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06/04/2011 - 4:20pm
Papelbon, Varitek ejected as Sox blow lead

Jonathan Papelbon and Jason Varitek were ejected by home plate umpire Tony Randazzo as the Red Sox blew a four-run, ninth-inning lead to the A's Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox led 7-3 heading into the ninth and Papelbon was brought into a non-save situation. He allowed the first two runners to reach and then became frustrated at the strike zone being called by Randazzo. Adding to the misery was a key error by Dustin Pedroia on what appeared to be a certain, game-ending double play. Instead, a run scored making it 7-4. 

Varitek then arguing and was subsequently ejected by Randazzo after another run scored to make it 7-5. 

Following a close call on a potential third strike to pinch-hitter Conor Jackson, Papelbon gave up a game-tying double down the left field line. After the tying runs crossed, Papelbon barked at Randazzo, who immediately threw him out. Then Papelbon became enraged and charged Randazzo, getting in the...

06/04/2011 - 3:44pm
Julien: 'This isn't unknown territory' for B's
By: DJ Bean

VANCOUVER -- The Bruins did not hold a morning skate in anticipation of Saturday's Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals vs. the Canucks, instead holding media availability at the the team hotel. With the B's having lost Game 1 for the third time in four playoff series this postseason, coach Claude Julien acknowledged that being in familiar territory makes it easier on the general mindset of the team.  

"That's why we're going into this game tonight with positive thoughts and positive feelings," Julien said. "This isn't unknown territory for us. We've been through that, and it doesn't mean [the wins] happen automatically. We know we have to work through it, but having done it certainly gives you the confidence to go out there and play the type of game that you need to play in order to win. We need to do that tonight."

The Bruins lost the first two games of the quarterfinals vs. the Canadiens before winning the next three and...

06/04/2011 - 10:54am
Buchholz (back) could get extra rest

Clay Buchholz acknowledged after his start Friday night against the Athletics that he was thinking about the health of his back while on the mound, and Red Sox manager Terry Francona said before Saturday's contest that the potential malady had given him some cause for concern. Out of that, the skipper said Buchholz may get a few extra days off instead of pitching in his scheduled spot on Wednesday against the Yankees.

"I think we want to sit down with him and figure out the best way to go forward, whether it's in five days or giving him a couple extra days," said Francona. "We can do that with the day off on Monday."

As a result, Tim Wakefield will do a regular bullpen session on Saturday in preparation to potentially take Buchholz's start on Wednesday in New York. Spot starter Alfredo Aceves will also move to the bullpen full time in preparation for John Lackey's return to the rotation Sunday "so that we have everything...

06/04/2011 - 10:08am
Lineup: Drew back in for Sox vs. Cahill

In a matchup of two of the American League leaders in ERA, the Red Sox will send Josh Beckett to the hill on Saturday against A's right-hander Trevor Cahill. With Beckett (4-2, 1.80) on the hill, the Sox will feature Jason Varitek behind the plate. Meanwhile, J.D. Drew will return to the lineup on Saturday against Cahill (6-3, 2.31), against whom he is 2-for-9 with a homer in his career.

For matchup information, visit the Full Count blog. For full Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.

RED SOX LINEUP

Ellsbury, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Gonzalez, 1B
Youkilis, 3B
Ortiz, DH
Crawford, LF
Lowrie, SS
Drew, RF
Varitek, C

Beckett, SP


06/03/2011 - 11:46pm
Francona: Daisuke to get surgery next week

Red Sox manager Terry Francona confirmed after Friday's game against Oakland that starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka will have ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow within the next week. The decision to go ahead with the surgery was made after a consultatation between Red Sox team doctor Thomas Gill and orthopedic specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum during Friday's game, with Matsuzaka's input. 

"It looks like Dr. Yocum is going to peform a surgery on Daisuke, probably some time next week," Francona said. "That's still to be determined but it looks like it'll be next week."

Matsuzaka will miss the remainder of the 2011 season, his fifth year of a six-year, $52 million deal with the Red Sox, signed before the 2007 season. Matsuzaka was 3-3 with a 5.30 ERA this season in eight games, seven starts. He is likely to miss part of the 2012 season as well as he recovers and rehabilitates his right elbow. 

Matsuzaka...

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