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10/10/2009 - 12:49am
Sox pushed to brink with 4-1 loss

Erick Aybar's two-out, two-run triple highlighted a three-run seventh inning as the Angels beat the Red Sox, 4-1, on Friday night at Angel Stadium. Maicer Izturis had a two-out RBI single in the seventh that snapped a 1-1 tie. The Red Sox took a 1-0 lead on Victor Martinez' RBI single in the fourth, but the Angels tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Sox Starter Josh Beckett allowed all four runs on five hits in 6-2/3 innings and took the loss, while Jered Weaver allowed just two hits and one run over 7-1/3 innings for the win. Mike Lowell, representing the tying run in the ninth, flew out to center to end the game. The setback puts the Red Sox in a 2-0 hole in the best-of-five American League Division Series. They have rallied from an 0-2 hole twice before in a best-of-five, beating Cleveland in 1999 and Oakland in 2003. After a travel day on Saturday, the series shifts to Fenway Park for Game 3 on Sunday at 12:07 p.m. For complete coverage from...

10/09/2009 - 10:46pm
Teixeira walk-off HR lifts Yanks in 11

Mark Teixeira's home run off the top of the left field wall to begin the bottom of the 11th inning gave the New York Yankees a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Twins and a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five American League Division Series. Alex Rodriguez forced extra innings with a two-run homer off closer Joe Nathan in the bottom of the ninth, tying the game 3-3. The game featured a controversial call in the top of the 11th when Joe Mauer's drive down the left field line was ruled foul by umpire Phil Cuzzi but replays showed it clearly landed in fair territory. The Twins went on to load the bases with none out but couldn't score. For more on the playoffs, visit the Full Count blog. 


10/09/2009 - 7:38pm
Napoli in lineup for Angels vs. Beckett

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Angels have added catcher Mike Napoli to their lineup for Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Red Sox and pitcher Josh Beckett. In Game 3 of the 2008 ALDS against Beckett, Napoli slugged a pair of homers.

 

ANGELS

 

Figgins, 3B

Abreu, RF

Hunter, CF

Guerrero, DH

Morales, 1B

Rivera, LF

Izturis, 2B

Napoli, C

Aybar, SS

 

SP -- Weaver


10/09/2009 - 6:58pm
Rivers: KG has 'zero knee pain'

Before Friday's preseason game against the New York Knicks, Doc Rivers explained the current state of Kevin Garnett's recovery from knee surgery. He noted that while he is cautiously limiting Garnett's playing time, he hopes to keep him on the court for more consecutive minutes. 

"He's healthy. He has zero knee pain, but he does have shin splints and aches and all that stuff," he said. "So you've got to watch that, especially during preseason. What I'm trying to [do is get] him back to playing normal minutes in a game, and he hasn't done that since he's gone out. And that's been a long time. So what we're trying to do, and I thought actually he didn't play enough minutes in some ways in the first game in a row, and so we're going to try to correct that and then build from there."


 


10/09/2009 - 6:31pm
Red Sox hope to use Lester in Game 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Terry Francona said prior to Game 2 of the American League Division Series that the Red Sox would like to bring Jon Lester back for Game 4, but it would depend on the pitcher's condition and how the lefty feels on Saturday. Lester, who was scheduled to throw a bullpen session at Fenway Park on Saturday, threw 100 pitches in his Game 1 outing. Game 4 is scheduled to be played Monday, if necessary. Daisuke Matsuzaka still will be available out of the bullpen.

 

Francona also discussed his relationship with Sox catcher Jason Varitek, and how he has gone about managing the team captain's diminished playing time.

 

"He was telling me not to tip-toe around him. ... That really helped me," said Francona. "He's been terrific. The 'C' on his chest, he's earned it. He's not unearned it."

 

Angels manager Mike Scioscia, meanwhile, took time to praise Varitek, saying that...

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