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07/09/2012 - 1:23am
Bobby V: Six-man rotation out of break

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine announced after Sunday's 7-3 loss to the Yankees that the team will go with six starting pitchers out of the All-Star break, starting Friday night in St. Petersburg, Fla., against the Rays. 

The trio of Franklin Morales, Clay Buchholz and Josh Beckett will face Tampa Bay while Aaron Cook, Jon Lester and Felix Doubront will start against the White Sox in the return of Kevin Youkilis to Fenway Park. 

For Buchholz, it will be his first start since June 19 against the Marlins. 

For more, visit the Red Sox team page at weei.com/redsox and the Full Count blog.


07/09/2012 - 12:09am
Break even: Sox 43-43 after loss to Yanks

Playing through soreness in his right shoulder, Derek Jeter collected three hits and overcame an embarrassing gaffe in the field as the Yankees wore down Red Sox starter Jon Lester in a 7-3 win Sunday night at Fenway Park. As a result, the Red Sox head into the All-Star break at .500 (43-43), losing 6-of-7 and 8-of-11 heading into the four-day break. It's their worst mark at the break since the 1997 team was 38-48. New sensation Pedro Ciriaco had three more hits for the Red Sox, who are in a last-place tie with the Blue Jays in the AL East, nine games behind the Yankees, who own baseball's best mark at 52-33. 

Lester continued the troubling trend of first-inning problems for Red Sox starters in the series, giving up two runs, including hits to the first three batters he faced. He could've gotten out of the inning with only one run scoring when Nick Swisher grounded to Mauro Gomez with the bases loaded and one out. Gomez stepped on third for the...

07/08/2012 - 9:47pm
Gonzalez leaves game with 'illness'

Adrian Gonzalez, who has played in all 86 games before the All-Star break, left Sunday night's game after two innings due to an "illness," according to the Red Sox. Gonzalez was replaced at first base by Mauro Gomez, who moved over from third base while Nick Punto entered the game at third, making him the Red Sox cleanup hitter behind David Ortiz for the rest of the game.

Gonzalez struck out swinging in the first inning and did not return to the plate, thus ending his hitting streak at a career-high 18 games. 

For more, visit the Red Sox team page at weei.com/redsox and the Full Count blog.


07/08/2012 - 9:14pm
Sox prospects make mark in Futures Game

KANSAS CITY -- Shortstop Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-4 with a single in the All-Star Futures Game, while High-A Salem Red Sox teammate Matt Barnes recorded the final two outs of the game on two pitches, as both took part in a midsummer showcase for the top talent in the minor leagues.

For his part, Bogaerts said that he fulfilled his goal in collecting a hit in the contest, delivering it in the third inning against top Mariners pitching prospect Danny Hultzen, staying on an 83 mph changeup away and delivering a soft liner to left for a single.

"I got a hit, so I'm pretty happy," said the 19-year-old, who served as designated hitter for the World team. "I'm excited to get one in a big game like this."

Barnes was the 10th and final pitcher for the U.S. team. He threw just two pitches, both 95 mph fastballs, eliciting one soft liner to shortstop by Padres catcher Ali Solis and then getting A's infielder Chih-Fang Pan to...

07/08/2012 - 8:07pm
Bobby V: Yankees are 'catchable'

Despite a first half in which the Red Sox won just 43 of their first 85 games, falling 8 1/2 games behind the Yankees in the American League East, manager Bobby Valentine said before Sunday's series finale that New York is still in the club's sights in the second half.

“Anybody’s catchable," Valentine said. "We haven’t seen them for a long time. Last couple of nights, their offense is good. [They’re] veteran, healthy … but they’re catchable.”

Valentine did admit that in order for the Red Sox, or anyone else in the division for that matter, to keep pace, the Yankees would have to slip a little and come back to the pack. The Yankees entered Sunday's game with the best record in baseball at 51-33, good for a .607 winning percentage. 

“They’ll have to come back a little," Valentine added. "When you consider 20 percent of our games are against them, we could have a...

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