In his second start of the season Alfredo Aceves earns the win giving up three runs on seven hits in five innings pitched. Former Red Sox pitcher Justin Masterson was roughed up in first inning and the Indians could never recover. (more)
In their first meeting against the former manager that helped usher in two World Series titles in Boston, the Red Sox gave plenty of run support to Felix Doubront as their strong start to the season continues. (more)
“I knew it was right for me,” Terry Francona said after he signed a four-year contract with the Cleveland Indians. After leading the Boston Red Sox to two World Series titles, he was introduced Monday as the 42nd manager of the Indians. (more)
Veteran infielder Mike Lowell stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the second inning to a standing ovation from the 37,402 in attendance last night at Fenway Park. The 2007 World Series MVP didn’t waste any time proving his worth, sending the first pitch he saw over the monster to give his Red Sox the early advantage en route to their 3-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Lowell hasn’t been listed on the roster since June 13th. Before Kevin Youkilis was deactivated with a thumb injury on Monday, Boston considered shopping him around before the trade deadline. It’s now clear that the 36-year old will remain in Red Sox uniform and look to contribute during their most crucial point in the season.
“It was definitely more than I expected,” said Lowell after the game. “I don’t remember too many ovations like that. I was glad I could come through as quickly as I did.” Josh Beckett was stellar on the hill through eight innings, holding the Indians to one run on three hits. Also fresh off the disabled list, Beckett was thrilled to see his teammate succeed when they needed him most, saying “with him being one of my best friends in baseball, that was a great moment.” Jacoby Ellsbury will take the leadoff spot tonight for the Sox for the first time since early April. Boston will play host to the Indians for two more games before starting their west coast road trip in Oakland. Purchase your Boston Red Sox tickets with us at Ace!
Daisuke Matsuzaka threw for eight scoreless innings for the Boston Red Sox to cruise past the Cleveland Indians 4-1 away last night at Progressive Field. The Sox were able to manufacture runs early on for Matsuzaka to hold the lead from there. Marco Scutaro and Victor Martinez produced multiple hits for Boston. The revamped club is now just four games back from the Tampa Bay Rays and three behind the New York Yankees in the AL East Division standings.
In the process of keeping other lineups off the scoreboard for 15 consecutive innings, the 29-year old Dice-K earned his 150th career win (first 108 in Japan). “We couldn’t get anything off Matsuzaka,” said Indians manager Manny Acta. “He spoiled our game plan to work the count against him by being aggressive and throwing strikes. He was aggressive in the zone, then used his off-speed stuff and made us chase.”
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Jon Lester proved he is back and ready for October, allowing just two hits over 6 1/3 shutout innings as the Boston Red Sox went on to win over the Cleveland Indians 3-0 yesterday at Fenway. Fellow players and coaches were glad to see the 15-8 Lester back in regular form after his dismal outing last Friday against the New York Yankees, where he served up eight hits with a side of five runs in two innings pitched.
“I think it’s a relief just to see him pitch again,” said third baseman Mike Lowell. “We were all very relieved. He was very effective, which is a good thing going into his next start, which is going to be very big for us.” Lester will likely get the nod for Game 1 of the ALDS against the Los Angeles Angels. For now the Sox have three more regular season contests left with Cleveland before heading into the playoffs.
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In an absolutely improbably turn of events, Cleveland Indians right fielder Shin-Soo Choo got a walk-off hit off of a seagull in centerfield. The chaotic scene resulted in a bird crashing to the ground, the ball zooming past a dejected Coco Crisp, and the Indians having a celebration in the middle of the infield. Destined for jumbotron blooper reels for years to come, the video is already one of the most-watched clips on the MLB’s website.
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Boston Red Sox games have been running pretty long lately, and Wedesday night’s matchup against the Cleveland Indians was no exception. Coming off of a tough extra-innings the previous night (on a Javier Lopez fielding error), the Sox found themselves in extras again. Jon Lester had a tough outing, giving up 5 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks, in 6 innings of work. Cleveland’s Fausto Carmona, who has had a tough 2009 season so far, only gave up 2 runs in 2 2/3 innings.
The real story was the continued dominance of the Sox bullpen. Javier Lopez, Manny Delcarmen, Hideki Okajima, and Jonathan Papelbon combined for four scoreless innings; allowing only one hit and 5 walks while striking out 5. Cleveland’s Rafael Betancourt allowed three baserunners, all of which would score to tie the game in the 8th. Jonathan Van Every, who only had one plate appearance on the seasib before Wednesday, made the difference. Already having an RBI single in the 8th, Van Every hit a solo homer to deep center, giving the Sox the lead in extras.
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Tim Wakefield delivered again for the Red Sox last night, giving up only one hit in 7 innings against the Cleveland Indians. He is playing his best baseball to date and flirting with the no-hitter milestone in his last three outings. Red Sox manager Terry Francona assures that Wakefield is capable to shut out the opposing team any time he steps out on the mound. “I’ve seen him in some unbelievable runs,” said Francona. “He’s been a good pitcher for a long time.”
Though Wakefield’s start was nothing short of phenomenal, he was not alone in contributing to the 11th straight Red Sox win. The key play came in the top of the 9th, when Jason Bay belted a three run homer to produce the first runs in the game. It took Boston to score their runs so late in the game due to the pitching on the other end. Cliff Lee started on the hill for the Indians and allowed just five hits in eight innings.
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Chien-Ming Wang struggled last Saturday as he gave up eight runs on eight hits in just one inning, resulting in a 4-22 loss for New York. The Indians lit up the Yanks in the second inning scoring 14 runs with 3 home runs. The line up finished the game with 25 hits to the Yankees 7. Wang has an 0-3 pitching record so far this season, serving up 23 runs in 6 total innings.
Johnny Damon had some less than reassuring words for his starting pitcher. “He’s making it real tough on our bullpen right now. We have to count on guys in our ‘pen to go seven or eight innings. We have six losses on the year right now, and he’s got three of them.” He continued to criticize Wang, saying “in all three of those games, we’ve been blown out and we’ve had to go to our bullpen, so maybe our bullpen’s not sharp the following days. I don’t know what more to say, but hopefully he can figure it out, because it’d be tough to keep on going like this.”
The Yankees came back on Sunday with a 7-3 win over the Indians, but it still doesn’t nearly make up for one of the worst losses in their 108 year history. The Yanks will next make their way to Oakland to face the A’s before traveling to Boston to face the Red Sox for three weekend games.
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