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06/05/2012 - 9:45pm
Aceves can't hold off Orioles in 10th

An inning after Jarrod Saltalamacchia tied the game with a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth, Red Sox closer Alfredo Aceves gave the lead right back to the Orioles, allowing an RBI single to Ronny Paulino in the 10th. The end result was an 8-6, extra-inning win for Baltimore over the Sox in the teams' series-opener at Fenway Park Tuesday.

An Endy Chavez RBI single with one out in the 10th, scoring Paulino, would give the Orioles an insurance run and cap the scoring.

Saltalamacchia's homer was his 12th of the season. It scored David Ortiz while snapping Orioles' closer Jim Johnson's save streak at 25 straight. The game-tying hit narrowly cleared the left field wall, with a landing spot close enough to the ledge that it forced an umpire review.

Prior to the Saltalamacchia homer -- which came on a 96 mph fastball after seven pitches from Johnson -- it appeared as though Red Sox starter Jon Lester and the bullpen were going to be victims of an...

06/05/2012 - 7:56pm
McClure: Bard trying to do too many things

Prior to the Red Sox' game against the Orioles Tuesday night, Sox pitching coach Bob McClure surmised that Daniel Bard needed to simplify things when trying to fix his mechanics at Triple-A Pawtucket.

"I think if you asked him he would say he was trying to do too many things," McClure said. "That would be my impression that he would say. I would think so. I would think he would say, 'I just need to get back to the simple form, to basics.' He knows that, and that's why I don't think [his stay in Triple-A] last very long."

McClure did suggest that Bard -- who was demoted after posting a 5.24 ERA in 10 starts -- still has a future as a member of the Red Sox' starting rotation.

"I think he can start," the pitching coach said. "I might be one of the few that thinks that he can, but I really do. Number one, like I said, he needs to keep it simpler. He's a power pitcher with two-plus pitches and perhaps a third...

06/05/2012 - 7:08pm
Matsuzaka allows one run in 40-pitch outing

Daisuke Matsuzaka lasted just 1 1/3 innings in his most recent rehab start with Triple-A Pawtucket, Tuesday night, giving up one run on three hits while striking out two and walking a pair. The outing against the Indianapolis Indians saw Matsuzaka throw 40 pitches, 22 of which were strikes.

Prior to the Red Sox' game against the Orioles, Sox manager Bobby Valentine said the plan was for Matsuzaka to go three innings. There was some thought that the pitcher's next appearance would be in the place of Daniel Bard, who was sent to Triple-A Pawtucket Tuesday. Valentine, however, wouldn't commit to the Saturday start for Matsuzaka.

"He has felt great," Valentine said. "We’ll see how that goes in this three-inning stint tonight."

In his last two outings, Matsuzaka allowed just one run and three hits over a combined 10 1/3 innings, striking out six and walking one. In seven total rehab appearances coming into Tuesday, the...

06/05/2012 - 7:01pm
Bosh active, Heat tweak starting lineup

MIAMI -- Miami forward Chris Bosh is active for tonight's Game 5, but Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said that Bosh won't start and that if he plays, "He'll come in at some point in the rotation in a short bursts, and that's all it would be."

Spoelstra said Bosh will play most of his minutes at center but he will start Udonis Haslem at the position, making him the third different center to start for the Heat in the series. The Celtics have been preparing for Bosh to play since the series began.

"It just gives them another weapon," Doc Rivers said. "My guess is it's pretty easy to know when Kevin [Garnett's] coming out of the game and my guess is they'll probably put him in right when Kevin's coming out. We're ready either way, honestly. We don't care one way or the other. We have to be ready to play the Miami Heat tonight and not worry about who's on the floor."

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06/05/2012 - 5:15pm
Sox pick Marrero hopes to follow Pedroia

Shortstop Deven Merrero, taken by the Red Sox in the first round (No. 24 overall) of the Major League Baseball draft on Monday, said that he hopes to follow the same fast track to Boston that Arizona State predecessor Dustin Pedroia. Like Marrero, Pedroia was taken with the Red Sox' top pick in a draft, and after signing in 2004, he was in the major leagues to stay by the end of the 2006 campaign.

"I met Dustin a couple times. He trains out there at ASU and always comes by to alumni games. I met him a couple times, and it’s just awesome to have him as a guideline. He’s a great guy and a great one to follow," Marrero, 21, said in a conference call. "He’s a unique player. I'd like to put myself in his category and hopefully do what he did. Hopefully everything goes right and I get a chance to do what he did."

Marrero suffered a difficult season as a junior. Arizona State was banned from taking part in...

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