Aceves blows save in return as Sox lose to Angels, 6-5


Aceves blows save in return as Sox lose to Angels, 6-5

ANAHEIM -- On Friday night, Alfredo Aceves exploded in anger when he wasn't brought in for a ninth-inning save situation and his behavior led to a three-game suspension.

Tuesday night, Aceves got the call, and this time, it was likely that Red Sox fans were the ones getting angry.

Brought in for a six-out save with Andrew Bailey unavailable, Aceves retired the side in order in the eighth, but allowed two runs in the bottom of the ninth, handing the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim a 6-5 walkoff win.

After Aceves hit Erick Aybar with one out and walked No. 9 hitter Alberto Callaspo to put the go-ahead run on base, rookie sensation Mike Trout singled home the tying run and Torii Hunter followed with a game-winning sacrifice fly to center.

For Aceves, it was his third blown save in his last two appearances. Last Thursday, he twice blew leads as the Sox lost to the Angels at Fenway.

Clay Buchholz went seven innings and contributed a far better start than he delivered last week at Fenway against the same team. After being rocked for a season-high seven runs last week, Buchholz limited the Angels to four Tuesday night.

Buchholz allowed the first three hitters of the night to reach and two of them to score, but then retired 16 of the next 17 before the Angels reached him for two more in the sixth.

The Sox used four singles and a walk in the fourth to score three times in the fourth. A solo homer from Jarrod Saltalamacchia and a sacrifice fly from Ryan Lavarnway closed out the scoring.

The rookie sensation homered on the second pitch in the first inning, then fought off an inside fastball in the ninth to single home the tying run. Is there anything he can't do?

Pujols singled in the first, setting up the second Angels' run, then bashed a solo homer to center in the sixth, accounting for two of the Angels' seven hits.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Alfredo Aceves
Handed a six-out save opportunity, Aceves breezed through the eighth in 1-2-3 fashion, but got into trouble quickly in the ninth with a one-out hit batsman followed by a walk to the No. 9 hitter. It wasn't long before Aceves had blown another save -- his eighth of the season.

TURNING POINT: When Aceves plunked Erick Aybar to put the potential tying run on base in the bottom of the ninth, you had the feeling this wouldn't end well for the Sox. And it didn't.

BY THE NUMBERS: The Angels have won three times this season when trailing after eight innings and two of those wins have come against the Red Sox in the last week.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "There wasn't much choice. I don't know what else I could have done.'' Bobby Valentine on using Alfredo Aceves for the final six outs.

Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame

Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame

NEW YORK - Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Wednesday, earning the honor as Trevor Hoffman and Vladimir Guerrero fell just short.

Steroids-tainted stars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were passed over for the fifth straight year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. But they received significantly more votes this time and could be in position to gain election in coming years.

Bagwell, on the ballot for the seventh time after falling 15 votes short last year, received 381 of 442 votes for 86.2 percent. Players needed 75 percent, which came to 332 votes this year.

In his 10th and final year of eligibility, Raines was on 380 ballots (86 percent). Rodriguez received 336 votes (76 percent) to join Johnny Bench in 1989 as the only catchers elected on the first ballot.

Hoffman was five votes shy and Guerrero 15 short.

Edgar Martinez was next at 58.6 percent, followed by Clemens at 54.1 percent, Bonds at 53.8 percent, Mike Mussina at 51.8 percent, Curt Schilling at 45 percent, Lee Smith at 34.2 percent and Manny Ramirez at 23.8 percent.

Players will be inducted July 30 during ceremonies at Cooperstown along with former Commissioner Bud Selig and retired Kansas City and Atlanta Braves executive John Schuerholz, both elected last month by a veterans committee.

Bagwell was a four-time All-Star who spent his entire career with Houston, finishing with a .297 batting average, 401 homers and 1,401 RBIs.

Raines, fifth in career stolen bases, was a seven-time All-Star and the 1986 NL batting champion. He spent 13 of 23 big league seasons with the Montreal Expos, who left Canada to become the Washington Nationals for the 2005 season, and joins Andre Dawson and Gary Carter as the only players to enter the Hall representing the Expos.

Raines hit .294 with a .385 on-base percentage, playing during a time when Rickey Henderson was the sport's dominant speedster.

Rodriguez, a 14-time All-Star who hit .296 with 311 homers and 1,332 RBIs, was never disciplined for PEDs but former Texas teammate Jose Canseco alleged in a 2005 book that he injected the catcher with steroids. Asked whether he was on the list of players who allegedly tested positive for steroids during baseball's 2003 survey, Rodriguez said in 2009: "Only God knows."

Bonds, a seven-time MVP who holds the season and career home run records, received 36.2 percent in his initial appearance, in 2013, and jumped from 44.3 percent last year. Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, rose from 45.2 percent last year.

Bonds was indicted on charges he lied to a grand jury in 2003 when he denied using PEDs, but a jury failed to reach a verdict on three counts he made false statements and convicted him on one obstruction of justice count, finding he gave an evasive answer. The conviction was overturned appeal in 2015.

Clemens was acquitted on one count of obstruction of Congress, three counts of making false statements to Congress and two counts of perjury, all stemming from his denials of drug use.

A 12-time All-Star on the ballot for the first time, Ramirez was twice suspended for violating baseball's drug agreement. He helped the Boston Red Sox win World Series titles in 2004 and `07, the first for the franchise since 1918, and hit .312 with 555 home runs and 1,831 RBIs in 19 big league seasons.

Several notable players will join them in the competition for votes in upcoming years: Chipper Jones in 2018, Mariano Rivera and Roy Halladay in 2019, and Derek Jeter in 2020.

Sam Travis among nine non-roster invitees added to Red Sox spring training roster

Sam Travis among nine non-roster invitees added to Red Sox spring training roster

The Red Sox have invited nine non-roster players to spring training, the team announced Wednesday. The team now has a total of 15 non-roster invitees. 

Added Wednesday to the spring training roster were outfielder/infielder Allen Craig, third baseman Rafael Devers, first baseman Sam Travis, catcher Jordan Procyshen, outfielders Brian Bogusevic and Rusney Castillo, and right-handed pitchers Kyle Kendrick, Chandler Shepherd and Ben Taylor.

In addition to 39 players on the 40-man roster, the Sox have the following breakdown of non-roster invitees: 

Pitchers: Kyle Kendrick, Edgar Olmos, Chandler Shepherd, Ben Taylor, Marcus Walden
Catchers: Dan Butler, Jake DePew, Jordan Procyshen
Infielders: Rafael Devers, Matt Dominguez, Sam Travis
Outfielders: Brian Bogusevic, Rusney Castillo, Allen Craig, Junior Lake