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07/26/2011 - 3:14am
Lester on loss: 'These ones aren't fun'

Speaking after the Red Sox' 3-1, 14-inning loss to the Royals, starter Jon Lester said he came away from his first outing since July 5 with a good deal of optimism, having allowed just one run over 5 1/3 innings. 

"I felt good," said the lefty, who was coming back from a left lat strain. "I felt like I hadn't pitched in two weeks. But as far as the lat goes, I felt fine. No pain, really nothing. I felt fine."

Lester's return to the mound was temporarily put on hold after a 2-hour, 21-minute rain delay. He still managed to where he left off before getting injured, holding the Royals scoreless for the first five innings to stretch his scoreless streak to 16 innings.

The only miscue from Lester came in the sixth inning when he allowed Billy Butler to launch a run-scoring double into the left field corner.

"You can't simulate a big league baseball game," he explained. "No matter how many bullpens or...

07/26/2011 - 3:00am
Scutaro: Failed squeeze 'was my fault'

Talking after the Red Sox' 14-inning, 3-1 loss to the Royals, it was revealed that Marco Scutaro had missed the sign on a suicide squeeze bunt attempt with one out in the 12th inning, leading to Josh Reddick to be caught in a run-down between third base and home plate.

"I didn't see the sign. it was my fault. I just missed the sign," Scutaro said. "I really can't say nothing else. It was just my fault."

The play was the first squeeze attempt by the Red Sox this season, and resulted in one of the three times in the last five innings the hosts failed to score despite getting a runner to third base.

"We just missed the sign," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona, whose team was 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position. "I thought it was a good opportunity. We got half of it right. We didn't' get the whole thing right. Red got it and Scoot didn't. We had some other opportunities too. We kind of let them off the...

07/26/2011 - 1:59am
Royals claim late-night win over Red Sox

After a 2-hour, 21-minute rain delay, and 4 hours and 28 minutes of baseball, the Royals claimed a 3-1 win over the Red Sox Monday night at Fenway Park. The winning run came on Mike Aviles' 14th-inning squeeze bunt, which sailed over the head of a charging Adrian Gonzalez, allowing Eric Hosmer to score. The decisive play came against Red Sox reliever Randy Williams, who had been part of a collection of Sox' relievers which had combined to throw 7 2/3 scoreless innings entering the final frame. 

Williams and the Red Sox, who stranded three baserunners at third base in the final five innings, would give up an insurance run for the Royals on Alceides Escobar's sacrifice fly in the 14th, scoring Jeff Francoeur.

Pitching for the first time July 5, starter Jon Lester allowed just one run on seven hits, striking out six and walking two. He threw 89 pitches.

The Red Sox jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning thanks to Josh Reddick's 20th...

07/26/2011 - 1:03am
Herzlich: No decision on future yet

Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich said late Monday night that he had not made up his mind as to where he’s going to sign as an undrafted free agent.

Herzlich, who had reportedly reached an agreement with Baltimore, announced on Twitter that he had not yet made a decision, and would make an official statement on his future Tuesday. “For everyone I have not signed with anyone yet and am still making my decision,” he wrote. “Thank you for support and I will give official word tomorrow.”

Herzlich, the 2008 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, was not selected in April’s NFL draft. Despite that, his story remains an inspiration to many, as he overcame Ewing’s sarcoma — he had a titanium rod placed in the leg — and returned to play for BC in 2010.

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07/25/2011 - 7:10pm
Red Sox to option Weiland, call up Sutton

Though the Red Sox had initially planned on keeping Kyle Weiland on their active roster with J.D. Drew going on the disabled list for his shoulder impingement to clear a roster spot for the return of Jon Lester, that plan changed on Monday night.

The Sox will instead option Weiland to Triple-A Pawtucket prior to Monday's game and keep Drew on the active roster; the team is likely to make another roster move tomorrow to call up Drew Sutton from Pawtucket with Drew landing on the DL on Tuesday.

"We held off and made a different roster move," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona after his team's 3-1 loss to the Royals Monday night. "There are a lot of moving parts. Some of it's baseball, some of it's personal. We just got caught in some things I'm probably not able to talk about. You're just going to have to take my word for it. Sometimes personal stuff gets in the way."

Weiland was 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA in two starts. He has...

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