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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

Sox Can’t Capitalize on Yanks Loss

Boston Red SoxEven though the New York Yankees lost to the Seattle Mariners, the Boston Red Sox stayed one game out of first place in the AL East as they lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 9-4 on Thursday night. In the six innings he pitched, Daisuke Matsuzaka gave up three runs on six hits while striking out five and walking just two batters. His record dropped to 5-3 on the season. Despite the output of DH David Ortiz (2-3, 3 RBI, 1 Run), the Red Sox could only muster four runs. In fact, the Red Sox entire lineup had issues with three of their starters (Kevin Youkilis, Bill Hall, and Darnell McDonald) going a combined 0-for-11.

The Sox are off tonight as they prepare for a homestand at Fenway Park this weekend against the Baltimore Orioles. Your truly will be attending the game on Saturday night. Hopefully the update for that game will come with a few pictures!

Top spot eludes Red Sox – Boston Herald
Rays’ bats come alive in 9-4 win over Red Sox – Tampa Bay Online
Garza stymies Red Sox in Rays’ victory – MLB.com
Red Sox Baffled by Matt Garza As Rays Regain Some Swagger in AL East – NESN.com
Red Sox / Rays Boxscore – NESN.com

Lester Still Perfect Against O’s

Boston Red SoxJon Lester’s 6-1/3 scoreless innings last night at Camden Yards allowed him to continue his dominance of the Baltimore Orioles and extend his lifetime record against the AL East rivals to 11-0. He allowed only three walks and four hits while contributing four strikeouts. In the seventh, he walked the bases loaded, but was helped out when Daniel Bard entered the game and shut down the O’s.

Despite needing help from Bard to get out of the inning, this effort helped continue Lester’s string of quality starts. In his last three outings, he has spread one run over nine hits in his last three starts (19-1/3 innings) and has accounted for six wins in his last seven starts. When asked about Bard’s performance, Lester had the following to say: “He’s great. He bailed me out. He’s done that all year for us. Hopefully he can continue to do it. Obviously you see what he brings to the table every night he pitches. He’s done great and you can’t speak highly enough about what he’s done out of the bullpen for us.”

The Sox will go for the series sweep this evening when they send John Lackey to the mound on Sunday afternoon.

Jon Lester pitches 6-1/3 scoreless against O's

Jon Lester pitches 6-1/3 scoreless against O

Lester, Red Sox still not in a giving mood – Boston Globe
O’s offense, bullpen sputter in loss – Baltimore Sun
Lester improves record vs. O’s to 11-0 – MLB.com
Fireballer Bard a fast learner – ESPN
Daniel Bard’s all set in bullpen – Boston Herald

Red Sox Rock O’s

Boston Red SoxSorry for the absence of new posts here. Between the holiday weekend and travelling for work earlier this week, I haven’t had a whole lot of time to post.

Fear not, however, as I have been keeping up with my beloved Red Sox and not-quite-as-beloved-but-still-loved Celtics. And yesterday was nothing short of enjoyable as the Red Sox whooped up on the Baltimore Orioles 11-0. Clay Bucholz made Red Sox history as he became the first pitcher in the franchise’s storied history to win nine-straight road starts (this win was also his fifth straight win). He made his place in Red Sox lore by spreading five hits over nine innings of shutout baseball, leading the team to a win. The win was also Bucholz’s eight of the season, putting him in a tie with Tampa Bay Ray David Price for the lead in the AL East.

The O’s, who now have a MLB-worst record of 15-40 lost this game after their manager, Dave Trembley, was fired. They will try for their 16th win of the season on Saturday at Camden Yards against Jon Lester (10-0 lifetime against the O’s) and the Boston Red Sox.

Clay Bucholz
Clay Bucholz
Photo: Boston Herald

Orioles awful in Samuel’s debut as manager – Baltimore Sun
About last night: Another gem for Buchholz – Boston Herald
Buchholz isn’t lacking – Boston Globe
Worth a million Buchs – Boston Herald