The Red Sox obliterated the hapless Orioles for a second straight night, sending 13 batters to the plate and scoring eight times in the first inning in a 10-3 brawl-filled romp on Friday at a rainy Fenway Park.
The win might have been costly as Red Sox ace and All-Star Josh Beckett - making his final start before All-Star break - slipped while making a pitch to Felix Pie in the fifth inning and came out of the game after just 68 pitches with a mildly hyperextended left knee. The team said during the game that the ace - who improved to 8-3 - left for precautionary reasons.
After J.J. Hardy misplayed a likely double play ball off the bat of Kevin Youkilis, which drove in Boston's first run, David Ortiz launched a long homer to right for his team-leading 19th of the season, putting the Red Sox up 4-0. The Red Sox chased lefty Zach Britton, who came into the game with a 6-6 mark and an impressive 3.47 ERA.
Adrian Gonzalez had...
David Ortiz and Kevin Gregg were ejected in a bench-clearing brawl Friday night in the eighth inning of a Red Sox rout of the Orioles.
After two straight inside pitches, Gregg came inside for a third straight pitch and Ortiz approached the mound and pointed his bat toward Gregg. On the fourth pitch, with Josh Reddick on third, Ortiz flew out to center field. While Ortiz was heading up the first base line, Gregg yelled at Ortiz, motioning him to get up the first base line.
Ortiz took the challenge and charged Gregg and a full-scale brawl -- with errant punches thrown by both Gregg and Ortiz -- ensued. After 20 minutes and the ejections of Ortiz, Gregg, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jason Johnson, order was restored, with the Red Sox still leading, 10-3..
Despite leading 8-3, and having thrown just 68 pitches, Josh Beckett left Friday's game against the Orioles after five innings after slipping on a wet mound at Fenway and suffering a mildly hyperextended left knee. The Red Sox say he left for precautionary reasons.
Beckett's plant foot slipped after throwing Ball 1 to Felix Pie. Red Sox manager Terry Francona and trainer Greg Barajas came racing out of the dugout to look at their star ace, who is leading the staff with a 7-3 mark and a 2.12 ERA. Beckett stayed in the game but was not as effective as he had been in throwing four shutout innings and leading, 8-0.
He eventually walked Pie and Robert Andino, both of whom came around to score as Beckett surrendered RBI singles to Nick Markakis and Adam Jones. Derrick Lee opened the fifth with a mammoth homer off the Volvo sign in left.
Beckett missed over a month last year with a sore back when he slipped on a wet Yankee Stadium...
Righthander Kyle Weiland will make his major league debut on Sunday in the pre-All Star break finale against the Orioles at Fenway Park. The 24-year-old will be taking the place of Jon Lester in the Red Sox rotation, as Lester went on the disabled list this week with a left lat strain suffered in Tuesday's start against the Blue Jays.
One of the factors figuring in for the Red Sox is that Weiland will be well-rested, having come off an impressive start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday, allowing six hits and two runs over 6 2/3 innings against Rochester in a win over the Red Wings.
"He's really been doing well," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said in making the announcement before Friday's game. "So as much as has gone wrong with some health, this is the flip side where it's really exciting. Kind of looking forward to it."
Weiland is 6-2 this season, with a 2.33 ERA in 10 starts. He impressed the Red Sox in...
Former Red Sox player and current MLB Network and NESN analyst Kevin Millar joined the Mut & Merloni show Friday afternoon for his weekly discussion about baseball.
With floundering outfielder Mike Cameron shipped off to Florida, J.D. Drew has taken even more criticism for his lack of production this season. When asked what he would do with the struggling 35-year-old, Millar stepped into the role of general manager.
"I would call the Mets if I’m Theo [Epstein]," Millar said. "This is just me. I’m being the GM. Theo’s my assistant now. I call the Mets, I say, ‘Hey Sandy [Alderson]. You take my stuff, I’ll take your stuff, your dead weight.’ J.D. Drew is dead weight for me, and I’ll take Carlos Beltran right now because I think he can help me in a run down the second half of the season. You’ve heard the Mets trying to get rid of Beltran the last couple of years....
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