CLEVELAND -- Darnell McDonald explained after the Red Sox' 1-0 loss to the Indians Thursday afternoon that his intention in rounding second on the final play of the game was to try to be "aggressive" with the Sox trailing by a run in the ninth inning.
McDonald made the final out when he overran second base on J.D. Drew's grounder, which deflected off Indians reliever Chris Perez enough that Drew would have been safe. Third baseman Adam Everett scooped up the grounder, throwing it to second baseman Orlando Cabrera fast enough to catch the Sox' pinch-runner as he attempted to dive back into second.
"I'm trying to be aggressive. I'm trying to make them make the throw, lost my footing out there and just got caught in no-man's land. I was just trying to be aggressive and make them make the throw to first base," McDonald explained.
"It might have been wet. I'm not even sure. I lost my footing, tried to get back,...
CLEVELAND -- For the first time since 1945, the Sox find themselves sitting at 0-6 to start the season after dropping a 1-0 decision to the Indians on Thursday afternoon at Progressive Field.
The decisive play this time around came in the eighth inning with reliever Daniel Bard on the mound for the Red Sox. With one out and Adam Everett at third, Asdrubal Cabrera executed a perfect squeeze bunt, getting home the game’s only run. Cleveland closer Chris Perez proceeded to pitch a scoreless ninth to close the deal for the Tribe.
The game ended when Darnell McDonald overran second base on J.D. Drew’s infield hit, getting tagged for the final out.
Jon Lester stood out for the Red Sox, not giving up a run while striking out nine in seven innings of work in his second start of the season.
Kevin Youkilis saw his batting average drop to .105 after going 0-for-4. Marco Scutaro raised his average to .176 with his first multi-hit game...
Former Sox ace and ESPN contributor Curt Schilling checked in with Dennis & Callahan on Thursday morning. The first topic was the slow start for the Sox, who dropped to 0-5 after an 8-4 loss to the Indians on Wednesday night.
"They are playing like crap," said Schilling. "Remember, we played at a .500 stretch for about 60 games in 2004. ... I think it's going to happen rather soon, there's going to be a point this team is going to find a villain. … I still believe they are going to be a good team, but they don't have a common foe, and pretty soon it's going to be getting booed on Opening Day, or the media just basically saying these guys suck, and they're going to have a 'let's circle the wagons to spite these guys' and they don't have that."
The starting pitching has been abysmal through five games, with each starter being tagged for a loss and all with an ERA over 5.00. The struggles of the...
New Yankees setup man Rafael Soriano apologized to the media Wednesday for not talking after struggling in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Twins. Soriano said Yankees management told him through his agent, Scott Boras, that he needs to be accessible in the future. The free agent signee who has a questionable reputation — as Peter Gammons explained on the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday — said he was so upset after costing CC Sabathia a win that he didn't even answer the phone when his mother called from the Dominican Republic.
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CLEVELAND — Jon Lester (0-0, 8.44 ERA) will make his second start of the season on Thursday afternoon as the 0-5 Sox look to avoid another sweep, this time at the hands of the Indians.
The lineup is the same as the one from Wednesday night's 8-4 loss to the Indians, with the exception of Jarrod Saltalamacchia replacing Jason Varitek behind the plate. The lineup is as follows: Ellsbury CF, Crawford LF, Pedroia 2B, Gonzalez 1B, Youkilis 3B, Ortiz DH, Drew RF, Saltalamacchia C, Scutaro SS, Lester SP.
Lester will be opposed by Fausto Carmona (0-1, 30.00 ERA), who is 2-3 with a 4.25 ERA in seven career appearances vs, the Red Sox.
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