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07/27/2011 - 11:15am
Ortiz: 'I'll take my chances with [Reddick]'

Talking prior to the Red Sox' 13-9 win over the Royals Tuesday night, David Ortiz told that he would welcome the Sox heading into the playoffs with Josh Reddick as the team's everyday right fielder.

"That kid right there, I would throw up against anybody," Ortiz said. "What he's doing right now for us is big-time.

"When I watch him play he just looks like one of those old-school guys who plays the game hard. It doesn't matter who's pitching, he's going to give you 120 percent when he's playing. That kid right there, that's how he is. His confidence is unbelievable, he's hungry and he wants to play. I'll take my chances with him."

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07/27/2011 - 7:49am
Magadan: Pedroia entering MVP mix

Red Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan suggested that Dustin Pedroia, who went 4-for-5 and came up a few feet of a homer that would have given him the cycle in Tuesday's 13-7 win over the Royals, is having a season to rival the 2008 campaign that ended with the second baseman being named the AL Most Valuable Player. Pedroia is now hitting .304 with a .404 OBP (on pace to be a new career high) and .880 OPS (also on pace for a new best). His 13 homers project to a career high 21, and he's already matched a career high with 20 steals.

"He always looks for a way to help us win the game that day. ... That’s why he won the MVP in 2008 and that’s why he’s going to start entering into the conversation this year," said Magadan. "He’s something else. It’s a very short list of guys you would trade him for in my eyes."

For more on why this season now ranks alongside Pedroia's MVP season as his best ever,...

07/27/2011 - 7:40am
Mashup: Bad call ends 19-inning game

The Braves beat the Pirates 4-3 in a 19-inning classic Tuesday night, but the ending was a sour one. Former Red Sox infielder Julio Lugo sprinted home on a grounder and appeared to be tagged out by Pittsburgh catcher Michael McKenry. However, umpire Jerry Meals ruled that Lugo avoided the tag.

Lugo did his best to back the ump: "I didn't feel the tag," he said. "He made the right call. I got in there." However, even Meals later acknowledged he might have made a big mistake. "I saw the tag, but he looked like he oléd him and I called him safe for that," Meals said. "I looked at the replays and it appeared he might have got him on the shin area. I'm guessing he might have got him, but when I was out there when it happened I didn't see a tag."

Said Pirates manager Clint Hurdle: "The game tonight deserved way better than that."

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07/26/2011 - 11:02pm
Red Sox slug way past Royals

One night after managing just one run in 13 innings, the Red Sox exacted overpowering revenge against the Royals in a 13-9 victory Tuesday night.

Adrian Gonzalez, Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz combined to go 10-for-13 with four walks, six runs and eight runs batted in to lead the way. Both Pedroia and Ortiz went 4-for-5, with Ortiz lining three doubles (a new career high) and driving in five runs and Pedroia collecting two singles, a double and a triple. In the bottom of the eighth, he came up just short of becoming the first Red Sox since John Valentin in 1996 to hit for the cycle, as his deep fly ball landed in the glove of left fielder Alex Gordon at the base of the Green Monster.

The offensive eruption (the major league-leading 15th time that the Sox have scored 10 or more runs this year) allowed the Sox to overcome a poor start by Andrew Miller. The left-hander allowed seven runs (five earned) on nine hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings. He...

07/26/2011 - 6:39pm
Reddick: 'Proved to myself I'm ready to stay'

Red Sox left-handed-hitting outfielder Josh Reddick will get just the second start of his young career against a lefty pitcher when he starts against the Royals' Danny Duffy Tuesday night. Reddick has the stats against lefties this season (9-for-18 with a home run) to earn the start, but even so, he said seeing his name on the lineup card Tuesday will serve as a confidence booster. 

“In the past, I haven’t started against lefties,” Reddick said before the game. “Lately with the left-handed relievers coming in, for [Red Sox manager Terry Francona] to keep me in there is just showing how much I’ve proved to him and how much I’ve proved to myself I’m ready to stay up here.”

Francona said before Tuesday's game that he never believed that Reddick would not become this successful against his southpaw counterparts on the mound. 

"I don't think we ever viewed him as a guy that couldn't...

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