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07/10/2011 - 10:06am
Lineup: Varitek behind the plate for Weiland

 With rookie Kyle Weiland getting his first major league start for the Red Sox Sunday against the Orioles, the Red Sox will have Jason Varitek behind the plate serving as his battery-mate. The Sox will also have a lefty-heavy lineup going up against Baltimore righty Mitch Atkins. Here is the lineup for the Red Sox, who are looking for a series sweep against the O's:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Kevin Youkilis 3B

David Ortiz DH

Josh Reddick LF

Jason Varitek C

J.D. Drew RF

Marco Scutaro SS

For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.com.


07/09/2011 - 10:55pm
Lackey: Arm didn't feel different
By: DJ Bean

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said after the team's 4-0 blanking of the Orioles Saturday that he saw a "crispness" in starter John Lackey's pitches that helped propel the righty to 6 2/3 innings of scoreless ball. It was Lackey's sixth win of the season, as his record now stands at 6-8.

"That was fun to watch," Francona said of Lackey. "He threw a bunch of strikes. … There was some early contact, and only one inning where I think he threw 21 pitches in one and everything else was in the teens. He kept it down. He threw his breaking ball real effectively. He just really pitched effectively." 

Lackey, meanwhile, insisted that his arm didn't feel very different than it did when he was chased in the third inning of his last start.

"I guess I was locating a little bit better, but honestly, not a whole lot [was different]. The velocity was pretty much the same. I told you my  arm felt pretty...

07/09/2011 - 9:58pm
Lackey takes control as Sox blank Orioles
By: DJ Bean

John Lackey turned in his best Fenway start of the season Saturday night, and though Baltimore starter Alfredo Simon matched his work early on, the Sox rewarded the righty with a 4-0 victory.

Lackey, who entered the game with a 7.47 ERA, did little of anything his season stats would suggest. He racked up seven strikeouts over 6 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing only three hits and walking one. His fastball reached the mid-90's on a night in which he improved his record to 6-8. 

Offensively, it was a pair of doubles and another from Josh Reddick that did the damage for the Red Sox. The All-Star third baseman and the 24-year-old outfielder each had a pair of runs batted in on the night.

The Red Sox broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning, when Jacoby Ellsbury laced a ball to right for a stand-up triple with one out. Dustin Pedroia then hit a grounder back to the mound, where Simon caught Ellsbury, who had already departed for home. The...

07/09/2011 - 4:41pm
Ortiz: 'I wasn't the one that started' it
By: DJ Bean

Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz said Saturday that he does not "feel proud" of the eighth-inning altercation between the Sox and Orioles in Friday's 10-3 Boston win. After hitting a fly ball, Ortiz went after and took a swing at Baltimore pitcher Kevin Gregg for yelling at the DH to run the bases. While Ortiz figures he will be suspended for the incident, he said he doesn't feel it was his fault. 

"I know MLB is going to take some action about it," Ortiz said. "It's something that everybody's aware of. It all depends on what they're feeling like doing, but I wasn't the one that started this. I don't think I was." 

Ortiz said that Gregg, whose throwing inside on him throughout the at-bat led to a previous argument, provoked him with his actions.

"This is a guy that I always face. He never pitches in, so he threw a whole bunch of pitches inside, and I'm pretty sure he was trying to hit me, no...

07/09/2011 - 4:41pm
Francona: Side session for Beckett Sunday

After Red Sox starter Josh Beckett left Friday night's game with a hyperextended left knee after the fifth inning, manager Terry Francona will throw a side session Sunday morning. The team will then reevaluate him and decide how they want to proceed with the right-hander.

Francona said Beckett is scheduled to appear in Tuesday's All-Star game, but that Sunday could play a role in whether he can or can't go.

"Obviously, not just for his start going forward with us, but with All-Star ramifications, you don’t want to hold up the league. They've got their hands full as it is," Francona said before Saturday night's game. "If he’s OK, he’s OK. If he needs to hold off then we will do that also. We respect the All-Star stuff, but we also have an obligation to our team.”

After Friday nights bench-clearing brawl, started by David Ortiz charging at Orioles reliever Kevin Gregg after Ortiz popped out, Francona does...

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