Josh Beckett did not allow a homer, but nonetheless suffered the defeat as the Red Sox offense was silenced by White Sox starter Mark Buehrle in a 6-1 loss in Chicago. The loss was Boston's third in four weekend contests.
Beckett (14-6) allowed three runs on six hits in seven innings, striking out four and walking two. The White Sox did all of their damage against the Red Sox starter in the third, when Beckett suffered a brief lapse of command that included a hit batter, wild pitch and a walk. That was enough for Buehrle, who allowed just one run on eight hits in his seven innings of work.
The loss trimmed the Red Sox' lead in the wild-card race to 2.5 games, with the Rangers scheduled to play later on Monday.
Richard Seymour was reportedly upset at the Sunday trade that sent him to the Oakland Raiders for a 2011 first-round draft pick. Several outlets are reporting that the veteran defensive lineman was 'angry' and may not report to Raiders camp. The 'Contra Costa Times' is reporting on their blog that there was no sign of Seymour at today's practice. "A few players quietly inquired as to whether there was any news about Seymour reporting," reporter Jerry McDonald blogged. McDonald also quoted an anonymous player as saying, “He’s got to get here. We need him. I don’t care if he’s mad. Maybe that will make him play even better.”
Red Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters in Chicago that knuckleballer Tim Wakefield will be skipped in the next turn through the rotation. The Sox have scheduled off days on both Sept. 10 and Sept. 14, meaning that the team can skip Wakefield while still giving each of its starters at least four days of rest between outings for the next couple of turns through the rotation. Francona told reporters that the current plan would have the pitcher make his next start in Baltimore, during a series that runs from Sept. 18-20, but that plan remains subject to change based on the pitcher's health.
Tiger Woods fired an eight-under 63 on the fourth and final day at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Mass., to salvage what had been a disappointing tournament to that point. Woods finished the tournament at -12, shooting 70-67-72-63 over the four days at the Par 71 course. At the conclusion of his day, Woods was trailing a handful of golfers, including leader Padraig Harrington (-15 for the tournament through five holes on Monday). For the full tournament leaderboard, click here.
As the Red Sox wrap up their four-game series in Chicago, Jason Varitek will be back behind the plate to catch Josh Beckett. David Ortiz, despite excellent career numbers against Mark Buehrle (.354/.404/.604, 2 HR), will sit, with Mike Lowell getting the day as the designated hitter. J.D. Drew will also sit against the left-handed Buehrle, with Rocco Baldelli filling in against the southpaw and playing right.
SP -- Beckett
SP -- Buehrle
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Mikey and Ryder talk with Hall of Fame baseball player and current analyst/broadcaster Dennis Eckersley. Eck gives all kinds of insight into the Red Sox current pitching staff and how valuable a reliable bullpen can be. He also talks about how the game has changed since his playing days.
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Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, shares his thoughts on the recent trade moves the Bruin's made on deadline day.
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