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All is not right for the Cubs when they face a left-handed pitcher. They faced another one Sunday night as the Red Sox threw lefty Franklin Morales at them. The Cubs came away empty-handed, falling 7-4. It's been a strange season for the Cubs against left-handed starters. They entered Sunday batting a collective .224 against southpaws, and their record fell to 3-15 in games started by lefties. Cubs manager Dale Sveum seemed at a loss to explain it. "It's almost a fluke," he said. "Coming into the season, like I said, I thought that would be one of our strong points offensively because we stick a lot of right-handed hitters out there who have had really nice careers against left-handed pitching. Not that they're doing horrible, but we're not getting the slugging percentage at all against left-handed pitching, and it's holding us back from scoring multiple runs in an inning and stuff like that. "Last night (Saturday), we got a three...
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Morales allowed two runs on four hits in five innings, while fanning nine and walking no one. Of the two runs allowed by Morales, the second could have been prevented had Dustin Pedroia and Darnell McDonald...
Franklin Morales didn't receive a decision for his exploits in Sunday's 7-4 win. But he received much more than a statistic could reflect. With nine strikeouts through five innings –– in an emergency spot start for Josh Beckett –– Morales earned a tremendous amount of respect in the Red Sox clubhouse. And maybe, just maybe, he may get future consideration to be groomed...
The Sox were heading into the final game of the series with the Cubs with Franklin Morales on the mound since Josh Beckett had recently landed on the DL with a shoulder issue. Many of us had no idea what to expect. How would he do as a starter? How long would he be able to go? Franklin Morales answered all those questions and really pleasantly surprised people.
8 a.m. ET: With Josh Beckett on the disabled list due to shoulder inflammation, Franklin Morales will make his first start since 2009 for the Red Sox against the Cubs. Morales, a reliever, hasn't pitched since June 9, but has been stretched out during his last two appearances -- 4 1/3 innings one and three frames in another -- in preparation for an emergency situation. The lefty...
With Josh Beckett headed to the disabled list, there is, of course, a trickle down effect for the Red Sox pitching staff. The man on the spot in the shuffle will be long reliever Franklin Morales, who has looked pretty spectacular coming out of the bullpen in the multi-inning role of late. In his two June outings -- in which he pitched three innings and 4 1/3 innings, respectively...
For the 8th time this season and first since June 8th, the Boston Red Sox are at the .500 mark (33-33) after a 7-4 win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday night in the Windy City. They've gotten back to .500 by winning four of their last five games.
Franklin Morales stepped in for the injured Josh Beckett and was absolutely outstanding on the mound. In his first start since...
Relative unknown pitcher Franklin Morales struck out 9 in a spot start on Sunday Night Baseball to lead the Sox to a 7-4 win over the dismal Cubs. Morales was called upon to start in place of the oft-injured Josh Beckett, and filled in admirably allowing just 2 runs over the course of 5 innings. [...]
Editor's note: NESN.com is going to tell the story of the 2012 Red Sox in Bobby Valentine’s words. Each game day, we will select the best Valentine quote that sums up the day for the Red Sox. Bobby Valentine is not a mystic, a fortune teller, nor does he posses any abilities or technology which allow him to see in to the future. However, one might be tempted to make that kind...
After holding on for a 4-3 win last night, the Boston Red Sox look to escape the Windy City tonight with a series win in the finale of three-game set with the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.
First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. and the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN. You can also catch the game online at ESPN3.com and on the WatchESPN app for your tablet/mobile device...
The Red Sox rotation is undergoing turbulence. A day after skipper Bobby Valentine explained his plan to sit Josh Beckett for at least one start -- due to inflammation in his right shoulder -- the team was forced to place the pitcher on the 15-day disabled list. It shakes up the starting pitching situation just a little more. Nearly a week and a half ago, the Red Sox optioned starter...
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Red Sox (32-33)
Pitching: LHP Franklin Morales (0-1, 3.04)
Pitching: LHP Paul Maholm (4-5, 4.91)
The Red Sox took a 7-4 win in Chicago last night, as Franklin Morales, standing in for Josh Beckett, struck out nine Cubs in an impressive start. While Boston has won their last two series, in Miami and Chicago, and gotten back to .500 on the season, Buster Olney says that the Red Sox are a team deep in dissension right now. No real specifics are given, but Olney calls the clubhouse...
The Red Sox paid old friend Theo Epstein a visit over the weekend, and promptly took two of three from the Cubs. In the series finale, the Sox received some starting pitch help from an unliklely source in Franklin Morales. The left-hander pitched five solid innings in his first start since 2009, striking out nine while allowing just two runs on four hits. And while Red Sox Nation...