Sox Bats Take No Halladay

Boston Powers Past Blue Jays

The Red Sox weren’t suppose to win against Roy Halladay, right?  Well the local nine didn’t pay any attention to what the pundits and baseball world had to say on Wednesday night as the Sox took care of business and handed ace, Roy Halladay, his sixth loss of the season with a 6-1 thumping brought to you by Clay Buchholz and the Red Sox offense.

After winning Tuesday evenings contest by the hair on Terry Francona’s head (kidding), the Sox were suppose to lose to Doc and the Blue Jays.  However, Halladay looked tired on the mound as the Sox powered past him and Toronto pitching with 10 hits and three home runs.

Buchholz went six deep, striking out four Blue Jays and allowing just one run.  Jason Bay, David Ortiz, and Victor Martinez all went deep for Francona as the Sox look to sweep the fourth-place Blue Jays as Jon Lester takes the mound on Thursday taking on Brett Cecil.  

Let’s hope the Sox don’t look past Thursday’s game and onto the big weekend series with the New York Yankees.  

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-TC

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Buchholz Bests Halladay, Sox Win

The Doc is Taught a Lesson by Boston’s Young Gun

See, I told you the Sox shouldn’t have traded Clay to Toronto.

The Red Sox and Blue Jays met Wednesday night in a pitching match-up that was intriguing, to say the least — a modern day Simba-versus-Scar, if you will. Clay Buchholz, Boston’s young right-hander, was deemed a certain underdog pitted against the Toronto ace who is arguably the game’s best hurler. Halladay came into the game at 13-5 with a sub-3.00 ERA, but was lit up in five short innings against the Red Sox bats. Jacoby Ellsbury, David Ortiz, Victor Martinez and Jason Bay all knocked in runs in support of Boston’s 6-1 triumph at Rogers Centre.

Buchholz, meanwhile, dazzled the Blue Jay bats over six strong innings. He allowed one run on six hits on only 94 pitches, improving to 2-3 on the year.

Thursday night, Boston goes for the sweep as they send southpaw Jon Lester (9-7, 3.71) to the hill against Toronto’s own lefty, Brett Cecil (5-1, 4.35).

— Dan Zappulla, Chowdaheadz Blog Contributor

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Pedroia to Miss Second Straight Game

New Dad Will Stay Back in Boston

During an interview on WEEI’s “Dale and Holley” program this morning, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia would miss his second straight game after the birth of his first child. Francona was unsure of the reigning MVP’s status for Thursday’s game either.

Pedroia and his wife, Kelli, welcomed their newborn son Dylan into the world yesterday afternoon. As much of a competitor as the brand-new dad may be, I’m sure he wasn’t anxious to get back to Toronto, as his club will be facing perennial Cy Young candidate Roy Halladay (13-5, 2.65) in game two of this three-game set. The Red Sox will oppose Halladay with young right-hander Clay Buchholz (1-3, 4.45).
— Dan Zappulla, Chowdaheadz Blog Contributor

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Smoltz Released By Red Sox

42-Year-Old’s Time Ends In Boston

The end of John Smoltz’s tenure in Boston has come to a close as the Boston Red Sox released the 42-year-old on Monday.  

The right-hander posted a 8.33 ERA with the Sox and won only two of his eight starts with Boston.  Smoltz denied a request from the Red Sox that he go to the minors and work his way back as a reliever.

Smoltz, however, has not denied that he would sign with another team as a reliever.  

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Pedroia To Get The Day Off

Red Sox Second-Basemen Sits After Night Game

Terry Francona decided that it was finally time to give Dustin Pedrioa a day off on Thursday.  After playing in a night game yesterday and with the Sox set to hit the road on Friday to face Texas, Francona thought that today was the best day to give Pedrioa a day off.

J.D. Drew also has the day off on Wednesday, being replaced in the Sox lineup by Josh Reddick.  

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Beckett Leads Boston To Third Straight Victory

Offense Comes Alive On Homestand

It was the Mike Lowell and Jason Bay show on Tuesday night and on Wednesday it was the same story but different verse for the Red Sox sluggers as Boston defeated Detroit 8-2 behind a strong performance from Josh Beckett.

Lowell and Bay each homered for the Red Sox as Beckett went seven deep to win his major league-high 14th game of the season.  Beckett had a no-hitter going into the fifth inning before Carlos Guillen of the Tigers snapped the no-hit bid and shutout with a solo-blast.  

The Red Sox have now won three straight and seven in a row against the Tigers.  Jerry Remy made his way back to the NESN booth on Wednesday night, only as a guest however, and hinted that a return to the broadcast booth may come in the near future.  

Boston looks to sweep Detroit this afternoon as Clay Buchholz takes on Justin Verlander.  First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.m.

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News & Notes From Fenway Park

Diamond Update On The Boston Red Sox

Some news and notes from what has been a hectic couple of days for the Boston Red Sox:

1) Kevin Youkilis was suspended by Major League Baseball offices for five games for his role in last night’s brawl with Rick Porcello and the Detroit Tigers.  Youkilis will begin serving his suspension tonight after initially appealing the suspension.    

2) Tim Wakefield is on the comeback trail as the Boston knuckleballer will start for Triple A Pawtucket on Friday.  Wakefield hopes that if his calf and back respond well, he will be back with the big club soon.  George Kottaras will catch the 43-year-old in his own comeback from the disabled list.

3) John Smoltz refused his assignment to the minor leagues from the Boston Red Sox which gives Boston ten days to either trade or cut the 42-year-old.  Smoltz cleared waivers which allows Boston to trade him or outright release him.  A release would put the Sox on the hook for the remainder of his $5.5 million contract. 

4) Daisuke Matsuzaka is in Fort Myers and threw 40 pitches from a mound on Monday.  Dice-K’s pitch count will increase with each session and Japanese right-hander is eyeing a comeback to the Sox rotation sometime in September.

5) The Sox put a waiver claim on Washington Nationals shortstop Christian Guzman but the likelihood of Guzman coming to Boston is very slim as the Nationals do not have a shortstop to replace Guzman and are currently playing their best baseball of the year.  Also, the Sox would have to eat Guzman’s entire contract which could put a snag in any negotiations between both clubs.

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Sox Fired Up After Beating Tigers

Boston Fueled By Youkilis, Francona Ejections

Kevin Youkilis led the charge, both physically and mentally, for Boston but Mike Lowell carried it out as the Red Sox defeated the Detroit Tigers 7-5 on Tuesday night.

Lowell smashed a solo-shot in the third and added a two-run blast in the fifth to give the Sox a 6-3 lead in which they would never relinquish. Junichi Tazawa was shaky in the first inning but settled down by striking out six in five innings of work to record his first major league win.

Youkilis was ejected for charging the mound after Rick Porcello plunked the Red Sox third-basemen in the second inning.  After a brawl ensued, both Youkilis and Porcello were out of the game.  Terry Francona was later ejected in the second after arguing a play at second base.    

Lowell, 2-for-3, and Jason Bay, 2-for-4, led the Boston lineup on Tuesday which has scored 13 runs on 19 hits in their past two games at Fenway Park.  A little home cookin’ may have been all that Francona and the Sox needed after losing six straight to division rivals, Tampa Bay and New York.

Josh Beckett takes on Armando Galarraga off the Tigers on Wednesday in hopes of extending Boston’s winning streak to three games.

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Tazawa’s Debut Tonight At Fenway Park

Sox Look To Take Two Straight From Tigers

A 6-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night was exactly what the Boston Red Sox needed.  With Junichi Tazawa making his first major league start tonight for the Bo-Sox, Terry Francona and company hope that the 23-year-old right hander is as good as advertised.

Even with his first decision as a Red Sox going in the loss column, thanks in part to a game-winning two-run home run from Alex Rodriguez, Tazawa could possibly be the missing piece to the Red Sox puzzle.  Plugging a dynamic right-handed pitcher in the fifth spot could help ease the overworked bullpen and inconsistent starting rotation.

Tazawa toes the rubber tonight, squaring off against fellow youngster Rick Porcello of the Tigers.  First pitch is at 7:10 from Fenway Park.

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Don’t Take Those Socks Off Just Yet!

Ok folks we know many of you are in panic mode after this weekends debacle but don’t put that tail between your legs just yet!

The Yankees did not win the world series and the Sox are still in a good position to make the playoffs. I am not writing the division off totally but if we can get things back on track and make the playoffs even in the wild card position we got a shot.  If you remember a few years back, the Sox made the playoffs in the wild card spot and went on to win it all.  So don’t hang those heads just yet and always keep your Sox on folks!  True fan’s don’t turn on their team and true fan’s don’t run and hide!

Say it:  “I am a Red Sox Through Thick & Thin”

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Boston Looks To Avoid Sweep

Sox Announce That Tazawa Will Start On Tuesday

The Boston Red Sox take on the New York Yankees Sunday evening looking to avoid a four-game sweep at the hands of their rivals.  With the offense putting up zeroes and the entire pitching staff overworked, the Sox announced that Japanese rookie Junichi Tazawa will take John Smoltz spot in the starting rotation and pitch on Tuesday against the Detroit Tigers.

First things first, however, and that’s tonight’s game.  Jon Lester takes on Andy Pettite in hopes of avoiding the sweep.  Jason Bay is back in the lineup for Boston as David Ortiz takes a seat in tonight’s game against a lefty.  

The Sox are rumored to have put a claim on Washington Nationals shortstop Christian Guzman who would help fill the hole the Sox currently have at short.  Guzman is batting over .300 and will be an instant offensive upgrade over Nick Green and Jed Lowrie.   

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