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08/14/2010 - 11:05pm
Lester leads Sox past Rangers

Jon Lester was dominant, throwing eight scoreless innings of five-hit baseball to lead the Red Sox past the Rangers, 3-1, on Saturday night in Arlington Texas.

Lester (13-7) retired 15 of the last 16 hitters he faced, and ended up with five strikeouts and no walks. Scott Atchison started the ninth and yielded a solo homer to Josh Hamilton for the Rangers only run of the night, while rookie southpaw Felix Doubront finished up.

The win snapped a two-game skid for the Red Sox, who had suffered two heartbreaking defeats over the previous two days — the first coming in Toronto on Thursday, when they entered the ninth with a 5-2 lead but lost 6-5, and the second coming Friday evening in Texas when they couldn’t hold an 8-2 edge and lost 10-9.

In the fifth, J.D. Drew delivered an RBI single that gave the Sox a 1-0 lead, while Bill Hall and Marco Scutaro added single RBI’s in the ninth that gave Boston a little...

08/14/2010 - 8:55pm
Pedroia: 'Jump on the wagon now'

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Playing in his first rehab game while recovering from a broken bone in his left foot, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia went 1-for-3 with a single and a walk while playing for the Triple A Pawtucket Red Sox in the PawSox' 6-4 win over the Buffalo Bisons Saturday night at McCoy Stadium. In his first at-bat since breaking his foot June 25 in San Francisco, Pedroia hit a hard grounder to third for an out, before singling back up the middle off of Buffalo pitcher Michael Antonini in the PawSox' four-run third inning.

 

The second baseman flew out to right and walked in his final two at-bats. Pedroia completed both chances he had in the field, fielding a grounder and pop-up.

 

"I'm pretty excited about everything," said Pedroia, who plans on serving as the PawSox' designated hitter Sunday before rejoining the Red Sox for Tuesday's game at Fenway Park. "I don't feel like I'm holding anything...

08/14/2010 - 5:25pm
Ellsbury to the DL; Bowden activated

The Red Sox have sent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury to the 15-day disabled list after re-injuring his ribs during the Red Sox' loss to the Rangers Friday night in Arlington, Texas. Red Sox manager Terry Francona, who identified the current injury as "trauma" to the ribs, also told reporters prior to Saturday night's game that the pain was worse than when Ellsbury initially came back from the ailment in late May. In Ellsbury's place, the Sox have activated reliever Michael Bowden and will most likely carry 13 pitchers until Dustin Pedroia's planned return to the lineup Tuesday. For more on the Red Sox see the team page at weei.com/redsox.


08/14/2010 - 5:03pm
Lineup: Martinez catching, Patterson in CF

The Red Sox will be looking to bounce back from series-opening loss against the Rangers with Jon Lester taking the mound. While there was some concern over Victor Martinez foot Friday night, the switch-hitter is back in the lineup and catching. Here is the Red Sox' batting order against Texas starter Colby Lewis: 

 

Marco Scutaro SS

 

J.D. Drew RF

 

Victor Martinez C

 

David Ortiz DH

 

Adrian Beltre 3B

 

Mike Lowell 1B

 

Ryan Kalish LF

 

Bill Hall 2B

 

Eric Patterson CF

 

Jon Lester P

 

For more Red Sox coverage see the team page at weei.com/redsox.


08/14/2010 - 4:47pm
Sox send catcher Thomas to Rangers

To complete the trade for catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, the Red Sox sent minor league catcher Michael Thomas to the Rangers as the player to be named. The Sox had already sent right-hander Roman Mendez and first baseman Chris McGuiness to Texas.

 

Thomas was a 12th round pick by the Sox in the 2009 draft out of Southern University A&M. He is a huge target (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) who was described as a solid receiver with a strong arm (he's thrown out 30 percent of would-be base stealers in his two pro seasons) but with limited offensive skills. Thomas, who had not played since July 28, was hitting .156/.269/.267/.536 for Single-A Greenville.

 

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