August 4, 2006 |
Seeking help at catcher following a knee injury to captain Jason Varitek, the Boston Red Sox are poised to acquire Javy Lopez from the Baltimore Orioles. Lopez has been unhappy over playing time and asked to be released. "We're obviously optimistic and hopeful something is about to happen," Lopez's agent, Chuck Berry, said last night. "We've become aware of the Boston possibility, and there have been discussions. " Lopez said this week: "I've got no position on this team.
August 1, 2006 |
The Boston Red Sox hoped to rely on the big man on the mound, but instead were lifted by the big man at the plate. David Wells, coming back from knee trouble, could not get out of the fifth inning, but David Ortiz hit a three-run walkoff home run in the ninth inning as the Boston Red Sox beat the visiting Cleveland Indians last night, 9-8. Ortiz hit a laser into the centerfield seats for his second home run of the night, a major league-leading 37th...
June 25, 2006 |
Rosters for the All-Star Game will be announced a week from Sunday. Already, the event is shaping up as the New York/Boston Invitational. The latest fan balloting updates were top-heavy with players from the Mets, Yankees and Red Sox. It's understandable. All three teams are contenders. All three have big stars. And all three draw well, which means more ballots end up in more hands at the home team's ballpark. In-stadium balloting ended Saturday, and Internet voting continues through Thursday.
May 20, 2006 |
The air was brisk last night, making it feel more like October instead of late May. The Citizens Bank Park crowd was loud, animated and overflowing, again making it feel like October instead of May. It was the start of the interleague baseball schedule, and, as far as the Phillies and Boston Red Sox are concerned, they would love to be doing it again in October, when the games will have a lot more magnitude. With a standing-room-only crowd of 44,296 watching, the Red Sox used the long ball to defeat the slumping Phillies, 5-3. Mike Lowell, Jason Varitek and David Ortiz homered off Jon Lieber (3-5)
May 2, 2006 |
It was two extremes of homecoming at Boston's Fenway Park. Doug Mirabelli got a police escort from the airport and a hero's welcome after being reacquired by the Red Sox to assume his unique role as personal catcher to knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. Former Red Sox outfielder Johnny Damon was treated to boos, a sign calling him Judas and even had money thrown at him in his first game since signing with the Yankees as a free agent. Damon also could only stand by helplessly as David Ortiz' 11th home run of the season helped lift the Red Sox to a 7-3 win last night.
October 3, 2005 |
The champagne had a brief wait and a short trip after the New York Yankees clinched the AL East at Fenway Park. A day later, across the diamond, the Boston Red Sox joined their longtime rivals in the playoffs. "Both of these teams went through a lot this year," said Curt Schilling, who shut the down the visiting Yankees yesterday long enough for the Red Sox to win, 10-1, and grab the AL wild-card berth. "To be where we are says as much about the people as it does about the talent.
October 1, 2005 |
It's all tied up in the AL East. Boston and New York. Two games to play. Jason Varitek homered, David Ortiz drove in another big run and David Wells pitched seven strong innings last night to lift the Red Sox, 5-3, over the visiting Yankees, knotting the division on the season's final weekend. "You never want to sigh too hard," Red Sox closer Mike Timlin said. "It's going to be a tough two games. " Boston's victory left both teams at 94-66 and guarantees that the AL East title won't be decided until tomorrow, what's scheduled to be the final day of the regular season.
September 3, 2005 |
The Boston Red Sox bats fell flat at Fenway Park for the first time in a month. The Red Sox ended a streak of 14 straight home games with seven runs or more in a 7-3 loss to the visiting Baltimore Orioles last night. "It's definitely very surprising," Boston centerfielder Johnny Damon said. "We expect to get hits. We expect to score a lot of runs. " Instead, baseball's top-hitting team managed four hits. John Maine (2-1) and five relievers combined on a four-hitter.
August 5, 2005 |
A miserable week for the Baltimore Orioles continued yesterday with the firing of Lee Mazzilli as the manager. The firing came only 3 days after Rafael Palmeiro became the biggest major league star to be caught using steroids. Sam Perlozzo was appointed interim manager for the rest of the season - and he won his first game. The visiting Orioles beat the Los Angeles Angels, 4-1, yesterday to end an eight-game losing streak. The change was announced 2 hours before the game.
May 19, 2005 |
Nobody in the Oakland clubhouse could remember the Athletics' last lopsided win. They beat Tampa Bay by five runs on April 10, but every victory since had been a challenge until the A's routed the World Series champions yesterday. Eric Chavez hit a three-run homer, David Wells flopped in his first start in 3 weeks and the A's defeated visiting Boston, 13-6, to win the three-game series. Oakland had dropped its previous four series since taking two of three from Seattle from April 29-May 1. "It's been a while since we've done that," Chavez said of the slugfest.