The Red Sox suffered a 4-3 loss to the Royals in the teams' series finale Thursday afternoon at Fenway Park.
Taking the loss was Sox starter Josh Beckett, who allowed all four of the Kansas City runs in the fourth inning. Three of the runs came on a three-run blast by Billy Butler. For Beckett, who finished his seven-inning stint allowing six hits while striking out eight and walking three, it was his first loss since June 28 and raised his ERA from 2.07 to 2.23.
The Red Sox jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third inning thanks to two-run single from Jacoby Ellsbury, scoring Jason Varitek and Yamaico Navarro. Varitek led off the third against Luke Hochevar with a single and was followed by a Navarro double.
The Sox closed the gap to a single run in the eighth when Dustin Pedroia extended his American League-best hitting streak to 25 games with a leadoff home run over the left-field wall.
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Dustin Pedroia extended his personal-best hit streak to 25 games by lifting a 96 mph fastball from Kansas City reliever Greg Holland over the left field wall for a solo homer. The hit, which led off the eighth inning and came on a full count, was Pedroia's 15th home run of the season and raised his batting average to .308. It was his ninth homer during the streak, which began on June 29.
Pedroia has failed to notch a hit in just two of his last 45 games, having walked in one of those contests. During that run of games, starting on June 4, the second baseman has hit .390 with an OPS of 1.153.
The home run cut the Red Sox deficit to 4-3. The streak is the longest by any Red Sox second baseman, and an American League-best this season.
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J.D. Drew had not been playing well (.219, 4 HR, 19 RBI) through the first half-plus of the 2011 season and eventually lost his starting spot in right field to Josh Reddick. But Drew was placed on the disabled list Tuesday with a left shoulder impingement, and two days later, he explained why that particular injury may have been the reason for his poor start.
"Shoulder’s been nagging for quite a while," he said. "Just trying to get some strength to go back up in there. Impingement, irritation, tightness — whatever you want to call it. Over a period of time, it’s just gotten weaker and weaker. I feel like it’s created some bad habits. Just trying to battle back through it and get some strength back in there and see where we go from there."
Some of those poor habits Drew said that have been caused by the shoulder are the slowing of his arms while batting and a reliance on his legs to do the majority...
Terry Francona said prior to the Red Sox' Thursday game with the Royals that Clay Buchholz, who was placed on the disabled list June 19, has been dealing with not the "simplest muscle strain." Buchholz threw 30 pitches off a mound Monday, after which he estimated his health status as 70-80 percent. Since suffering the injury, the 26-year-old right-hander has seen multiple specialists and will go see another on Friday or Monday.
"He threw great [on Monday]. I mean he really did," said Francona, who dismissed the notion that Buchholz would be shut down for the season. "If you would have watched him pitch, he looked like he was in midseason form. But, it's not been the simplest muscle strain I've ever seen. We are serious. We want to have everything answered before we turn him loose. Because if we turn him loose, we don't want to turn back. And at the same time we want to take care of him. So that's kind of how I felt...
Bill Belichick spoke to the media on Thursday morning -- his first press conference of training camp -- and addressed the reported deal that has the Patriots dealing a 2013 fifth-round pick to the Redskins in exchange for Albert Haynesworth.
"I talked to [Redskins coach] Mike Shanahan last night and we are in the process with Haynesworth, but that's not complete yet, so I really can't comment on that until it's completed, if it is completed. We'll see how that goes," Belichick said.
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A quick game recap of Celtics 121-97 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
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