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07/10/2010 - 11:43am
Red Sox notes: Francona 'got lucky'
By: DJ Bean

TORONTO -- Speaking with reporters before Saturday's 1:07 p.m. start with the Blue Jays, Terry Francona touched on being a 900-game-winner as a manager and the improved status of Mike Cameron, who went 2-for-3 on Friday with a homer and three RBI.

 

Francona admitted he's never been the type to get caught up in personal accomplishment, saying he doesn't "think it's appropriate." In coming to a team that seemed to be on the cusp when he joined them in the winter of 2003, Francona remains very thankful for the opportunity.

 

"I got lucky as hell, I know that," Francona said. "I came into a job that was a great organization with great players and I caught a break. I know that and feel very fortunate."

 

As for Cameron, he is in the starting lineup for the third game in a row. The Red Sox had left him in the game Friday despite pulling others earlier because Francona wanted...

07/10/2010 - 10:14am
Lineups: Molina catching Lackey
By: DJ Bean

TORONTO -- Gustavo Molina will be behind the plate as the Red Sox look to build on Friday night's 14-3 trouncing of the Rays. Daniel Nava, who didn't enter the game on Friday until the fourth inning, is in left field and batting second against Toronto starter Brandon Morrow. 

 

RED SOX

 

1. Marco Scutaro, SS

2. Daniel Nava, LF

3. David Ortiz, DH

4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B

5. Adrian Beltre, 3B

6. J.D. Drew, RF

7. Mike Cameron, CF

8. Bill Hall, 2B

9. Gustavo Molina, C

SP -- John Lackey

 

Click here to see how Sox hitters have fared against Morrow and how the Blue Jays have hit Lackey. For more on the Red Sox, go to weei.com/RedSox.


07/09/2010 - 10:21pm
Lester shines as Red Sox pound Jays

TORONTO -- Going up against the team with the most homers in the majors, the Blue Jays, the Red Sox gave Toronto a taste of its own medicine, pounding out four home runs on the way to claiming a 14-3 win over the Jays, Friday night at Rogers Centre. Going deep for the Red Sox were Kevin Youkilis, Mike Cameron, Bill Hall, and Adrian Beltre. The Red Sox, who finished the night with 14 hits, took all suspense out of the contest early, jumping out to a 13-0 lead after four innings. Toronto starter Ricky Romero lasted just 2 1/3 innings, giving up nine runs (5 earned) on five hits and three walks. 

 

The Sox' starting pitcher, Jon Lester, continued his momentum heading into the All-Star Game, allowing two runs on four hits over six innings, striking out six while watching his ERA go to 2.78. The lefty lost his no-hitter with two outs in the fourth inning when John Buck singled.

 

Leading the Sox hit parade were Cameron...

07/09/2010 - 8:06pm
Okajima: 'I'm still not 100 percent'

TORONTO — Hideki Okajima, who came into Friday night have pitched just once since June 29, said prior to the Red Sox’ series-opener against the Blue Jays that his bad back still bothers him, but won’t stop the lefty from making himself available.

 

“The condition of being able to throw is better. It causes a little pain, even when I was running. I’m not 100 percent yet but I’m able to throw so that’s why I’m pitching in the games now,” said Okajima through translator Ryo Shinkawa.

 

“It was in a different area compared to the other times I’ve had back problems. I don’t know what the reason for it was, but it was a different pain than I had ever experienced before. I think, personally, it came from the balance of throwing.”

 

Okajima is currently 2-2 with a 6.00 ERA, with opposing hitters batting .330 against the southpaw. While...

07/09/2010 - 6:40pm
Red Sox set post-break rotation
By: DJ Bean

TORONTO -- Red Sox manager Terry Francona revealed how the pitching rotation will shake out following the All-Star break while speaking to reporters prior to Friday night's bout with the Blue Jays. 

 

Tim Wakefield will take the hill in Texas next Thursday, thus giving him eight days off. Either Clay Buchholz or Felix Doubront will go on Friday, with Francona saying the team won't hesitate to pull the Buchholz out if they have any concerns. John Lackey and Jon Lester will pitch the final two games of the Rangers series, with Daisuke Matzuka going in the first of three with the Athletics on Monday, July 19.

 

For more on the Red Sox go to weei.com/RedSox.

 


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