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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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September 26, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
The Yankees really bruised the Red Sox. Jon Lester was knocked out by a line drive near his right knee last night, when Joba Chamberlain led New York over visiting Boston, 9-5, for his first win in 1 1/2 months. Alex Rodriguez homered, drove in four runs and tied a career high with three steals as the Yankees, already assured of a playoff berth, lowered to three the magic number for their first AL East title since 2006. New York has won seven of eight against Boston, including a four-game sweep at Yankee Stadium from Aug. 6-9, after starting the season 0-8 against the Red Sox. Rodriguez's two-run homer in the third was New York's team-record 127th at new Yankee Stadium.
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August 21, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
With J.D. Drew rested and refreshed, the Boston Red Sox are on a roll. Drew homered twice last night, Jon Lester pitched eight strong innings and the visiting Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 8-1, to complete a three-game sweep. Victor Martinez connected for the second straight night for the Red Sox, who have hit two or more homers in five consecutive games, nine of 10 and 15 of 19. Hampered by a sore groin, Drew did not play Saturday and Sunday as the Red Sox lost twice in Texas, briefly dropping behind the Rangers in the wild card.
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July 11, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Dustin Pedroia doubled in a run in the eighth inning, Jon Lester outdueled Brian Bannister and the Boston Red Sox beat the visiting Kansas City Royals, 1-0, last night. Lester (8-6) allowed four hits through eight innings, but Bannister (6-7) gave up only one hit through seven. Then Mark Kotsay, playing with a calf injury, led off the bottom of the eighth with a clean single to center. Aaron Bates, called up to the majors for the first time on Monday, pinch ran and took second on Nick Green's sacrifice bunt.
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