Before August 24, any victory against the Boston Red Sox seemed entirely possible. Since then, however, the Sox have earned winnings against the New York Yankees, Tampa Rays, and Toronto Blue Jays. Starting tonight, September 17, the Sox will enter a three-game series facing the Baltimore Orioles. And while the Sox are down 7-6 in the season series with Baltimore, an Orioles’ success seems unlikely. (more)
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The Baltimore Orioles came to win this past Monday night at Camden Yards. Rookie Wei-Yin Chen outpitched 40-year-old Andy Pettite to complete a 3-2 victory against the New York Yankees. This game evened their AL division series at one game apiece. (more)
Jacoby Ellsbury came up with three hits including a homer in the seventh inning to help the Boston Red Sox coast over the Baltimore Orioles 9-3 yesterday at Camden Yards. Boston is well on their way to clinch the Wild Card, expanding the lead to eight after sweeping the O’s this weekend. With just 14 games left in the regular season and three against their rival New York Yankees, the Sox find themselves five games back in the AL East division race.
“When we throw quality starts we’ve been in pretty much every game,” Boston catcher Jason Varitek said. “It’s a big part of how we win.” The start yesterday came from Daisuke Matsuzaka, who let up three runs in 5 1/3 innings as the Boston bats went to work. From there the bullpen closed it out through Ramon Ramirez, Hideki Okajima, and Takashi Saito.
The Red Sox are now looking ahead to their four game match up against the Kansas City Royals before heading to New York for their final series with the Yankees. Players and coaches are eager to keep it going, as they have been playing their best baseball to date. “You get solid pitching (and) it gives you an opportunity to win each and every night, regardless of how you swing the bats,” said Ellsbury . “It’s been nice to get the great starts we’ve been getting from our starting pitchers, and we’ve been swinging the bats well. Everything’s rolling..”
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All was according to plan for Josh Beckett until the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs, when he threw a low strike three that just squeaked through catcher Jason Varitek’s legs for the Angels to tie it up 3-3. LA then came up with the go ahead run in the ninth, putting a stop to Boston’s win streak at seven games. Beckett pitched through eight innings and let up three runs off seven hits.
“They’re a good team, and they know how to win games,” said Beckett. “They end up scoring a run, and you’re not even quite sure how it happened. That’s what good teams do. They find ways to play for one run in an inning. That’s a good team.”
The Red Sox will now travel to Baltimore to face the Orioles for a three game weekend series starting tonight at 7:05. They are then set to square off against the Kansas City Royals before meeting up with the New York Yankees in the Bronx.
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Red Sox manager Terry Francona had Victor Martinez on the bench until bottom of the seventh inning last night against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway. Called in to pinch hit in a 4-4 tie-game situation; Martinez hit a drive to left center for a double with the bases loaded to provide Boston with the lift they needed to notch the win. Seemed like a good decision after all.
“I think he enjoys that situation, for sure,” said Francona. ”He’d rather have been starting, but it’s nice that on nights he hasn’t started, he’s sitting there ready to hit.” The bats were on all night for the Red Sox, as Pedroia, Youkilis, Ortiz, Bay and Varitek all showcased multi-hit games.
Paul Byrd threw for five innings to start for Boston and gave up two runs on six hits, leaving the win for Billy Wagner to snag in the seventh. In his first career AL win Wagner struck out two in his one inning of work. Papelbon came to help finish the bottom of the eighth and took control again in the ninth. “They were turning it up a little bit, so we had to go out there and battle,” said Wagner. We had some big hits when we needed them to give us a lead, and the bullpen held on and did what they were supposed to do.”
The Sox will now look to start their three-game weekend match up with the Tampa Bay Rays, a team that was just swept by the AL East leading New York Yankees. John Lester (12-7) will get the nod to start on the hill tomorrow against Tampa Bay’s James Shields (9-10).
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