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08/25/2012 - 10:43pm
Suspended disbelief: Sox lose in 12

Tony Abreu lined an 0-2 fastball from Junichi Tazawa to left to score the go-ahead run with two outs in the 12th as the Royals overcame a six-run hole and beat the Red Sox, 10-9, at Fenway Park in the first game after the team's blockbuster trade. Tazawa yielded the run on his 37th pitch on a night when the Red Sox used seven pitchers in relief of Aaron Cook, who was starting on short rest because Josh Beckett had been traded to the Dodgers. Adding to the Red Sox problems, reliever Alfredo Aceves was unavailable because suspended three games by the team for conduct 'detrimental' to the team. 

The Red Sox lost a four-hour, 31-minute marathon in which they collected 20 hits for the first time since 1981. They also extended two other dubious streaks. They are now 0-26 this season in which the opponent scores at least seven runs and they have lost all six extra-inning games at home this year. 

Mauro Gomez, filling in at first base for the...

08/25/2012 - 8:12pm
Red Sox suspend Aceves three games

Fiery Red Sox closer Alfredo Aceves was suspended three games by Red Sox management Saturday for "conduct detrimental to the team" after storming out of manager Bobby Valentine's office after Friday night's 4-3 win over the Royals. The suspension began with Saturday night's game against the Royals.

Andrew Bailey got the four-out save in Friday night's game when Jon Lester came out in the eighth inning with a leg issue. Bailey entered after Andrew Miller and Vicente Padilla relieved Lester. Aceves spoke to Valentine after the game and slammed the door after the meeting was over. 

Aceves leads the Red Sox with 25 saves in 32 chances this season. He threw 37 pitches in Thursday night's 14-13 loss to the Angels in 10 innings. He allowed a career high six hits in relief and five runs in his one inning of work and didn't retire a batter in the top of the 10th. He has blown three of his last six chances. 

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08/25/2012 - 5:56pm
Bobby V: 'Change was necessary'

Bobby Valentine reacted Saturday in the moments after the blockbuster trade that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to the Dodgers. Asked directly if he felt the roster needed a major shakeup, Valentine pointed to the chemistry on and off the field. 

"Just didn't feel like it mixed as well as it should," said Valentine, who said his issues were not player specific. "No, it has nothing to do with the individuals in the trade."

Valentine agreed with the assumption that the organization felt this was the best time to make a change, alluding to his hire last November when he replaced Terry Francona as manager. 

"How could it not mean that?" Valentine said. "Just change. That's why I was hired, because change was necessary. When you get an opportunity for change, you change and you see if that's the change that was needed, I guess."

Valentine was asked if...

08/25/2012 - 5:55pm
Cherington: 'We are not who we want to be'

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, in a press conference to discuss the blockbuster sending first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, right-hander Josh Beckett, outfielder Carl Crawford and utility infielder Nick Punto the Dodgers for James Loney and four prospects, said that the trade was made after reaching the conclusion over nearly a year that the team was heading in the wrong direction.

While the general manager said that the Sox kept their nucleus intact during the trade deadline because "we wanted to give this group a little more time," by the time the Dodgers claimed Gonzalez and Beckett on waivers -- thus setting the deal in motion -- the conclusion was clear.

"It hasn't worked. It's on all of us," said Cherington. "I think we recognize that we are not who we want to be right now. And it's been a large enough sample performance going back to last year that we felt like in order to be the team that we want to be on the...

08/25/2012 - 3:31pm
Beckett: 'Greatly appreciative' to Sox fans

Pitcher Josh Beckett, one of four players the Red Sox are trading to the Dodgers, created a Twitter account while on a plane to Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon and paid tribute to fans of his former team.

Wrote Beckett from @beck19bb: Hey this is josh beckett Just set this up to say thanks to the great fans of #redsox nation I enjoyed the good times we had.

Added Beckett a few minutes later: Even in the tough times I ran into so many wonderful people that were so awesome I'm Greatly appreciative to all of you #redsox nation fans.

Adrian Gonzalez and Nick Punto, on the plane with Beckett to join their new team, tweeted Beckett's Twitter handle.

For more on the trade and other Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.


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