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07/23/2011 - 10:26pm
Just grand: Sox rally for Francona's 1,000th

Dustin Pedroia extended his career-best hitting streak to 20 games and the Red Sox rallied for three runs with two outs and none on in the seventh to beat the Mariners, 3-1, Saturday night at Fenway. In rallying for Terry Francona's 1,000th win as a major league manager, the Red Sox improved to 61-37 and increased their lead in the AL East to three games over the Yankees. The Mariners lost their 14th straight, matching the club's worst-ever streak in 1992. 

Josh Beckett, who entered the night with the lowest run-support of any Red Sox starter at 1.71 runs per game, was again asked to be nearly perfect. And while he did give up seven hits, for six shutout innings, he was dominant. 

But Mike Carp, the Mariners outfielder who drilled a three-run homer on Friday night off Franklin Morales, hit his second homer of the season and second in as many nights when he took a 91 MPH cutter from Beckett and deposited the pitch in the Red Sox bullpen to...

07/23/2011 - 4:43pm
Buchholz will throw side session Monday

Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz threw on flat ground prior to Saturday's game against the Mariners and will throw a side session off a mound on Monday for the first time since going on the disabled list. Buchholz has been sidelined since June 17 with a lower back strain that the team had originally believed would affect the right-hander's delivery.

In announcing Buchholz's current plan for recovery, Red Sox manager Terry Francona stated that the back still bothers Buchholz but given the type of injury, it shouldn't be a hindrance going forward.

"He still feels it," Francona said. "I think talking to [medical director Dr. Thomas Gill, athletic trainer Michael Reinold] and everybody, they say he may feel it but that doesn't mean he's necessarily going to hurt himself. So that's that kind of fine line we're walking right now. He's not ready to pitch. I don't think anybody thinks he is. There's going to be a progression here, and...

07/23/2011 - 3:26pm
Lineup: Varitek catching Beckett vs. M's

Captain Jason Varitek will step behind the plate to catch Red Sox ace Josh Beckett and will bat eighth in the lineup Saturday night in the second game of a three-game set against the Mariners. Varitek and the rest of the Boston starting nine will face Seattle rookie hurler Blake Beavan for the first time collectively as the righty makes just the third start of his MLB career. 

Beckett is 8-3 this season with a 2.12 ERA, a stat that is good enough to be second-best in the American League this season. He is coming off an outing in which he surrendered just one hit and no runs over eight innings while striking out six against the Rays last Sunday. To see how the Mariners have fared against Beckett, check out the matchups at the Full Count blog

Here's the entire Red Sox lineup:

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07/23/2011 - 9:37am
Henry: 'Don't anticipate many changes at all'

WOBURN -- Speaking at Jason Varitek's Celebrity Putt Putt fundraiser event at Athletic Evolution, Red Sox principal owner John Henry told WEEI.com that he does not expect his team to undergo significant alterations before the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31.

"We like this team, so I don't anticipate many changes at all," Henry said. "I think more so than in years past. Obviously, we could use a strong right-handed bat, but this year that's a difficult commodity to get.

"We gave up a few prospects in spring training, so we would prefer not to do that. It will be driven by what opportunities exist, if any. There have been years where we haven't really done anything, and there have been years we saw an opportunity. It's hard to say."

Henry also addressed the notion that the organization's budget was such that it would be difficult to add payroll for the regular season's final 2 1/2 months. The owner suggested that...

07/23/2011 - 8:06am
Bard: Sox 'don't need anyone' in bullpen

A year ago, the Red Sox bullpen was in dire straits and scrambling to find reinforcements before the trade deadlin. This year, the team's relievers have offered a dramatically different outlook.

The Sox have a 3.53 bullpen ERA that ranks in the middle of the pack, but the group has been dominant since early June, with an 8-1 record and 2.31 ERA in that time. As such, there appears to be little urgency on the part of the Sox to add an arm.

“It’s not really often that you can say leading up to the trade deadline that you don’t need anyone in the bullpen, but we really don’t,” said Sox reliever Daniel Bard. “We have all the pieces covered. If you hand us a lead for four innings, we’re going to find a way to get it done. There aren’t many teams that can say that. Whether or not we add someone is still up in the air, I’m sure, but I think we can be pretty effective all the way through October...

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