The Red Sox were done in by a lack of dominant pitching and by their defensive miscues in a 4-3 loss to the Royals on Wednesday night in the rubber match of a three-game set in Kansas City. With the defeat, the Sox dropped to 12-18 on the season.
Jon Lester did not pitch poorly, but he also lacked dominant stuff. He allowed four runs (just one earned) on six hits in five innings, walking one and striking out just three. Lester was touched for four hits in two-strike counts, and his inability to put away the Royals resulted in his exit from the game after requiring 108 pitches in his five frames.
The Royals' biggest offensive eruption of the night came in the first inning, aided substantially by a pair of Red Sox defensive misplays. With two runners on and two outs, center fielder Marlon Byrd misplayed a fly ball into a run-scoring error. One batter later, Cody Ross initially appeared to run down a fly ball by Brayan Pena in deep left, but the...
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine told reporters in Kansas City that he had not yet had a chance to speak with starter Josh Beckett about the reported golf outing he had last Thursday, one day after he had been scratched from a Saturday start due to soreness in his right lat muscle. Beckett, as is common for starters, flew back from Kansas City to Boston ahead of his team in preparation for his start in Fenway Park on Thursday.
While the Sox skipper said he had not yet discussed the incident, he downplayed it on two fronts, first noting that Beckett was dealing with soreness rather than an acute injury, and also suggesting that he trusted the pitcher not to do anything to put his health at risk.
"I’m not sure I can really comment on it other than to say, physical issues I guess, he had a sore lat. He wasn’t an injured player. I know that," Valentine told reporters. "We’ll take it from there. But I’m sure...
Will Middlebrooks is back in the lineup Wednesday after leaving Tuesday's game with a tight left hamstring. Tuesday had marked the second time in four days that the hamstring limited him, as he was scratched Saturday and had to leave Tuesday in the second inning.
The Red Sox will send Jon Lester to the mound against Bruce Chen and the Royals as they look to improve on their 1-6 record in the month of May. The lineup is as follows:
1. Mike Aviles, SS
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
5. Will Middlebrooks, 3B
6. Cody Ross, LF
7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
8. Marlon Byrd, CF
9. Ryan Sweeney, RF
SP -- Jon Lester
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Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks, after leaving Tuesday's game with tightness in his left hamstring, is back in the lineup and batting fifth against the Royals on Wednesday. Though lefty Bruce Chen is on the hill for Kansas City, Jarrod Saltalamacchia will get the start against the southpaw as the catcher for Jon Lester, and Ryan Sweeney will be in right field.
That likely reflects not just the desire of the Sox to get playing time for Saltalamacchia and Sweeney amidst a southpaw-heavy stretch of the schedule, but also that Chen hasn't produced dramatic left-right splits this year. Righties are hitting .260/.284/.500/.784 against him, while left-handed hitters own a .257/.316/.400/.716 line against the 34-year-old
For matchup information on how the Royals have done against Lester and how the Sox have fared against Chen,...
Carl Beane, the public address announcer at Fenway Park since 2003, was killed in a single car crash in Sturbridge on Wednesday.
Beane, 59, was pronounced dead at Harrington Hospital in Southbridge shortly after the crash. Officers were alerted to the crash on Holland Street at around 12:40 on Wednesday afternoon by golfers at Hemlock Ridge Golf Course, which is located close to the scene of the accident.
Beane, a native of Agawam, began his broadcasting career in 1972.
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