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04/11/2011 - 3:27am
Varitek: Beckett was best he's ever been

Jason Varitek has seen Josh Beckett dominate. He caught the pitcher during his phenomenal postseason run in 2007, and he was behind the plate when Beckett enjoyed an overpowering four-month stretch in 2009.

But on Sunday night, when Beckett allowed just two hits over eight shutout innings to a stacked Yankees lineup, Varitek suggested that the pitcher might have outdone himself in Boston's 4-0 victory.

“Best I’ve seen him. As far as [being] complete, absolutely,” Varitek said. “[It was] eight strong, perfect innings.”

For more on what made Beckett so dominant, click here. For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.


04/11/2011 - 12:45am
Pedroia: 'Four games out now with 153 to go'

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia took stock of his team after a 4-0 victory on Sunday night allowed the Sox to take two of three from the Yankees over the weekend, improving to 2-7 on the year. While the start certainly has not been what Boston was looking for, Pedroia suggested that the team's predicament isn't quite as dire as has been portrayed.

"In like the sixth inning I was looking up at the board out there. We’re four games out now with 153 to go," Pedroia said. "Everybody knows what type of team we have. The expectations, everyone told us how good we were and we went to Texas and they punched us right in the mouth. We’ve go to respond to it. The best we can do is go out there and play.

"The way I think about it," Pedroia continued, "we’re four games out of first place with 153 to go. That’s a long-ass way away. I’m not very smart, but it looks doable. What do you think?...

04/10/2011 - 11:32pm
Gonzalez won't need X-rays after getting hit

Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who was hit on the left hand by a CC Sabathia fastball in the fifth inning of Sunday night's game, said after the game that he's "good" and won't need X-rays. He said that after getting hit on the thumb and two knuckles he experienced tingling and numbness but no pain, something that came as a relief.

"I don’t think it’s broken or anything. I was able to swing the bat. I’ll be fine," Gonzalez said. "Every time you get hit, especially on the bone, you’re always worried. But there isn’t any pain, just a little bit of tingling and numbness. I think I’ll be all right."

Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with a walk and the hit by pitch.

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04/10/2011 - 11:08pm
Brilliant Beckett dominates, beats Yankees

Josh Beckett struck out 10 batters and returned to dominant form over eight scoreless innings as the Red Sox beat the Yankees, 4-0, Sunday night at Fenway Park to win the weekend series. Beckett, who walked just one and hit a batter, retired the last 14 batters he faced and allowed just an Eric Chavez single to center in the third and a Robinson Cano single to right field in the fourth. 

Red Sox manager Terry Francona pulled Beckett after eight, denying him the chance for his 10th career complete game and fifth career shutout. Jonathan Papelbon came on in the light rain to pitch the ninth inning and finish Boston's second win of the season. Beckett was injured on a wet Yankee Stadium mound last May and never regained his ace form in 2010. 

Offensively, Dustin Pedroia had three more hits and walked once, finishing the series with three hits in every game, going 9-for-13 with four runs scored. 

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04/10/2011 - 10:23pm
Bruins-Habs series opens Thursday in Boston

The Bruins will open their 2011 playoff schedule Thursday at TD Garden against the Canadiens at 7 p.m. Boston will host the first two games of the best-of-seven first-round set, with Game 2 set for Saturday at 7 p.m. Montreal will serve as the site for the next two games, as the Canadiens will host Game 3 April 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Game 4 April 21 at 7 p.m..

If needed, the series will move back to Boston for Game 5, which is scheduled for April 23 at 7 p.m. Montreal would host Game 6 on April 26 at 7 p.m. And if the two teams need to play a Game 7, that would be April 27 at TD Garden at 7 p.m.

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