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May 31, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
Bartolo Colon believes he's a better pitcher at age 38 after missing an entire season than he was during his harder-throwing, Cy Young award-winning days. He sure pitched that way against Oakland, throwing a four-hitter for his first shutout in nearly 5 years as the visiting New York Yankees beat the Athletics yesterday for the eighth straight time, 5-0. "I feel really strong physically and mentally right now," Colon said through an interpreter. "I feel really good right now. It doesn't matter that I'm 38 years old. I feel really good right now. " Mark Teixeira hit a two-run homer off Trevor Cahill (6-3)
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May 26, 2011 | Associated Press
CLEVELAND - Carl Crawford finally had the kind of game the Red Sox and Boston's ultra-demanding fans have been waiting for. Crawford, who has struggled in his first two months with Boston, went 4 for 4 with two doubles, three runs, and two RBIs before being pulled, and the Red Sox bludgeoned Cleveland's Mitch Talbot for seven runs in the first inning in a 14-2 rout Wednesday. "I definitely feel better than I did before," said Crawford, who signed a seven-year, $142 million free-agent contract in December but hasn't played up to it through April and much of May. "It feels nice to contribute to a game where everyone contributes.
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May 21, 2011 | From Inquirer Wire Services
BOSTON - Adrian Gonzalez had four of Boston's 19 hits, adding four RBIs on Friday night, as the Red Sox welcomed the Chicago Cubs back to Fenway Park for the first time since the 1918 World Series by beating the National League side, 15-5. Kevin Youkilis had two doubles and a two-run homer, and Jacoby Ellsbury also had three hits for Boston, which won its seventh consecutive game. The Red Sox are 22-10 since losing 10 of their first 12 games; they have passed the New York Yankees for the first time this season, and now trail the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays by just a half-game.
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April 19, 2011 | Associated Press
BOSTON - Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched one-hit ball for seven sharp innings, Jed Lowrie got four more hits, and the Boston Red Sox got an early start on their third straight win, beating the Toronto Blue Jays, 9-1, on Monday. The traditional Patriots Day event at Fenway Park began at 11:07 a.m. The holiday observed in Massachusetts and Maine marks the anniversary of the battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775. Earlier Monday, the 115th Boston Marathon passed through nearby Kenmore Square.
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April 10, 2011 | Associated Press
BOSTON - Russell Martin is healthy again and now he's hurting the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees' new catcher hit two homers and drove in four runs from the ninth spot in a power-packed lineup as New York won, 9-4, on Saturday. Meanwhile, Boston's highly regarded rotation keeps unraveling. Clay Buchholz became the latest Red Sox starter to struggle, allowing five runs in 32/3 innings Saturday. "They're just a team that's going to make you throw strikes and work the counts," Buchholz said.
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March 4, 2011 | By DAVID MURPHY, dmurphy@phillynews.com
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Terry Francona could only laugh when somebody suggested that he might have been in a better position to succeed during his tenure as Phillies manager if guys like Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt followed Curt Schilling instead of Matt Beech, Mark Leiter and Calvin Maduro. "Yeah," he said, "I would go with now. " Francona isn't exactly hurting in his current position as manager of the Red Sox, who signed All-Stars Carl Crawford and traded for then signed Adrian Gonzalez this offseason to fortify an offense that was already one of the most formidable in the majors.
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May 10, 2010 | Daily News Wire Services
Leave it to a most unlikely pair to finally awaken Seattle's offense from the offensive doldrums. And for young Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders, his first major league homer came with some extra special meaning. Josh Wilson and Saunders hit back-to-back homers in Seattle's four-run fourth inning, and the bottom of the lineup helped the Mariners break out of their offensive doldrums with a 8-1 win over the visiting Los Angeles Angels yesterday. Seattle's lackluster offense cost hitting coach Alan Cockrell his job yesterday morning.
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April 20, 2010 | Daily News Wire Services
B.J. Upton and the Tampa Bay Rays played the bumbling Boston Red Sox at the perfect time. Upton capped a five-run third inning with a three-run homer and visiting Tampa Bay completed a four-game sweep of the Red Sox at Fenway Park with an 8-2 victory yesterday in the annual Patriots Day game. The Rays won their seventh in a row, all on the road, and matched the team record for the longest winning streak away from Tropicana Field in one season. Tampa Bay (10-3) completed its first sweep at Fenway Park in a series of three or more games.
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April 6, 2010 | Daily News Wire Services
Red Sox ace Josh Beckett agreed to a $68 million, 4-year contract extension through the 2014 season, solidifying one of baseball's best rotations. The former World Series MVP and Cy Young Award runner-up said he did not press for a fifth year like the Red Sox gave free agent John Lackey, because he was happy to stay with a team that will be competitive. "This is a special place," Beckett said yesterday at Fenway Park news conference, a day after pitching the season opener against the visiting New York Yankees.
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April 6, 2010 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Staff Writer
Red Sox extend Beckett's contract The Boston Red Sox secured their rotation for the next few years, giving No. 1 starter Josh Beckett a four-year, $68 million contract extension Monday. That should keep him pitching alongside John Lackey through 2014. Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz also are on board for five more seasons, and Daisuke Matsusaka is signed through 2012. "When you have that starting pitching, you don't want to let it get away," said general manager Theo Epstein.
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