Clay Buchholz threw seven shutout innings and Mike Lowell drove in the only run with a second-inning ground out as the Red Sox beat the Royals, 1-0, Saturday night at Fenway Park.
Buchholz (7-3) allowed just four hits and struck out four while walking four. Daniel Bard pitched a scoreless eighth and Jonathan Papelbon pitched a perfect ninth for his 12th save.
Lowell, playing first for the resting Kevin Youkilis, drove in Adrian Beltre with the game's only run with a ground out to second in the second inning against Kansas City starter Zack Greinke. The Sox improved their record to 28-23.
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Phillies ace Roy Halladay threw the 20th perfect game in major league history, requiring 115 pitches to retire all 27 Florida Marlins hitters whom he faced. Halladay struck out 11 in a 1-0 victory over Florida.
It was the first no-hitter in the 2003 Cy Young winner’s career. The 33-year-old had once before come within an out of a no-hitter. On Sept. 20, 1998, in his second big league, he had a no-hitter against the Tigers with two outs in the ninth inning before allowing a solo homer.
But on Saturday, he finished his run at history. Facing Marlins pinch-hitter Ronny Paulino, he got a groundout to third to complete his masterpiece. Halladay is now 7-3 with a 1.99 ERA for the Phillies.
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Red Sox prospect Jose Iglesias left in the second inning of Saturday's game with Double-A Portland after getting hit in the right hand by a pitch. According to Sox farm director Mike Hazen, X-rays were negative, and the 20-year-old has been diagnosed instead with a bruise.
The injury occurred on a pitch at which Iglesias swung, and so he was replaced in the middle of his at-bat by Portland teammate Yamaico Navarro. Though Navarro went down on strikes, the strikeout was credited to Iglesias.
Iglesias, who signed with the Sox out of Cuba last summer, is hitting .306 with a .340 OBP, .408 slugging mark and .748 OPS in Double-A, excellent numbers for one of the youngest players in the Eastern League.
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Red Sox manager Terry Francona says the team is slowing Josh Beckett down in his rehab from lower back strain. Francona said pitching coach John Farrell noticed inconsistencies in Beckett's side session on Friday and the inability to repeat his delivery, which caused the team to be concerned about him injuring himself by over-compensating in an effort to rush back to the rotation.
"We're going to slow him down a little bit," Francona said before Saturday's game. "He's not able to repeat his delivery consistently enough, and that worries us."
Beckett landed on the disabled list on May 19 with lower back strain after slipping on the mound at Yankee Stadium while throwing a splitter to to Alex Rodriguez on May 18. Before Saturday, Francona said the team was hopeful that Beckett would miss just one start and be able to return to the rotation. That possibility seemed to be ruled out by the Red...
Red Sox corner infielder Mike Lowell will get his first start since May 20, getting the nod at first base in place of Kevin Youkilis. Lowell is 4-for-7 in his career against 2010 Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke, who will be on the mound for the Royals on Saturday night. Youkilis, on the other hand, is 1-for-10 against Greinke. Moreover, though Youkilis had been torrid in May, he is in a bit of a slump, having gone 2-for-15 (.133) in his last five games. (For complete matchup information, click here.)
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