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07/24/2011 - 8:31am
Wakefield notches Sox strikeout No. 2000

Red Sox right-hander Tim Wakefield struck out Mariners left fielder Mike Carp on a knuckleball to end the sixth inning, reaching 2,000 strikeouts in his Red Sox career. It was his fourth punchout of the day, and earned the pitcher a standing ovation from the Fenway Park crowd.

Wakefield joins Roger Clemens (2,590) as the only pitchers to reach the milestone in a Red Sox uniofrm. He is the 10th pitcher to record at least 2,000 strikeouts with one American League team. He finished the inning with the Red Sox leading the Mariners, 10-3.

07/23/2011 - 11:57pm
Francona on 1,000th win: 'Not a big deal'

In an attempt to acknowledge but still downplay the significance of his 1,000th win as a major league manager, Terry Francona gave credit to his players and team owner John Henry after the Red Sox rallied for a 3-1 win Saturday night over the Mariners at Fenway Park.

"I guess I’m more comfortable talking about our players and the team and the organization," Francona said. "You try anyway, but yeah I was happy about it."

Francona is now 1,000-880 in his managerial career, good for a .532 winning percentage and fourth-best record among all active managers. Only Davey Johnson, Mike Scioscia and Tony LaRussa are ahead of him. Henry, who along with general manager Theo Epstein hired Francona prior to the 2004 championship season, was one of the first to congratulate the Sox skipper on becoming the 57th manager in MLB history to reach the grand milestone.

"I think he comes to a lot of the games," Francona said...

07/23/2011 - 10:26pm
Just grand: Sox rally for Francona's 1,000th

Dustin Pedroia extended his career-best hitting streak to 20 games and the Red Sox rallied for three runs with two outs and none on in the seventh to beat the Mariners, 3-1, Saturday night at Fenway. In rallying for Terry Francona's 1,000th win as a major league manager, the Red Sox improved to 61-37 and increased their lead in the AL East to three games over the Yankees. The Mariners lost their 14th straight, matching the club's worst-ever streak in 1992. 

Josh Beckett, who entered the night with the lowest run-support of any Red Sox starter at 1.71 runs per game, was again asked to be nearly perfect. And while he did give up seven hits, for six shutout innings, he was dominant. 

But Mike Carp, the Mariners outfielder who drilled a three-run homer on Friday night off Franklin Morales, hit his second homer of the season and second in as many nights when he took a 91 MPH cutter from Beckett and deposited the pitch in the Red Sox bullpen to...

07/23/2011 - 4:43pm
Buchholz will throw side session Monday

Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz threw on flat ground prior to Saturday's game against the Mariners and will throw a side session off a mound on Monday for the first time since going on the disabled list. Buchholz has been sidelined since June 17 with a lower back strain that the team had originally believed would affect the right-hander's delivery.

In announcing Buchholz's current plan for recovery, Red Sox manager Terry Francona stated that the back still bothers Buchholz but given the type of injury, it shouldn't be a hindrance going forward.

"He still feels it," Francona said. "I think talking to [medical director Dr. Thomas Gill, athletic trainer Michael Reinold] and everybody, they say he may feel it but that doesn't mean he's necessarily going to hurt himself. So that's that kind of fine line we're walking right now. He's not ready to pitch. I don't think anybody thinks he is. There's going to be a progression here, and...

07/23/2011 - 3:26pm
Lineup: Varitek catching Beckett vs. M's

Captain Jason Varitek will step behind the plate to catch Red Sox ace Josh Beckett and will bat eighth in the lineup Saturday night in the second game of a three-game set against the Mariners. Varitek and the rest of the Boston starting nine will face Seattle rookie hurler Blake Beavan for the first time collectively as the righty makes just the third start of his MLB career. 

Beckett is 8-3 this season with a 2.12 ERA, a stat that is good enough to be second-best in the American League this season. He is coming off an outing in which he surrendered just one hit and no runs over eight innings while striking out six against the Rays last Sunday. To see how the Mariners have fared against Beckett, check out the matchups at the Full Count blog

Here's the entire Red Sox lineup:


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