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Rangers earn first World Series trip, beat Yankees in ALCS

Posted by Joshua Kummins on October 23, 2010

By Paul White, USA Today

ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said the road to the World Series in the American League usually goes through New York.

The Rangers have New York in their rearview mirror now — disposing of the Yankees 6-1 Friday in Game 6 of the AL Championship Series — but it was somehow fitting that it was Alex Rodriguez who got New York’s last look as the Rangers roared into the World Series.

“It was appropriate or ironic, I don’t know which,” said Rangers general manager Josh Daniels of the called third strike from Neftali Feliz that clinched the first World Series appearance for a franchise that was born in 1961 as the Washington Senators.

Rodriguez remains the face of Rangers past — a past efficiently exorcised Friday — and easily attracts the most wrath among the Yankees from Texas fans. It was his trade in 2004 from a Rangers team that had finished last four years in a row that began the slow and often painful building process that finally has paid off.

“I’ve only been here nine years,” said Daniels, a New York native. “It’s been a long time for me but it’s nothing compared to our fans.”

The fans — 51,404 of them — were on their feet as Feliz cruised through a ninth that was as dominant as the Rangers were for most of the series but almost anti-climatic thanks to a stifling eight innings from Texas starter Colby Lewis.

Save all that Cliff Lee talk for Wednesday in San Francisco or Philadelphia, when he’ll start Game 1.

Lewis, who pitched the last two seasons in Japan, made sure there would be no need for a Game 7 appearance from Lee, whose post-season effectiveness had been so much the talk of this series though he pitched just once.

The Yankees didn’t get a hit until the fifth, when Rodriguez led off with a double and eventually scored to tie the game 1-1. They had three hits all night and never mounted a threat after Texas’ four-run fifth broke open the game.

The Rangers had a runner on second with two outs when Yankees manager Joe Girardi elected to intentionally walk series MVP Josh Hamilton for the second time in the game. It worked two innings earlier when Yankees starter Phil Hughes got Vladimir Guerrero to pop up for the third out.

This time, Guerrero doubled to the wall in left-center field for a 3-1 Rangers lead. Girardi replaced Hughes with David Robertson and Nelson Cruz greeted him a two-run homer.

From there, it was back to the pitching that shut down the Yankees’ star-studded lineup and turned out to be the theme of the series.

“They were able to control our firepower,” said New York center fielder Curtis Granderson.

Indeed. The Yankees hit .201 in the series. Of their 19 runs, 10 came in three innings. The Rangers hit .304, scored 38 runs.

“You take away one inning (a five-run Yankees eight to win Game 1) and one game (New York’s 7-2 win in Game 5) and it was very one-sided,” Girardi said. “They out-hit us, they out-pitched us, out-played us and they beat us.”

Lewis, who also won Game 2, is a Rangers first-round draft pick from 1999 who had turned into little more than a journeyman before heading to Japan in 2008.

“He reinvented himself (in Japan),” Daniels said. “He shortened his arm action, smoothed out his delivery. He added a good cutter. He used to be a four-seam fastball, big-curve guy and tried to throw it by everybody. He’s almost a completely new pitcher.”

He needed to be.

Daniels remembered the old Lewis. Was he really worth bringing back?

“I asked that question,” Daniels said. “You have to ask that question. But, first, he was healthy. Second, he had matured. It takes a lot to pick up your family and move over there.”

Daniels’ questions were answered by his scouting staff.

Josh Boyd, director of pro scouting, pushed for signing Lewis. The Rangers were thorough, making sure more than one set of eyes saw Lewis pitching for the Hiroshima Carp.

“There was Joe Furakawa, Don Welke, A.J. Preller, Keith Boeck,” Daniels said, rattling through members of his scouting department who were part of the decision.

The Rangers took the chance on him as part of a rotation makeover that also included coverting C.J. Wilson from a reliever and trading for Lee in July.

“These guys came together,” said Washington, referring to his entire roster. “I love this team because all they do is show up and play baseball.”

They’ll show up again Wednesday.

BOX SCORE: Rangers 6, Yankees 1
ALCS MVP: Rangers’ Josh Hamilton wins award
SEASON OVER: Yankees chance for No. 28 ends
RECAP: How Game 6 played out
GALLERY: Images from the 2010 postseason
SCHEDULE: Postseason matchups, times and results

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Sox Summary: Wilson, Ranger bats heat up in the heat

Posted by Joshua Kummins on August 15, 2010

The first-place Rangers took two games from the Red Sox this weekend. (Reuters)

ARLINGTON, Texas (Sunday, August 14, 2010) – C.J. Wilson notched his third victory of the season against the Red Sox as he allowed just one run and fanned eight batters over 7.2 innings in a 7-3 loss to the Texas Rangers on Sunday at the Ballpark in Arlington. The loss gives the Rangers an edge in the weekend series, as well as a 5-5 tie in the overall season series.

In the second, the Rangers took a 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly to center field by Andres Blanco. Jorge Cantu came home from third for the game’s first run.

The lead was not extended until there were two outs in the seventh when Texas blew the game open with four runs. Julio Borbon hit an RBI bunt single towards second base, but Bill Hall was unable to make the play to allow Mitch Moreland to score. Just two batters later, Michael Young hit a three-run home run to right-center field (19) to give the Rangers a commanding five-run lead.

Marco Scutaro got the Sox on the board in the eighth, thanks to a two-out double to left field that scored Eric Patterson. The next batter was Darnell McDonald and he made it a 5-3 with a two-run home run to right field (7).

Blanco singled to right field in the bottom of the inning with two outs to make it 6-3 as Josh Hamilton came in to score. Borbon hit another single, to left field that scored Taylor Teagarden.

Daisuke Matsuzaka took the loss and fell to 8-4 on the season. He allowed seven hits and four runs over 6.2 innings, while walking just two and fanning eight.

The Red Sox return to Fenway Park on Tuesday as they open a nine-game homestand with the first of three against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Clay Buchholz will face Jered Weaver in the opening game of the series.

NOTES

* After losing Friday’s series opener at McCoy Stadium, the PawSox earned their second straight victory, 3-1 over the Buffalo Bisons (NYM) at McCoy Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Dustin Pedroia concluded his two-game rehab assignment as the third batter in the lineup and designated hitter. He went 0-for-3, grounding into a double play and flying to the outfield twice. He has missed seven weeks with a broken left foot.

First baseman Carlos Delgado, who hopes to join the Red Sox by Sept. 1, took himself out of the game in the fourth inning after experiencing stiffness in his lower back/left hip area.

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Red Sox Today: August 15 at Rangers

Posted by Joshua Kummins on August 15, 2010

RED SOX (67-51)
16 Marco Scutaro SS
54 Darnell McDonald RF
41 Victor Martinez 1B
29 Adrian Beltre 3B
25 Mike Lowell DH
39 Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
22 Bill Hall 2B
55 Ryan Kalish CF
3 Eric Patterson LF

18 Daisuke Matsuzaka RHP

RANGERS (66-49)
1 Elvis Andrus SS
10 Michael Young 3B
7 David Murphy LF
32 Josh Hamilton DH
8 Jorge Cantu 1B
18 Mitch Moreland RF
2 Taylor Teagarden C
3 Andres Blanco 2B
29 Julio Borbon CF

39 C.J. Wilson LHP

* The Red Sox conclude a weekend series against the Texas Rangers today, which will also be the final meeting of the season between the Sox and Rangers. Boston is 4-5 in the nine games played so far heading into this final contest of the series between the teams. The Sox used an eight-inning performance from Jon Lester to beat the Rangers, 2-1, on Saturday. Felix Doubront earned his first career save for Boston.

For the Record: The Sox are 67-51, good for third in the A.L. East and sixth-best in the Majors. They have won 12 of their last 19 and 14 of their last 23 tilts. Boston is third in the division, six games behind the Yankees and four games behind the Rays. The Rays lead the wild card by four games over Boston.

Laser at McCoy: Second baseman Dustin Pedroia went 1-for-3 with a walk, single and a run scored in his first rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket, a 6-4 victory against the Buffalo Bisons (NYM) on Saturday at McCoy Stadium. He has missed seven weeks with a broken left foot. “It felt good,” he told the Boston Globe. “It’s been a while since I played. Later in the game I was a little tired, but overall, I felt fine.” He is playing second base this afternoon and expected to rejoin the team back to Boston on Tuesday.

Road Warriors: The Sox today conclude a ten-day, ten-game road trip with the finale in Texas. The club split a four-game set in New York and took two of three in Toronto to begin the trip. This marks Boston’s second straight road trip that is 10 games in 10 days as it went 6-4 on its recent trip to Oakland (1-2), Seattle (2-2) and Los Angeles (3-0). Of Boston’s 27 games from July 19-August 15, 20 tilts will be played on the road. The club is 15-11 thus far during that stretch. The Sox have just one off day (August 16) in a 27-day span from July 30 through August 25. The Red Sox have won eight of their last 12 and ten of 16 road contests. The club is 25-18 on the road since May 22, the second best road mark in the Majors. With a win today, the Sox will have won or split 12 of their last 15 series away from Fenway.

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Sox Summary: Pitching key in Saturday win over Rangers

Posted by Joshua Kummins on August 15, 2010

Felix Doubront earned his first career save. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)

ARLINGTON, Texas (Saturday, August 14, 2010) – After the Rangers walked off with an extra-inning win on Friday, Jon Lester led the Red Sox to a 2-1 win on Saturday at the Ballpark in Arlington. The Sox have lost two of three, but won four of the last six and eight of 13 since August 1.

Lester improved to 13-5 on the season as he pitched eight innings, allowing just five hits and striking out five. He ties Clay Buchholz at the top of the Sox staff in wins.

J.D. Drew started the scoring in the fifth inning when he drove home Ryan Kalish on a sharp two-out single to right field.

The Sox scored two more runs in the ninth to make it 3-0 with the first coming on another sharp single to the outfield by Bill Hall. Two batters later, Marco Scutaro hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Kalish again. The runners were able to advance on a fielding error by center fielder Julio Borbon.

In the ninth, Scott Atchison allowed a solo home run to Josh Hamilton on a pitch that was hit to left-center field (26). Felix Doubront came in and retired the next two batters to earn his first save.

Colby Lewis fell to 9-9 with the loss as he allowed six hits and a run over 6.2 innings, while walking two and fanning nine.

The Sox look for the series win in Sunday afternoon’s rubber game at 3:05 p.m. Daisuke Matsuzaka will face C.J. Wilson.

NOTES

* Second baseman Dustin Pedroia went 1-for-3 with a walk, single and a run scored in his first rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket, a 6-4 victory against the Buffalo Bisons (NYM) on Saturday at McCoy Stadium. He has missed seven weeks with a broken left foot. “It felt good,” he told the Boston Globe. “It’s been a while since I played. Later in the game I was a little tired, but overall, I felt fine.” He is expected to rejoin the team back to Boston on Tuesday.

* Before the game, Jacoby Ellsbury was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to re-injury to his fractured ribs. RHP Michael Bowden was recalled from the PawSox until Pedroia returns on Tuesday.

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Red Sox Today: August 14 at Rangers

Posted by Joshua Kummins on August 14, 2010

RED SOX (66-51)
Scutaro SS
Drew RF
Martinez C
Ortiz DH
Beltre 3B
Lowell 1B
Kalish LF
Hall 2B
Patterson CF

Lester LHP

RANGERS (66-48)
Andrus SS
Young 3B
Hamilton CF
Guerrero DH
Cruz RF
Murphy LF
Cantu 1B
Teagarden C
Guzman 2B

Lewis RHP

The Red Sox placed Jacoby Ellsbury back on the disabled list this afternoon and have recalled Michael Bowden from Triple-A in his place. He has swelling in the same area and a “faint line” around the same area as a previous fracture. He retuned to Boston and had a CT scan. ore later.

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Sox Summary: Fantastic five doesn’t do it in Texas

Posted by Joshua Kummins on August 14, 2010

Nelson Cruz hit an 11th-inning walk-off home run. (Ron T. Ennis/Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

ARLINGTON, Texas (Friday, August 13, 2010) – The Red Sox hit five home runs, but the Red Sox fell 10-9 in 11 innings on Friday at the Ballpark in Arlington as Nelson Cruz hit a walk-off home run against Tim Wakefield. The Sox have now lost two in a row, but won three of the last five and seven of 12 since August 1.

Cruz got the Rangers on the board in the first on an RBI single that was deflected by pitcher Josh Beckett. The deflection allowed Josh Hamilton to score on a ball that would have been a routine play to second base. Elvis Andrus singled in the second inning to center field to give Texas a 2-0 lead, thanks to Mitch Moreland’s run coming across.

The Red Sox took the lead with four straight home runs in the third and fourth innings against starter Tommy Hunter and Scott Feldman. Jed Lowrie hit the first in the series with no outs in the third inning to center field (2).

Boston scored seven times in the fourth to take a six-run lead, including three home runs with no outs by David Ortiz (26) and Adrian Beltre (22) on fly balls to center field, as well as a J.D. Drew blast to right field (15). With one out, Marco Scutaro and Victor Martinez hit singles to drive in three runs. Scutaro drove in Mike Lowell on a single to right field, while Martinez drove in Ryan Kalish and Jacoby Ellsbury on a base knock to left field. David Ortiz reached first on a force play at second base, which drove in the final run of the frame in the form of Scutaro.

In the bottom of the fourth, Moreland started a Texas rally with a two-run home run to center field (1), scoring David Murphy.

In the fifth, Michael Young and Hamilton hit solo home runs to right field and right-center, respectively to cut Boston’s lead to 8-6.

J.D. Drew made it 9-6 for the Red Sox as he hit a solo homer to right field (16) in the seventh, while Murphy hit a sacrifice fly and Benjie Molina doubled to make it 9-8 in the latter half of the frame.

Vladimir Guerrero’s infield single scored Hamilton with two outs in the eighth to tie the score, while Cruz launched the game-winning home run to left field (19) in the 11th to give the Rangers a one-run, walk-off win.

Tommy Hunter started for the Rangers, but did not take the decision as he surrendered six hits and four runs over three innings. Darren O’Day improved to 4-2 as he pitched a perfect 11th to hold the Sox.

Josh Beckett was hammered over five innings for ten hits and six runs, while Tim Wakefield took his ninth loss as he allowed the winning home run.

The Red Sox will look to even the series on Saturday as Jon Lester faces Colby Lewis at 8:05.

NOTES

* Jacoby Ellsbury is being sent back to Boston to be examined at Mass General Hospital. He will have an MRI as he landed on the same spot where he fractured his ribs in April. It looks like he may be sent back to the disabled list.

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Red Sox Today: August 13 at Rangers

Posted by Joshua Kummins on August 13, 2010

RED SOX (66-50)
2 Jacoby Ellsbury CF
16 Marco Scutaro SS
41 Victor Martinez C
34 David Ortiz DH
29 Adrian Beltre 3B
7 J.D. Drew RF
25 Mike Lowell 1B
55 Ryan Kalish LF
13 Jed Lowrie 2B

19 Josh Beckett RHP

RANGERS (64-48)
1 Elvis Andrus SS
10 Michael Young 3B
32 Josh Hamilton CF
27 Vladimir Guerrero DH
17 Nelson Cruz RF
7 David Murphy LF
11 Bengie Molina C
18 Mitch Moreland 1B
3 Andres Blanco 2B

35 Tommy Hunter RHP

* The Red Sox open a weekend series against the Texas Rangers tonight, which will also be the final meeting of the season between the Sox and Rangers. Boston is 3-4 in the seven games played so far heading into this final series between the teams. The Sox lost a ninth-inning lead in yesterday’s game in Toronto and eventually lost to the Blue Jays, 6-5. John Lackey was cruising into the ninth, but after he allowed a solo homer, Jonathan Papelbon came on and allowed three runs for the loss.

For the Record: The Sox are 66-50, good for third in the A.L. East and sixth-best in the Majors. They have won 11 of their last 17 and 13 of their last 21 tilts. Boston is third in the division, six games behind the Yankees and four games behind the Rays. The Rays lead the wild card by four games over Boston.

Laser to McCoy: Dustin Pedroia had no problems working out Wednesday afternoon in Toronto and will start for Pawtucket this weekend. He will play second base tomorrow and DH on Sunday during the second and third games of a four-game series against Buffalo (NYM).

Road Warriors: The Sox today continue a ten-day, ten-game road trip with the first of three in Texas. The club split a four-game set in New York and took two of three in Toronto to begin the trip. This marks Boston’s second straight road trip that is 10 games in 10 days as it went 6-4 on its recent trip to Oakland (1-2), Seattle (2-2) and Los Angeles (3-0). Of Boston’s 27 games from July 19-August 15, 20 tilts will be played on the road. The club is 14-10 thus far during that stretch. The Sox have just one off day (August 16) in a 27-day span from July 30 through August 25. The Red Sox have won seven of their last 10 and nine of 14 road contests. The club is 24-17 on the road since May 22, the second best road mark in the Majors. The Sox have won or split 11 of their last 14 series away from Fenway.

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Sox Notes: Red Sox announce deadline moves

Posted by Joshua Kummins on July 31, 2010

The Red Sox were relatively busy on Saturday as the MLB non-waiver trade deadline passed this afternoon. The Sox designated two players for assignment and made two trades.

All the moves are detailed in this press release from the Red Sox:

BOSTON, MA — Prior to today’s game, the Boston Red Sox selected outfielder Ryan Kalish to the active Major League roster from Triple-A Pawtucket, designated outfielder Jeremy Hermida for assignment and recalled left-handed pitcher Dustin Richardson from Pawtucket. The club also traded right-handed pitcher Ramon Ramirez to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for right-handed pitcher Daniel Turpen. Additionally, Boston acquired catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia from the Texas Rangers in exchange for first baseman Christopher McGuiness, right-handed pitcher Roman Mendez, a player to be named later and cash considerations. Saltalamacchia has been optioned to Pawtucket.

The announcements were made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.

Kalish, 22, is making his Major League debut today with the start in left field, wearing No. 55. In 78 games between Double-A Portland and Pawtucket this season, the left-handed batter has hit .294 (86-for-293) with 18 doubles, 2 triples, 13 home runs, 47 RBI, 57 runs scored, 42 walks and 25 stolen bases. Kalish has appeared in 70 games in the outfield over the two stops, playing right (24 games), center (28 games) and left field (21 games). Selected by Boston in the ninth round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, Kalish was named the Red Sox Minor League Offensive Player of the Year in 2009 after combining for a .279 average (141-for-506) with 18 homers and 77 RBI between Single-A Salem and Portland. In 367 minor league games in the Red Sox system, he has compiled a .284 average (390-for-1,374) with 70 doubles, 11 triples, 40 home runs, 189 RBI, 239 runs scored, 190 walks and 85 stolen bases.

Hermida, 26, has hit .203 (32-for-158) with five home runs and 27 RBI in 52 games for the Red Sox this season, making 43 starts, including 41 in left field and two in right field. On the 15-day disabled list June 11 (retroactive to June 10) until July 22 with fractured ribs, he also played in five rehabilitation games between Portland and Pawtucket, going 4-for-19 (.211) with two doubles, three RBI, a run scored and a walk. Acquired by the Red Sox from the Marlins on November 5, 2009, Hermida has a .259 career average (484-for-1,866) with 62 home runs and 237 RBI in 568 Major League games with Florida (2005-09) and Boston (2010).

Richardson, who is active for today’s game, will be in his second stint with Boston this year. The 26-year-old left-hander was first recalled on June 12 and posted a 2.57 ERA (2 ER/7.0 IP) in 13 relief appearances with the Red Sox before being optioned back to Pawtucket on July 20. In 26 relief outings with the PawSox this season, he has gone 3-0 with one save, a 3.19 ERA (13 ER/36.2 IP) and 48 strikeouts.

The 28-year-old Ramirez has gone 0-3 with two saves, a 4.46 ERA (21 ER/42.1 IP), 31 strikeouts and 16 walks in 44 relief appearances for the Red Sox this season. Acquired by Boston from Kansas City on November 19, 2008, the right-hander has compiled a 16-14 career record with three saves and a 3.55 ERA (106 ER/268.2 IP) in 268 career Major League games with the Rockies (2006-07), Royals (2008) and Red Sox (2009-10).

Turpen, 23, is 5-5 with one save and a 4.09 ERA (23 ER/50.2 IP), 42 strikeouts and 19 walks in 37 games for the Giants Double-A Richmond club this season. Selected by San Francisco in the eighth round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, the right-hander is 14-11 with a 2.69 ERA (66 ER/220.2 IP) and 180 strikeouts compared to 72 walks in 144 career minor league relief appearances in the Giants system.

Saltalamacchia, 25, was 1-for-5 (.200) with an RBI in two games for the Rangers this season, including one start behind the plate. He has also appeared in 63 games with Texas’ Triple-A Oklahoma, including a rehab stint, batting .244 (58-for-238) with 11 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs, 33 RBI and 37 runs scored. In 240 career Major League games over parts of four seasons with the Braves (2007) and Rangers (2007-10), Saltalamacchia has hit .251 (199-for-794) with 38 doubles, 23 home runs, 94 RBI and 100 runs scored. He has made 185 career appearances behind the plate, including 177 starts.

McGuiness, 22, has batted .298 (84-for-282) with 20 doubles, 12 home runs, 46 RBI, 41 runs scored and 53 walks in 78 games with Single-A Greenville this season. Boston’s 13th-round selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, the left-handed batter combined to hit .275 (137-for-498) with 18 home runs and 85 RBI over the past two seasons in the Red Sox organization.

The 20-year-old Mendez has combined for a 2-5 record, 6.56 ERA (35 ER/48.0 IP) and 53 strikeouts compared to 29 walks over 14 starts between Short-A Lowell and Greenville in 2010. Originally signed by the Red Sox as an international free agent in 2007, the right-hander is 7-9 with a 3.69 ERA (61 ER/148.2 IP) and 146 strikeouts in 37 career minor league appearances (35 starts).

With today’s moves, the Red Sox 40-man roster is now at 38.

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Sox Notes: Texas-sized recap

Posted by Joshua Kummins on July 18, 2010

We had little time to update you on the happenings with the Red Sox while we were bringing you Cape League coverage, so here is what you missed:

SERIES AGAINST TEXAS (1-3)
Sunday: Rangers 4, Red Sox 2 
Saturday: Red Sox 7, Rangers 6
Friday: Rangers 8, Red Sox 4
Thursday: Rangers 7, Red Sox 2

TRANSACTIONS

Sunday: Before this afternoon’s game, the Sox recalled RHP Michael Bowden from Triple-A Pawtucket, while C Gustavo Molina was desiganted for assignment. This will be Bowden’s first stint with the Red Sox this season.  In 20 games/16 starts with Pawtucket in 2010, he is 6-3 with one save, a 3.52 ERA while holding opponents to an International League-best .206 clip. Molina was selected to Boston’s active Major League roster on June 29 and went 1-for-7 in four games.

Saturday: The Sox activated RHP Manny Delcarmen from the 15-day disabled list, recalled C Dusty Brown from Triple-A Pawtucket, designated RHP Fernando Cabrera for assignment and optioned left-handed pitcher Felix Doubront back to the PawSox. Delcarmen was placed on the disabled list on July 2vwith a right forearm strain.  He made one rehabilitation start for Double-A Portland on Thursday night at New Britian (MIN), tossing a perfect inning. Brown will be in his first stint with the Red Sox this season. He has hit .225 in 52 games with the PawSox this season, appearing in 48 games behind the plate. He missed time on the disabled list due to a left thumb sprain and hit .500 in four rehab starts for Short-A Lowell and rookie-level GCL Red Sox. Cabrera was selected to the active Major League roster on Friday night and allowed three runs over 1.1 innings against Texas. Doubront has made two starts since he was recalled for his second stint with the Red Sox on July 5, going 0-2 with a 3.48 ERA.

Friday: The Sox selected recalled RHP Fernando Cabrera to the active Major League roster from Triple-A Pawtucket and optioned RHP Robert Manuel to Pawtucket. Manuel posted a 3.86 ERA in five relief appearances over two stints with the Red Sox this season. He has compiled a 4-1 record with eight saves, a 1.54 ERA (7 ER/41.0 IP) and 33 strikeouts compared to nine walks over 30 relief appearances for Pawtucket this season and was named to the International League All-Star team.

SELLOUT STREAK

With Sunday’s sellout against Texas, the fans of Red Sox Nation have reached 600 consecutive regular season sellout games at Fenway Park extending their record of most consecutive sellouts in baseball history. The previous Major League Baseball record of 455, set by the Cleveland Indians between 1995-2001, was surpassed by Red Sox fans on September 8, 2008.  The record streak began on May 15, 2003, in the second year of the new ownership.

FUN FOR FANS

The Sox announced a series of second half initiatives today that are intended to enhance the fan experience at Fenway Park and provide more options for fans to enjoy new and improved entertainment, retail and concession facilities at “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark.”

“Wally’s World at Fenway Park”:  A new family-friendly play area for children, Wally’s World at Fenway Park, will be located along Yawkey Way, operational from the Middle of the second inning through the end of the seventh inning of every home game at Fenway Park (weather permitting) and is designed to provide a space for families with kids to visit while the ballgame is in progress.  This area will include games and activities targeted towards children such as “Grounders” Skee Ball, “Championship Rings” Ring Toss, “Pick ‘Em Off” Knock Down the Bottles, “Batter Up!” Batting T, “Fast Ball” Speed Pitch, “Strike ‘Em Out!” Pitching Target, “Sox Tos” Bean Bag Toss and other activities to be added soon, with prizes for all participants.  Wally the Green Monster will interact with children and take photographs in the area during the third and fourth inning of every game.  New kid-friendly concession items such as Hood ice-cream products and other frozen treats sold from mobile carts, kettle corn, cotton candy, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fried dough, funnel cakes and corn dogs have also been added as part of a special Wally’s World menu created by ARAMARK, the food and beverage concessionaire at Fenway Park.  Additionally video game consoles and televisions broadcasting the Red Sox game will also be stationed in the area.  All kids merchandise sold at the Official Red Sox Team Store on Yawkey Way will be available for purchase at a 20% discount during the operation of Wally’s World with coupons that will be distributed by Red Sox staff.

“Right Field Team Store”: A new in-park Red Sox Team Store, constructed in partnership with the club’s merchandise partner Twins ‘47 inside the Big Concourse near Gate B, will provide easy and improved access to an expanded inventory of Red Sox merchandise for all ticketed patrons during ballgames.  The new store will carry a wide selection of Red Sox hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts, jerseys and many other varieties of clothing, souvenirs and memorabilia.

Fenway Smoke House:  In addition to the kid-friendly offerings at “Wally’s World at Fenway Park,” ARAMARK has also opened two new “Fenway Smoke House” BBQ stands located on Yawkey Way and in the Big Concourse.  These new stands feature new specialty BBQ offerings such as pulled pork sandwiches, BBQ beef sandwiches and refreshing beverages such as raspberry lime rickey, lemonade and orangeade.

Kids Run The Bases: On August 25, the Red Sox will invite children to run the bases after the 1:35 p.m. game against the Seattle Mariners. 

Player-Fan Photo Sessions: The Red Sox will schedule three player-fan photo sessions on August 3, August 24 and September 7 for fans to come and take photos with a Red Sox player.  These sessions will take place from 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. immediately across from Gate D and adjacent to the NESN pre-game stage.

“Silver Sox” Night: The Red Sox will also have a night for ‘Silver Sox’, our senior fans, on September 22.  On that night, fans 65 and older with tickets will be invited to enter the ballpark early at 4:00 p.m. to watch batting practice.  The Red Sox will also hand out discount coupons for those arriving early, arrange for meet and greets with senior Front Office executives and provide special entertainment options.  Further details will be announced closer to the date.

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Sox Summary: Rangers offense too much for quiet Sox

Posted by Joshua Kummins on April 23, 2010

Clay Buchholz was strong, but the Sox could not muster anything for him. (AP)

After walking-off with the win in the first two games of the series, the Red Sox were shutout by the Texas Rangers on Thursday at Fenway Park, 3-0. Despite the loss, their second shutout of the season, the Red Sox set a season high of 11 scoreless innings from the eighth inning on Wednesday to last night’s seventh inning.

Clay Buchholz was superb through seven innings as he allowed six hits and three runs, while walking one and fanning a career-high ten batters. He was the tough luck loser, falling to 1-2 on the season.

The Rangers mustered their only offense in the seventh inning as Nelson Cruz (single) and David Murphy (double) hade RBI hits, while Andres Blanco also had a single, but reached third base on a pair of fielding errors by Buchholz and third baseman Adrian Beltre.

C.J. Wilson was the winner for Texas as he allowed just four hits and two walks, while striking out two for his first win. Darren Oliver tossed 1.2 innings to earn the save.

The Red Sox will open a three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles on Friday at Fenway Park. Jon Lester will face Jeremy Guthrie in the 7:10 p.m. series opener.

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