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05/20/2010 - 8:42pm
Completely fine: Lester CG in Sox win

Kevin Youkilis belted a three-run homer and drove in four and Victor Martinez doubled three times in support of the complete-game effort of Jon Lester as the Red Sox beat the Twins, 6-2, Thursday night at Fenway Park to sweep the brief two-game series. 

 

Lester had the most efficient start of any Red Sox starter this season, needing just 103 pitches to author Boston's first complete game of the season. Lester improved to 4-2, allowing just six hits and two runs - one earned - while striking out nine and walking none. 

 

Adrian Beltre also homered for the Red Sox, who have won three straight and head to Philadelphia to begin interleague play against the Phillies on Friday night, followed by three at Tampa Bay.

 

For complete coverage, be sure to visit the Full Count blog. 


05/20/2010 - 5:08pm
NBA suspends ref for fan incident

The NBA announced that referee Joe DeRosa will be suspended for one game following an incident with a fan in Orlando during Game 2 of the Celtics series with the Magic. DeRosa will be suspended for the next game that he was scheduled to work. Read the full post on Green Street.


05/20/2010 - 3:59pm
Beckett discusses 'frustrating' injury

Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett admitted that his current back injury, described by the team as a lower back strain, has been "frustrating" to deal with. The right-hander said that he felt fine during Tuesday's start, when rain fell steadily on Yankee Stadium, until he slipped while landing after throwing a changeup in the fifth inning. 

 

"It’s just frustrating to play in those conditions, especially when you’ve got something like a back injury and one pitch basically costs you two starts," said Beckett. "When your back’s not 100 percent and something like that happens, you put yourself in a lot of danger."

 

Beckett (1-1, 7.29) said that he expected that he would be ready to rejoin the Sox after 15 days on the disabled list. 

 

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05/20/2010 - 3:56pm
Ortiz on Big Show: 'Got to ride with me'

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was a guest on The Big Show Thursday afternoon and talked about his recent resurgence, the Red Sox offense, Mike Lowell's situation, Hanley Ramirez's maturation and his relationship with the media. When Ortiz was asked about Mike Lowell's recent comments about his playing time, he said, "Well, if I was Mike Lowell, I would have done that a long time ago, because he’s not a guy that is supposed to be on the bench, sitting down, watching the game. Watching Mikey just watching the game is just not comfortable, so whatever Mike is thinking, I think he has the reason and the right to say what he wants to say and what he feels like."

 

Ortiz did not hold back his thoughts on the media and its recent criticism of his performance. "It’s the media that’s the one that thinks they’ve got everything figured out. You’ve got guys sitting down out there that have never...

05/20/2010 - 3:30pm
Scutaro set to go Friday

Red Sox short stop Marco Scutaro will sit out Thursday's game against the Twins at Fenway Park after having a cortisone shot in his elbow after Wednesday nights game. In his afternoon press briefing manager Terry Francona said that Scutaro will probably be ready to go on Friday night in Philadelphia. Angel Sanchez was promoted from Pawtucket and will start, batting ninth against Francisco Liriano.

 

"I think he is doing OK. He was a little tender last night, which happens. That is part of the reason we have Angel [Sanchez] here. He will be ready to go tomorrow and be feeling good about being ready to go, that is the idea. If not we will give him another day but I don't think that will happen," Francona said.

 

For more Sox news, visit the Full Count blog.


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