pitched a sold six innings to earn the win, allowing eight hits and three earned runs, while walking two and fanning five. Dan Haren allowed seven hits and four earned runs over 5.2 innings, while walking three and whiffing four.

The Red Sox will look to ride their three-game series sweep into a weekend Interleague series against Manny Ramirez and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Felix Doubront will be called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to make his Major League debut, against Carlos Monasterios in tonight’s series opener.

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Red Sox Today: June 17 vs. Diamondbacks

Posted by Joshua Kummins on June 17, 2010

RED SOX (39-28)
16 Marco Scutaro SS
15 Dustin Pedroia 2B
34 David Ortiz DH
20 Kevin Youkilis 1B
41 Victor Martinez C
7 J.D. Drew RF
29 Adrian Beltre 3B
60 Daniel Nava LF
54 Darnell McDonald CF 

40 John Lackey RHP 

DIAMONDBACKS (26-40)
34 Conor Johnson 2B
6 Stephen Drew SS
10 Justin Upton RF
26 Miguel Montero C
24 Chris Young CF
25 Adam LaRoche 1B
27 Mark Reynolds 3B
18 Gerardo Parra LF
4 Rusty Ryal DH 

15 Dan Haren RHP 

Roster Move: Today, the Red Sox signed first baseman Ryan Shealy to a minor-league deal, after being released by Tampa Bay yesterday. In 48 games for Triple-A Durham this season, Shealy was hitting .238 with ten home runs and 38 RBI.

Dice-K Update: Peter Abraham reported that pitcher Daiuske Matsuzaka threw 39 pitches during a bullpen session today and described it as “normal.” He will throw three innings in a simulated game on Saturday and will come off the DL sometime during the middle to end of next week as he is scheduled to be removed next Wednesday.

Fan Alert (from the Red Sox press release): According to information provided by the Boston Transportation Department, there will be various street closures in the Fenway neighborhood and surrounding areas tonight, due to the Celtics game. Brookline Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic from the Landmark Center to Kenmore Square beginning at the end of the third quarter of tonight’s Celtics game. The area around Fenway Park has been posted with no parking/tow zone signs.  Starting at 7:30 p.m. tonight, the Boston Transportation Department will begin towing vehicles parked on Ipswich Street, from Boylston Street to Charlesgate, and on Brookline Avenue, from Park Drive to Kenmore Square. Fans are encouraged to use public transportation, if at all possible.

Book Signing: Shonda Schilling will be signing her book, The Best Kind of Different, at the Red Sox Team Store on Saturday at 3:00 p.m.

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Sox Summary: Lester grinds it out to help Sox top D-Backs again

Posted by Joshua Kummins on June 17, 2010

The Diamondbacks have now dropped 12 straight road games. (AP)

Jon Lester worked seven strong innings, while allowing just four hits and two runs as the Red Sox were 6-2 winners against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday at Fenway Park. The Sox are winners of the first two games of this series and four of the last five overall.

Boston took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a two-run home run to left field (9) by Dustin Pedroia, but Arizona came back with a two-run shot to left (11) by Justin Upton.

In the third, the Sox scored two more runs to make it 4-2, thanks to a J.D. Drew RBI double to center field and an infield single by Adrian Beltre.

Kevin Youkilis made it 6-2 in the seventh as he launched one over everything in left field (13) to close the scoring.

Lester struck out seven and walked three over his seven inning to earn his eighth win, while Rodrigo Lopez fell to 2-6 as he yielded ten hits and six runs, while walking two and fanning three.

The Red Sox go for the sweep of the Diamondbacks tonight at 6:10 p.m. as John Lackey faces Dan Haren.

NOTES

* The team announced that it has signed their first two draft picks, Ball State infielder Kolbrin Vitek and Middle Tennessee State outfielder Bryce Brentz. They have been assigned to Lowell to open with the Spinners on Friday at Vermont.

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Red Sox Today: June 16 vs. Diamondbacks

Posted by Joshua Kummins on June 16, 2010

RED SOX (38-28)
16 Marco Scutaro SS
15 Dustin Pedroia 2B
34 David Ortiz DH
20 Kevin Youkilis 1B
41 Victor Martinez C
7 J.D. Drew RF
29 Adrian Beltre 3B
23 Mike Cameron CF
60 Daniel Nava LF

31 Jon Lester LHP

DIAMONDBACKS (26-29)
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13 Rodrigo Lopez RHP

Time Change: The team announced that it has pushed the start of tomorrow night’s series finale from 7:10 to 6:10 p.m. in order for fans to enjoy the seventh game of the NBA Finals. The game will be broadcast on WRKO, because of the Celtics on WEEI.

Walk in the Park Sunday: The Red Sox invite fathers and their families to celebrate Father’s Dayby participating in the annual Father’s Day Walk in the Park presented by Bank of America this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The entrance to the ballpark, which is free, will be through Gate C located on Lansdowne Street. Fans will be able to have their pictures taken with the World Series trophy and Wally the Green Monster. Red Sox Alumni Joe Morgan and Frank Malzone will also be present for autographs and photos, while a face-painter and balloon artist will be at Fenway to provide entertainment.

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Sox Notes: Doubront to start against Dodgers; Thursday time change

Posted by Joshua Kummins on June 16, 2010

Felix Doubront will be promoted from Pawtucket to start for the Red Sox on Friday night. (Kelly O'Connor)

* Terry Francona held a postgame meeting with GM Theo Epstein and assistant GM Ben Cherington to confirm that rookie Felix Doubront will start for the Red Sox on Friday night against Los Angeles. He is 6-1 with a 2.11 ERA in eight minor league starts between Portland and Pawtucket this season.

* The team also announced that it has pushed the start of Thursday‘s series finale from 7:10 to 6:10 p.m. in order for fans to enjoy the seventh game of the NBA Finals. The game will be broadcast on WRKO, because of the Celtics on WEEI.

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Sox Summary: Nine golden wins!

Posted by Joshua Kummins on June 16, 2010

Clay Buchholz is among Major League leaders with nine wins this season. (Barry Chin/Boston Globe)

Clay Buchholz surrendered just three runs and recorded eight strikeouts over 5.2 innings to pick up his team-leading ninth win in Tuesday’s 6-3 triumph over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Fenway Park. The Sox have now won three of the last four games and five of the last seven against Arizona.

Arizona got on the board in the first as Adam LaRoche hit an RBI single to center field for a 1-0 lead.

However, things changed quickly for the Sox as they bailed out their new ace. David Ortiz made it a 2-1 lead as he hit a two-run home run to center field (13) in the bottom of the inning.

The Sox put up three runs in the third when Dustin Pedroia doubled to left field, Daniel Nava scored on a wild pitch and Victor Martinez hit an RBI infield single to shortstop that he beat out.

In the fourth, the D-Backs tacked on two more on a two-RBI double to left field by Justin Upton. 

Kevin Youkilis made it 6-3 in the fifth inning as he doubled to left field to plate a run.

With the win, Buchholz improves to 9-4, while Jonathan Papelbon was perfect in the ninth for his 14th save. Ian Kennedy took the loss for Arizona as he allowed nine hits and six runs over six innings to fall to 3-4.

The Red Sox return to action on Wednesday night when Jon Lester will face Rodrigo Lopez at 7:10.

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Red Sox Today: June 15 vs. Diamondbacks

Posted by Joshua Kummins on June 15, 2010

RED SOX (37-28)
60 Daniel Nava LF
15 Dustin Pedroia 2B
34 David Ortiz DH
20 Kevin Youkilis 1B
41 Victor Martinez C
7 J.D. Drew RF
29 Adrian Beltre 3B
22 Bill Hall SS
23 Mike Cameron CF

11 Clay Buchholz RHP

DIAMONDBACKS (26-38)
2 Kelly Johnson 2B
6 Stephen Drew SS
27 Mark Reynolds 3B
25 Adam LaRoche 1B
26 Miguel Montero C
24 Chris Young CF
10 Justin Upton RF
3 Tony Abreu DH
18 Gerardo Parra LF

31 Ian Kennedy RHP

Hole in One!: Jason Varitek has scheduled his 5th annual Celebrity Putt-Putt Tournament for July 1 at the Tsongas Center in Lowell. The event will benefit Journey Forward and the Celebrities for Charity Foundation.

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Sox Notes: Sox continue Interleague with three-game series against Arizona

Posted by Joshua Kummins on June 15, 2010

Series in a Sentence: The Red Sox (37-28) continue a nine-game homestand as the Arizona Diamondbacks (26-38) visit Fenway Park for a three-game series, beginning on Tuesday.

Series Schedule and Proables
Tuesday, 7:10 (NESN/WRKO): Clay Buchholz (8-4, 2.52) vs. Ian Kennedy (3-3, 3.17)
Wednesday, 7:10 (NESN/WEEI): Jon Lester (7-2, 3.18) vs. Rodrigo Lopez (2-0, 8.10)
Thursday, 7:10 (NESN/WEEI): John Lackey (7-3, 4.54) vs. Dan Haren (7-4, 4.61)

Series Stuff: The Sox and D-Backs are meeting for the first time in two seasons when the Sox went 2-1. In the all-time series, Boston trails 4-5.

For the Record: The Red Sox have won 14 of the last 17 series since April 2o and owns the best record in that time at 33-19 (.635). Boston has won 11 of the last 16 games at Fenway Park, while leading the Majors with 1219 at bats, 585 total bases, 99 doubles, and 146 extra-base hits.

Three’s Company: Clay Buchholz, John Lackey and Jon Lester are the only trio of Major League pitchers to record seven or more wins.

Bloodlines: Brothers J.D. and Stephen Drew have faced each other 15 times in their careers. J.D. is 21-for-56 in those games, while Stephen is 20-for-60. Both J.D. and Stephen were first-round draft picks, along with their brother, Tim, who pitched five years in MLB.

Inside Interleague Play: This season marks the 14th season of Interleague Play and the Red Sox play their next 15 games against N.L. opponents. The Sox are 4-2 thus far in Interleague action after winning two of three games in two series against Philadelphia. Last season, the Red Sox were 11-7 (.611) during Interleague Play, the sixth-best mark in the Majors. Boston has won 10 of the last 14 Interleague games, while they have won 14 of the last 17 series. All-time, Boston holds a 131-104 record (.557) in Interleague games, good enough for fifth-best.

Red Sox in Interleague 2010: 4-2 (.667)
May 21-23 at Philadelphia (2-1)
June 11-13 vs. Philadelphia (2-1)
Tuesday-Thursday vs. Arizona
Friday-Sunday vs. Los Angeles
June 22-24 at Colorado
June 25-27 at San Francisco

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