The Red Sox finished their nine-game road trip in style, beating the Rays 4-2 Thursday night at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Sox only lost one game on the road swing and have won 10 of their last 11.
It was the Red Sox' most successful nine-game road swing since 1977.
The latest victory was due in large part to the Sox' ability to get to Tampa Bay All-Star starter David Price, forcing the lefty to throw 63 pitches in the first two innings while claiming an early 3-1 lead. Coming away with RBIs for the Sox were David Ortiz -- who drew a bases-loaded walk after Price hit Kevin Youkilis -- Darnell McDonald (single), Dustin Pedroia (double) and Adrian Gonzalez (solo home run).
For McDonald, who was subbing in for Jacoby Ellsbury, it was just his second RBI of the season. Pedroia, meanwhile, came away with at least one hit in all but one of the Sox' games on the road trip. The homer for Gonzalez, which came off Kyle Farnsworth and...
Both Jed Lowrie and Clay Buchholz were forced to leave the Red Sox' series finale against the Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla., Thursday night.
Lowrie, who has been battling a sore left shoulder since colliding with Carl Crawford on May 27, exited the lineup after striking out with the bases loaded in the first inning against Tampa Bay starter David Price. With the punchout, Lowrie now is in the midst of an 0-for-15 stretch, while having notched just one hit in 17 at-bats on the nine-game road trip. He was replaced by Marco Scutaro.
Buchholz pitched well in his outing, allowing just one run on two hits while walking three and striking out five, but he had to leave after five innings due to lower back tightness. The righty had been battling back problems for the past few weeks, having been pushed back in his previous start, in which he threw 100 pitches, allowing just one run over seven innings. Buchholz threw 81 pitches Thursday night.
The city of Boston released details regarding the parade that will honor the Bruins on Saturday. The route will begin at TD Garden at 11 a.m. and work its way through the city, beginning on Causeway Street. The team will travel on duck boats past City Hall Plaza and the Common before ending at Copley Plaza on Boylston Street. (Click here for a pdf of the route.)
Parking restrictions across the city will be heavily enforced in the vicinity of the closed-off parade route, and fans are strongly encouraged to use public transportation. To accommodate the celebration, vehicular traffic will be banned along the parade route beginning at 9 a.m. until the conclusion of the parade at about 1 p.m. (Click here for a full list of road closures.)
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The Red Sox have moved the time of their game on Saturday against the Brewers from 1:10 to 7:10 p.m. because of the Bruins' parade. The celebration will take place at 11 a.m and is scheduled to conclude in Copley Square around 1:30 p.m. Gates will open at 5:40 p.m. on Saturday with a limited opening on Yawkey Way at Gates A and D at 5:10 p.m.
The Sox also announced that they will honor the Bruins before Sunday's game.
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NBC analyst Pierre McGuire was a guest on The Big Show on Thursday and he noted that as the Bruins were inching closer toward capturing the Stanley Cup on Wednesday night in Vancouver, there was a major difference between the two benches. "There were definitely chemistry issues on one bench," McGuire said. "Coaches overreacting. I thought in the case of Alain Vingeault when the frustration set in, and the composure and the focus and basically every one of the Bruins players acting as coach. It was really an interesting dynamic to witness."
He added, "When you have a knockout game and things start to go south in a hurry, guys just deviate from the plan and you could sense that. You didn't see the same Vancouver Canucks team in the third period that you saw in Games 1 or 2 or Game 5 when they were in Vancouver."
McGuire said that he thought Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo hurt himself with his comments about...
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