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Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox, 0 Yankees, 0

05.07.10 at 7:53 pm ET
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Josh Beckett did allow the first hit of the game — a one-out single to Francisco Cervelli — but proceeded to retire Randy Winn and Derek Jeter to end the inning with no damage. Jeter struck out for the second time in the game, and Beckett now has 6 Ks through three innings (his season high is eight vs. Tampa on April 16.)

43 pitches for Beckett, who has hit 96 MPH with his fastball.

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Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 0, Yankees, 0

05.07.10 at 7:40 pm ET
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Still another 1-2-3 inning as Hughes is matching Beckett. Kevin Youkilis lined out to left, David Ortiz struck out swinging on a 95 MPH fastball and Adrian Beltre grounded out on close play at first.

Just 25 pitches for Hughes through two innings. His WHIP for the season is at 0.81.

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Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox, 0 Yankees, 0

05.07.10 at 7:32 pm ET
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Josh Beckett continues to look strong in this series opener, again setting the Yankees down in order. Alex Rodriguez grounded out to Pedroia on a ball that was deflected off Beckett, red-hot Robinson Cano (only Yankee in history to hit .400 with at least eight homers in April) struck out swinging and Nick Swisher also was punched out swinging.

Five Ks for Beckett in two innings. He’s thrown 27 pitches, 20 for strikes.

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Top 2nd: Red Sox, 0 Yankees, 0

05.07.10 at 7:26 pm ET
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Easy first for Phil Hughes, as he retired the Sox in order. Hughes as been tremendous this season, and his ERA now stands at 1.38. Terry Francona said before the game that Hughes is “doing a lot of things pretty good.”

Just 14 pitches for Hughes in the innings, nine for strikes.

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Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0

05.07.10 at 7:19 pm ET
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Great first inning for Josh Beckett, striking out the side. He got Derek Jeter, Nick Johnson and Mark Teixeira all swinging. Beckett threw 13 pitches in the frame, 10 for strikes. First time this season Beckett has struck out the side.

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Francona Notes: Red Sox vs. Yankees, 5/7

05.07.10 at 5:55 pm ET
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Some highlights of Red Sox manager Terry Francona’s pregame meeting with the media. Running time? 6:21. Questions about David Ortiz? Zero.

Francona addressed the status of both Mike Cameron and Jacoby Ellsbury on Friday. On Cameron, out since April 18 with an abdominal strain, Francona said, “Cam is doing well. He’ll go out there today and go through his progressions again, the hitting and the group and everything. He will sit tonight with the medical people – Tom Gill will be here – probably getting to the point where we are talking about going to play some games on rehab, possibly at the beginning of the week.”

On Ellsbury, out since April 11: “Although he’s doing well, he’s not as far advanced as Mike Cameron is, as far as the time table goes.”

On sitting Victor Martinez Friday despite his recent stretch of good hitting: “I certainly thought about it [playing Martinez.] He’s been swinging the bat much better, especially right-handed. And he’s been catching a lot of game, I bet if you looked up as far as catchers go he’s pretty high. And we have a day game tomorrow that I want him to catch. So when a guy is catching that much sometimes there needs to be a day in there.”

Francona is impressed with the start to the season of Philip Hughes, noting that the Friday night starter is “doing a lot of things pretty good. Locating the fastball not just to two quadrants but probably four. He’s up both sides, down both sides, he’s locating with some velocity and some cut. He’s doing a lot of things well, especially against right handers.”

Jeremy Hermida has 14 of his 16 RBI this season with two outs (10 of 22, two home runs.) Francona was asked if there was anything different about Hermida that has allowed him to have success in two-out spots.

“He’s gotten a lot of big hits,” Francona said. “I hope he continues to. I do think that I need to a little bit careful about what I say because, if somebody wasn’t [hitting with two outs] right now I’d say ‘well, they’ll even out.’ I guess in his case I hope they don’t. He’s prepared, that’s for sure. He’s not giving at-bats away and he’s swinging at strikes. He’s given us some big lifts and some big at-bats.”

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Lackey on The Big Show: Criticism of Ortiz ‘eye-opening’

05.07.10 at 3:14 pm ET
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John Lackey

Red Sox pitcher John Lackey called in to The Big Show Friday afternoon (Listen at The Big Show audio on demand page) and talked about beating his former team in his last outing. “You want to beat your boys about as much as anything,” he said of Wednesday’s win over the Angels.

Asked why the Angels did not meet the Red Sox’ offer when Lackey was a free agent, he said Los Angeles did make “a run” at retaining him. “The money was around the same, honestly,” he said. “It was more so I might have gotten an extra year over here. I was in a situation where I had two great options. And I chose to come out here. My wife — it was kind of a family decision. We wanted a new challenge, to move on and check something new out.”

Lackey said Boston fans have lived up to their reputation since he’s been here. “We were talking about it in the clubhouse the other night,” he said. “It’s a different vibe every night. Over there, people are a little more laid-back, eating sushi and crap in the stands. These people are having dogs and beers and ready to get after it. It’s fun.”

As for the recent firestorm of criticism of David Ortiz, Lackey was disappointed with the reaction to the slugger’s struggles. Said Lackey: “As much stuff as that guy’s done for that organization, that was kind of eye-opening to see as many people turn on him as did so quickly. That was kind of crazy. But it is what it is. You kind of knew what you’re signing up for when you come over here.”

Lackey said he isn’t too concerned with how far the Red Sox have fallen behind the Yankees and Rays in the early going. “It’s a game of runs,” he said. “We’re playing 162 games. They’ll get cold, eventually. And hopefully we’re hot at the same time. You’ve just to keep grinding it out, keep working. … We just need to concern ourselves with playing better baseball. We’ve got too many good players not to be in this thing in the end.”

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