BOSTON (AP) — Fenway Park has been kind to Clay Buchholz the past two seasons.
It has been downright cruel this year to the hometown Boston Red Sox, though, and that trouble has now caught up to Buchholz, too.
The Los Angeles Angels tagged the right-hander for seven runs and 12 hits in a 7-3 win Wednesday night over the Red Sox, who lost their third straight and for the sixth time in eight games.
Boston, 29-36 at home, is looking to avoid its first losing season at Fenway since 1997. Continue reading
BOSTON (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels needed a strong outing by their starter after a disastrous series that wrapped up a disappointing homestand.
They got it from Ervin Santana.
The right-hander pitched 6 1-3 solid innings and the Angels beat the Boston Red Sox 5-3 on Tuesday night after getting swept in a four-game series against Tampa Bay.
“I don’t see our guys tense or anything,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “They’re frustrated and they went through a very tough homestand. The only thing that’s going to cure that is to start to play to your potential and start to win.”
Mark Trumbo did that against Boston after getting just 14 hits in his previous 76 at-bats. His career-best 30th homer, a two-run shot, gave the Angels a 5-0 lead in the fifth.
“I can’t pinpoint one thing,” he said. “It just feels more like my swing when it’s going well. I always try and drive the ball, but maybe my swing was overly aggressive. I tried to tone it down a little bit.”
The Angels are four games behind Baltimore for the second wild-card berth in the AL.
Los Angeles’ playoff hopes took a beating when it went 3-7 on the homestand that ended Sunday.
But Santana’s performance was a rare strong outing for the Angels’ starters, who entered the game with a 6.76 ERA in in August and had allowed 27 runs in 17 1-3 innings in the series against the Rays. Santana is 3-0 in his last five starts after going 0-3 in his previous five.
“I always have confidence,” he said. “When we started to score runs it just builds my confidence more.”
Santana (7-10) allowed two runs on five hits with four strikeouts and two walks, leaving after throwing 100 pitches. He gave up three runs or less for the fourth time in five starts.
Mike Trout had two hits, giving him 139 in the first 100 games of his rookie season, the most since 1964 when Tony Oliva had 144 for Minnesota. But his streak of 30 successful stolen base attempts ended in the eighth when Jarrod Saltalamacchia threw him out at second base on a pitchout.
Ernesto Frieri pitched the ninth for his 15th save in 16 opportunities.
Aaron Cook (3-7) was touched for five runs on 11 hits in five innings and fell to 1-6 in his last eight starts. Boston lost for the fifth time in seven games overall.
“I felt pretty good. I felt like I was making pitches. They just were finding holes with those singles,” he said.
Until the homer that flew far over the left-field wall.
“Trumbo just hit a ball about as hard as you can hit one,” Cook said.
The Angels took a 1-0 lead in the third on an RBI single by Albert Pujols that drove in Trout, who had singled and moved to second on Cook’s wild pickoff attempt. It was Trout’s 97th run, breaking a tie with Joe Jackson of the Cleveland Indians for second-most runs in the first 100 games of a career since 1900. Jackson did it in 1911. Joe DiMaggio’s 100 runs in 1936 are the most.
Los Angeles added two runs on five singles in the fourth. Howie Kendrick and Alberto Callaspo got the first two hits. Erick Aybar then singled, scoring Kendrick and sending Callaspo to third. But Aybar was caught in a rundown and tagged between first and second. Chris Iannetta then singled in Callaspo.
The Angels made it 5-0 in the fifth on a single by Kendrys Morales and Trumbo’s 30th homer, surpassing his personal best set last year.
The Red Sox managed just four hits in the first five innings then cut the lead to 5-2 in the sixth on Saltalamacchia’s 21st homer of the year following a walk to Cody Ross. Boston scored its final run in the seventh when Scott Podsednik doubled, took third on a groundout and came home on a wild pitch by Jordan Walden.
“We have to play better collectively,” Ross said. “We’re just not playing together. It seems like we get chances, opportunities, have pitchers on the ropes and try to do too much.”
BOSTON (AP) — If Bobby Valentine thought he was going to spark Boston by getting thrown out he was wrong.
He didn’t get tossed and Boston lost for the fifth time in seven games.
Following Dustin Pedroia’s ejection in the ninth inning of Boston’s 6-3 loss to the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night, the manager came charging out of the dugout to defend his second baseman, who was tossed after making a comment to first base umpire Paul Nauert.
Valentine eventually stood face-to-face with Nauert, the animated manager doing his best to get ejected before slowly retreating to the dugout.
“I probably said more to him than I said other times I’ve gotten thrown out,” Valentine said. “He wasn’t going to throw me out — unless I made a complete fool of myself or punched him or something.” Continue reading
It’s that time of the summer where you see people in the grocery store or downtown and they say “man, where has the summer gone?” and get kinda wistful. The Olympics are a bit more than half over, and the Vermonter Andrew Wheating was knocked out of contention in the 1500m when he did not make it out of the semifinals.
The Red Sox… well, let’s not go there right now. Who knows what to make of them? At least there’s no risk of another September meltdown this year - if they meltdown they aren’t going to lose much more.
They did fend off the Twins last night to end a 4-game losing streak, but man, who knows what this team is going to do on any given day.
Okay, on to the weather. If you’ve been outside this morning, you’ve probably felt the cooler air that has arrived; we’re forecast to get a little cooler stretch here than what has been typical.
From our friends at the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury:
A cold front that crossed the state in the hours around midnight is to our east now and will continue out to sea, along with the showers and thunderstorms it produced along and ahead of it. Lingering low-level moisture this morning will support a few stray light showers, but in general much drier air will be flowing in ahead of high pressure currently building eastward from Lower Michigan. This high will sponsor a couple of very comfortable summer days and nights, with a wide swing in temperature from early morning lows in the comfortable upper 40s to mid-50s to afternoon highs near 80. Next significant chance for showers or thunderstorms probably won’t arise until Thursday night or Friday.
So, look for a drier, cooler week this week, although highs will remain in the 80s across the state. It will, however, start to be a lot more comfortable for sleeping at night!
BOSTON (AP) — Detroit manager Jim Leyland knows that if his offense needs a jump-start he has the perfect players to do it.
Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder homered on consecutive pitches to cap a five-run fifth inning Wednesday night, and the Tigers beat the Boston Red Sox 7-5 to avoid a three-game sweep. Continue reading
The Red Sox were saved by rain Tuesday night as the umpires called for the tarp with Detroit batting with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Sox were leading 4-1 at that point and that became the final score after 1:45 minute delay when the game was called.
Here’s the story:
BOSTON (AP) — Boston’s lead seemed shaky when the Detroit Tigers loaded the bases with the go-ahead run at the plate.
Then the Red Sox were saved by the rain.
The tarp came on the field at that point with two outs in the sixth inning, the game was called 1 hour, 45 minutes later, and the Red Sox had a 4-1 win on Tuesday night, their fourth in a row. Continue reading
The Associated Press
BOSTON — Boston manager Bobby Valentine has been around long enough to understand how fiery second baseman Dustin Pedroia takes each at-bat.
“Dustin is the most determined, talented player I’ve ever seen,” Valentine, in his first year with the Red Sox, said after Pedroia’s two-run homer broke a tie and helped Boston to a 7-3 win over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.
“He was upset after he left the runner on second (in his previous at-bat),” Valentine said. “I knew he was going to do something.”
Pedroia, the 2008 AL MVP, also finished with three RBIs to support Clay Buchholz’s eight solid innings that carried Boston to its third straight win.
With the game tied 2-all in the sixth, Pedroia homered into the first row of seats above the Green Monster after Crawford drew a leadoff walk.
Buchholz (9-3) allowed two earned runs and five hits. He improved to 5-1 with a 2.43 ERA in his last eight starts. Continue reading
The Vermont Air National Guard will perform the flyover at the Bost Red Sox opening day ceremonies Friday.
The Guard’s four F-16s will perform the flyover at the beginning of the game between the Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park.
It’s the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park this year.
The Vermont Air National Guard has made regular appearances performing flyovers for Opening Day at Fenway Park for the last several years.