The Red Sox arrived in Oakland as owners of the best record in the American League. However, after losing two of three to the Oakland Athletics, the two teams head into the All-Star break tied in the loss column with 39 losses. (more)
Former Red Sox outfielders Josh Reddick and Brandon Moss homered to force Daisuke Matsuzaka to an early exit, leading the Oakland A’s past the Boston Red Sox 6-1 Monday at O.co Coliseum. Matsuzaka left the game with a stiff neck after recording just three outs. With the All-Star break approaching, it’s likely that Dice-K will find himself back on the disabled list over the next few days. (more)
12x All-Star Manny Ramirez has recently agreed to a $500,000 minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics. The A’s have little to lose and much to gain when looking at the sluggers potential to contribute down the road when returning from his 50-game suspension. (more)
The Boston Red Sox recently reached a deal with the Oakland Athletics for All-Star closer Andrew Bailey and outfielder Ryan Sweeney. Oakland will gain outfielder Josh Reddick, infield prospect Miles Head and minor league pitcher Raul Alcantara as part of the trade. (more)
The Boston Red Sox announced on Tuesday that Curt Young will step in as the teams new pitching coach. He will be replacing John Farrell, who was named manager of the Toronto Blue Jays earlier last week. Young has spent 23 years with the Oakland Athletics organization. During his time as pitching coach he helped the A’s reach an American League best 4.03 ERA and held opponents to an AL low .257 batting average. In 2009 Oakland led the league in ERA (3.56) and shutouts (17).
Young also provides a great deal of playing experience, pitching for ten seasons that include Oakland’s 1988 and 1990 World Series appearances. “I’m looking forward to hearing things that are important to him, and having some back and forth, some fresh ideas,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. “It’s exciting. I’ve been fortunate enough to have some really good coaches, and this was an important hire. Losing John Farrell was a big deal. Getting Curt Young is a big deal, and we’re really excited.” Francona and Young worked together back in 2003 when Francona was a bench coach for the A’s and Young was manager for the Triple-A club.
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Melky Cabrera belted two homers for the Yankees, including the deciding home run in the bottom of the 14th to win over the Oakland A’s 9-7 last night at the new Yankee stadium. Cabrera has been playing well lately for the Yanks and hopes this will keep his confidence going. “I knew it was gone and I knew that we won,” said Cabrera. “I was just trying to get on base and make good contact. I’ve worked really hard to get to where I am right now.”
The Yankees bullpen were the real heroes of the night, pitching 7 1/3 innings with out allowing any runs. C.C. Sabathia struggled from the mound allowing seven runs in 6 2/3 innings. New York was able to get enough run production to tie it up as Jose Veras relieved Sabathia with three scoreless innings. “I feel real happy,” Veras said. “I let my team down the first game of the season here at Yankee Stadium, and I knew I had to do something good for my team to pick up the bad. I feel really good today.”
The Yankees will next make their way to the legendary Fenway Park to square off against the Boston Red Sox for three weekend games in a row. Tickets for the New York Yankees are now available.
Red Sox longtime knuckle-baller Tim Wakefield came within five outs of pitching a no-hitter as the Sox dominated the A’s on the offensive end
8-2 yesterday in Oakland. Kurt Suzuki ended Wakefield?s streak in the eighth with a single to left.
“I’m not disappointed,” said Wakefield. “It’s something that’s great to try to get, but the biggest thing today was to try to preserve the bullpen going into the off-day tomorrow, and hopefully we can get a streak going.”
Mike Lowell and J.D. Drew both homered for Boston, combining for five RBI’s. Lowell’s home run marked the only two runs let up by A’s starting pitcher Brett Anderson. Despite the lopsided outcome in the end, Anderson pitched through 7 solid innings allowing just five hits with five strikeouts.
The Red Sox will travel back to Fenway next and host the Baltimore Orioles tomorrow at 7:10 pm. Boston Red Sox tickets are now available!
At 2-6 early in the season, the Red Sox seem a little bit lost. Last night’s 12 inning 6-5 loss did little to ease the worries of Red Sox Nation. Daisuke Matsuzaka took the mound for what would be his quickest start of his career, going one inning and giving up five runs. It was Daisuke’s second sub par start of the year leaving many to wonder if the WBC is to blame. The Red Sox suspect early season arm fatigue for Daisuke.
There were some bright spots for the Red Sox last night, including in the middle of the batting order. Boston got RBI’s from Youkilis, Drew, Bay and Lowell. The Red Sox bullpen also held the A’s scoreless from the 2nd inning up to the 12th inning with Masterson pitching four great innings after Matsuzaka left the game.
Boston will try to salvage a win out of this Oakland series today when they send Tim Wakefield to the mound. After tonight the Red Sox will travel back to the friendly confines of Fenway Park when they host the Baltimore Orioles on Friday April 17th.
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