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06/29/2011 - 9:36pm
Lackey good, but Sox still can't beat Phils

PHILADELPHIA -- The Red Sox slumped to 1-4 on their current road trip, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Phillies Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park. On the swing through Pittsburgh and Philly, the Sox have now scored 10 runs in their five games.

Shutting down the Sox this time was Philadelphia starter Vance Worley, who held the visitors to a single run over seven innings. The righty has now given up just two runs in his last 18 innings. The only run the Sox could manage off the righty came when starting pitcher John Lackey doubled in Josh Reddick in the fifth inning. It was Lackey's third hit as a member of the Red Sox after previously going 1-for-30 in interleague play.

Lackey performed admirably in his start, allowing just two runs over 7 2/3 innings. Taking away his last outing, the righty has now given up 13 runs in 27 2/3 innings, striking out 20 and walking four.

Doing the damage against Lackey was Phillies outfielder Raul Ibanez, who...

06/29/2011 - 5:18pm
Valentine: MLB should get rid of DH
By: DJ Bean

Former major league manager and current ESPN analyst Bobby Valentine joined The Big Show Wednesday, discussing Terry Francona's decision to play Adrian Gonzalez in right field and the risks of doing so.

"They're looking for some more offense, and this is a team that allows its pitchers to relax knowing that they're going to put up a crooked number. This is a way to try and do that," Valentine said. "I think that it is risky, as everyone knows and as Terry mentioned. I mean, my goodness, you're putting your MVP candidate in a foreign place where he doesn't really know the field that well. He's going to be chasing after fly balls. I'm sure he told him to just pick it up on one hop or if necessary, two hops and throw it on in and drive in a couple." 

Valentine also expressed his feelings on interleague play, and said that doing away with the designated hitter would be better for the league. The DH has been around since 1973 in...

06/29/2011 - 5:05pm
Francona: No TJ surgery for Lackey

PHILADELPHIA -- Terry Francona met with the media on Wednesday afternoon and was asked about comments made by Peter Gammons during his interview on the Mut & Merloni show earlier in the day.

Gammons made the suggestion that the health of Lackey -- who takes the mound at Citizens Bank Park Wednesday with a 5-6 record and major league-worst 7.36 ERA -- is still an area of worry for the Red Sox.

"With all the problems with Lackey’s elbow, is this guy going to end up needing Tommy John surgery before August? That’s something they have to decide," Gammons said.

Francona quickly dismissed the idea that surgery is being considered for Lackey.

"He's pitching tonight. I don't have a good answer for that other than 'no,' " Francona said when asked if Lackey might need Tommy John surgery. "Guys go through aches and pains, that's the way the game is. If it ever gets to the point with...

06/29/2011 - 4:58pm
Buchholz' return might be after All-Star break

 

PHILADELPHIA -- Clay Buchholz said before the Red Sox' game with the Phillies Wednesday night that there is a possibility he won't pitch again until after the All-Star break, which runs from July 11-14.

Buchholz, who has been on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle in his lower left back, was originally eying a July 4 return, is still feeling the ailment that put him on the DL June 19.

"If it doesn't get better in the next four or five days, I would say yes," said Buchholz when asked if a realistic timetable would have him coming back after the All-Star break. "I would like to pitch before then. I'm not going to go out there and hurt something else to overcompensate for my back. I'm going to try and be smart instead of just going out there and having a bulldog mentality."

Buchholz attempted his first side session since going on the DL Sunday in Pittsburgh, but the exercise didn't go as well as the...

06/29/2011 - 4:42pm
Lee: Sox never pursued me in offseason

PHILADELPHIA -- Cliff Lee told WEEI.com on Wednesday that the Red Sox had no contact with him during his time as a free agent last offseason.

"Nonexistent," Lee said when asked about the level of interest from the Red Sox last winter. "I think they were satisfied with their pitching, they weren't looking for pitching. Nothing with any substance to it, they were never serious."

Lee -- who signed a five-year, $120 million deal with the Phillies last December -- tossed a two-hit shutout vs. the Sox on Tuesday.

"I was open to whatever, but they were never serious," said Lee, who allowed just one run in his five June starts and is 9-5 with a 2.66 ERA on the season. "It was just never much of a thought."

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