|07.19.11 at 8:02 am ET|
The Red Sox will face the Orioles in the second game of a three game series Tuesday night at Camden Yards. This will be their fifth game of a six game road trip to open the unofficial second half of the season.
The pitching match up is a very familiar one as both starters appeared in the July 10 game at Fenway Park just nine days ago. Kyle Weiland (0-0) made his major league debut in that game and will be opposed Tuesday night by Jeremy Guthrie (3-13) who pitched 3 1/3 innings of relief in the July 10 ballgame–a game in which had four ejections (including Weiland) and the Red Sox winning 8-6.
In his first ever major league appearance Weiland went four innings, giving up six runs on eight hits. All of the runs came in the second inning. He struck out two, earning a no-decision. This all came before he was ejected in the top of the fifth inning for hitting the Orioles’ Vladimir Guerrero. Guerrero is now on the disabled list with a broken hand. Both benches had been warned the inning before, so that is what prompted the ejection.
Before being called up to the majors the right-hander was 8-6, with a 3.00 ERA with Pawtucket. He recorded 99 strikeouts in 93 innings of work.
Guthrie comes into the game struggling as he has suffered the loss in the last four games he has appeared in, and five out of the last six. In his last outing Guthrie went five innings, giving up six runs on five hits in the Orioles 8-4 loss to the Indians on July 14.
This is Guthrie’s eighth major league season. He pitched with the Indians the first three years of his career and has been with the Orioles ever since. He has pitched the most innings out of any Orioles pitcher this season.
|07.18.11 at 10:45 pm ET|
BALTIMORE — It would have been perfectly excusable for the Red Sox to have written off Sunday when they missed one opportunity after another in extra innings. But they didn’t.
It would have been understandable had the Sox, after arriving in their hotel a bit past 6 a.m., showed up in the disgusting swelter of Camden Yards and said, “No mas.” Didn’t happen.
Instead, on both nights, Dustin Pedroia insisted the Sox would not let up. The second baseman delivered the game-winning single to right in the 16th inning of Sunday’s 1-0 game, drank about 2,000 energy drinks on Monday, stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth inning of a 7-7 tie against right-hander Mark Worrell and again smoked the game-winning hit to the opposite field.
This time, Pedroia drove a two-run double over the head of O’s right-fielder Nick Markakis. That was the catalyst the Sox needed in an eighth-inning in which they erupted for eight runs to claim a 15-10 victory.
It was part of a 2-for-5 night in which Pedroia singled, doubled, walked and drove in three runs while extending his hitting streak to 16 games, tied for the second-longest of his career. He is hitting .295 with an .870 OPS, 13 homers, 50 RBI, 17 steals, 63 runs and a countless number of diving plays at second base.
In short, he once again is delivering a performance worthy of the title of the best all-around second baseman in the game.
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|07.18.11 at 8:25 pm ET|
BALTIMORE — After the fact, Matt Albers realized, he had gotten caught up in the emotion of a crazy weekend between his current Red Sox club and the Orioles team for whom he played. And his former teammates noticed.
Albers pitched once in the heated four-game series at Fenway Park in the final weekend of the first half, inheriting an 8-3 lead from Josh Beckett (who left the game due to injury) and delivering a pair of scoreless innings in which he struck out four.
There is no denying that Albers threw well against the team that released him. Even so, the game was never in the balance during his appearance, and so when Albers punctuated his outing with a fist pump and a shout — shortly before David Ortiz and Kevin Gregg rumbled in a fight that would garner suspensions for both — the Orioles took notice.
During the eight days from the time that the two teams separated for the All-Star break to their reunion at Camden Yards on Monday, the Orioles have continued to grumble about the Sox’ conduct during the four games at Fenway. And Albers has been one of the subjects of the ongoing ill will expressed by the Orioles towards the Sox.
Albers understands why.
“I think maybe after the fact, I think I got maybe a little carried away. Maybe my emotions got the best of me a little bit,” Albers said. “I kind of figured that they weren’t too happy about it.”
The reliever — who has been a revelation for the Sox, going 3-3 with a 2.37 ERA, 38 strikeouts and 16 walks in 38 innings this year — contacted some of his former Orioles teammates to try to smooth matters. He remains hopeful that, despite the expressions of disgruntlement coming from Baltimore, that this series will not continue the hostilities of the previous one.
“It seemed like it escalated a little out of hand. It was weird seeing that go on,” Albers said. “Hopefully, that’s over with.”
|07.18.11 at 6:51 pm ET|
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|07.18.11 at 6:40 pm ET|
BALTIMORE — The rehab of Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz, on the DL since mid-June due to persistent soreness in his lower back, took a step forward on Monday, as the right-hander pushed his throwing program out to 120 feet on flat ground. That is the third step in a gradual progression of his arm strength that has seen him throw from 60 and then 90 feet. The next step after throwing at 120 feet will be for the 26-year-old to throw off a mound in a short bullpen session.
“That’s good,” manager Terry Francona said of Buchholz’ latest step forward. “Ramp up that intensity a little bit.”
Buchholz (6-3, 3.48 ERA) said over the weekend in Tampa Bay that he is still feeling lingering discomfort in his lower back. However, it appears that he is still edging closer to a return despite the fact that he is physically at less than 100 percent. Read the rest of this entry »
|07.18.11 at 6:02 pm ET|
BALTIMORE — Certainly, the process of getting back onto the field was a more deliberate one than Carl Crawford had expected. He doesn’t have much experience with injuries, aside from a stretch of roughly six weeks on the sidelines at the end of 2008 due to a hand injury.
When Crawford suffered a left hamstring injury on June 17, the expectation was that he might need little more than two weeks on the DL to come back. That timeframe nearly doubled, but one month after he landed on the DL, Crawford is back with the Red Sox and eager to contribute following a two-game rehab stint in Pawtucket on Friday and Saturday.
“I felt real good out there [in Pawtucket], so I feel comfortable about returning into the lineup,” said Crawford. “It’s been a while since I’ve been out there, so just to get back into the action and get a feel for everything, I’m definitely excited about it.”
Crawford suggested that while he feels physically fine, his timing at the plate after four weeks of downtime remains a work in progress. In 67 games this year, he’s hitting .243 with a .275 OBP and .659 OPS, though since the beginning of May, he was hitting .295 with a .318 OBP and .794 OPS. He is hopeful that his layoff will not affect him adversely. Read the rest of this entry »
|07.18.11 at 5:47 pm ET|
The Red Sox reportedly have contacted the Cardinals regarding outfielder Colby Rasmus, tweets SI’s Jon Heyman. Heyman noted that Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak says he is “not shopping” Rasmus and a trade is “highly unlikely.” The Rays and Nationals also have reportedly contacted the Cardinals about Rasmus.
The Red Sox have been rumored to be interested in acquiring an outfielder because of a lack of offensive production from that position. Right fielder J.D. Drew is batting .171 in the month of July, and utility outfielder Darnell McDonald has struggled the entire season, as he is batting .149 on the year.
Rasmus is currently batting .241 with nine home runs and 36 RBIs.
|07.18.11 at 5:02 pm ET|
The Tigers have been heavily involved in trade deadline rumors this year and you can add one more name to the list: Orioles right-hander Jeremy Guthrie, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FoxSports.com. Morosi reports that Guthrie is third on the Tigers’ wish list for pitching help behind Ubaldo Jimenez and Hiroki Kuroda.
Guthrie leads the Orioles staff in innings pitched and is just 3-13 with a 4.45 ERA. The right-hander is earning $5.75 million this season, and is arbitration-eligible after this season.
|07.18.11 at 4:59 pm ET|
Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez has been gaining interest from multiple teams, but he is “still adamant” that he will not waive his no-trade clause to be traded to any big league team, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
Both the Tigers and Angels are said to be interested in Ramirez, who has a new contract on his mind and if he is traded his 2012 option would be guaranteed. If he were to stay with the Cubs then his option for 2012 would not be guaranteed. It comes with a $2 million buyout. Ramirez is hitting .300 with 16 home runs and 56 RBIs.
|07.18.11 at 4:58 pm ET|
Numerous teams are interested in multiple Nationals relievers, according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
The Nats’ relievers getting the most interest are closer Drew Storen and setup man Tyler Clippard. Also in the mix is right-hander Todd Coffey. Storen has recorded 24 saves on the year while Clippard has appeared has a 1.82 ERA in 43 games and made an appearance in the All-Star game.
Per Rosenthal, the Nats are looking for a center fielder including the Rays’ B.J. Upton, Astros’ Michael Bourn, Cardinals’ Colby Rasmus and Twins’ Denard Span. Rosenthal notes that would be a big haul for a reliever.
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