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05/16/2011 - 1:08am
Francona on reaching .500: 'We're coming'

NEW YORK -- With the completion of their three-game sweep in the Bronx, the Red Sox have reached the .500 mark for the first time in the 2011 season. The team had previously fallen short in four opportunities to even its record, and so in some respects, the fact that the club is now 20-20 -- having dug out of a hole that ran as deep as eight games below .500 in the initial weeks of the season -- felt like a milestone in the clubhouse.

At the same time, the Sox did not want to get too carried away with the significance of the feat.

"It’s not where we’re shooting for. But we’re coming. We’re getting better," Sox manager Terry Francona said. "Hopefully this is kind of moving forward, not, ‘Hey, we got to .500,’ take a deep breath, pat ourselves on the back. This is not really what our goal is. But we’re making strides. We played a good series."

To the Sox, it was a series that was...

05/15/2011 - 11:51pm
Sox finally reach .500, sweep Yankees

NEW YORK -- It took 40 games, but for the first time in 2011, the Red Sox have as many wins as they do losses on the heels of a 7-5 win in the Bronx that gave them a three-game sweep against the Yankees.

It was a muscle-flexing victory for the Sox, as the team clubbed three home runs to power its way to the triumph. With the Sox trailing 4-1 in the top of the third, Kevin Youkilis followed an Adrian Gonzalez walk by blasting an 89 mph fastball out to left field for a game-tying three-run blast, his seventh of the year. Two innings later, David Ortiz gave the Sox the lead with a broken bat homer down the right-field line against Yankees starter Freddy Garcia for a 5-4 lead.

The Sox would plate an insurance run courtesy of an Alex Rodriguez error, but they returned the gift-wrapped favor in the bottom of the seventh when Carl Crawford misplayed a double to left to allow a run to score.

With the Sox clinging to a 6-5 lead, Jarrod Saltalamacchia...

05/15/2011 - 6:09pm
Posada apologizes: 'I let some people down'

Prior to Sunday's game between the Red Sox and Yankees, catcher Jorge Posada told reporters that he had apologized to New York manager Joe Girardi for removing himself from the lineup on Saturday night, saying, "I let some people down." Posada, who is not in the lineup for Sunday night's game, said he just "had a bad day [Saturday]," but added that he was ready to move on. "What's done is done. You have to acknowledge that," he told reporters. "You have to take care of your actions."

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05/15/2011 - 4:03pm
Youkilis back in lineup against Yankees

NEW YORK -- Though he was replaced in the field in the ninth inning of Saturday night's game to rest his sore left hip, Kevin Youkilis is back in the lineup for the Red Sox on Sunday night against Yankees starter Freddy Garcia. He will bat cleanup in what has become an increasingly settled Sox batting order.

If there was a time when Carl Crawford would have seemed a natural fit for the top of the batting order, Sunday night might have been it. Crawford has the best track record of any Red Sox hitter against Garcia, having a .333 average, .400 OBP, .667 slugging mark and 1.067 OPS in 20 career plate appearances against the big right-hander.

But the Sox appear to have found comfort in their current lineup dynamic, and so it will be the usual array of suspects, arranged in the usual way, that the Sox will feature on Sunday night. For the 17th time in 21 games, the the top spots of the order will be manned by (in order) Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin...

05/15/2011 - 1:22pm
Julien: Bergeron won't be rushed back
By: DJ Bean

Patrice Bergeron skated for the second straight day on Sunday, an encouraging sign as the Bruins await the concussed center's return to the lineup. Coach Claude Julien made clear Sunday at TD Garden that while Bergeron is progressing, the team has zero intention of rushing the 25-year-old back into the lineup. 

"If he’s not 100 percent, he will never play," Julien said. "Whether it’s regular season or playoffs, our organization, even before they tightened up the rules on that, there is no way we would ever do that to a player. That is too important to his personal lifestyle and the life he is going to lead after hockey that, that will always come before the game. It’s unfortunate, but that’s the way it should be. 

"We believe in that and we are going to continue to enforce it, so the day you see Bergy back in our lineup, he will be 100 percent. If he’s not, you’re not going to see...

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