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Closing Time: Umpires help Sox as Doubront cruises 05.28.12 at 4:14 pm ET
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Felix Doubront and some questionable umpiring helped the Red Sox get back to .500, as the Sox defeated the Tigers on Monday, 7-4, to improve to 24-24 on the season. It wasn’t all good for the Sox, however, as Dustin Pedroia left the game prior to the sixth inning with a jammed right thumb.

Doubront, who improved to 5-3 on the season, threw 95 pitches over six innings, allowing four hits, two earned runs on a pair of solo homers and walking one while picking up six strikeouts. His earned run average now sits at 3.86. The Tigers got their runs against the starter on dingers from Delmon Young and Gerald Laird.

The Sox held a 7-2 lead entering the ninth inning, but Alfredo Aceves had his second straight shaky outing as he allowed a two-run homer to Jhonny Peralta before striking out Andy Dirks to end the game.

Though the Sox jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a David Ortiz double, it was a blown call by the home plate and first base umpires (see below), that allowed the Sox to extend the second inning and pick up three runs on RBIs from Mike Aviles, Daniel Nava and Pedroia. Both Jim Leyland and Gene Lamont were tossed from the game as a result.

The Sox added to their lead in the second inning on Jarrod Saltalamacchia‘s ninth homer of the season, while Will Middlebrooks picked up an RBI single in the sixth inning. Tigers starter Doug Fister allowed 11 hits and six earned runs over five-plus innings.

The Sox will look to get above .500 for the first time this season when Tuesday, but they face a big challenge as they send Daniel Bard to the mound against reigning American League MVP Justin Verlander.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE RED SOX

‘€¢ The Sox caught a real break in the bottom of the second inning when first place umpire Bill Welke botched what should have been an inning-ending third strike to Aviles. The Sox shortstop got a piece of an offering from Fister with two strikes and two down, but contended after Laird caught it that the ball had hit the dirt first. Home plate umpire Jeff Nelson appealed to Welke, who incorrectly confirmed the call. Two pitches later, Aviles lined an RBI single into center field to score Ryan Sweeney.

Both Nava and Pedroia picked up RBIs in the following two at-bats, so the blown call allowed the Sox to score three runs. Leyland and Lamont came out of the dugout to argue the call in between innings and, with Lamont being thrown out by third base ump Tim Tschida. Leyland then threw a water bottle, and just before play resumed Welke called timeout to toss out Leyland from across the field.

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Red Sox-Tigers Live Blog: Both teams fighting for .500 05.28.12 at 12:39 pm ET
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Live Blog: Daniel Bard, Red Sox take on Orioles in series finale 05.23.12 at 11:29 am ET
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Injury Report: Breaking down Jacoby Ellsbury’s shoulder injury 04.26.12 at 1:55 pm ET
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Rob Bradford is joined Dr. Daniel Quinn of Newton Wellesley Orthopedic Associates to discuss the injury sustained by Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Dr. Quinn explains exactly what the injury is, along with what Ellsbury now faces in terms of recovery time. (For more information on sports-related injuries, go to NWOA.com.)

Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda might be out for full year with torn labrum 04.25.12 at 5:23 pm ET
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Pitcher Michael Pineda, who the Yankees acquired in the offseason for top prospect Jesus Montero in the offseason, has been diagnosed as having a torn labrum in his right (pitching) shoulder.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told reporters that Pineda was healthy when he was acquired from Seattle, and that he believed the injury occurred last week, in the pitcher’s final rehab outing. Pineda was tested after the 15-pitch outing, showing significantly different results than had been uncovered prior to the appearance.

Surgery on the 23-year-old is expected to be performed Tuesday.

Pineda is coming off a rookie season in 2011 in which he made the American League All-Star team, finishing at 9-10 with a 3.74 ERA. Montero has played in 14 games with the Mariners (10 at designated hitter, four at catcher), hitting .254 with two home runs and a .643 OPS.

A message from Curt Schilling regarding Fenway Park’s celebration 04.19.12 at 4:32 pm ET
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To Red Sox Nation,

I apologize that business at 38 Studios has made my participation in the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park impossible. Please understand that should in no way indicate my love and passion for Red Sox Nation. There was no greater feeling than standing on that mound, in that park, in front of you fans. The memories I was honored to be a part of, from David’€™s walk off HR in the 2004 ALDS, to going 4-0 in World Series games in that park, to the true honor of wearing that uniform every single day is something I am blessed to have, and will never forget.

I was and always have been opinionated, and unafraid to share my opinion, and for that I accept whatever it is you think of me. But please know that when I had the ball in my hand I gave the team, and you, every ounce of everything I had to get a ‘€œW.” It was an honor to wear the uniform, and compete with the incredible team and teammates I was allowed to.

Every great memory I have in that uniform is because of the people that paid to watch us play, and I will be forever grateful to you for that.

Thank you and God Bless,

Curt Schilling

Fenway at 100: Park’s quirky design due in part to rushed delivery, happenstance 04.18.12 at 1:15 pm ET
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Following is an excerpt from “Fenway Park, The Centennial,” by Saul Wisnia. The book chronicles 100 years of Red Sox baseball. Visit the author’s blog for more information about the book.

The grand opening

The rain had finally let up, and Peter Davis was busy. Standing beside his green pushcart in front of brand-new Fenway Park, he was handing bags of peanuts to fans as fast as they could slap coins into his hand. His powerful arms, which had already been takes by pushing the cart several miles to Jersey Street from its downtown holding pen, were starting to ache. He didn’t mind a bit.

Davis had never seen this many people in one place. It reminded him of the lines he had encountered at the docks after coming over from Greece years before. When the Red Sox played at the smaller Huntington Avenue Grounds in previous seasons, the most fans they ever drew to a game was approximately 10,000. This crowd had to be at least double that, and it seemed like all of them were walking right by his cart.

It was nice to see folks smiling as they looked up at the beautiful red-brick facade of Boston’s first steel and concrete ballpark. But with three straight rainouts and the distressing news about the RMS Titanic unfolding over previous several days, the excitement leading up to Opening Day of 1912 had been largely subdued — even with the added factor of Fenway’s grand unveiling. People were more concerned with scanning the lists of survivors the appeared in each day’s newspapers, hoping they would find their relatives and friends among them, than reading how Tris Speaker and Joe Wood had fared during the season’s first five games at New York and Philadelphia. For a week, basketball wasn’t much discussed. But now, with the shock of the disaster having set in and the Red Sox and New York Highlanders set to play under sunny skies, Bostonians could fully focus on Fenway.

As Davis kept up his work outside the ballpark, John Fitzgerald took a good look around the inside. As mayor of Boston, he had been asked to throw out the first ball before that afternoon’s game. Unlike many politicians who have performed this task before and since, the charming, flamboyant “Honey Fitz” was a true fan who was genuinely interested in watching the on-field action rather than just courting votes in the stands (although he enjoyed that, too). Born in Boston during the Civil War and the son of Irish immigrants, he had been devoted to his city’s baseball teams for most of his 49 years.

As a rising young congressman in the 1890s, Fitzgerald had joined up with the “Royal Rooters” fan club headed by his qually ebullient friend, saloon owner Michael “Nuf Ced” McGreevy. A top-hatted Honey Fitz had led the Rooters in their march down 165th Street to New York’s Polo Grounds during the final days of the 1904 pennant race, and his Irish brogue could often be heard singing “Tessie” and other favorites during home games. He had been denied an opportunity to purchase the Red Sox in their early years — done in by shrewd maneuvering on the part of a political rival — but he never stopped being a fan.

Fitzgerald felt immense pride watching the new park fill up. Boston was a city known for cultural and educational achievements, and here was a sports venue it could hold up alongside its renowned universities, public library, opera house, and art museums as a symbol of that status. It was a place that generations of families would enjoy, and in future years he would delight in taking his own grand owns — Joe, Robert, Ted and John Fitzgerald Kennedy — to see games there.

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