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Roy Halladay tosses second postseason no-hitter

Posted by Joshua Kummins on October 6, 2010

by Rob Maaddi, Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA—Talk about a postseason debut.

Roy Halladay threw the second no-hitter in postseason history, leading the Philadelphia Phillies over the Cincinnati Reds 4-0 in Game 1 of the NL division series on Wednesday.

Don Larsen is the only other pitcher to throw a postseason no-hitter. He threw a perfect game for the New York Yankees in the 1956 World Series against Brooklyn. The 54th anniversary of Larsen’s gem is this Friday.

“It’s surreal, it really is,” Halladay said. “I just wanted to pitch here, to pitch in the postseason. To go out and have a game like that, it’s a dream come true.”

Halladay took the Year of the Pitcher into the postseason. The excitement spread beyond Citizens Bank Park — the last two outs were shown on the video board at Target Field, where the Twins were preparing to play the Yankees, and Minnesota fans cheered.

The All-Star right-hander, who tossed a perfect game at Florida on May 29, dominated the Reds with a sharp fastball and a devastating slow curve in his first playoff start.

Halladay allowed only runner, walking Jay Bruce on a full count with two outs in the fifth, and struck out eight.

Halladay spent 12 seasons with Toronto, far from the postseason. A trade last offseason brought him to the defending two-time NL champions.

With a sellout crowd standing in the ninth and chanting “Let’s Go, Doc!” Halladay got a loud ovation when he jogged to the mound to start the inning.

Ramon Hernandez popped out to second baseman Chase Utley for the first out. Pinch-hitter Miguel Cairo then fouled out to third baseman Wilson Valdez.

Halladay then retired Brandon Phillips on a tapper in front of the plate to end it. Catcher Carlos Ruiz pounced on the ball and threw out Phillips.

Halladay pumped his fist into his glove as Ruiz rushed to the mound. Just like catcher Yogi Berra did with Larsen, Ruiz started to jump into Halladay’s arms. Unlike Berra, Ruiz didn’t wrap up his pitcher in a bear hug.

“I felt like we got in a groove early,” Halladay said. “Carlos has been great all year, he helps me get into a rhythm early, throwing strikes.”

Phillies aces Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels ran out of the dugout side-by-side to congratulate the other member of Philadelphia’s Big 3. Pretty soon, everyone in a Phillies uniform was part of the victory party.

“This is what you come here for,” Halladay said. “It’s a good team, they know how to win. … It’s been a great year, a fun year, we obviously have a ways to go.”

Cincinnati didn’t come too close to a hit. Shortstop Jimmy Rollins made the toughest play, going deep in the hole and making a strong throw to retire Joey Votto in the fourth.

Pitcher Travis Wood hit a sinking liner to right that Jayson Werth caught in the third. Pinch-hitter Juan Francisco hit a hard grounder up the middle in the sixth, but Rollins scooted over and made it look easy.

Halladay became the fifth pitcher to throw two no-hitters in the same year. He joined Nolan Ryan (1973), Virgil Trucks (1952), Allie Reynolds (1951) and Johnny Vander Meer (1938).

The last time a pitcher came close to a no-hitter in the postseason was quite a while ago. Boston’s Jim Lonborg went 7 2-3 innings against St. Louis in the 1967 World Series before Julian Javier broke up the bid with a double.

The Phillies led the majors in wins (97) for the first time in franchise history, captured their fourth consecutive division title and are trying to become the first NL team in 66 years to win three straight pennants.

They are prohibitive favorites in this best-of-five against the NL Central champion Reds, who are making their first postseason appearance since 1995.

Game 2 is Friday at Philadelphia.

The Reds led the NL in average (.272), homers (188) and runs (790). But they couldn’t do anything against Halladay, who won 21 games and is a strong candidate to win his second Cy Young Award.

A determined, intense Halladay got ahead of hitters and worked quickly. He threw first-pitch strikes to 17 of the first 18 batters.

Halladay even did it at the plate. He ignited a three-run, two-out rally in the second with an RBI single.

On the opposite side, 27-year-old Edinson Volquez looked like a postseason rookie. He never seemed to get comfortable on the mound, taking his time between pitches, tugging at his cap and long dreadlocks and breathing deeply. At one point, Hernandez, from his crouched position behind the plate, motioned for him to calm down.

Volquez allowed four runs and four hits in 1 2-3 innings. The hard-throwing right-hander was 4-3 in 12 starts this season after returning from elbow surgery.

Halladay was so eager to join the Phillies that he passed up a chance to test free agency after this season and signed a $60 million, three-year extension to complete a trade. Halladay probably would’ve received the richest contract ever for a pitcher if he held off, but he wanted to play in Philadelphia.

There was much talk down the stretch about Halladay’s inexperience in the postseason. The Phillies also have Oswalt and Hamels. Both pitchers have been dominant in previous playoff games, but Halladay got the ball and didn’t disappoint.

Halladay got his first strikeout in the second, fooling Scott Rolen on an 85 mph changeup. He caught Rolen looking at a fastball on the outside corner to start the fifth, and fanned him again on a 79 mph changeup in the seventh.

The Phillies gave Halladay all the runs he would need in the first.

Shane Victorino sliced a one-out double down the left-field line. He stole third and scored on Utley’s sacrifice fly to right. A fired-up Victorino slid headfirst barely ahead of Bruce’s strong one-hop throw, got up and patted plate umpire John Hirschbeck on the behind on his way to the dugout.

Ruiz drew a two-out walk in the second and Valdez bounced an infield single that shortstop Orlando Cabrera fielded on the second-base side of the infield. Halladay then hit a hard liner to left that fell in ahead of Jonny Gomes’ sliding attempt. Ruiz scored to make it 2-0. After Rollins walked to load the bases, Victorino chased Volquez with a two-run single.

With the crowd waving their white-and-red “Fightin’ Phils” rally towels, Victorino fouled off consecutive 3-2 pitches before lining a hit to left-center for a 4-0 lead.

The Phillies didn’t have their regular lineup for three straight games the entire season, and they probably won’t in this series. Third baseman Placido Polanco was scratched with a sore back.

The Phillies got swept by the Reds in the 1976 NLCS. Philadelphia won a franchise-record 101 games that season to snap a 25-year playoff drought. But the Phillies ran into the Big Red Machine, which swept through the postseason to win its second consecutive World Series title.

It’s a reversed situation now. The Phillies — call them the New Red Machine — are perhaps in the middle of a dynasty, while Cincinnati is the young team on the rise.

Notes: Former Phillies LHP Scott Eyre, a member of the championship team in ’08, threw out the first pitch. … The Phillies swept a tight four-game series in Philadelphia heading into the All-Star break, winning by scores of 4-3, 9-7, 1-0 and 1-0. … Soccer star David Beckham was on the field during Reds batting practice. … Halladay hit .141 (13 for 92) this season. … Rolen got booed by fans who still haven’t forgotten he forced a trade from Philadelphia during the 2002 season

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Sox Summary: Four in the fourth sinks Wake, Sox from sweep of Phillies

Posted by Joshua Kummins on June 14, 2010

Cole Hamels stymied the Red Sox bats through seven innings. (Pat Greenhouse/Boston Globe)

Tim Wakefield allowed seven hits in a solid 7.1 innings, but four earned runs in the fourth inning sunk the Red Sox as they fell to the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-3, on Sunday at Fenway Park in the finale of a three-game series. The Sox took two out of three in both three-game series played against Philadelphia this season and won the overall series, 4-2.

The Red Sox took a 1-0 lead on a solo home run to left field (9) by Adrian Beltre in the second inning.

Philadelphia responded with four runs in the fourth inning to take a 4-1 lead that was too much for Boston on this day. Jayson Werth singled to center field to tie the game and Raul Ibanez made it a 3-1 lead with a two-run home run to right (4). Juan Castro then singled to right for the fourth run and Ben Francisco drove in a run on a sac fly.

In the ninth, David Ortiz scored on a passed ball from third base and Daniel Nava drove in the final run of the game on an RBI single to center field.

Tim Wakefield had a good outing, but took the loss to fall to 2-5 as the Red Sox bats could not solve Cole Hamels who allowed five hits and one earned run over seven innings, while walking two and fanning eight for his sixth win. Brad Lidge allowed a hit, but got two outs for his fourth save.

The Red Sox will have Monday off and welcome the Arizona Diamondbacks into Fenway Park for a three-game series beginning Tuesday night. Clay Buchholz will face Ian Kennedy in Monday’s opener.

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Red Sox Today: June 13 vs. Phillies

Posted by Joshua Kummins on June 13, 2010

RED SOX (37-27)
16 Marco Scutaro SS
15 Dustin Pedroia 2B
41 Victor Martinez C
29 Adrian Beltre 3B
34 David Ortiz DH
25 Mike Lowell 1B
7 J.D. Drew RF
54 Darnell McDonald CF
60 Daniel Nava LF

49 Tim Wakefield RHP

PHILLIES (31-29)
8 Shane Victorino CF
27 Placido Polanco 3B
26 Chase Utley 2B
6 Ryan Howard 1B
28 Jayson Werth RF
29 Raul Ibanez LF
10 Ben Francisco DH
7 Juan Castro SS
51 Carlos Ruiz C

35 Cole Hamels LHP

Red Sox Scholars Day: The Red Sox will introduce the newest class of Red Sox Scholars in an on-field ceremony with the players at Fenway Park this afternoon. The 25 new Red Sox Scholars, who will enter sixth grade in the fall, are all “academically talented, financially challenged middle school students in the Boston Public Schools” and join seven previous classes of Scholars.

  • Lillie Acoff from Mozart Elementary School (Roslindale)
  • Kristopher Aime from Hale Elementary School (Roslindale)
  • Marlon Allen from Roosevelt Elementary School (Hyde Park)
  • Yearlson Baez from Sarah Greenwood K-8 School (Dorchester)
  • Damaris Berrio from Bradley Elementary (East Boston)
  • Benjymino Celestin from Mattahunt Elementary (Mattapan)
  • Amber Chen from Ohrenberger K-8 School (West Roxbury)
  • Koraliz Cruz from Jackson Mann K-8 School (West Roxbury)
  • Tyschelle Daniels from Mattahunt School (Mattapan)
  • John DiGiacomo from Umana Barnes Academy (East Boston)
  • Vanessa Forbes from Gardner Pilot Academy (Allston)
  • Dejon French from Winthrop Elementary School (Dorchester)
  • Sebastian Jaramillo from Bradley Elementary (East Boston)
  • Adama Kaba from Mather Elementary School (Mattapan)
  • Veena Lagare from Ohrenberger Elementary (West Roxbury)
  • Brian McMahon from Murphy Elementary School (South Boston)
  • Manuala Medina from John Winthrop School (Dorchester)
  • Tristan Nahim from Mozart Elementary School (Roslindale)
  • Adrina Patino from Ohrenberger Elementary School (West Roxbury)
  • Esther Saint Fort from Kenny Elementary School (Dorchester)
  • Yrvine Thelusma from Henry Grew Elementary School (Hyde Park)
  • Amy Trifoni from Ohrenberger School (West Roxbury)
  • Dylan Wilson from Mozart Elementary School (Roslindale)
  • Christina Yee from Josiah Quincy Elementary School (Chinatown)
  • Maya Young from Ohrenberger Elementary School (West Roxbury)

Woah, Daniel: According to Peter Abraham, Daniel Nava said he got 140 text messages and numerous autograph requests during his dinner at the Capital Grille with his parents.

Injury Update: Kevin Youkilis is out of the lineup again today. He was hit in the elbow by a pitch in the sixth inning yesterday and was suffering from back spasms on Friday. Terry Francona said it makes sense to give him an extended break with an off day tomorrow.

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Sox Summary: After Dice-K goes down pre-game, Nava pounds away Phillies

Posted by Joshua Kummins on June 13, 2010

Daniel Nava hit a grand slam on his first Major League pitch. (Barry Chin/Boston Globe)

From the very beginning, it didn’t look like it would be a very good day. Scheduled starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka was placed on the disabled list and reliever Scott Atchison took the ball with almost no advanced notice. It was not a recipe for success, but that all changed quickly: on one pitch and a mighty swing of the bat.

The Phillies took the lead in the second on a two-run double to left field by Brian Schneider.

In the bottom of the inning, J.D. Drew led off with a home run to right field (7) to cut the lead in half. Then, came the drama. Newly-recalled outfielder Daniel Nava changed everything with one swing of the bat. On the first pitch he ever saw in the Major Leagues, he hit a grand slam into the bullpen in left field (1) to give the Sox a 5-2 lead.

The Sox scored three more in the third inning on a two-run single to left field by Marco Scutaro and a single by Dustin Pedroia. In the fourth, J.D. Drew hit a double to left field to drive in a run to make it 9-2.

Jason Varitek’s RBI groundout in the sixth closed the scoring at 10-2. There was a scary moment in that sixth inning when Kevin Youkilis was hit by a pitch on the right elbow, but appears to be O.K. 

Scott Atchison took the place of the injured Daisuke Matsuzaka and allowed two hits and two runs in three inning start. Manny Delcarmen allowed just one hit in two innings to win his second game of the season. Joe Blanton took the loss as he allowed a whopping 13 hits and nine runs over just four innings to fall to 1-5.

Tim Wakefield will take the ball for the Red Sox against Cole Hamels in the third and final game of the series on Sunday afternoon. The Sox look for the sweep, although they have already clinched the six-game season series.

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Sox Notes: Sox give roster a facelift Saturday; mourn the passing of Felix Maldonado

Posted by Joshua Kummins on June 13, 2010

In case you didn’t already realize, the Red Sox have revamped their roster prior to Saturday’s game against Philadelphia, making two key moves:
* Placed RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm strain.
* Recalled LHP Dustin Richardson from Triple-A Pawtucket to fill his spot
* Recalled OF Daniel Nava from Pawtucket
* Optioned OF Josh Reddick back to Pawtucket

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Felix Maldonado was a key member of the Red Sox Latin American development team. (Boston Red Sox photo)

There was also some sad news on Saturday as Felix Maldonado, a beloved member of the Red Sox family, passed away at his home in Fort Myers, FL after a long battle with cancer.  Maldonado, 73, spent 47 years in the organization as a minor league player, scout, manager, instructor, and coordinator. He played an integral role in the development of hundreds of young Latin American baseball players during his time in the system.

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Red Sox Today: June 12 vs. Phillies

Posted by Joshua Kummins on June 12, 2010

We will be headed to McCoy Stadium tonight as the PawSox are set to take on the Louisville Bats (CIN). Aroldis Chapman will be on the mound for the Bats against Ramon A. Ramirez for the PawSox.

RED SOX (36-27)
16 Marco Scutaro SS
15 Dustin Pedroia 2B
34 David Ortiz DH
20 Kevin Youkilis 1B
7 J.D. Drew RF
29 Adrian Beltre 3B
33 Jason Varitek C
54 Darnell McDonald CF
60 Daniel Nava LF

18 Daisuke Matsuzaka RHP

PHILLIES (31-28)
Shane Victorino CF
Jayson Werth RF
Chase Utley 2B
Ryan Howard 1B
Ben Francisco DH
Raul Ibanez LF
Greg Dobbs 3B
Brian Schneider C
Wilson Valdez SS

Joe Blanton RHP

Roster Move: Today, the Red Sox recalled Daniel Nava from Triple-A Pawtucket. He has hit .294 in 54 games for the PawSox this year with eight home runs and 38 RBI.

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Sox Summary: Lackey, Sox blow down Phillies to take series opener

Posted by Joshua Kummins on June 12, 2010

John Lackey and the Red Sox snapped their two-game losing streak with flying colors as they trampled over the Philadelphia Phillies for a 12-2 win Friday night at Fenway Park. The Sox lost the last two games of a four-game series in Cleveland and broke the losing streak with their fifth home win in a row against the Phillies.

The Red Sox scored five runs right off the bat in the first, all with one out. Victor Martinez drove in Dustin Pedroia from first base with an RBI double to deep center field. David Ortiz traded places with Martinez as he lifted an RBI double of the W.B. Mason sign in left field. Adrian Beltre made it 3-0 with an RBI double of his own down the left field line. Finally, Mike Lowell hit a two-run home run into the Monster Seats (2) to give the Sox a 5-0 lead.

Three more doubles by Pedroia, Martinez, and Ortiz gave the Red Sox an 8-0 lead with none out in the second inning. Another run scored when Lowell grounded into a double play for the first outs of the inning.

In the third, the Sox closed their half of the scorebook with an RBI single to center by Marco Scutaro and one to right by David Ortiz.

In the fourth and seventh innings, the Phillies got on the board with infield groundouts by Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz.

John Lackey was superb en route to his seventh win. He allowed just six hits and two runs, while fanning four. Jamie Moyer allowed nine runs and nine hits in just one inning of work to take his sixth loss.

The Red Sox are back in action on Saturday afternoon as Daisuke Matsuzaka faces Joe Blanton.

NOTES

According to a SoxProspects.com report, the Red Sox will recall outfielder Daniel Nava from Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday. The 27-year-old was hitting .294 with eight homers and 36 RBI for the PawSox this year.

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Red Sox Today: June 11 vs. Phillies

Posted by Joshua Kummins on June 11, 2010

RED SOX (35-27)
16 Marco Scutaro SS
15 Dustin Pedroia 2B
41 Victor Martinez C
34 David Ortiz DH
29 Adrian Beltre 3B
25 Mike Lowell 1B
22 Bill Hall LF
23 Mike Cameron CF
54 Darnell McDonald RF

40 John Lackey RHP

PHILLIES (31-27)
Shane Victorino CF
Placido Polanco 3B
Chase Utley 2B
Ryan Howard 1B
Jayson Werth RF
Raul Ibanez LF
Ross Gload DH
Carlos Ruiz C
Juan Castro SS

Jamie Moyer RHP

Roster Moves: Today, closer Jonathan Papelbon was activated from the bereavement list and Joe Nelson was designated for assignment. Jeremy Hermida was placed on the 15-day disabled list with five hairline fractured ribs, an injury similar to what Jacoby Ellsbury has been experiencing. Dr. Thomas Gill said on Thursday that Ellsbury will spend at least two weeks out at Athlete’s Performance Institute.

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Sox Notes: Sox, Phillies set for second interleague series at Fenway Park

Posted by Joshua Kummins on June 11, 2010

Starting tonight, we will have a “Sox Notes” post before the first game of a series, followed by a shorter post featuring lineups and updates prior to the other games in the series. 

The Red Sox (35-27) welcome to the Philadelphia Phillies (31-27) to Fenway for a three-game series this weekend. This begins a nine-game homestand against N.L. teams and will be begin the two-week continuation of Interleague Play, which ends May 27.

Series Schedule and Proables
Friday, 7:10 (NESN/WEEI): John Lackey (6-3, 4.72) vs. Jamie Moyer (6-5, 3.98)
Saturday, 4:10 (Fox/WEEI): Daisuke Matsuzaka (5-2, 4.59) vs. Joe Blanton (1-4, 6.07)
Sunday, 1:35 (NESN/WEEI): Tim Wakefield (2-4, 5.48) vs. Cole Hamels (5-5, 3.98)

Series Stuff: The Sox won the first series of the season, 2-1, from May 21-23 at Citizens Bank Park. During that series, Daisuke Matsuzaka was four outs away from a no-hitter in the second game of the series, a 5-0 win. The Red Sox have a 24-16 advantage in the all-time series, including 11-6 in Boston.

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 2-1 thus far in Interleague action after two wins in Philadelphia. Last season, the Red Sox were 11-7 (.611) during Interleague Play, the sixth-best mark in the Majors. Boston has won eight of the last ten Interleague games, while they have won 13 of the last 16 series. All-time, Boston holds a 129-103 record (.556) in Interleague games, good enough for fifth-best.

Red Sox in Interleague 2010: 2-1 (.667)
May 21-23 at Philadelphia (2-1)
THIS WEEKEND vs. Philadelphia
June 15-17 vs. Arizona
June 18-20 vs. Los Angeles
June 22-24 at Colorado
June 15-27 at San Francisco

For the Record: The Red Sox have won 13 of the last 16 series since April 2o and owns the best record in that time at 31-18 (.633).

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Sox Summary: Wakefield leads Red Sox to game and series win with eight shutout innings

Posted by Joshua Kummins on May 23, 2010

The Phillies are still 3.5 games ahead in the N.L. East, but the Red Sox took two of three at Citizens Bank Park. (AP)

The Red Sox got an eight-inning performance from Tim Wakefield as the Sox were 8-3 winners against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Red Sox are now three games over .500 for the first time this season.

An infield groundout by J.D. Drew gave Boston a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning.

Adrian Beltre drove in the second and third runs in the fourth inning as he reached on a fielding error by third baseman Greg Dobbs, giving the Red Sox a 3-0 lead.

In the sixth the Red Sox scored four runs to take a commanding 7-0 lead. Kevin Youkilis made it 4-0 as he lifted a home run just over the fence in left field (8). Marco Scutaro singled to center field, while Jacoby Ellsbury drove home two with a single through the infield.

Adrian Beltre hit a sac fly to center field to make it 8-0 in the ninth.

The Phillies made it interesting in the bottom of the ninth with three runs on a Raul Ibanez RBI double and a pinch-hit two run home run to right field by Ross Gload (2).

Tim Wakefield got his first win of the season as he allowed just five hits and two walks over eight innings, striking out just one. Ramon Ramirez relieved him in the ninth inning, allowing three hits and three runs.

The Red Sox solved former Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay, who is in his first season in Philadelphia. Halladay allowed eight hits and seven runs over 5.2 innings in his third loss of the season.

The Sox will hit the road again as they travel south for a three-game series against the East-leading Tampa Bay Rays, beginning Monday at Tropicana Field. Clay Buchholz and Wade Davis will be the starters.

NOTES

* Mike Cameron is now a Portland hero as he hit a walk-off two-run home run to left-center field in the tenth inning this afternoon to lift the Sea Dogs to a 7-6 win over the Trenton Thunder (NYY) at Hadlock Field to salvage a series split.

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