Third baseman Will Middlebrooks walked, singled and doubled in his first three major league plate appearances but it wasn't enough to save the Red Sox as they dropped the rubber game to the A's, 4-2, Wednesday night at Fenway Park. Daniel Bard was tagged for eight hits and all four runs in taking his third loss for the Red Sox, who fell to 11-13 on the season. Adrian Gonzalez went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Gonzalez, who grounded out to end the game as the tying run, is hitless in his last 17 at-bats as his average fell to .250 on the season.
Bard (2-3) was in control through the first three innings, allowing just one hit. But in the fourth, Yoenis Cespedes doubled and Seth Smith singled him home to put Oakland up, 1-0.
The Red Sox blew a golden opportunity in the fifth to at least tie the game when they put runners on first and second with none out against A's starter Brandon McCarthy. Josh Reddick dropped Jarrod Saltalamacchia's fly ball in right and Will Middlebrooks (who walked in his first plate appearance in the second) followed with his first major league hit, a chopper down the third base line that he beat out for an infield single. But Marlon Byrd flew out to right, Mike Aviles grounded out to second and Dustin Pedroia popped out to center to end the rally. McCarthy (2-3) held the Red Sox to one run and five hits over 6 2/3 innings.
Having survived that scare in the fifth, the A's added to the lead in the sixth when Bard tired quickly and was the victim of some shoddy fielding. Reddick opened with a single. With one out, Seth Smith hit a fly to the base of the Monster in left. Cody Ross over-ran the ball and mis-timed his jump, allowing the ball to fall on the warning track and allowing Reddick to score from first. The A's would score twice more before Bard was pulled by Bobby Valentine following a one-out RBI double from Brandon Inge, amidst more boos at Fenway.
Bard was finished after 101 pitches, allowing eight hits, four runs, two walks and one strikeout in 5 1/3 innings.
The Red Sox finally got to McCarthy in the seventh. Saltalamacchia opened with a single and Middlebrooks followed with a line drive double down the right field line. With runners on second and third and none out, Byrd lifted a sacrifice fly to left for Boston's first run. But after an Aviles pop-out, Ryan Sweeney walked, chasing McCarthy. Ryan Cook walked Dustin Pedroia to load the bases. But Adrian Gonzalez - mired in his worst slump of the season - struck out swinging on an 81 MPH slider to end the inning.
The game also marked the Red Sox debut of righthander Clayton Mortensen, the pitcher acquired from the Rockies in the offseason for shortstop Marco Scutaro. Mortensen was very impressive, allowing only a leadoff single to Cliff Pennington in the seventh and a wild pitch, striking out six in recording three shutout innings.
In the latest edition of the "It Is What It Is" podcast, Chris Price and CSNNE's Mike Giardi take a look at the Patriots offseason on both sides of the ball, try and get a handle on which new guys will make an impact first, and whether or not the Patriots have altered their style when it comes to drafting and developing wide receivers.
Mike Florio joined the program to discuss the Jets decision to release Tim Tebow, he said the situation is as disaster all around for the Jets and that the problems begins with owner Woody Johnson. Mike also said that he was disappointed with the Pats moving back in the first round.
One of the hardest working men in the biz, Mike Petraglia aka "Trags", sits down with Butch Stearns live in Foxborough to help break down all the latest Pats moves. He discusses his reaction to the trade in Round 1 and the guys those picks produced. Also, the boys talk about the decent trade the Pats made in acquiring LeGarrette Blount from Tampa Bay for Jeff Demps and a 7th rounder.
We check in with Danny Ainge for our first talk to him since the Celtics season ended last weekend. We talk about the future of the team, KG, Pierce, Doc Rivers and more, as Danny directly answers the rumors being floated by ESPN's Stephen A. Smith.
Jackie Mac joins the show to discuss the trade rumors swirling around Paul Pierce, KG, Doc Rivers and the Celtics. She also discusses the future of the Celtics head coach.
Stephen A. joined the program to discuss the trade rumors he has reported regarding a possible trade including Doc Rivers and the Clippers. Stephen A. also told the guys that he has heard that Danny and Doc may be tiring of working together.
John Farrell postgame press conference
Joe Castiglione and Dave O'Brien talked to David Ortiz after the Red Sox beat the Twins 12-5. Big Papi said that team chemistry is great, that the new guys see the Sox way of doing things.
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Bruins rookie defenseman Matt Bartkowski has emerged as one of the young stars of the team and he joins Mut and Tom Caron to discuss his role on the team, why he's confident, and the trade that almost sent him to Calgary.
Andy Brickley joins the show to discuss the Bruins Game 1 win over the Rangers, the play of the three young Bruins defensemen, and the fatigue Jagr has shown on the ice.
Pierre McGuire joins Tom Caron and Mut to discuss the Bruins young defensemen, the intensity and energy level in the game, and the Rangers offense.
Shawn joined the program to discuss another overtime win for the Bruins. When asked about Game 7 against Toronto, Thornton said that he would like to keep his specific comments in the dressing room private, but acknowledged that he encouraged Tyler Seguin to up his play and it paid off in overtime.
Barry joined the guys to help breakdown the Bruins overtime win last night in game one. Barry said that he has rarely seen a team dominate as much as the Bruins yet be forced to an overtime.
Boomer joined the program to discuss the tough loss for his beloved Rangers. Boomer told the guys that Lundqvist will be better in game two and predicted a seven game series.
Millar joins the show to discuss the recent Sox slide, Jacoby Ellsbury's lack of power, and hitting in the big leagues.
We talk all things game one with Jack Edwards of NESN, and get to hear a little from Jack's Finnish protege as well.
We tackle four topics we haven't yet touched upon today.. Joe Thornton and disappointing former Boston athletes, parking in Boston, buying jersey numbers and more...
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The Bruins have almost finished raking the Leafs, the Red Sox struggle from the mound, Miami Heat fans show their level of class.
Daily Planet Wednesday May 8th
Today on the Daily Planet the Bruins take a 2-1 series lead, the Red Sox get a run-off win, and we hear about cannibals and bible thieves.
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Damn New Yorkers!
Sauce Man stylings!
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