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Most nights, you'd take Jon Lester giving you 8 innings of 3 runs on 7 hits with 7 strikeouts and no walks. On this Thursday night at Fenway however, the Red Sox offense could only manage 2 hits off three Minnesota Twins pitchers in a 5-0 losing effort at Fenway Park.Red Sox radio announcer Dave O'Brien accurately described the Red Sox offense as "lifeless." Adrian Gonzalez had the only two Boston hits, both of them off Twins starting pitcher Sam Deduno.The shutout was the 5th of the season for Boston.
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Jon Lester didn't enjoy July. He went 0-3 with a 12.27 ERA over his final four starts of the month, allowing 41 baserunners in just 18 1/3 innings. But now that the calendar has turned to August, the lefty is hoping to return to the form that saw him post four straight seasons of sub-3.50 ERAs between 2008 and 2011. The Red Sox entered Thursday's matchup with the Twins just...
Bobby Valentine has been criticized at times this year for his communication methods with Red Sox players. On Wednesday, however, Valentine downplayed any criticisms from coming in-house -- save for one instance involving Will Middlebrooks. Valentine told WEEI's the Big Show that team ownership approached him only once this season about his communication with the players, after...
Samuel Deduno vs. Jon Lester appeared to be a mismatch. It was, but not in the direction that you'd expect. The Twins scratched out three runs against Lester and the Sox couldn't get going against Deduno, as the Minnesota Twins stole the first game of their four-game set against Boston at Fenway Park. It's not what the Red Sox needed after gaining a little momentum against...
BOSTON -- After dazzling last September, Ryan Lavarnway is receiving a second sniff at the majors. The Red Sox called up Lavarnway on Wednesday after Daniel Nava became the latest one to catch the injury bug, suffering a sprain in his left wrist. Nava was placed on the DL retroactive to July 29. "We're going to deal with Daniel Nava, who has been playing with a little banged...
All along, David Ortiz figured he'd be ready to resume playing for the Boston Red Sox when the minimum 15-day term of his disabled-list stint expired Aug. 1. Last weekend, he realized that wouldn't happen. Ortiz attempted agility drills before Sunday night's game at Yankee Stadium, but he was unable even to walk without a limp, the soreness in his strained right Achilles...
After criticizing Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine earlier in the day, Curt Schilling was given a standing ovation from Boston fans when he was inducted into the team's Hall of Fame.
Schilling was the last of the inductees introduced at Fenway Park on Friday night, and applause began as soon as his picture appeared on the video board in center.
Earlier in the day, Schilling...
Ryan Lavarnway will make his return to the big leagues on Thursday night, and he'll do so as the Red Sox' starting catcher. Lavarnway, who was called up on Wednesday after Daniel Nava was placed on the disabled list, is penciled in as the starting catcher and hitting sixth for the Red Sox in their first of four games with the Minnesota Twins. Lavarnway made his major league...
8 a.m. ET: The Red Sox couldn't quite pull out the sweep against the Tigers on Wednesday night. But a 7-5 loss isn't going to slow down the heavy-hitting Boston bats. Carl Crawford slugged another home run on Wednesday -- his second of the season -- and Adrian Gonzalez continued his torrid start to the second half, getting his average back above .300. The loss was unfortunate...
Going into spring training 2009, the Red Sox thought that first base prospect Lars Anderson had a bright future with the big league club as he was named their number one prospect by Baseball America but all that changed with inconsistent play in the minors and the acquisition of Adrian Gonzalez in December 2010. Now after seven [...]
Red Sox shortstop Mike Aviles hasn't played almost a week, but he'll make his return to the Boston lineup on Friday night for the second of four with the Minnesota Twins. Aviles, who has been battling a turf toe injury, hasn't played since Aug. 28. He'll hit eighth and play shortstop against Brian Duensing, as the Red Sox look to bounce back from an anemic offensive...
4:18 p.m.: Red Sox shortstop Mike Aviles hasn't played almost a week, but he'll make his return to the Boston lineup on Friday night for the second of four with the Minnesota Twins. It's a good time for Aviles to return, as he's the only member of the Red Sox with more than eight career at-bats against Twins starter Brian Duensing. Aviles is hitting .286 (4-for-14...
Time: 7:10 PM ET
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI
Red Sox (53-53)
Pitching: LHP Felix Doubront (10-5, 4.37)
Pitching: LHP Brian Duensing (2-6, 4.53)
The American League East has long been accepted in baseball circles as the best division in MLB. Home of arch rivals and twin superpowers Boston and New York, the division has hosted seven of the 12 pennant winners since 2000 -- four for the Yankees, two for the Red Sox, and one for the upstart Rays. Toronto has frequently been lauded as a team that would have contended in any other...
Here is tonight's lineup vs. the Twins:
Ellsbury CFCrawford LFPedroia 2BGonzalez 1BRoss DHLavarnway CMiddlebrooks 3BKalish RFCiriaco SS
Game time is at 7:10pm EST.
BOSTON -- Jamey Carroll stroked his fourth hit of the game to deliver Darin Mastroianni from second base with one out in the 10th inning, capping a comeback that saw the lowly Minnesota Twins rally from a 5-1 deficit and nip the Red Sox 6-5 Friday night. Mastroianni led off the inning with a double off loser Vicente Padilla (4-1). Brian Dozier attempted to sacrifice but his foul...