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The Red Sox maintained their AL East lead with a 6-2 win over Tampa at Fenway.
Jon Lester notched his ninth win of the year off a much-needed solid performance. He went six and a third, scattering seven hits to give up just two runs, both solo bombs. Perhaps most importantly, Lester didn't walk anyone. He made the Rays swing the bat, which he doesn't always do.
The Red Sox offense capitalized on Fau-berto Hernan-mona, the lone Rays starter who doesn't terrify everyone. They pushed out to a 3-2 lead, and then late in the game pounced on Kyle Farnsworth to add some insurance runs. A Stephen Drew RBI preceded a Jose Iglesias infield single (I think Jose might hold the career record for infield singles despite only playing half a season) that produced two runs thanks to a throwing error, and all of a sudden the Sox held a four-run lead.
Koji Uehara shut the door in the ninth as he had warmed up for what would have been a save situation. The Sox needed the win, so I guess we can be OK with the usage...but it was Uehara's 47th appearance of the season. Farrell will have to start using him more judiciously as the season progresses.
It was a pretty sound game top to bottom for Boston. Nine Red Sox got hits (including pinch hitter Jonny Gomes), and the only one who didn't, rich man Dustin Pedroia, reached base on a hit-by-pitch. Lester did his job, and the bullpen was dynamite -- Matt Thornton, Junichi Tazawa, and Koji combined for eight outs, five of which came by way of the K (copyright Don Orsillo trademark all rights reserved). The only cause for concern was the absence of Jacoby Ellsbury, whom John Farrell insisted was getting scheduled rest...despite being a few days removed from the All-Star Break. Let's see what the rumor mill produces.
Every game counts the same in the standings, but this was a big one.
BEST OF MAXIM
(Jim Rogash/Getty Images)This was the Jon Lester we knew and loved at the start of the 2013 season. Throwing strikes, showing command, lasting into the seventh inning. Lester went 6 1/3 innings, giving up just two runs, striking out eight and—significantly—walking nobody in a 6-2 win by the Carmine Hose. A mixture of good and bad baserunning characterized the Boston offense....
Extra rest helped Jon Lester slow down the Tampa Bay surge that nearly knocked Boston out of first place.
After his start was pushed back two days, Lester matched his season high with eight strikeouts and overcame homers by Wil Myers and Evan Longoria as the Red Sox won 6-2 on Tuesday night and moved 1 1/2 games ahead of the Rays in the AL East.
This game was more important than...
Dustin Pedroia will remain in Boston for the foreseeable future, but there's still some uncertainty surrounding one of the team's other stars.
Jacoby Ellsbury, who has turned his year around following a slow start, is slated to become a free agent after this season. And while there's certainly a possibility that Ellsbury will follow in Pedroia's footsteps and sign...
As they head into August in a battle for the American League East, pitching is their biggest question mark. They’ve lost two closers to injuries and their best starter, Clay Buchholz, hasn’t pitched since June 8. The situation puts even more pressure on Lester, the man on the mound last night.
Lester has been as inconsistent as New England weather this season, and though he...
Boston Red Sox Daily links: ESPN Boston http://m.espn.go.com/general/blogs/blogpost?blogname=bostonred-sox&id=29318 In his first 2 MLB starts Brandon Workman has proved he belongs. WEEI http://fullcount.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball/red-sox/2013/07/23/source-dustin-pedroia-red-sox-agree-to-seven-year-contract-extension/ It looks like the Sox have Pedey for a while now...
In a game that had 1st place on the line in the AL East the Red Sox showed some fight and rallied behind a strong outing by Jon Lester that allowed the team to again go up 1.5 games in the standings. The team quickly forgot about their 2 hit performance from the night before and belted out 12 hits and 6 runs over the Tampa Bay Rays. Here are the...
Clay Buchholz received positive news about the health of his shoulder when he visited Dr. James Andrews on Monday. But just how positive depends on who is interpreting the report.
Buchholz indicated on Tuesday that he doesn’t expect to be ready to pitch in a major league game until late August or early September.
“I definitely have a strain in there,” Buchholz said. “The...
There are few greater sounds in the world for Red Sox fans than the first few chords of “Dirty Water” by The Standells. The beginning of that sound, played after every Sox win at Fenway Park, sounds even better when it’s accompanied by deafening applause brought on by a walk-off win.
There’s been plenty of that at Fenway this season, as the Red Sox have nine walk-off wins...
Red Sox righthander Clay Buchholz was in Gulf Breeze, Fla., today to meet with Dr. James Andrews. The verdict? Dr. Andrews agrees with the Red Sox that Buchholz has only inflammation in the bursa sac of his shoulder and can pitch without fear of further injury.
“Clay comes back, I think, with a little bit more peace of mind and he’ll continue on the throwing program that’s...
Dustin Pedroia will get to dirty up many more
Red Sox uniforms with his eight-year deal.
(Photo courtesy of Boston.com)
During Terry Francona’s time as manager of the Boston Red Sox, it was no secret that he and Dustin Pedroia had built more than just a manager-player relationship. From playing cribbage on flights and before games to the constant...
After watching Tuesday’s 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays from the dugout, Jacoby Ellsbury is back in the lineup Wednesday in his typical leadoff spot for the Red Sox.
Ellsbury will be followed in the order by Shane Victorino, who gets the start in right field. Victorino has been in a bit of a slump over the past few weeks — notching just five hits in his last 24 at-bats — but...
BOSTON (AP) -- Jon Lester matched his season high with eight strikeouts and overcame homers by Wil Myers and Evan Longoria as the Boston Red Sox remained in first place with a 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.
The Red Sox moved 1.5 games ahead of the Rays in the AL East and stayed atop the division for the 58th consecutive day.
The loss ended the Rays' six-game...
Boston Red Sox Daily Links WEEI: http://fullcount.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball/red-sox/2013/07/22/flashback-why-clay-buchholz-offers-a-silver-lining-to-allen-webster/ Allen Webster got knocked out of his last appearance in AAA in the second inning, but he isn't the only prospect the Sox have had that has had some issues. http://fullcount.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball...
The Yankees/Red Sox rivalry helped FOX to a season-high in overnights over the weekend. In other news, WNBA viewership has increased by more than a third on ESPN2 and NBA TV, and golf’s American Century [...]
Note: Pitching matchups are subject to change
Monday, July 22 @ 7:10 PM
Matt Moore, LHP (13-3, 3.44) vs Brandon Workman, RHP (0-0, 5.40)
TV: NESN, MLB.tv
Radio: Red Sox Radio Network, MLB Gameday Audio
Tuesday, July 23 @ 7:10 PM
Roberto Hernandez, RHP (5-10, 4.90) vs Jon Lester, LHP (8-6, 4.58)
TV: NESN, MLB.tv
Radio: Red Sox Radio Network, MLB Gameday...