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Archive for the ‘Nomar Garciaparra’ Category

Sox Summary: Sox show Nomar great show; top Angels to secure series

Posted by Joshua Kummins on May 6, 2010

John Lackey made a good impression against his old 'mates as he tossed a seven-inning two-hitter. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

On a night that Nomar Garciaparra was honored at Fenway Park (May 5 ironically), he was treated to a good win as the Red Sox topped the Los Angeles Angels, 3-1, on Wednesday. With the win tonight the Sox have their first four-game series win against the Angels since August 20-23, 2001 in Anaheim (3-1) and their first at Fenway since June 14-17-1991 (3-1).

In the second inning, Adrian Beltre gave the Sox a 1-0 lead as he singled past Angel third baseman Brandon Wood and over the bag into foul ground in right field.

David Ortiz doubled the lead in the fourth as he unloaded with an opposite field home run into the second row of the Green Monster for his fourth home run of the season.

Brandon Wood redeemed himself with a solo shot of his own in the fifth that went a mile high and just cleared the wall in left field. The dinger was his second of the season.

The Red Sox continued the home run parade in the eighth as he hit a solo shot to deep center field for his second of the season to give Boston insurance and a 3-1 lead.

John Lackey threw a seven-inning masterpiece for the win against his inagural club, allowing just eight hits and three walks in a combined two-hitter with Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon. Bard and Papelbon combined for two perfect innings of relief to preserve the two-hitter and give Papelbon with his eighth save.

Joel Pineiro took the loss as he allowed just eight hits, two earned runs, and two walks for the Angels, falling to 2-4.

The Red Sox will look for the series sweep against the Halos on Thursday at 7:05 as Daiuske Matsuzaka takes the hill against Angels lefty and resident Red Sox killer Scott Kazmir. A win would give the Sox their first four-game series sweep against the Angels since August 18-20, 1967.

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Sox Notes: Garciaparra honored prior to Sox-Angels Wednesday

Posted by Joshua Kummins on May 5, 2010

Nomar Garciaparra greets the crowd. (NESN screenshot)

Former shortstop and fan favorite Nomar Garciaparra was honored in an on-field ceremony on Wednesday night at Fenway Park, just prior to the Red Sox game against the Los Angeles Angels.

Red Sox owners John Henry, Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino were on the field with his mentor, Johnny Pesky, and Garciaparra’s family.

He was given two Fenway Park seats with his own #5 and Pesky’s #6, as well as a personalized watch from the team. The crowed cheered very loudly following his brief speech to the crowd:

“First of all, I can’t think the Red Sox organization enough for having a day and bringing me back here where I belong. I have so many great friends here in that dugout that you cheer for every day. … I get to tell a Nation and my family thank you and I love you.”

Current Red Sox players Kevin Youkilis, Tim Wakefield, and David Ortiz joined him on the field, along with former players and teammates Lou Merloni, Brian Daubach and Trot Nixon. Nixon received a louder ovation than Nomar himself.

Finally, he tossed the ceremonial first pitch to former Georgia Tech and Red Sox teammate Jason Varitek. A highlight video was also played on the center field message board.

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