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06/26/2010 - 1:50am
Sox loss to Giants doubly painful

Though the Red Sox mounted a spirited ninth-inning rally, putting four straight runners on base with two outs and pushing across a run, the uprising fell short when Darnell McDonald grounded out with the bases loaded to conclude a 5-4 loss to the Giants. The ninth inning was the third frame in which the Sox left the bases loaded, part of a night in which the team stranded 13 baserunners against San Francisco pitching.

 

That made a loser of Sox starter Tim Wakefield, who allowed four runs (three earned) in seven innings. Wakefield minimized the damage done by 11 Giants hits, but while he limited the workload on his bullpen, his record fell to 2-6 on a night when the Sox could not take advantage of 10 walks. After scoring three runs in the first on a Kevin Youkilis three-run homer (No. 15) against Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez, the Sox could do no further damage until the ninth, when their rally fell a run short.

 

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06/26/2010 - 1:19am
Pedroia on foot: 'Ice, elevate it and pray'

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was forced to leave Friday's game against the Giants in the top of the third inning shortly after fouling a ball off the instep of his left foot on a 3-1 count against San Francisco starter Jonathan Sanchez. Pedroia was checked by Sox team trainer Mike Reinold and remained in the game long enough to take a walk, but he was removed after he hobbled to first base.

 

Manager Terry Francona told reporters that initial X-rays did not show a fracture on the left foot, though the Sox will conduct further tests on Pedroia's foot on Saturday. The second baseman, who was coming off his first career three-homer game and was hitting .500 (26-for-52) over his previous 13 games, was reportedly on crutches with his left foot in a boot when he left the Sox clubhouse at AT&T Park.

 

He told reporters that his plan for the injury on Friday night was to "ice, elevate it and pray."

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06/25/2010 - 11:43pm
Chiarelli: Oilers wanted Bruins pick

LOS ANGELES -- With the first round of the NHL draft completed Friday, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli indicated that the Edmonton Oilers were interested in obtaining the Bruins second pick in the draft, but not in working a potential swap that would have provided the B’s the Oilers top pick.

 

According to Chiarelli Edmonton GM Steve Tambellini hoped to obtain the Bruins pick as a stand alone proposition.

 

“Talks were more centered around (the Oilers) trying to get the number two pick from us,” said Chiarelli. “He told me early on he was going to try and get it and he didn’t give up.”

 

The Oilers used the first pick to select Taylor Hall. The Bruins in turn used the second pick to draft Tyler Seguin.

 

For his part Chiarelli, is...

06/25/2010 - 10:37pm
Edwin Jackson throws 149-pitch no-no

Arizona Diamondbacks starter Edwin Jackson delivered his first career no-hitter, working around eight walks against the Tampa Bay Rays in a 1-0 victory. Jackson threw 149 pitches, with just 79 strikes against 70 balls.

 

Jackson became the first pitcher to throw as many as 140 pitches in a game since 2005. The right-hander walked seven in the first three innings, but then settled and allowed just three baserunners (one on an error, one on a walk, one on a hit batter) over the final six innings to deliver a no-hitter against his former club.

 

Jackson is the fourth pitcher to toss a no-hitter in the majors this year, following Ubaldo Jimenez, Dallas Braden and Roy Halladay. For more on his night, click here.

 

 


06/25/2010 - 10:01pm
Papelbon unavailable for Sox on Friday

Red Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters in San Francisco that closer Jonathan Papelbon was almost certainly unavailable for his team's series opener against the Giants on Friday, one day after the pitcher labored through a 32-pitch outing against the Rockies in which he blew a save by allowing two runs in the ninth but then came back for a scoreless 10th inning to earn the win.

 

Papelbon has now given up a career-high six homers this season, and his 3.98 ERA is more than double the 1.84 career mark that he had entering the season. He's also striking out fewer batters per nine innings (7.7) than in any season in his career.

 

The Sox will have Papelbon -- who also blew a save on Wednesday -- use Friday as a day to work out and physically regenerate. That said, Francona made clear that he is not concerned about his closer's ability to bounce back from his consecutive blown saves.

 

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