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06/05/2011 - 4:26pm
Crawford, Gonzalez lead Sox to sweep

Carl Crawford hit a second-inning, three-run homer, and Adrian Gonzalez followed with two-run homer two innings later, as the Red Sox claimed a 6-3 victory over the A's Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park. The win secured a series sweep for the Sox, who improved to 33-26.

Earning the win was starter John Lackey, who allowed three runs over 5 2/3 innings in his first appearance since coming off the 15-day disabled list. After Lackey's 93-pitch outing, Red Sox relievers Matt Albers, Tommy Hottovy, Dan Wheeler and Daniel Bard closed out the game with 3 1/2 innings of scoreless relief.

Along with Crawford and Gonzalez, the Red Sox' offense also got a boost from Jarrod Saltalamacchia and David Ortiz, who each had three hits apiece. Dustin Pedroia chipped in with a pair of hits, along with an RBI.

For what went right in the win, go to Closing Time at the Full Count Blog.

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06/05/2011 - 1:13pm
'Shocked' Matsuzaka: Return 'soon as I can'

Daisuke Matsuzaka spoke Sunday morning for the first time since deciding to have "Tommy John" ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow. The Red Sox pitcher - in the fifth year of a six-year contract - said he was stunned when doctor Lewis Yocum told him that surgery was the most realistic way to fully heal his injury.

“The ligament is torn and I was told to fix it perfectly, I need to have the surgery," Matsuzaka said. "That’s why I’m getting the surgery."

Matsuzaka was 3-3 this season with a 5.30 ERA in seven starts and one relief appearance. He signed a six-year, $52 million contract before the 2007 season and has a 49-30 mark with a 4.25 ERA in four-plus seasons in Boston. 

“It’s actually my first time to get an operation and all I can say is I'm very shocked when it comes to these results," Matsuzaka said through an interpreter. “I decided to have the...

06/05/2011 - 11:48am
Buchholz backed up to Friday, to miss Yanks

In a precautionary move to allow his back more time to let his back settle down, Red Sox manager Terry Francona announced Sunday morning that Clay Buchholz will be moved back two days and will next pitch on Friday against the Blue Jays. Tim Wakefield will take Buchholz's spot in the rotation and will pitch Wednesday against the Yankees. 

"Buch's going to pitch Friday in Toronto," Francona said. "Wake will pitch Wednesday. Just give Buch a chance to back up a couple of days, let him start his five-day cycle two days late. Think that will do him a little bit of good."

Buchholz said following Friday's start that he was concerned that his back was about to act up on him while he was pitching and didn't want to injure himself. Francona then sat down Saturday with with the Red Sox starter, pitching coach Curt Young and trainer Mike Reinold to determine the smartest course of action.

"Talked to him a bunch, tried to...

06/05/2011 - 10:24am
Drew sits as Lackey returns

John Lackey will make his first start since May 11, returning from a stint on the disabled list to treat a strain of his right elbow. The big right-hander had struggled to a 2-5 record and 8.01 ERA to start the year, but the Sox are hopeful that a cortisone shot and rest will allow him to be more effective going forward.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be behind the plate to catch Lackey. Meanwhile, one day after he delivered the walkoff hit in Saturday's 9-8, 14-inning victory, J.D. Drew will sit against A's left-hander Brett Anderson, who has enjoyed tremendous success against the Sox. Mike Cameron will start in right and bat eighth in Drew's place.

For matchup information, visit the Full Count blog. For complete team coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.

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06/04/2011 - 11:59pm
Bruins downplay Burrows connection
By: DJ Bean

VANCOUVER -- There was plenty of buzz over whether Canucks first-line winger Alexandre Burrows would play in Game 2 in the hours that followed his bite on Patrice Bergeron at the end of the first period of Game 1. The league's decision not to suspend Burrows hurt the Bruins big-time Saturday, as he had a hand in all three Canucks goals and scored the game-winner 11 seconds into overtime in a 3-2 Vancouver win. 

The Bruins and coach Claude Julien were quick to dismiss the connection between Burrows' act the impact Wednesday he had Saturday.

"No comments. That's got nothing to do with that," Julien said when asked whether Burrows' performance made him reconsider whether he felt the league made the right call. "I never thought about that that way. They made a decision and we moved on. If we start using that as an excuse, we're a lame team. To me, it's not even a consideration."

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