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06/05/2011 - 5:57pm
Crawford: Don't know if pitch was intentional

Following the Red Sox' 6-3 win over the A's, Sox outfielder Carl Crawford talked about the pitch thrown by Oakland starter Brett Anderson which hit the lefty hitter in the back of the right hand.

The incident, which came in the third inning (one frame after Crawford took Anderson into the Red Sox bullpen for a three-run homer), was followed with Crawford seemingly yelling out Anderson while walking toward first base.

"I don't know if it was intentional," Crawford said. "I know we watch his video, and he doesn't throw inside much. That's all I can say about that."

Asked what Crawford said on his way to first, he responded, "I'll just leave that on the field. It's such a reaction when you get hit like that, right after you hit a home run off a guy, and you know his tendencies.

"You know he doesn't really do that often. Obviously, the thought is going to creep into your head. Did he do it...

06/05/2011 - 4:26pm
Crawford, Gonzalez lead Sox to sweep

Carl Crawford hit a second-inning, three-run homer, and Adrian Gonzalez followed with two-run homer two innings later, as the Red Sox claimed a 6-3 victory over the A's Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park. The win secured a series sweep for the Sox, who improved to 33-26.

Earning the win was starter John Lackey, who allowed three runs over 5 2/3 innings in his first appearance since coming off the 15-day disabled list. After Lackey's 93-pitch outing, Red Sox relievers Matt Albers, Tommy Hottovy, Dan Wheeler and Daniel Bard closed out the game with 3 1/2 innings of scoreless relief.

Along with Crawford and Gonzalez, the Red Sox' offense also got a boost from Jarrod Saltalamacchia and David Ortiz, who each had three hits apiece. Dustin Pedroia chipped in with a pair of hits, along with an RBI.

For what went right in the win, go to Closing Time at the Full Count Blog.

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06/05/2011 - 1:13pm
'Shocked' Matsuzaka: Return 'soon as I can'

Daisuke Matsuzaka spoke Sunday morning for the first time since deciding to have "Tommy John" ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow. The Red Sox pitcher - in the fifth year of a six-year contract - said he was stunned when doctor Lewis Yocum told him that surgery was the most realistic way to fully heal his injury.

“The ligament is torn and I was told to fix it perfectly, I need to have the surgery," Matsuzaka said. "That’s why I’m getting the surgery."

Matsuzaka was 3-3 this season with a 5.30 ERA in seven starts and one relief appearance. He signed a six-year, $52 million contract before the 2007 season and has a 49-30 mark with a 4.25 ERA in four-plus seasons in Boston. 

“It’s actually my first time to get an operation and all I can say is I'm very shocked when it comes to these results," Matsuzaka said through an interpreter. “I decided to have the...

06/05/2011 - 11:48am
Buchholz backed up to Friday, to miss Yanks

In a precautionary move to allow his back more time to let his back settle down, Red Sox manager Terry Francona announced Sunday morning that Clay Buchholz will be moved back two days and will next pitch on Friday against the Blue Jays. Tim Wakefield will take Buchholz's spot in the rotation and will pitch Wednesday against the Yankees. 

"Buch's going to pitch Friday in Toronto," Francona said. "Wake will pitch Wednesday. Just give Buch a chance to back up a couple of days, let him start his five-day cycle two days late. Think that will do him a little bit of good."

Buchholz said following Friday's start that he was concerned that his back was about to act up on him while he was pitching and didn't want to injure himself. Francona then sat down Saturday with with the Red Sox starter, pitching coach Curt Young and trainer Mike Reinold to determine the smartest course of action.

"Talked to him a bunch, tried to...

06/05/2011 - 10:24am
Drew sits as Lackey returns

John Lackey will make his first start since May 11, returning from a stint on the disabled list to treat a strain of his right elbow. The big right-hander had struggled to a 2-5 record and 8.01 ERA to start the year, but the Sox are hopeful that a cortisone shot and rest will allow him to be more effective going forward.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be behind the plate to catch Lackey. Meanwhile, one day after he delivered the walkoff hit in Saturday's 9-8, 14-inning victory, J.D. Drew will sit against A's left-hander Brett Anderson, who has enjoyed tremendous success against the Sox. Mike Cameron will start in right and bat eighth in Drew's place.

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