ANAHEIM, Calif. – Red Sox starter John Lackey continued his excellence in the second half, allowing just two runs on seven hits in 7 1/3 innings against the Angels, leading his new club to a 4-2 win over his former club.
Lackey – who was roundly booed by the crowd – was a picture of focus in his first start as a visiting player in Angel Stadium. He permitted just one walk and struck out four in improving his ERA to 1.59 since the All-Star break, while matching a season high with 124 pitches. Lackey (10-5) also reached 10 wins for the eighth straight year, making him one of three pitchers (along with Derek Lowe and CC Sabathia) to achieve double digits in victories in every year since 2003.
It appeared for much of the game as if Lackey might be a hard-luck loser against closer friend Jered Weaver, who managed a 1-0 lead through six frames. But the Sox rallied with two outs in the top of the seventh inning.
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre still sported a sizable bruise and swelling on his right arm, just above his elbow, on Tuesday afternoon. The condition was the result of having been drilled by a Fernando Rodney fastball in the eighth inning of Monday's game, two pitches after David Ortiz had deposited one of the Angels reliever's fastballs in the right field bleachers.
After being hit, both benches were warned, and Beltre glared at Rodney and stood in the batters box before heading to first. On Tuesday, Beltre shrugged off the plunking.
"Only [Rodney] knows if he threw at me. I asked him and he said no, but who knows?" Beltre said. "It’s part of baseball anyways. If he threw at me, it’s a good spot for him to hit."
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Red Sox corner infielder Mike Lowell hit three homers and drove in five in a rehab game for Triple-A Pawtucket against the Toledo Mud Hens on Tuesday. It was his fourth rehab game. He is now hitting .471 with three doubles and three homers during his rehab stint.
Lowell became the first PawSox hitter with three homers in a game since both Jonathan Van Every and Brandon Moss accomplished the feat in 2008. Lowell also has a three-homer game to his credit in the majors, having accomplished the feat in 2004 with the Marlins.
Lowell, who played third base on Tuesday, could be activated by the Red Sox as soon as this weekend, when the team returns home.
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Red Sox right fielder was scratched just prior to the start of Tuesday's game against the Angels due to tightness in his left hamstring. He iced the hamstring after Monday's game, in which he hit a two-run, ninth-inning double, but apparently the soreness necessitated that he not start on Tuesday.
Entering Tuesday, Drew has played in 90 of the Sox' 100 games. He is hitting .268/.350/.464/.814 with 12 homers and 49 RBI.
The revised Red Sox lineup features Darnell McDonald in right field and batting ninth against the Angels and Jered Weaver:
SP -- Lackey
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, out since fracturing the navicular bone on his left foot on June 25, visited with Dr. Lewis Yocum on Tuesday. While the 2008 MVP was told that he continues to progress well in his recovery, and remains ahead of schedule, he was also told that he will need to slow down his efforts to push through any discomfort to return to the field.
Pedroia was warned that he must let the injury fully heal before he begins playing. If he does not, then he would risk another, potentially worse break that would threaten the rest of this season and perhaps his future.
"It kind of scared me a little bit," said Pedroia. "There’s nothing really I can do. It’s just time it’s got to heal. He kind of told me I can’t play unless I feel no pain, which isn’t good. He did say that when I do my next CT-scan, we’ll be able to tell a...
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