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06/27/2010 - 7:01pm
Lester goes the distance in win

In a battle of aces Jon Lester came on top, leading the Red Sox to a 5-1 win over the Giants in the teams series finale, Sunday at AT&T Park in San Francisco. With the Sox' bullpen having been taxed the night before, Lester went the distance, notching his second complete game of the season (and sixth for his career). The lefty allowed just one, first-inning run, striking out nine while limiting the Giants to five hits. He retired 17 of the last 18 San Francisco hitters.

 

San Francisco starter Tim Lincecum went just three innings -- tying his career low -- allowing four runs on five hits while walking three and striking out four in a 79-pitch outing. David Ortiz got things off on the right foot against last season's National League starter in the All-Star Game, launching a solo home run into McCovey Cove beyond the right field wall. It was just the sixth home run allowed by Lincecum this season.

 

The Red Sox continued...

06/27/2010 - 5:10pm
Report: Chicago early favorites to land LBJ

The Chicago Bulls the the leaders in the LeBron James sweepstakes. According to a Sunday report in The New York Times, James will open free agency on Thursday when five teams — the Bulls, Heat, Knicks, Nets and Clippers — will travel to Ohio in an attempt to lure him away from the Cavs. However, one NBA executive says James and another free agent, Chris Bosh of the Raptors, will sign with Chicago. “I think it’s a done deal,” the executive said. For more basketball information, check out Green Street.
 


06/27/2010 - 1:30pm
Report: C's will target Brad Miller

The Celtics are preparing to go after center Brad Miller during the upcoming free agent period, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports. The story says Miller and guard Ray Allen will be the top priorities for the Celtics, who have a midlevel exception available if they wanted to go after the 34-year-old Miller, who has played for Charlotte, Chicago, Indiana and Sacramento over the course of his career. For more Celtics news, check out Green Street.


06/27/2010 - 1:03pm
Red Sox lineup: Ortiz at 1B, Youk at 3B

The Red Sox (45-31) look to take the rubber game of a three-game set with the Giants (40-33) Sunday at AT&T Park. Win or lose, this game will signal the end of a successful run through interleague play in 2010, as the Sox enter Sunday with a 12-5 record vs. NL foes.

 

It is the very definition of a marquee pitching matchup as Red Sox ace Jon Lester (8-3, 3.03 ERA) opposes two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum (8-2, 2.86 ERA). David Ortiz gets his first start of the series, playing first base and hitting third. Adrian Beltre has the day off as Kevin Youkilis moves to third base.

 

Red Sox:

 

Scutaro, 6

Nava, 7

Ortiz, 3

Youkilis, 5

Martinez, 2

Drew, 9

Hall, 4

McDonald, 8

Lester -- SP


06/26/2010 - 10:19pm
Cameron, Sox 'pen win over Giants

Though Clay Buchholz was knocked out of Saturday's contest after pitching just one inning due to a hyperextended left knee, the Red Sox bullpen proved up to the task of taking a four-run advantage and navigating it to a 4-2 victory over the Giants in San Francisco. Seven Sox relievers combined to allow just two runs over eight innings, with particularly noteworthy performances by Scott Atchison (2 1/3 innings, one run), Dustin Richardson (who inherited a first-and-third jam with no outs in the sixth, and permitted just one run to score) and closer Jonathan Papelbon.

 

Papelbon, pitching for the first time since blowing saves on back-to-back nights in Colorado, sprinted through a perfect ninth inning, getting a pair of groundouts and a weak pop-out. He earned his 17th save, while Atchison claimed the victory.

 

The Sox got all of their offense in the first two innings against Giants starter Madison Bumgarner, who was making...

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