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...
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...
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.
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
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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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Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Joe and Dave talk with Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts after he goes 4-5 in the Red Sox 9-4 win over the New York Yankees.
Joe talked to the Sox right-hander, who allowed three hits and zero walks in the 3-0 win over the Rays.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
Tom Brady discussed his feelings on the Logan Mankins trade and the return of Gronk.
Tim joined the show to discuss the start of the NFL season and the future of Tom Brady.
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The iCloud was hacked over Labor Day weekend and over 300 scandalous photos were hacked from the phones and iPads of celebrities. And the guy who replaced Michael Sam, Ethan Westbrooks, got a tattoo on his face to motivate himself from ever having a "normal" job.
On this Patriots Monday (on a Tuesday) Chandler Jones talks about getting ready for the Miami Dolphins and his upcoming battle with Brandon Albert. The guys also asked about J.J. Watt's 100 million dollar contract.
Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.
Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Fantasy Football Drafts are now happening every day, so Pete Davidson and Jim Hackett have you covered. The NFL season kicks off on Thursday night, so Pete and Jim get their final thoughts of some drafting strategies. They discuss their Auction draft from earlier in the week. Also, some big name players that smart drafters should avoid.
We know your Fantasy Football drafts are happening right now, so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are here to help. We know you’d never blow off work to draft right? Turn up the speakers! Our fantasy guys chat up Pete’s most recent article on WEEI.com that offers background on several players you can target late in drafts across multiple league sizes; covering upside players to grab in 8-team leagues, 10-team leagues, 12-team leagues and 14-team leagues. Jim and Pete will be back at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday morning on your radio dial, 93.7 FM, with more ammo for all this weekend’s drafters. Good luck!
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