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Ortiz Lifts Red Sox With 2 Homers; Haren Hurt in Angels Debut

Boston Red SoxFrom ESPN.com:

When the line drive hit Dan Haren’s right forearm with a sickening smack, a collective shudder pulsed through Angel Stadium. Not even the Boston Red Sox wanted Haren’s debut with the Los Angeles Angels to end with an ugly injury.

A few hours later, Haren grimaced gratefully when he rubbed the bandage on his bruised arm. The right-hander is fairly certain he lost nothing more than a decision Monday night.

David Ortiz hit two homers in the same stadium where he won the Home Run Derby nearly two weeks ago, and Clay Buchholz pitched seven strong innings in the Red Sox’s 6-3 victory over Haren and the slumping Angels.

Haren struck out eight in his Angels debut before getting tagged by Kevin Youkilis’ fifth-inning line drive while trying to catch it. Los Angeles traded four players to Arizona to land the three-time All-Star, whose forearm will be re-evaluated Tuesday.

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Sox Sweep Diamondbacks

Boston Red SoxThe Boston Red Sox defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-5 to complete the sweep. John Lackey threw 6 innings, letting up 4 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 5 and walked 2 while running his record up to 8-3. David Ortiz helped out with a 2-run home run in the third inning. Kevin Youkilis, Marco Scutaro, Adrian Beltre, and Daniel Nava all contributed with RBIs as well.

The Sox bring their winning streak into a weekend series with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the long-awaited return of Manny Ramirez to Fenway Park.

Reynolds’ struggles hamper D-backs – MLB.com
Lackey, offense help Boston sweep Arizona – MLB.com
Sox complete sweep – Boston Globe
Pedroia, Sox stay on target, drill Arizona -Boston Globe
Red Sox / Diamondbacks Box Score – ESPN.com

Sox Roll DBacks 6-2

Boston Red SoxJon Lester regained his form last night pitching seven innings while letting up two runs in leading the Boston Red Sox to a 6-2 win over the sinking Arizona Diamondbacks. Three walks and four hits rounded out his stats. Lester brought his win total to 9 this season – second in the American League and third overall in MLB. His confidence really came back when he pitched out of a one-out, bases-loaded situation in the fourth innings. In addition to Lester’s heroics, Dustin Pedroia continued his charge back into the spotlight by hitting a two-run homerun in the first. Kevin Youkilis also added a two-run homerun in the seventh. In between, Adrian Beltre and J.D. Drew helped with an RBI each.

The Sox go for the sweep tonight when John Lackey takes the hill at Fenway Park (6:10pm).

Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez speaks with pitcher Jon Lester in the second inning last night at Fenway Park.

Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez speaks with pitcher Jon Lester in the second inning last night at Fenway Park.
Photo: Stuart Cahill / Boston Herald

Sox recap: Red Sox 6, Diamondbacks 2 – Boston Herald
Red Sox derail Diamonbacks again, 6-2 – Boston Globe
Sweep on Minds of Red Sox Heading Into Series Finale With Diamondbacks – NESN.com
Arizona Diamondbacks Woes Continue With 11th-Straight Road Loss – Phonenix NewTimes
Red Sox / Diamondback 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

Hold the Brooms: Sox Can’t Complete Sweep

Boston Red SoxDespite their best efforts, the Boston Red Sox couldn’t complete the sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies. On a day when Tim Wakefield’s knuckeball just wasn’t dancing the way is sometimes does, the Sox couldn’t produce the myriad of runs they had the previous two days. Cole Hamels pitched seven strong innings for the Phils, scattering five hits and two walks while only giving up one run. He was also able to strikeout eight Sox players. Wakefield, on the other hand, gave up seven hits and one walk while being responsible for four runs in 7-1/3 innings. The Sox outfield phenom (is two games too early to use that phrase? Probably…) Daniel Nava when 2-4 with an RBI to keep his hot streak alive.

The Sox are off today (14-Jun) but return to action tomorrow at Fenway Park against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Clay Bucholz will take his 8-4 record and 2.52 ERA to the mound against Ian Kennedy (3-3, 3.17) when the two teams meet.

Phillies’ offense generates rally, win – Philadelphia Inquirer
Phinally: Phils salvage final game, top Red Sox 5-4 – examiner.com
Hamels’ performance just what Phillies needed – Boston Globe
Sox linger, but can’t last – Boston Globe
Cole Hamels Outduels Tim Wakefield as Phillies Avoid Sweep – NESN