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Boston Red Sox
Cody Ross hit his second home run in the ninth inning after Daniel Bard comes in to get out of a jam in the eighth and the Sox get a much needed victory, winning the game 6-5.
Bard came in to relieve Franklin Morales after Ryan Sweeney misplayed a Jamey Carroll single and somehow got to third base. Bard got Josh Willingham to line out and after a intentional walk to Justin Morneau, he got Ryan Doumit to pop up to end the inning. Alfredo Aceves got the save even if everyone, including Bobby Valentine, thought he gave up a two run shot to Trevor Plouffe. Thankfully this was in Minnesota and it's 377 feet to get one out of the park as Ross was able to catch it at the warning track.
The offense got a lead early for Jon Lester. After a Adrian Gonzalez sacrifice fly in the first, Jarrod Saltalamacchia continues to swing a very hot bat as he hit a two run shot to give the Sox a 3-0 lead after two innings. Salty finished the game going 2-4 and now has his batting average to .237, which is nearly three times higher than what it was five days ago. (He was batting .080)
Lester was in cruise control until the fourth inning where he couldn't put away anybody after getting ahead of the count. He gave up two strike hits to Joe Mauer (single), Ryan Doumit (double), & Danny Valencia (home run) gave the Twins a 4-3 lead.
Lester appeared to be heading down a scarier path the following inning as he walked Plouffe and a single to Denard Span to start the fifth. Lester managed to minimize the damage by getting Jamey Carroll to ground into a double play and giving the Twins another run in exchange for the two outs. Lester got out of the fifth and then retired six straight after that to end his night. Lester's final line: 7 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4 K's.
Ross hit his first home run in the seventh, this time a two run shot to guy the game at 5. He's now leading the team in home runs (5) and RBI's (13). He also can be declared the best acquisition in the Cherington era!!!!
Besides Ross & Salty, Ryan Sweeney, Dustin Pedroia, and David Ortiz all went 2-for-4 tonight. Glad to see the bats continue to hit and thankfully the bullpen kept the lead.
BEST OF MAXIM
These are Daniel Bard's comments in regards to pitching out of the bullpen over the next couple days. He was told to be prepared to pitch in the 8th inning.
What a wuss.
Bard is the anti-Papelbon. Soft and unwilling to accept the closer role for the betterment of the team.
In a perfect world, Bard would have told Bobby V:
"Give me the damn ball and don't worry...
Cody Ross and Daniel Bard were the stars of the show on Monday night, although Bard's performance won't make any upcoming decisions much easier for Bobby Valentine and Co. in the near future. Ross' two home runs paved the way for Bard to pick up the win in relief, as the Red Sox beat the Twins 6-5 on Monday night in dramatic fashion. NESN Nation's Dan Duquette, however...
Daniel Bard has shown a great deal of maturity throughout his transition from reliever to starter. And in the face of even more adversity, the 26-year-old seems to showing off that maturity even more. After beign skipped in the rotation, following Sunday's rain out against the Yankees, Bard responded to the decision with positivity. After a solid outing against the Rays last...
The Red Sox are skipping Daniel Bard’s start. Since his outing against the Yankees was rained out, the right-hander is moving back to the bullpen for the series against the Twins. On the surface, it’s a harmless shift. During Bard’s last start, he tossed a career-high 111 pitches, an excessive total considering the 26-year-old remains in the early phases of his transition from...
8 a.m. ET: An unusual amount of talk about rain was present after the Yankees came back to crush the Red Sox 15-9 on Saturday, and that's not just because a few drops are expected over Boston. Plenty of Red Sox fans are hoping a monsoon will sweep away the memories -- and the final matchup with the red-hot Yankees. Saturday's defeat was the worst way to lose, with the Red...
The Boston Red Sox are moving Daniel Bard to the bullpen - temporarily, at least.
With rain washing out Bard's scheduled start against the New York Yankees on Sunday night, manager Bobby Valentine said Bard will skip his turn in the rotation and be available in relief. But when the Red Sox need a fifth starter, it will be Bard.
''As the plan is now, he's our fifth...
Cody Ross may have propelled the Red Sox to a big 6-5 win over the Twins on Monday night, but the veteran outfielder says he's still transitioning back to American League pitching. Ross has blasted a team-high five home runs and knocked in 14 RBIs so far on the year. The 31-year-old expressed excitement over playing in Boston, and even admitted to telling manager Bobby Valentine...
Up is down. Left is right. Daniel Bard got his first win of the season out of the bullpen. Wait, what?
Yup, that's how things are going for the Boston Red Sox this season. Nothing is as what it appears to be, at least for now.
With Sunday's rainout, Bard was available in the bullpen for last night's game versus the Minnesota Twins and it turned out he was needed.
The Boston Red Sox appear to be ruining Daniel Bard in the same way the New York Yankees have seemingly ruined Joba Chamberlain. By alternating a pitcher between a reliever to a starter to a temporary closer, it can not only mess with his psyche, but also his mechanics and confidence on the mound. You would think one team would learn from their rival’s mistake, but...
It wasn't pretty but it will certainly do the job for Red Sox nation after Boston came back Monday night to defeat the Minnesota Twins 6-5. Trailing by two in the seventh, Cody Ross took Twins starter Jason Marquis deep to tie the game. It would remain tied until Ross hit his second homerun of the game, this time in the top of the ninth off Twins closer Matt Capps. Alfredo...
We won a game! We won a game!
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With one out and one on and the Red Sox [team stats] leading by one run in the ninth inning last night, closer Alfredo Aceves gave up a deep fly ball to the warning track...
Maybe the rain that canceled last night's game between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox was just what the home team needed before heading out on the road.
The Red Sox are scuffling right now, there's no doubt about that. So maybe a day of rest and relaxation was needed. A chance to put aside the start of the season and start fresh.
You have to think the injuries...
The Red Sox were able to snap their five-game losing streak Monday night in Minnesota. Cody Ross led the team with two home runs, including the game-winner in the top of the ninth inning, leading the Sox to a 6-5 win over the Twins. He also homered in the seventh inning to tie the game at 5. Daniel Bard pitched 2/3 of an inning in the eighth to earn the win. He didn’t allow a hit...