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07/27/2010 - 1:29am
Martinez, offense return for Sox in win

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The return of catcher Victor Martinez after four weeks on the disabled list helped to deepen a Red Sox offense that had seemed dormant in his absence. Martinez drove in a run (marking the first run driven in by a Sox catcher in July) and David Ortiz smashed a pair of home runs -- his 35th career multi-homer game with the Sox -- to help lead the Sox to a 6-3 victory over the Angels.

 

After Adrian Beltre tripled to lead off the second inning, Martinez jumped on the first pitch he'd seen in more than four weeks, lining a run-scoring single to center against new Angels starter Dan Haren. One inning later, Ortiz ambushed a Haren fastball for a solo homer down the right-field line to give the Sox a 2-1 lead. Ortiz later crushed a two-run homer against reliever Fernando Rodney in the eighth inning, giving him 21 homers on the season.

 

That provided the Sox with all the offense they needed on a night when...

07/27/2010 - 12:37am
Benches warned in Sox-Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Both benches were warned by home plate umpire Wally Bell after Angels reliever Fernando Rodney drilled Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre in the back with a 97 mph fastball on a 1-0 count. The plunking occurred one batter after Rodney had been taken deep by Red Sox DH David Ortiz, who crushed a 97 mph fastball into the stands in right-center for his second homer of the game, a two-run blast that gave Boston a 4-2 lead.

 

Beltre stood still in the box and glared at Rodney after being hit, with Angels catcher Mike Napoli and Bell stepping in front of Beltre. Red Sox manager Terry Francona -- and others on the Sox bench -- addressed Rodney in terms that would be unfit for nearby Disneyland.

 

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07/27/2010 - 12:08am
Source: Sox, Jays not matching up

According to a source familiar with the negotiations, the Red Sox and Blue Jays currently aren’t a match in terms of making a deal for reliever Scott Downs. While the source points out the dynamic could change before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, there is “nothing right now.” WEEI.com’s Alex Speier is reporting, however, that the Jays continue to aggressively scout Red Sox Single-A pitcher Roman Mendez.

 

Speier reported earlier Monday that the Blue Jays have been asking for organizations’ “elite prospects” in return for Downs. When appearing on The Big Show last Friday, Peter Gammons reported that the Jays asked for Sox shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias in exchange for Downs.

 

As for Mendez, a source has told Speier that the Jays have sent multiple scouts to see a number of the young right-hander’s starts. Mendez, who turned 20 on Sunday, was dominant in his U.S....

07/26/2010 - 11:19pm
Source: Ramirez to Mets not likely

A major league source confirmed a report by Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com that the Red Sox and Mets discussed a potential deal that would have sent Sox reliever Ramon Ramirez to New York. One of several possibilities discussed, the source said, included sending catcher Rod Barajas (who landed on the disabled list on Monday with a mild left oblique strain) to Boston.

 

The source said that the two sides had discussed different scenarios (some including Barajas, some not) in a potential swap, but indicated that a deal sending Ramirez to the Mets was “probably not going to happen at this point.”

 

The talks, which fizzled late last week, were driven chiefly by the Mets’ interest in Ramirez, who is 0-3 with a 4.69 ERA in 42 appearances for the Sox this year, but whose stuff has some clubs believing that he could become more effective with a change of scenery.

 

Barajas is hitting .228 with a...

07/26/2010 - 9:48pm
Tampa's Matt Garza no-hits Tigers

Tampa Bay righthander Matt Garza delivered the first no-hitter in the history of the franchise Monday night at Tropicana Field, leading the Rays past the Tigers, 5-0. Garza, who threw 120 pitches on the night, walked just one and struck out six while posting the majors' fifth no-hitter of the season. Garza and Detroit starting pitcher Max Scherzer were actually throwing combined no-hitters until the sixth inning when Tampa designated hitter Matt Joyce blasted a grand slam to break up Scherzer's bid and give Garza more than enough run support.


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