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04/22/2013 - 12:14am
Webster returning to PawSox after strong debut

It was a tantalizing hint of what is to come.

Though the Red Sox suffered a 5-4, 10-inning defeat at the hands of the Royals in the second game of a day-night doubleheader, the contest featured an impressive unveiling of a prospect who offered initial validation to the hype that accompanied him this spring. In the first start of his career, which resulted in a no-decision, 23-year-old Allen Webster showed a veteran’s poise and stuff.

In a game where he leaned heavily on veteran batterymate David Ross, Webster allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits over six innings. That end line, however, only explains part of why the rookie’s debut was noteworthy.

The Royals didn’t exactly give...

04/21/2013 - 10:18pm
Bases-loaded walk dooms Miller, Red Sox

For the Red Sox, Sunday definitely bore no resemblance to Saturday.

After the dramatics that came with the Sox’ series-opening win, the Royals rebounded to sweep the teams’ doubleheader Sunday. The day was capped for the visitors with a 5-4, 10-inning victory, one which was locked down when Andrew Miller issued a bases-loaded walk to Lorenzo Cain.

It marks the second time this season the Red Sox have lost back-to-back games, with John Farrell’s club dropping to 12-6.

“Felt pretty good tonight. Lost those two hitters. Just, not doing my job and I know that right now the way i’m throwing the ball, guys are going to work counts and see pitches,” said Miller, who came on to pitch the 10th inning after Andrew Bailey notched a perfect ninth. “I’ve got to...

04/21/2013 - 6:18pm
Ortiz: Despite hits, 'I don't feel comfortable yet'

Despite going 5-for-8 in his first two games and driving in two runs, contributing more to the Red Sox offense than any other player in the first half of Sunday’s doubleheader with the Royals, David Ortiz said he doesn’t feel comfortable at the plate yet.

“I’m battling right now,” Ortiz, who went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the afternoon game against the Royals, said. “I wasn’t facing pitching for eight months, and I’m not going to lie to you, I don’t feel comfortable yet. I’ve been lucky. I’ve been hitting where nobody’s at, but I don’t feel yet the way I like to feel, you know what I’m saying?”

Four of Ortiz...

04/21/2013 - 6:14pm
Sox G2 lineup: Ortiz, Drew sit; Carp starts

The Red Sox will feature a considerably different batting order in Game 2 of the doubleheader than they did in the first contest. David Ortiz, Stephen Drew and Jonny Gomes will sit, replaced in the lineup by Mike Carp (starting in left field), David Ross (catching, with Jarrod Saltalamacchia serving as DH) and Pedro Ciriaco (shortstop). Shane Victorino, according to manager John Farrell, is “much improved” in his recovery from lower back spasms experienced Saturday, but he remains out for the second game of the double header.

Ross will be working with right-hander Allen Webster in his big league debut. The Sox will face Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie.

For a look at how the Red Sox have fared against Guthrie,...

04/21/2013 - 5:59pm
Gomes honors victims with custom bats

Though he went 0-for-4 on Sunday, Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes had arguably the most notable plate appearances of the day by a member of the Red Sox. Gomes was using a pair of custom-made Victus bats meant to honor the three victims who died in Monday’s bombings during the Boston Marathon as well as the police officer who lost his life in pursuit of the suspected perpetrators of the bombings.

His bat featured the inscription, “Boston Strong,” with the names of Martin Richard, Lu Lingzi, Krystle Campbell and Sean Collier below the phrase.

Gomes said his agent contacted him to suggest that he either use or publicize the bats. Of the...

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