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Josh Beckett, Red Sox Shoot for Sweep of Angels in Afternoon Baseball

Boston Red SoxFrom Tony Lee, NESN.com:

When the Red Sox left Seattle on the heels of two straight damaging losses, things looked a tad grim. Consecutive wins over the reeling Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have brightened the skies.

With Josh Beckett on the mound Wednesday afternoon the Sox can finish their second sweep of the Angels this year and return home on a winning note.

Josh BeckettBeckett, who returned from a two-month layoff Friday in Seattle, will have some tough acts to follow. Clay Buchholz threw seven superb innings in Boston’s 6-3 win in the series opener, and John Lackey worked into the eighth to get the victory in his return to Anaheim on Tuesday night.

The Sox are now 5-4 on their 10-game West Coast road trip.

Los Angeles, meanwhile, has lost six of seven and is fading fast, now 8 1/2 games behind Texas in the American League West and 13 behind wild card-leading Tampa Bay in the loss column.

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Sox Trump O’s; Keep Pace In Races

Boston Red SoxJon Lester took his dominance of the Baltimore Orioles to a new level last night on a beautiful evening at Fenway Park when the Boston Red Sox defeated the Orioles 9-3. Over seven innings, Lester spread five hits and only one run in a performance that allowed him to run his record against the Orioles to 12-0 lifetime against the Orioles. But, more importantly, the win let the Sox keep pace with the New York Yankees who beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-3 early in the day. They were also able to keep their lead in the AL Wild Card as the Tampa Bay Rays also won yesterday with an 8-6 win over the Minnesota Twins.

Kevin Youkilis helped out with a 3-run 5th inning homerun that pretty much sealed the deal for the Orioles. JD Drew (2), Daniel Nava (1), Mike Cameron (1), and David Ortiz (1) also got in the RBI game for the Sox.

The Sox go for the sweep today as John Lackey (9-3, 4.46 ERA) takes the mound against Brian Matusz (2-9, 4.90 ERA) at 1:35pm.

Another feather in Lester’s cap – Boston Globe
Red Sox 9, Orioles 3: At least they crushed our hopes fast – CamdenChat.com
Lester remains perfect vs. Orioles – ESPN.com
O’s miss chance against Red Sox – Baltimore Sun
Youkilis ulitmate gamer – Boston Globe

Manny Returns; Sox Sweep Dodgers

Boston Red SoxManny Ramirez’s much anticipated return to Fenway Park this past weekend was relatively uneventful as the Boston Red Sox swept the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-6, 5-4, and 2-0 this past weekend. Manny was his typical self, going 4-for-12 with one home run and three runs scored. Despite his performance, the Red Sox starting pitching staff of Felix Doubront (1-0, 5.40), Tim Wakefield (2-5, 5.33), and Clay Bucholz (10-4, 2.47) spread 14 hits, 9 runs, 7 walks, and 12 strikeouts over 18 innings total innings. Bucholz became the first Sox pitcher this season to enter double digits in the win column.

The Sox now sit a mere 1 game out of first place in the AL East race and are tied for the Wild Card lead with the Tampa Bay Rays. After sweeping back to back series, they have a well-deserved day off today and get back at it tomorrow in Colorado when Jon Lester (8-2) takes the mound against Jhoulys Chacin (3-6).

Buchholz, Sox flying at finish – Boston Globe
Dodgers swept out of Boston in 2-0 loss – Los Angeles Times
Red-hot Pedroia puts on a show – Boston Globe
With 10 wins, Buchholz has arrived – ESPN.com
Red Sox / Dodgers Box Score – ESPN.com

Sox Topple Diamondbacks

Boston Red SoxThe Boston Red Sox taking on the Arizona Diamondbacks can only be considered the precursor series to the most interesting (only interesting?) interleague series in all of baseball this year – that being the Los Angeles Dodgers coming to Fenway Park and the long-awaited return of Manny Ramirez to Fenway Park. While all of New England is looking forward to Manny’s return in one way or another, the games against the Diamondbacks are still important games, especially when the Sox are four games out of first in the American League East and the AL Wild Card.

Clay Bucholz gutted out a decent performance and helped the Sox put away the Diamondbacks 6-3 on Tuesday night. Bucholz accumulated eight strikeouts over 5-2/3 innings on Tuesday night, but struggled in doing so. He let up three runs on seven hits and one walk. The Diamondbacks worked the count, as well, forcing Bucholz to throw 113 pitches in his shortest outing since May 8.

The Sox offense was lead by a resurgent Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz. They combined to go 4-for-7 with three RBIs, four runs scored and one home run (Ortiz – 13). When asked about Pedroia’s sudden outbreak, Ortiz said “I told you guys before that’s the last guy you got to worry about hitting is Pedroia. I know it’s coming, the laser show.”

Buchholz, Sox good enough – Boston Globe
Diamondbacks fall to Red Sox, lose 11th straight road game – The Arizona Republic
Buchholz buckles down to fend off D-backs – MLB.com
Ortiz homers as Red Sox down Diamondbacks – TSN.com
Red Sox / Diamondbacks Box Score – ESPN.com