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The Red Sox still own a 6 1/2 game lead in the Wild Card over the Rays, but after they lost three of four, the Sox find their position for October slightly less certain, particularly with seven games remaining against Tampa Bay. That could elevate the importance of the three games this weekend in Tampa Bay, including tonight’s contest, which will feature Sox starter John Lackey on the hill against Rays starter Wade Davis.
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|Live Blog: Red Sox, Blue Jays finish off their series at Rogers Centre||09.08.11 at 7:04 pm ET|
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|Closing Time: Brett Lawrie’s home run hands Blue Jays 11-inning win over Red Sox||09.05.11 at 5:01 pm ET|
TORONTO — Brett Lawrie took a 1-1 pitch from Dan Wheeler and put it over the left field wall for a game-winning solo homer, giving the Blue Jays a 1-0, 11-inning win over the Red Sox Monday at Rogers Centre. The home run from the Canadian native came with two outs.
Other than the loss, the Red Sox’ scariest moment of the day came in the fourth inning when Josh Beckett was forced to leave his start with a sprained right ankle. The injury occurred on a pitch to Toronto’s Brett Lawrie with two outs in the fourth inning, and resulted in both Red Sox manager Terry Francona and head trainer Mike Reinold to come to the mound. After a conference, it was decided to take the righty out of the game and bring in Alfredo Aceves.
Here is what went wrong (and right) in the loss …
WHAT WENT RIGHT
– Before leaving in the fourth, Beckett was pitching one of his better games at the Rogers Centre. The starter allowed just three hits, and no runs, over 3 2/3 innings, striking out six and walking one. Entering Monday he had totaled a 9.28 ERA at the home of the Blue Jays in six previous starts.
– Aceves’ 3 2/3-inning outing marked the sixth time this season the righty has come out of the bullpen and pitched at least three innings without giving up a run. This time around he gave up just one hit, striking out four and walking three while throwing 40 pitches.
– Daniel Bard rebounded from his last outing, Thursday night, when he a run on two hits over 2/3 innings to the Yankees, this time getting out of a jam in the eighth. The reliever came on for Aceves with runners on first and second, one out and Jose Bautista at the plate. Bard first induced a fly out to right from the majors home run leader, and then struck out Adam Lind to end the threat.
– Jonathan Papelbon loaded the bases in the 10th inning thanks to a misplayed singled by Jose Molina and a pair of walks. But with two outs, the closer fanned Adam Lind. Papelbon has now faced seven batters with the bases loaded this season and whiffed them all.
WHAT WENT WRONG
– The Red Sox executed some poor baserunning in the fifth inning, taking them out of a potential rally. With one out and Marco Scutaro at second base, Jacoby Ellsbury’s blast up the middle was snagged by Toronto pitcher Henderson Alvarez. The play caught Scutaro hung up between second and third, resulting in a run-down. The pickle lasted long enough for Ellsbury to try and advance to second, which proved to be an ill-advised ploy with both Scutaro and the Sox’ leadoff man ultimately being tagged out.
– The Sox couldn’t get to Toronto starter Henderson Alvarez, not notching a single run against the rookie while coming up with just three hits. They weren’t alone, however, with Alvarez having come off a start against the Orioles in which he threw eight shutout innings, giving up three hits.
– The visitors squandered a solid chance in the seventh inning after getting runners to second and third with two outs. Ending the inning was Marco Scutaro, who had already notched two hits in his first two at-bats but grounded out to shortstop against reliever Carlos Villanueva in his third try.
– The eighth also saw a lost opportunity for the Red Sox, who left runners on first and second after Kevin Youkilis watched a called third strike from reliever Casey Janssen. The Blue Jays had walked David Ortiz to get to Youkilis, who hasn’t driven in a runner in scoring position since July 30.
|Live Blog: Red Sox, Josh Beckett take on Blue Jays in series opener||09.05.11 at 12:54 pm ET|
|Red Sox vs. Rangers Live Blog, Sept. 2||09.02.11 at 7:02 pm ET|
Hey! It’s the fourth anniversary of Clay Buchholz‘ no-hitter against the Orioles.
But neither Buchholz nor the Orioles will be on the field at Fenway at Friday night. Instead, the Sox will face the team that has given them more trouble than any other in the last three years. The Rangers are 17-9 against Boston since the start of 2009, one of just three American League teams with a winning record against the Sox in that span.
Of course, the Sox balanced the scales a bit in Texas recently, taking three of four from the Rangers in Texas. Now, the team will look to sustain that momentum against a potential playoff foe.
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|Red Sox at Rangers Live Blog, August 22||08.22.11 at 7:41 pm ET|
The Rangers dropped a season-opening beatdown on the Red Sox at the start of April, with the defending American League champs sweeping three games in Texas as the Sox stumbled out of the gate. Now, Boston is back in Arlington for the first time since that series, once again facing Opening Day starter C.J. Wilson.
The Sox are now 6-16 against the Rangers since the start of the 2009 season, a notably one-sided ledger for two teams that could well meet in the postseason. During that stretch, the Sox are 2-10 at the Ballpark in Arlington, a mark that suggests that home field advantage could be significant should the two teams meet in a short series.
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