TORONTO -- The Red Sox drew within 3 1/2 games of Tampa Bay for the lead in the American League wild card race thanks to a 10-1 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre. The 10-run, 14-hit attack was the most offense the Sox had mustered since their 14-3 rout of the Jays on July 9 in Toronto.
Pacing the Sox' offensive display was Bill Hall, who had his first two-home run game since 2008, giving him 15 for the season. Hall also had an RBI single, giving him three hits, only matched in the Sox lineup by Mike Lowell (3-for-4). Also going deep for the Red Sox were J.D. Drew and Adrian Beltre, both of whom contributed to a five-run fifth inning that drove Toronto starter Shaun Marcum from the game.
Not to be outdone was Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz, who managed to allow three runs or less while going at least seven innings for his fourth straight start. This time Buchholz only allowed one first-inning run...
TORONTO -- Following up on Tuesday's news that second baseman Dustin Pedroia was just a weekend rehab stint away from rejoining the Red Sox, manager Terry Francona added further detail on Wednesday.
In his first game at Triple A Pawtucket Saturday, Pedroia, who has been out since June 25 with a broken bone in his left foot, will play second base. He will then serve as Pawtucket's designated hitter on Sunday before returning to the Red Sox on Tuesday for the first of three games with the Angels to commence a nine-game homestand.
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For the third game in a row, Marco Scutaro will be leading off for the Red Sox while center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury bats ninth. Clay Buchholz (12-5, 2.66 ERA) will take the hill for the Red Sox against Shaun Marcum (10-5, 3.44) in the second game of the three-game set between the Sox and Blue Jays.
1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. J.D. Drew, RF
3. Victor Martinez, C
4. David Ortiz, DH
5. Adrian Beltre, 3B
6. Mike Lowell, 1B
7. Ryan Kalish, LF
8. Bill Hall, 2B
9. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
FOXBORO -- On the eve of his induction to the Patriots Hall of Fame, Sam "Bam" Cunningham was again recognized for his work beyond the gridiron on Wednesday. Patriots owner Robert Kraft recalled a dinner at his Brookline home in 2009 when John Hannah paid tribute to Cunningham as a man who opened up football to African-Americans in the Deep South of Alabama.
"What will always stick out to me about him was what he did for integration in the South," Kraft said. "At our 50th anniversary ceremony, it was very poignant and he hadn’t been back here since he left and we had a party in our backyard and John Hannah and he are there and John Hannah said, ‘Sam Cunningham did more for integration than Dr. Martin Luther King in that area’ because when Bear Bryant brought him into the locker room after they had been beaten by USC and said, ‘This is what a real football player is.’ That made it...
Red Sox manager Terry Francona joined the Dale & Holley show Wednesday to talk about his team as it enters the final stretch, and he confirmed Jarrod Saltalamacchia's immediate move from Pawtucket to the big club as well as Kevin Cash's trip to the disabled list due to hamstring issues.
"I don't think we're real comfortable with the position we're in, having just one catcher," Francona said. "So we talked to Cash this morning, and Saltalamacchia's on his way [to Toronto]. He'll probably get in here pretty soon."
Speaking of additions, Francona also talked about Felix Doubront, who entered Tuesday's game in a pickle but was able to perform admirably given the circumstances, and his quick transition from a starter to a reliever. Francona noted that he wanted to ease the young pitcher into his new role rather than throw him to the wolves so early.
"That's kind of...
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