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09/04/2011 - 5:06pm
Hammered: Rangers batter Sox in finale

John Lackey was hammered for eight hits and six runs in five-plus innings while the Rangers exploded for seven runs in the sixth inning as Texas pounded the Red Sox 11-4 Sunday at Fenway to take 2-of-3 in the weekend series. With the Yankees beating the Blue Jays in the Bronx, the Red Sox are 1 1/2 games behind the Yankees in the AL East, their largest deficit in the division since July 5. 

Rangers lefty starter Matt Hairson scattered seven hits and allowed just two runs in seven innings as the leaders of the AL West won the season series 6-4. 

Josh Hamilton's three-run triple in the sixth highlighted the offensive explosion that turned a 2-0 game into a rout. Lackey (12-11) started the inning and faced five batters but couldn't retire any. He finished with a 6.11 ERA, the highest in the American League among qualifying starting pitchers. Reliever Felix Doubront didn't fare much better, as he entered with the bases loaded and none out in...

09/04/2011 - 2:35pm
Conor Jackson leaves with knee injury

Newly acquired Red Sox utilityman Conor Jackson, whom the Sox acquired from the A's just before the Aug. 31 deadline to trade for players who can be added to the postseason roster, left Sunday's game against the Rangers prior to the top of the fourth inning with a bruised right knee. He had injured himself in the top of the third while trying to chase down an Ian Kinsler fly ball to the fence in deep right center.

Jackson gloved the ball on the warning track, but his right arm slammed, ribs and apparently his leg slammed into the low fence in front of the Red Sox bullpen. The ball jarred loose, though Jackson's efforts did turn a potential homer into a triple.

Jackson, who grounded into a double play in his only at-bat, was replaced in right field by Darnell McDonald for the fourth, with the Rangers leading, 2-0. Jackson is 0-for-4 as a member of the Sox.

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09/04/2011 - 1:19pm
Buchholz up to 90 feet, feeling good

Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz said that he "felt really good" after throwing on flat ground up to 90 feet on Sunday. He had 20 throws from 60 feet and 20 more from 75 feet, and then he stretched out to 90 for the first time.

He will accompany the Sox on their upcoming seven-game road trip through Toronto and Tampa Bay. He hopes to work his way up to 120 feet during the road trip -- usually the distance that precedes a bullpen session -- and then "go from there."

"I can’t stay here. I’d be bored out of my mind. I’m going to continue my throwing program on the road," said Buchholz, who is 6-3 with a 3.48 ERA this year but has been out since mid-June with a stress fracture in his lower back. "Right now I feel better playing catch than I did [the last time he tried to throw in late July].

"I haven’t really tested it yet. I’m trying to build up to get to that point, don...

09/04/2011 - 1:10pm
Lavarnway to return on Monday

Ryan Lavarnway will be called back up to the Red Sox on Monday, manager Terry Francona announced prior to Sunday's game with the Rangers. This will be Lavarnway's second call-up after making his making his debut on the August road trip through Kansas City and Texas. 

The catcher was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket on Aug. 18 when Kevin Youkilis went on the disabled list and David Ortiz was already on the disabled list. Lavarnway served as designated hitter for six games and went 7-for-23 (.304) in seven games overall before being sent back down. 

He caught just two innings in his final game appearance, a 13-2 win over the Rangers on Aug. 24. 

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


09/04/2011 - 12:42pm
Scutaro in, Reddick day off to rest hand

Marco Scutaro will get the start at shortstop for the Red Sox on Sunday in the rubber game of the three-game series with the Rangers. John Lackey (12-10, 5.94) takes the hill for the Red Sox against Texas lefty Matt Harrison (10-9, 3.54). Josh Reddick will be unavailable after getting hit in the left hand late in Saturday's game by a Darren Oliver fastball.

“Red’s pretty sore," Francona said of Reddick. "Structurally, he’s fine. He just got a pretty good bruise. I think we’ll certainly stay away from him today, let him concentrate on the ice and whatever they want to do [in trainer’s room] as opposed to picking up a bat and coming back a day too early and he struggles for a while. The hope would be we can get him some treatment today, calm that thing down and maybe have him available [Monday].”

Meanwhile, Jed Lowrie [left shoulder strain] had to come out of Saturday's game for pinch-hitter Mike Aviles...

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