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08/28/2010 - 10:30pm
Johnson's 10th-inning homer sinks Sox

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Dan Johnson hit a 2-2 pitch from Scott Atchison over the right field wall with nobody out in the 10th inning to give the Rays a 3-2 win over the Red Sox, Saturday night at Tropicana Field. The loss moves the Sox to 5 1/2 games in back of Tampa Bay in the wild card chase.

 

Clay Buchholz turned in another solid outing, allowing just two runs over seven innings. The Red Sox starter, who lowered his American League-leading ERA to 2.21, saw his scoreless inning streak stopped at 26 when Carlos Pena tagged up on a Matt Joyce fly ball in foul ground in the seventh inning. Pena had reached third after Buchholz' pickoff throw sailed wide of first baseman Mike Lowell.

 

The only other run against Buchholz came in the eighth inning, after Victor Martinez had given the Red Sox a 2-1 lead with his third homer of the series. Tampa Bay was able to tie it up at 2-2 when B.J. Upton deposited the Sox' starter's second...

08/28/2010 - 9:02pm
Varitek nearing rehab assignment

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Red Sox manager Terry Francona said prior to his team's game with the Rays Saturday night that catcher Jason Varitek was improving to the point where a rehabilitation assignment could start being considered. 

 

"I would think he’ll stay with us through this trip and the timing of that is probably pretty close to, when we get back off this trip, he can get examined," Francona said. "Again, as long as everything is going OK. And maybe we can get him out and play a few games.” Varitek's rehab stint would figure to take place prior to Sept. 6, which is the conclusion of the Triple A Pawtucket Red Sox' season.

 

Varitek, who has been on the disabled list with a broken foot since July 1, has participated in both catching bullpen sessions, throwing drills, and various levels of sprints in recent days. The 38-year-old last played on June 30 and was hitting .263 with seven...

08/28/2010 - 4:21pm
Okajima activated, Bowden to Pawtucket

The Red Sox activated reliever Hideki Okajima Saturday. The left-hander last pitched for the Sox on August 5 and was put on the DL with a right hamstring strain the following day. He has struggled mightily this season, posting an ERA of 5.85 and a WHIP of 1.98.

 

Michael Bowden was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in order to make room for Okajima on the roster. Bowden has not pitched for the Sox since allowing three earned runs in 1.2 innings vs. the Blue Jays on August 20.

 

For more Red Sox news visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.

 

 

 

 


08/28/2010 - 3:37pm
Report: Manny won't demand extension

According to a tweet by Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez has told friends he will not require the White Sox to extend his contract as part of a possible deal between the two teams.

 

There were several national reports Friday that suggested Ramirez would not accept a deal to the White Sox without an extension. Ramirez is in the final year of a two-year, $45 million deal that also includes a full no-trade clause.

 

The two teams have until 1:30 p.m. ET Tuesday to complete a trade.


08/28/2010 - 3:27pm
Sox lineup: Buchholz goes for win No. 16

The Red Sox and Rays will play the second-game of a three-game set Saturday night at Tropicana Field. The Sox moved to within 4.5 games of the Rays and Yankees in the AL East (and wild-card) race with a 3-1 win Friday, a victory fueled by a pair of Victor Martinez home runs and seven strong innings from Jon Lester.

 

Clay Buchholz (15-5, 2.26 ERA) will take the mound for the Sox on Saturday. Buchholz has won each of his last five decisions and leads the American League in ERA. Matt Garza (13-7, 3.62), who has allowed just a single run over his last two starts, gets the ball for the Rays.

 

Sox lineup:

 

Scutaro, 6

Drew, 9

Martinez, 2

Ortiz, DH

Beltre, 5

Lowell, 3

Nava, 7

Kalish, 8

Hall, 4

Buchholz -- SP


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