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07/10/2011 - 5:00pm
Clean sweep: Sox top Birds for 6th straight

Marco Scutaro, Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis homered in a four-run second inning as the Red Sox wiped out an early 6-2 deficit and came back to beat the Orioles, 8-6, and complete a four-game sweep of the lowly Birds at Fenway Park. Five Red Sox batters, including Pedroia, had two hits on the afternoon, with Pedroia scoring three times. 

After a perfect first inning to begin his big league career, 24-year-old Red Sox righty Kyle Weiland was roughed up for six runs in the second inning, including a two-run homer from Derrek Lee. Weiland worked into the fifth inning but was ejected after hitting Vladimir Guerrero on the right hand with an inside fastball. Alfredo Aceves (4-1) pitched out of the fifth-inning jam that had runners on first and third and none out and earned the win. Aceves now is 18-2 in his big league career. 

The ejection, along with that of manager Terry Francona, was automatic since home plate umpire Marty Foster ruled...

07/10/2011 - 4:38pm
Lester named to All-Star roster

Even though he is on the disabled list with a strained left lat, Jon Lester will get the honor of being named to the American League All-Star roster. Lester takes the place of Seattle's Felix Hernandez, who pitched Sunday and is - therefore - ineligible to participate in the game. 

Taking Lester's spot is Toronto lefty Ricky Romero. Major League Baseball made the announcement during Sunday's game. 

For more, visit the Red Sox team page at weei.com/redsox and the Full Count blog. 


07/10/2011 - 12:56pm
Beckett cleared for All-Star game

Josh Beckett threw on the side Sunday before the series finale with the Orioles at Fenway Park and was cleared to pitch in Tuesday's All-Star Game in Phoenix. 

Beckett left Friday night's game with a hyperextended left knee when he slipped on a wet mound. He threw four shutout innings before slipping in the fifth and leaving after just 68 pitches. 

Sunday's decision also means Beckett should be at full strength and ready to return the rotation after the break. 

Meanwhile, Clay Buchholz - on the disabled list with a strained lower back - did not throw Sunday. Buchholz received treatment and will be monitored over the break, throwing only under team supervision if his back continues to respond to a cortisone shot last week. 

For more, visit the Red Sox team page at weei.com/redsox and the Full Count blog. 


07/10/2011 - 12:51pm
Crawford to play in Pawtucket next weekend

Carl Crawford will play in two minor league games on a rehab assignment next weekend for Triple-A Pawtucket before returning to the Red Sox on July 18 in Baltimore. 

The star left fielder has been on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring since June 17 but Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Sunday that if everything goes well in two games, Friday and Saturday, Crawford will join the team for their series at Camden Yards. 

For more, visit the Red Sox team page at weei.com/redsox and the Full Count blog. 


07/10/2011 - 10:06am
Lineup: Varitek behind the plate for Weiland

 With rookie Kyle Weiland getting his first major league start for the Red Sox Sunday against the Orioles, the Red Sox will have Jason Varitek behind the plate serving as his battery-mate. The Sox will also have a lefty-heavy lineup going up against Baltimore righty Mitch Atkins. Here is the lineup for the Red Sox, who are looking for a series sweep against the O's:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Kevin Youkilis 3B

David Ortiz DH

Josh Reddick LF

Jason Varitek C

J.D. Drew RF

Marco Scutaro SS

For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.com.


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