Found August 05, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
The Boston Red Sox recognize their playoff hopes are fading, but they don't seem to have a way to stop it. The Red Sox will try to avoid being swept at home in a four-game series by the Minnesota Twins for the first time in 21 years in Sunday's finale. Boston came into this set having won four of six games, but it hasn't built on the momentum as Minnesota has rallied to consecutive victories. Joe Mauer hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth off Alfredo Aceves for a 6-4 win Saturday after Pedro Ciriaco broke an eighth-inning tie with a pinch-hit home run for the Red Sox. The loss came after Boston (53-55) failed to protect a 5-1 lead Friday, losing 6-5 in 10 innings. The Red Sox were shut out in the series opener. Boston, which has lost four straight overall, has dropped 10 games back of the New York Yankees in the AL East and is five games behind in the wild-card race. "They're all devastating now," Nick Punto said. "You get this late i...

Get the Forks Out - Red Sox Get Mauered

Stick a fork in them.They're done.The Minnesota Twins scored 5 runs in the final two innings, highlighted by Joe Mauer's 3-run homer off Alfredo Aceves with 2 outs in the top of the 9th inning to beat the Red Sox 6-4 at Fenway Park. Aceves thought he had struck out Mauer looking on the previous pitch, only to have his 2-2 offering called a ball by home plate umpire David...

Red Sox Offense Explodes After Bobby Valentine's Job Status Triggers Some Fire

BOSTON -- On a day that Bobby Valentine experienced the heat, the Red Sox offense turned it up. The spark came straight from the top of the order in Monday's 9-2 win, with Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford, Dustin Pedroia and Adrian Gonzalez combining to go 11-for-18 with eight doubles and eight RBIs. It was a reminder of the offense's potency. It also set an unprecedented franchise...

Looks like Morales will stay in Red Sox rotation

Franklin Morales should get used to starting, because it appears increasingly unlikely he'll be doing anything else this season. With the Boston Red Sox in desperate need of consistency from their starting pitchers, Morales once again showed he's ready to take the job in Sunday's 6-4 victory over the Twins. Making his first start since July 13, Morales limited the Twins...

Boston Red Sox no longer relevant

I attended my first Boston Red Sox game in 1972, a 13 inning spectacular punctuated by a Rico Petrocelli grand slam to win it. I was the young little leaguer mimicking Freddie Lynn's dives in the outfield,  Butch Hobson's bare handed grabs at third. I cried when they lost the one game playoff to New York, the Bucky Bleepin' Dent game. I stood on the railing outside...

Adrian Gonzalez, Dustin Pedroia Key 'Double Whammy' Onslaught by Red Sox Offense (Video)

A day wrapping up a disappointing series against the Twins, the Red Sox are still seeing double. Now, in a good way. Adrian Gonzalez drove in three runs, Dustin Pedroia doubled three times and the Red Sox beat up on Yu Darvish to claim their second straight win. After losing four in a row, Boston's got a bit of a hot streak going again, and after eight doubles by the first four...

Franklin Morales Switches Mentalities With Return to Starting, Plans to Adhere to Pitch Limit

BOSTON -- Franklin Morales excelled in his opening audition as a starting pitcher. Now, he'll look to be effective in the follow-up. When he starts against the Twins on Sunday, it'll signal his fourth different role change of the season. Morales has switched duties nearly as often as he switches socks, going from relieving to starting to relieving to starting once again....

Bobby Valentine Adjusting to the Challenge of Having Three Catchers on Roster

BOSTON -- In 16 years of managing, Bobby Valentine never once had three catchers at the same time. After promoting Ryan Lavarnway earlier this week, it placed the Red Sox manager in unfamiliar territory, considering Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Kelly Shoppach are each healthy and also in the catching fold. "I don't know how permanent a three-catcher situation is going to be...

Recap: Sox salvage final game of series

This team is unbearable. Yeah, the Sox were able to salvage the final game of the series, 6-4, but they did go into the 9th with a 6-1 lead. Vicente Padilla gave up a pair of homers and a walk in the 9th without recording an out. The most important thing is, they got the win. The Sox got a pair of runs in the bottom of the 3rd by way of a Carl Crawford ground-out to short that scored...

Game 109: Boston Red Sox vs. Minnesota Twins

Time: 1:35 PM ET TV/Radio: NESN/WEEI Red Sox (53-55) Ellsbury CF Crawford LF Pedroia 2B Gonzalez 1B Ross DH Saltalamacchia C Middlebrooks 3B Kalish RF Aviles SS Pitching: LHP Franklin Morales (2-2, 3.32) Twins (47-60) Revere CF Mastroianni RF Mauer C Willingham LF Morneau 1B Doumit DH Dozier SS Casilla 2B Carroll 3B Pitching: RHP Nick Blackburn (4-6, 7.43)

Charlie Moore and Former Red Sox Great Rico Petrocelli Share Laughs on Fishing Trip (Video)

Charlie Moore only has two prerequisites for guests on Charlie Moore Outdoors. They have to be famous and they have to love the outdoors. Rico Petrocelli, who played for the Red Sox from 1963-76, meets both of Moore's requirements, so he got the privilege of heading out on the lake with Charlie to do some fishing. Lucky for Petrocelli, Moore gave him a healthy compensation for...

Indians' losing streak hits double digits

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Justin Morneau homered twice and drove in four runs, Joe Mauer had three RBIs and Ryan Doumit hit a three-run homer to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 14-3 victory over Cleveland on Monday night, the Indians' 10th straight loss. Ben Revere had four of the Twins' 14 hits and extended his hitting streak to 20 games while Josh Willingham hit his 29th homer,...

Aaron Cook Seemingly Preserves His Spot in the Starting Rotation With Strong Performance

BOSTON –– Aaron Cook claims he wasn't worried about his rotation spot. But in reality, the sinkerballer was pitching for his starter's job in Monday's 9-2 win over the Rangers. During his past two starts, Cook was mired in a rut, failing to advance past the fifth inning while surrendering six runs apiece. With Franklin Morales breathing down his neck to re-join the...

Red Sox 9, Rangers 2

BOSTON -- The Red Sox gave Yu Darvish an inhospitable welcome in his first appearance at Fenway Park, as the Boston beat the Texas Rangers 9-2 Monday night. Dustin Pedroia had three of Boston's eight doubles, with Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury adding two apiece. Crawford knocked in three runs. Darvish took the loss, falling to 11-8 with a 4.57 ERA. He went 6 2/3 innings...

Red Sox “Salvage” Final Game of Incredibly Uninspiring Series

  In the Red Sox vs Twins series preview last Thursday, I said that anything less than winning 3 of 4 would be a huge disappointment.  Now that the opposite has happened, I think it’s just about time to give up on the season. In Thursday night’s 5-0 loss, Boston was held scoreless by a [...]
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