The Philadelphia Phillies are hoping to gain a starting pitcher to strengthen their depleted rotation after losing their last five of six since the All-Star break. Sources have said for the organization to be interested in Houston’s Roy Oswalt, Arizona’s Dan Haren, Baltimore’s Jeremy Guthrie and Oakland’s Ben Sheets. The Phillies are currently shopping outfielder Jayson Werth to free up money as they extend an opportunity for top prospect Domonic Brown. The Tampa Bay Rays are most interested in acquiring the seven-year veteran. Other teams in the hunt for Werth include the Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres.
Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. hinted earlier this week that the club will likely make improvements before the trade deadline. “I view us as buyers and I view us as a team that’s still going to be a contending team, but it depends on the guys that are in this clubhouse,” he said. “Listen, our team can get hot as anybody. But they’re not going to be able to just turn the light switch on and have it happen, they’re going to have to work to get there.” The Phillies are scheduled to take on the St Louis Cardinals for two more games before hosting the Colorado Rockies this weekend. Philadelphia Phillies tickets are now available!
Daisuke Matsuzaka is scheduled to start on the hill for Boston tonight against Tampa Bay’s Matt Garza as the Red Sox look to win their eighth consecutive contest at home. The Sox were able to pull within one-game of AL East leading New York Yankees following yesterday’s 8-5 victory. Despite a long list of injuries between Dustin Pedroia (broken foot), Victor Martinez (broken left thumb), Josh Beckett (back), Jacoby Ellsbury (ribs), Mike Lowell (hip), Jeremy Hermida (ribs) and Jed Lowrie (mononucleosis), the rest of the lineup has proceeded to win 10-of -13 over the past two weeks.
As the Red Sox keep rolling the Rays are hoping to regain their rhythm, losing their last 3-of-4 to push them back into third place. Disregarding their recent drought, Rays manager Joe Maddon insists the race will be close with all three rivals fighting to the end.
“Just going to be the same old dogfight, man. It’s interesting, it’s a lot of fun,” he said. ”I really anticipated or expected that we would be among two or three teams together – Boston, ourselves and the Yankees – so none of this is surprising.” After tonight’s game the Red Sox and Rays will meet again July 5th-7th at Tropicana Field. Purchase your regular season Boston Red Sox tickets right here at Ace!
Jon Lester gave up just one hit in six innings with nine K’s for the Boston Red Sox to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-0 yesterday at Tropicana Field. The Sox have won their last 7-of-8 with hopes to earn their third consecutive victory in St. Petersburg tonight. They will then travel home to host the Kansas City Royals for four games starting Thursday, May 27th.
Manny Delcarmen, Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon split the rest of the work on the hill for the remaining nine outs to complete the shutout. Manager Joe Maddon and Carl Crawford were both ejected after arguing a called strike in the fifth inning. “If the plate is in the other batter’s box, then it’s a good pitch,” said Crawford. “It went back and forth. He didn’t want to back down, and I definitely wasn’t going to lose a trash-talking contest.”
Boston’s only run production came in the third inning when David Ortiz drove in JD Drew and Kevin Youkilis with a double to deep left-center. There were just five hits produced between both teams through nine innings. Don’t miss your Boston Red Sox as they prepare to welcome the Royals and Oakland Athletics next week at Fenway Park!
ESPN Magazine just recently predicted the outcome of the 2010 MLB season with the help of Baseball Think Factory‘s cutting edge computer system ZiPS. After simulating the regular season and playoffs 100 times, the results favor the Boston Red Sox to claim the AL East Division en route to winning their third World Series in seven years. The ALCS features the Sox defeating the New York Yankees before taking down the NL Champion Philadelphia Phillies in the Fall Classic.
Despite Boston listed as the heavy favorite, the system ranks the AL East as the most competitive division the league has to offer. Many believe the Tampa Bay Rays have the potential to pose a threat and make a solid run. With contracts expiring in 2011 between Carl Crawford, Carlos Pena, Pat Burrell, Rafael Soriano, Grant Balfour, and Dan Wheel, the Rays must be motivated to produce this year with any chance of duplicating their 2008 campaign.
The Red Sox averaged out to attain a 97-65 record this season with the Yankees three wins back, eventually leading them to earn the Wild Card spot. The World Champions will surely be prepared to defend their title, but simulations prove Boston’s defense to be more valuable in the long run. With Josh Beckett, John Lackey, Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, Tim Wakefield, and Daisuke Matsuzaka, the Sox undoubtedly showcase the best starting rotation in the MLB. Lackey along with third basemen Adrian Beltre will certainly prove valuable as new editions to the club. The Red Sox and Yankees are set to matchup April 4th at Fenway Park. Boston Red Sox tickets are now available!
MLB.com reporter Peter Gammons stated in a recent article that it’s likely for the Rays to potentially find a new home outside of the Tampa Bay area. Two possible locations for the organization would be in New Jersey or Southern Connecticut. The AL East Division Rays have been able to keep up with the heavy spending New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox during the past two seasons. Prior to their stellar 2008 campaign, Tampa Bay ranked in the bottom three in regards to overall attendance since starting up in the late 1990′s.
Gammons continued to mention problems with the states other Major League ball club, the Florida Marlins. Despite the comparable low rates, the Marlins are taking the right steps to further build their fan base within the next couple of years.
“The Marlins hope they are solving one long-term problem with their new stadium, which they believe is close enough to I-95 and the Turnpike that fans can easily access it,” said Gammons. “The Rays haven’t been able to solve their venue issue. The Trop is stuck in a place that no one East of Tampa, such as the Orlando market, will drive to; a market such that after its team won 97 games and the American League pennant, attendance and revenues stayed flat.” Check back for more 2010 MLB updates!
The Boston Red Sox have just released their 2010 Regular Season Schedule this afternoon. They will be opening up next year’s campaign against the New York Yankees on Monday, April 5th for a three-game series. This will mark the first time since 2005 where the longtime rivals match up to start the season. After the series the Sox will hit the road until they host the Tampa Bay Rays for the first time on Friday, April 16th for four games that will run until Marathon Monday (April 19).
The LA Angels of Anaheim will make their way across country to Boston for a string of contests starting May 3rd. Look for the 2008 World Champion Philadelphia Phillies to make an appearance at Fenway June 11th-13th. Now at the home stretch of this year’s regular season, the Red Sox are 4.5 games up on the Texas Rangers in the AL Wild Card standings. Stay tuned for some exciting baseball heading into the ’09 playoffs.
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Friday nights rain delay caused for a Sunday double header where the Boston Red Sox really capitalized on the Tampa Bay Rays. Game 1 was decided in the bottom of the eighth when second basemen Dustin Pedroia hit a rare opposite field two-run blast to provide the Sox with a 3-1 lead. Pedroia was shocked when the ball left the park, knowing it’s just the second time in his entire baseball career for him to hit one over the right field wall. “I hit one in New York (on August 6th), but that’s a short field,” Pedroia said. “I was just trying to hit the ball in the air, and they’ve been throwing me away a lot. I just got a pitch a little up, and I just drove it.”
The story of game 2 can really be told through one name: John Lester. The 13-7 Boston starter threw for eight innings without letting up a run (allowing just two hits). Lester has been on a complete tear this summer. Since May 31st he has earned a 10-2 record with a 2.02 ERA. “He threw 30 pitches two days ago and went out and threw 100 more and gave up two hits,” said Red Sox left fielder Jason Bay. “He’s another guy that, for us, is throwing well at the right time.” Bay gave the Sox an extra run with a solo shot in the eighth.
With the way Lester and Buchholz are pitching now to complement Josh Beckett, the Red Sox starting rotation is certainly rated near the top for the league heading into the last few weeks of the regular season. Boston is now four games up on the Texas Rangers in the AL Wild Card standings. They are scheduled to host the LA Angels of Anaheim tomorrow at 7:10 pm.
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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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Clay Buchholz in his six innings pitched last night gave up just three runs with three strike outs as the Boston Red Sox out-lasted the Tampa Bay Rays 6-3 at Tropicana Field. The crucial rubber-match victory put the Sox three games ahead of the Texas Rangers in the Wild Card standings and six games above Tampa Bay.
“It was really good to get a win here tonight,” said Kevin Youkilis. “Coming in here this time of year against a team that’s in the Wild Card race with you, you’ve just got to come in and win the series, and we did a good job of that tonight.
Youkilis, one of the leading offensive contributors for Boston hit 3-for-5 yesterday with an RBI. Victor Martinez and Jason Bay picked up the rest of the slack, combining for four hits and three RBI’s. “I like our spot right now,” said Bay. “There’s still a whole month of baseball left. Obviously you get close to the end, and each game is magnified. Better to be on top than looking up.”
The Sox are currently making their way to the Windy City for a series against the Chicago White Sox. Paul Byrd is next up on the pitching rotation for Boston. Game time is scheduled for 8:11 pm
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Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria crushed a two run shot off of Manny Delcarmen to add some insurance in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Rays went on to overpower the Boston Red Sox 8-5. Carl Crawford and Pat Burrell also knocked home runs for the Rays early on against Josh Beckett, who gave up five runs in just six innings pitched.
Although Beckett’s numbers didn’t show the best results, Delcarmen was the one who walked away with the loss after his dismal showing in the eighth. From there the Tampa Bay bullpen took care of business, shutting out Boston in the final inning.
“It was a good game,” said Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia. “They scored in the end. That’s usually how it’s been here for us the last a lot of games. We obviously played hard so we’ll come out tomorrow and try to win the series.” The young Clay Buchholz will get the start for Boston tonight against the 7-6 David Price. Game time is scheduled for 7:08 pm at Tropicana Field.
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