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Posts Tagged ‘Boston Red Sox’

Jason Bay Becomes US Citizen

Posted by Ace Staff on July 2nd, 2009

Jason Bay became the latest in a line of Boston Red Sox players to gain US Citizenship. Bay, born and raised in Trail, British Columbia, was one of 360 people who took part in a ceremony on Thursday led by U.S. District Court Judge Leo Sorokin at Faneuil hall. Bay, now a dual citizen of Canada and the US, is “definitely proud to be an American.” Boston Red Sox tickets are available now!

Lester Dominates Orioles Again, Papelbon Ties Record

Posted by Ace Staff on June 30th, 2009

Last night Jon Lester continued his success against the Baltimore Orioles. Going into the game with a career 7-0 records in 9 starts against the team, Lester didn’t seem to look any different from his previous outings. Allowing only five hits and no walks in 7 innings, Lester continued to dominate the Orioles. He threw 8 strikeouts and allowed only one man to advance past first base. With a 4-0 lead after the fourth inning (due to a J.D. Drew two-run home run and rbi single from Jason Varitek), Lester needed no more support in order to win. Closer Jonathan Papelbon shut the door in the 9th to tie Bob Stenley’s Red Sox save record at 132.  The Sox have two more games at Camden Yards before an off-day and  a 10-game homestand leading into the All-Star Break. Boston Red Sox tickets are available now!

Sox Fall Short of Sweep vs Braves

Posted by Ace Staff on June 29th, 2009

Going for a series sweep, the Boston Red Sox were hoping flu-like symptoms would keep Braves rookie sensation Tommy Hanson from pitching. However, Hanson fought through the illness impressively. Allowing just 2 hits and 2 walks in 6 innings, Hanson dominated the Sox lineup. With just one run for the Sox in the entire game (from Jason Varitek in the 9th), the Sox seemed ready to put interleague play behind them. Though the Sox finished 11-7 versus the NL, both Sox pitchers and DH David Ortiz can get back into normal playing routines. Prior to last night, the Sox collected victories with Beckett and Wakefield at the mound. Only allowing 4 runs in the 3 games played this series, the Sox starting rotation looked unstoppable. David Ortiz hit his 8th homer of the season this weekend, continuing to fix his batting average and stats. With the orthodox schedule back, the Sox start a series at Baltimore and then have a 10 game home trip leading into the all star break. With 1 day off and 13 games until the break, the Red Sox are looking to keep their AL East lead and to further gain control of the American League. Boston Red Sox tickets are available now!

Sox Win, Celebrate 500th Consecutive Sellout

Posted by Ace Staff on June 18th, 2009

With a record 500th consecutive sellout, the Boston Red sox defeated the Florida Marlins 6-1. Brad Penny won his 6th game of the season, further verifying why the Sox have one of the best starting rotations in the Major League. Penny struck out the first two batters of the game, Chris Coughlan and Ross Gload. Former Red Sox prospect Hanley Ramirez walked and Jorge Cantu hit a line drive to center field, where Jacoby Ellsbury misplayed the ball and tallied his first error of his career. This feat ended at 554 chances in 232 games.  Although he had the error, Ellsbury suppressed his off night with a homerun in the 7th inning over the bullpen. Struggling Dustin Pedroia cooled off his slump with 3 hits, 3 runs batted in, and 2 stolen bases. David Ortiz continued to rebound off of his early season skid, raising his average to .213 with a double and 3 runs. Red Sox nation received several gifts from the Red Sox organization, celebrating the remarkable sellout streak. Fans received hot dogs, tape measures, and baseballs. The night ended with a victory and a consummation that will be remembered in Red Sox history. Boston Red Sox tickets are available for all games now! Deep discounts available on games this weekend!

Beckett Goes Yard, But Phils Rally Tops Sox

Posted by Ace Staff on June 15th, 2009

Red Sox ace Josh Beckett followed up a 5th inning Phillies rally with a line-drive homer to left, his first since last year (in the same building). Beckett wanted nothing to do with the usual discussion a pitcher has after a game with a homer. “I don’t want to talk about that,” he said. “I just want to think about what helped us lose.” A four-run 5th inning and a 6-run disaster in the 7th inning prevented the Sox from leaving Philly with the sweep. After Beckett gave up two in the 7th, rookie fireballer Daniel Bard couldn’t slow down the surging Phillies. Bard walked three and gave up two hits, allowing 4 runs in just two-thirds of an inning. The Sox would benefit from a Julio Lugo sacrifice fly in the 8th, but it was not enough to beat the defending champs. Despite the loss, the Sox won the series and remain two games ahead of the New York Yankees in the American League East. Boston Red Sox tickets are available now!

Sox Sweep Yankees, Season Series So Far

Posted by Ace Staff on June 12th, 2009

Going back to last season, the Red Sox have now beaten the New York Yankees nine times in a row. Despite having their ace on the hill, the Yankees succumbed to an 8th inning rally that put the Sox ahead for good. Through the first seven innings, Sabathia held the Sox to just one run; David Ortiz hit his  fourth homer of the season in the second inning. Sabathia struggled when he came back out in the 8th, giving up a run and allowing three baserunners. Drew, Bay, and Lowell would all drive in runs that were charged to the Yankee starter. “It definitely stings a lot,” Sabathia said in a post-game press conference. “We lost a ball game we probably should have won. But the bottom line is we have a lot of games left.” The Sox and Yankees do not meet again until the first week of August . Boston Red Sox tickets are available now!

Red Sox vs Yankees Matchup Notes, June 2009

Posted by Ace Staff on June 9th, 2009

Tale of two Becketts: After a rough start to the season Josh Beckett has been on fire over his last three starts, going 2-0 with a 0.40 ERA. When opponents have been able to hit him – they havent been able to do much damage as he’s held them to a downright stingy .130 batting average against. He matches up against former teammate and fellow flamethrower A.J. Burnett on Tuesday 6/9. 1st Place in the AL East up for grabs: Depending on the score of tonight’s Rays / Yankees game – the Red Sox and Yankees are again in 1st and 2nd place in the AL East. The Yankees have caught fire lately going 14-6 in their last 20 games. The Red Sox very much need to win this very important series to try to climb back into first. The Best Rivalry in sports: Everyone knows the stories – Babe Ruth, Bucky Dent, Aaron Boone, Dave Roberts, David Ortiz, and Bill Mueller.  What everyone may not know is since 2002 the two teams have played 136 times – with each team winning exactly 68 times! It’s hard to get a more even matchup than that! Penny pinching – Brad Penny had settled into a groove of good starts before his last tough outing. If he’s going to right the ship – it will be a big task (quite literally) as he takes on former Cy Young award winner C.C. Sabathia on Thursday. Exclusive content by Jason Piques. Boston Red Sox tickets are available now!

Sox Drop Weekend Series to Rangers

Posted by Ace Staff on June 8th, 2009

In an eventful weekend series against the Texas Rangers, the Sox were dominated by Kevin Millwood, saw Jon Lester flirt with perfection, and ultimately fell short in the rubber game. On Friday night the Red Sox ran into one of Kevin Millwood’s occasional flashes of brilliance. The Rangers’ right-hander went seven strong innings, scattering 7 hits and four walks without an earned un (one unearned on a Chris Davis error). Eddie Guardado and Darren O’Day each pitched a scoreless inning to give the Rangers a rare win in Boston; breaking an 8 game losing streak at Fenway.  “It’s a different year,” Rangers second baseman Kinsler said in a post-game interview. “It’s just another win. We’re just trying to keep winning.” David Ortiz provided Boston’s only offense of the night, driving in Jason Bay on a single in 8th. The Sox would fare far better on Saturday. Jon Lester took a perfect game into the 7th inning, before finally surrendering a double to Michael Young. “I was real happy it was a well-struck ball,” Lester said. “It wasn’t an infield hit or anything like that.”Though Lester’s second bid for a historic game a Fenway was over, he went the distance for a dominant 2-hit complete game. Boston’s offense came alive with 8 runs, including David Ortiz’s second homer of the year. “That’s how you get back to hitting balls and start hitting well, put a good swing on a ball,” Ortiz told reporters after the game. “Even though you don’t get the good luck, it will come.” Daisuke Matsuzaka struggled in Sunday afternoon’s game. He lasted just 5 2/3 innings, surrendering five runs on ten hits. The Ranger offensive attack was led by left-fielder Nelson Cruz. Cruz went 3-4 with a double, triple, and home run (just a single short of the cycle), driving in one run and scoring three times. Vincente Padilla gave up 2 earned runs in 7 innings of work, improving his record to 4-3 on the season. Jonathan Papelbon worked a perfect 9th in a non-save situation. Sox centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury left in the 4th inning with a shoulder sprain, and will be evaluated later today. Boston Red Sox tickets are available now!

Wake Leads Sox to Sweep Over Detroit

Posted by Ace Staff on June 5th, 2009

Tim Wakefield continued his stellar season, going 6 2/3 innings and giving up just three runs. Wakefield leads Sox starters with a 7-3 record and 4.50 ERA, being the rotation’s stopper before the resurgence of Josh Beckett. “He’s been a blessing for us,” Terry Francona said in a post game press conference. “He’s a good pitcher. He’s unconventional, but that’s OK.”After a rough 2nd inning, Wakefield and the rest of the Sox pitchers held the Tigers scoreless. Jonathan Papelbon had another dramatic save, giving up a walk and a hit before retiring the side for his 14th save on the year. The Sox got all of the offense they would need in the  third inning. JD Drew got things started with the first of two consecutive RBI walks. After Youkilis walked in a run, Jason Bay looped a three-run double into left field. Mike Lowell drove in another run on a groundout, and Rocco Baldelli drove in the last run on a single to left field. David Ortiz was out of the lineup, and could see an eye doctor to find out if vision problems are the source of his season-long slump. Boston Red Sox tickets are available now!

Beckett Takes No Hitter Into the 7th, Sox Win

Posted by Ace Staff on June 4th, 2009

For the past three games, all of the Sox RBI’s came from the top four spots in the order. On Wednesday night, the entire offense contributed behind a stellar effort from the ace of the rotation. Josh Beckett went 7 2/3 innings strong with nine strikeouts and no earned runs. “I thought he was tremendous,” Terry Francona said in a post-game press conference. “He had great stuff, and the ball had great movement. It was fun to watch.” In his last 6 starts Beckett has gone at least 6 innings, hasn’t given up more than three runs. and is undefeated. While Sox pitching was effective, the defense was costly. The Detroit Tigers got 5 runs on errors in a wild 8th inning. The usually solid Dustin Pedrioa and Mike Lowell each contributed baserunners that would score on Curtis Granderson’s long triple. With the sweep, the Sox gain a share of first place with the New York Yankees. Boston Red Sox tickets are available now!