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Sox Summary: All is lost for Red Sox (Boston Globe)

Posted by Joshua Kummins on September 29, 2010

Red Sox left fielder Josh Reddick can’t bring back this blast by the White Sox’ Carlos Quentin, a two-run homer in the fourth.

Red Sox left fielder Josh Reddick can’t bring back this blast by the White Sox’ Carlos Quentin, a two-run homer in the fourth. (Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press)

by Peter Abraham, Boston Globe

CHICAGO — The scoreboard in right field spelled out the grim news throughout the night. The Tampa Bay Rays were first to clinch their spot in the playoffs, beating the Baltimore Orioles at home.

Then came the final blow, delivered by way of Canada like a cruel winter cold front. The Yankees had beaten the Blue Jays and also were in. The Red Sox officially had been eliminated.

For only the second time in the last eight seasons, there will be no postseason baseball for Boston.

Their fate already decided, the Red Sox still had a chance to win a game last night. But it only got worse as they kicked away a lead and fell, 5-4, to the White Sox, giving up three runs over the final three innings.

That the injury ravaged Red Sox did well to delay their elimination until the final days of the season did little to cushion the finality of elimination.

“There’s no fun going home before you want to, regardless of what’s happened,’’ manager Terry Francona said. “I think the world of those guys in that clubhouse and the effort. I want to keep playing.’’

David Ortiz, the center of so many champagne celebrations over the years, spoke bravely about preparing for next season and praised the skill of the young players the team used this season.

But he acknowledged that being on the outside was a difficult emotion to deal with.

“Watching the games on TV, it’s going to feel weird,’’ Ortiz said.

Fittingly, given what transpired so often during the season, it was the bullpen that cost the Red Sox last night. Ahead, 4-2, the Sox gave up a run in the seventh, another in the eighth, and a walkoff single by Dayan Viciedo with two outs in the ninth.

Rookie Michael Bowden took the loss, giving up a one-out single to Juan Pierre. With two outs, Pierre stole second and third while rookie Dustin Richardson was walking Mark Teahen.

Another reliever, Matt Fox, came in and gave up the single to Viciedo.

Daniel Bard blew the save in the eighth inning when he walked Manny Ramirez and allowed an RBI double by Paul Konerko.

The latest bullpen meltdown wasted the effort of John Lackey, who gave up two runs over six innings. His only mistake came in the fourth when a two-strike fastball to Carlos Quentin cut over the plate and was lined to left for a two-run homer.

Quentin is 8 for 12 against Lackey with four home runs in his career.

Lackey shook his head when asked about watching the lead he handed off get wasted.

“It’s been one of those seasons,’’ he said. “Not much you can do.’’

Last night only made official what was six months in the making. The Red Sox won their first game and never spent another day in first place, losing nine of their next 12 and building a trap they were never quite able to fully escape.

Along the way they were only 24-20 against the four worst teams in the American League, the Indians, Mariners, Orioles, and Royals. The Sox also are 5-11 in extra inning games and will finish this season with their fewest wins at Fenway Park since 2003.

Opening Day starter Josh Beckett, signed to a lucrative contract extension in April, has so far pitched in only 20 games and won six of them.

Closer Jonathan Papelbon blew eight saves, a career worst. Outside of Bard, the bullpen was a liability for much of the season.

Lackey, the big free agent acquisition of the offseason, had a lackluster season. A pitching staff expected to be one of the best in the game proved to be below average in the AL.

Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia was lost to injury for all but two games in late June. Fellow All-Star Kevin Youkilis played his final game Aug. 2 because of a thumb injury. Leadoff hitter Jacoby Ellsbury played only 18 games because of fractured ribs.

The Sox had enough to remain competitive but could not catch the Yankees and Rays.

“It’s a testament to these guys’ character that we stayed in it as long as we did,’’ Lackey said.

The Sox didn’t have much trouble getting to White Sox starter Edwin Jackson early in the game.

Adrian Beltre led off the second inning with his major league-leading 49th double. Jed Lowrie followed with a double into the left field corner to make it 1-0. The Sox made it 3-0 in the third, when J.D. Drew homered and Beltre hit a sacrifice fly. Ortiz added a home run in the sixth inning.

Ortiz has 32 home runs and 101 RBIs.

The Sox have two more games against the White Sox then close the season with three home games against the Yankees. The only goal left for the 87-70 Sox is to try to get to 90 wins.

“It’s disappointing, obviously,’’ captain Jason Varitek said. “That’s the biggest thing. You work throughout the season to get an opportunity. All you want is a chance.’’

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Sox Summary: Buchholz pitches eight frames as Red tops White

Posted by Joshua Kummins on September 28, 2010

CHICAGO, Illinois (Monday, September 27, 2010) – Clay Buchholz cruised to his 17th win of the season, allowing five hits and a run over eight innings as the Red Sox beat the White Sox, 6-1, at U.S. Cellular Field on Monday. Mark Buehrle fell to 12-13 as he allowed 11 hits and four runs over six innings for the loss. The Red Sox have now won four of the last five games, while the White Sox break a four-game win streak.

Boston got right to work in the top of the first as David Ortiz as David Ortiz hit a two-out, two-run double to right field for a 2-0 lead.

The lead became 3-0 in the third as Victor Martinez hit a sacrifice fly to center field.

In the top of the fifth, Adrian Beltre’s single to left field made it 4-0. In the bottom half, the White Sox got on the board for their only run of the game as Brett Morel hit a sacrifice fly to left field.

Martinez hit a one-out single to left field in the seventh, while Adrian Beltre capped the scoring with a one-out double to center in the ninth.

The Red Sox look to pull ahead in the second of four games on Tuesday night when John Lackey faces Edwin Jackson.

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Sox Summary: Sox blow lead, suffer 10-inning loss in Yankee series finale

Posted by Joshua Kummins on September 27, 2010

THE BRONX, New York (Sunday, September 26, 2010) – Jonathan Papelbon blew his eighth save 0f the season and Hideki Okajima walked Juan Miranda with the bases loaded in the tenth inning as the Red Sox fell to the Yankees, 4-3 in 10 innings on Sunday night at Yankee Stadium. The Sox had taken the first two games of the season, but the Yankees clinched no worse than the wild card with the win.

The Red Sox took a 1-0 lead in the third inning as Victor Martinez hit a two-out single to right field for the game’s first run.

All was quiet until the bottom of the seventh when Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run home run to right-center field to give New York a 2-1 lead on one swing of the bat.

In the ninth, Bill Hall singled to right field and was driven in on a sacrifice fly by Mike Lowell to give Boston the lead, but Robinson Cano singled home the tying run in the bottom of the frame with one out.

Hideki Okajima came in and loaded the bases only to clear them as Juan Miranda drove in the winning run on a walk in the tenth inning. He allowed two hits and that run as he suffered his fourth loss of the season, after Daisuke Matsuzaka threw eight four-hit innings and Jonathan Papelbon blew the save.

Phil Hughes allowed three hits and a run over six innings, while Boone Logan earned his second win of the season.

The Red Sox look to get back on track Monday night as they open a four-game series at Chicago. Monday’s first pitch is at 8:10 as Clay Buchholz faces Mark Buehrle.

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Sox Summary: Yankees hit six, but Sox hang ten for series-opening win

Posted by Joshua Kummins on September 25, 2010

The Sox rocked Andy Pettitte and the Yankees, booting them out of first place in the A.L. East. (Suzy Allman/New York Times)

THE BRONX, New York (Friday, September 24, 2010) – Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira each went deep twice among six home runs by the Yankees total, but the Sox scored early to hang on to a 10-8 win at Yankee Stadium on Friday night. With the win, the Sox have won two in a row overall and against the Yankees, while the Yankees have dropped out of first place with three losses.

In the second, the Sox took a 3-0 lead as Jed Lowrie hit a three-run home run five rows deep in the right field seats (7) with one out. The Yankees got one back one inning later as Curtis Granderson hit a one-out solo shot to right field (22), making it 3-1.

With one out in the fourth, the Sox Darnell McDonald hit a two-run double, while Marco Scutaro hit a two-run single to make it 7-1. In the fifth, Bill Hall broke the game open with a three-run shot to left field (18) with two outs.

The Yankees came storming back, outscoring the Sox 7-0 over the final four innings. In the sixth, Mark Teixeira (31, right) and Alex Rodriguez (26, left) went back-to-back with one out. In the seventh, New York added two more dingers as Nick Swisher hit a two-run homer to right field (28), while Rodriguez hit his second of the game to game to left-center field (27). Teixeira added a two-out solo shot to right-center field (32) with two out in the ninth.

Josh Beckett earned the win as he allowed seven hits and five runs over 6.2 innings to improve to 6-5. Jonathan Papelbon allowed a run in the ninth, but locked up his 37th save. Andy Pettitte was roughed up over just 3.1 innings, allowing ten hits and seven runs to fall to just 11-3.

The Red Sox look to make it two-in-a-row against the Yankees as Jon Lester faces Ivan Nova in the middle game of the series at 4:10 on Saturday.

NOTES

* Numerous reports are saying that the Red Sox have signed infielder Felipe Lopez from the St. Louis Cardinals. The first sign of this move was from CSNNE.com’s Sean McAdam.

* First baseman Mike Lowell was still in the clubhouse and told reporters he felt OK after getting hit in the head by a bad-hop grounder. 

Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia has been shut down because of a torn ligament in his left thumb. Dr. Thomas Graham, a hand specialist, is scheduled to examine Saltalamacchia in Cleveland on Monday.

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Sox Summary: Offense comes alive in finale with Orioles

Posted by Joshua Kummins on September 23, 2010

David Ortiz

David Ortiz hit a home run and drove in four as the Sox salvaged the final game with Baltimore. (Boston Globe)

BOSTON, Massachusetts (Wednesday, September 22, 2010) – David Ortiz led the offense with four RBI as the Red Sox salvaged the final game of the series with the Orioles, 6-1, on Wednesday at Fenway Park. The Sox were able to finish the season series tied nine games a piece, despite dropping four of the first six and two of three in this final series. With the win, Boston also gained ground on the Yankees with their loss to Tampa Bay.

The Orioles scored first on a one-out double by Ty Wigginton, while David Ortiz got it right back and then some in the bottom of the frame on a three-run blast into the Red Sox bullpen (31) with one out.

In the fifth, Josh Reddick smacked one out of the yard as he hit a one-out solo shot (1) to right field to make it 4-1. The Sox added two more with no outs in the sixth inning on a David Ortiz single and an Adrian Beltre double.

John Lackey pitched well to earn his 13th win of the season, allowing just five hits and a run in seven innings. Kevin Millwood allowed seven hits and all six runs (earned) over five innings, falling to a whopping 3-16.

The Sox have Thursday off and open a crucial series with the Yankees in the Bronx. It will mark the first of two weekends in a row between the Sox and Yanks. Josh Beckett will face Andy Pettitte in the Friday series opener at 7:05 p.m.

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Sox Summary: Bullpen blows Buchholz gem as Orioles explode late

Posted by Joshua Kummins on September 22, 2010

The Orioles have taken the first two games from the Red Sox in the series. (AP)

BOSTON, Massachusetts (Tuesday, September 21, 2010) – After Clay Buchholz exited the game in the seventh, the Red Sox bullpen allowed eight runs over the final three innings as the Orioles routed the Sox, 9-1, at Fenway Park on Monday, in game two of the series. With the win, the Orioles take a 9-8 lead in the season series and look for the three-game sweep and season win over the Sox in the finale Wednesday.

In the sixth, Felix Pie popped out to Marco Scutaro with two outs, but what looked like a routine play turned into an error to allow the tying run to score. Things unraveled in the seventh as Ty Wigginton hit a three-run home run around Pesky Pole off Scott Atchison.

Robert Andino hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, while the O’s scored four more in the ninth on Wigginton and Luke Scott singles, a wild pitch by Jonathan Papelbon and a Matt Wieters popout.

The Sox scored their lone run on a second-inning Daniel Nava single.

Brad Bergesen earned the win, his eighth of the season as he allowed five hits and a run over six innings. After Clay Buchholz allowed four hits and an unearned run in six innings, Scott Atchison gave up three runs to take his third loss.

The Orioles go for a three-game sweep as John Lackey faces Kevin Milwood on Wednesday.

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Sox Summary: Wigginton, Scott help lowly Orioles top Sox in series opener

Posted by Joshua Kummins on September 21, 2010

The Sox were unable to come through when it mattered as they dropped their third in the last four games. (AP)

BOSTON, Massachusetts (Monday, September 20, 2010) – Luke Scott drove in two runs, while Ty Wigginton drove in the go-ahead RBI in the eighth inning as the Orioles came out with a rare 4-2 win at Fenway on Monday night. The Sox have now lost three of their last four games and the loss broke a two-game winning streak against the O’s after dropping four of the first six.

The Orioles jumped out on top as Luke Scott hit a sacrifice fly to center field with one out in the top of the first. A no-out Victor Martinez RBI single to right field squared the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the first.

In the fourth, the Orioles came back in front as Cesar Izturis hit into a force out at third base to erase Felix Pie with one out.

Bill Hall singled to right field with one down in the sixth to plate Mike Lowell for the tying score.

In the seventh, Wigginton and Scott came through for the Orioles to put them up for good. Scott delivered a go-ahead sacrifice fly to center field with one out, while Scott hit a single through the right side for the fourth run of the game.

After Brian Matusz threw 101 pitches in just five innings, David Hernandez came in for his eighth win of the season by allowing a run and a hit in two innings. Daisuke Matsuzaka suffered the loss as he allowed six hits and four runs in 6.1 innings.

The Red Sox look to even the series when the teams hit Fenway for the second game of the three-game series on Tuesday night. Clay Buchholz will face Brad Bergeson.

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Sox Summary: Lester, Sox shutout Jays to salvage series

Posted by Joshua Kummins on September 19, 2010

BOSTON, Massachusetts (Sunday, September 19, 2010) – Lefty Jon Lester threw seven scoreless innings as the Red Sox shutout the Toronto Blue Jays, 6-0, on Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park. With the win, the Sox salvaged the final game of the weekend set and take a 12-6 win in the overall season series against the Jays.

Jon Lester earned the win as he allowed four hits and four wins over seven innings, improving to 18-8.

Shaun Marcum was roughed up over 5.1 innings as he surrendered nine hits and six runs for his eighth loss of the season.

The Sox welcome the cellar-dwelling Baltimore Orioles to Fenway for the first of three games on Monday. Daisuke Matsuzaka will face Brian Matusz in the opener.

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Sox Summary: Bautista hits 49th as Jays soar past Sox for second straight night

Posted by Joshua Kummins on September 19, 2010

Jose Bautista watches his 49th home run in the first inning. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

BOSTON, Massachusetts (Saturday, September 18, 2010) – One mighty swing of the bat was all it took. Jose Bautista hit his MLB-leading 49th home run of the season in the first inning as the Blue Jays won their second straigtht, 4-3, at Fenway on Saturday night. With two wins, it will mark the Jays’ first series win of the season against the Sox, coming in the final meeting. The Sox will try to avoid being swept for the first time since September 3-4 against the White Sox.

Ricky Romero earned his 13th win as he tossed six innings, allowing seven hits and three runs. The bullpen led to Kevin Gregg, who collected his 33rd save.

Josh Beckett fell to 5-5 as he allowed ten hits and four runs over seven innings, but it wasn’t enough to earn the win.

The Sox look to salvage the final game of the series on Sunday afternoon as Jon Lester faces Shaun Marcum.

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Sox Summary: Buchholz recovers to help Sox to Seattle sweep

Posted by Joshua Kummins on September 16, 2010

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher David Pauley stretches after giving up a hit and then walking a Boston Red Sox batter in the sixth inning during a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010, in Seattle.

Old friend David Pauley and the Mariners let the game slowly slip away. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

SEATTLE, Washington (Thursday, September 16, 2010) – Clay Buchholz allowed a first-inning home run, but settled down to lead the Red Sox to a 5-1 win and series sweep of the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on Wednesday night. The Sox have now won four games in a row and take the season series from Seattle, 7-3.

Buchholz allowed a solo home run to right-center field (25) by Russell Branyan with two outs in the first inning to give the Sox a 1-0 lead.

In the fourth, Adrian Beltre blasted a two-out solo homer to left field (28) to tie the game at 1-1. After the swing, Beltre landed on his knees and the ball was crushed to deep left field, about five rows into the second deck.

Daniel Nava reached on an error by Seattle second baseman Chone Figgins that scored David Ortiz with two outs in the sixth.

Victor Martinez hit a two-run double to right field with no outs in the seventh, scoring Marco Scutaro and Ryan Kalish to give the Sox a 4-1 lead. Scutaro scored as Kalish hit an eighth-inning, two-out triple to deep right field to close the scoring.

Buchholz improved to 16-7 as he allowed just four hits and a run over seven innings. Old friend David Pauley allowed six hits and two runs (one earned) over six innings, dropping to 2-8.

The Sox have Thursday off and welcome Toronto to Fenway for the first of three games on Friday night. John Lackey will face young lefty Brett Cecil in Friday night’s series opener.

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