Blue Jays Cook Red Sox, 7-3


Blue Jays Cook Red Sox, 7-3

BOSTON Aaron Cook entered his sixth start of the season having given up just two home runs in 29 23 innings this season. He gave up that many in a span of just three batters Saturday, as the Sox lost to the Blue Jays, 7-3, for the second time in as many games.

In the second inning, the Sox led by three behind Jarrod Saltalamacchias three-run home run. The home run broke an 0-for-14 slide by the Sox catcher who was making his first start since Tuesday.

The Jays got a run back in the third when Kelly Johnson led off with a double and Yunel Escobar reached on shortstop Pedro Ciriacos error. A single by Travis Snider loaded the bases with no outs. After Anthony Gose struck out, Brett Lawries sacrifice fly scored Johnson.

But with two outs in the sixth inning, Toronto tied the score on Edwin Encarnacions two-run home run. The Jays pulled ahead in the seventh when J.P. Arencibia led off the inning with his 14th home run of the season.

The Jays added two more runs in the seventh. With one out Escobar reached on third baseman Will Middlebrooks fielding error, ending Cooks outing. Left-hander Andrew Miller entered, striking out Snider and walking Gose before giving way to right-hander Matt Albers. Brett Lawries single to left scored Escobar and Gose, giving Toronto a 6-3 lead.

Toronto added a run in the ninth off Junichi Tazawa when Rajai Davis led off with a double off the left field wall, took third on Lawries sacrifice bunt, and scored on Colby Rasmus fielders choice.

Cook went 6 13 innings, giving up five runs (three earned) on four hits and a walk, with two strikeouts and two home runs. He took the loss, falling to 2-3 with a 3.50 ERA.

Villanueva went 6 13 innings, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts and a home run. He earned the win, improving to 5-0 with a 2.86 ERA.

Brandon Lyon, acquired in a trade with Houston on Friday, made his first appearance for the Blue Jays. He threw a perfect ninth inning.

Thursday’s Red Sox-Yankees lineups: Pedroia sits, Owens on mound


Thursday’s Red Sox-Yankees lineups: Pedroia sits, Owens on mound

The day after clinching the A.L. East title despite a loss, the Red Sox send out a semi-makeshift lineup Thursday night as they look to avoid a three-game sweep by the Yankees in the Bronx. 

Reserve third baseman Aaron Hill is leading off, Dustin Pedroia gets the night off, Deven Marrero starts at second base, and David Ortiz is, somewhat surprisingly, back in there at DH against left-hander C.C. Sabbathia (8-12, 4.02 ERA).

Left-hander Henry Owens (0-1, 7.79) gets the start for the Red Sox in place of Drew Pomeranz, who is bothered by tightness in his left forearm and will work out of the bullpen, if at all, for the final four games of the regular season.

The lineups:


Aaron Hill 3B

Andrew Benintendi LF

Xander Bogaerts SS

David Ortiz DH

Chris Young RF

Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

Ryan Hanigan C

Travis Shaw 1B

Deven Marrero 2B

Henry Owens LHP



Brett Gardner LF

Jacoby Ellsbury CF 

Gary Sanchez DH

Starlin Castro 2B

Didi Gregorius SS

Chase Headley 3B

Brian McCann C

Aaron Hicks RF

Tyler Austin 1B

C.C. Sabathia LHP 

Mass. lawmakers propose naming bridge near Fenway for Ortiz


Mass. lawmakers propose naming bridge near Fenway for Ortiz

One of the biggest gifts David Ortiz could get this weekend as he plays his final regular-season games is a well-traveled area right outside Fenway Park.

Massachusetts lawmakers have taken steps to name the Brookline Avenue bridge that spans the Mass Pike between Newbury and Lansdowne streets near the ballpark the “David Ortiz (‘Big Papi’) Bridge.

The House Ways and Means committee included the proposal as part of a spending bill that the full House could vote on as soon as Thursday and, if approved, send on to the Senate. 

“David Ortiz’s accomplishments and heroics on and off the baseball field have made him a living legend, and his heartfelt contributions to the communities here and in his native Dominican Republic have made him an icon,” said Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker. “As a lifelong Red Sox fan, I am thrilled to be able to help our Commonwealth create a lasting ‘Thank You’ to Big Papi through the renaming of this bridge.”

The proposal calls for a “suitable marker” to be placed on the bridge bearing the new name.

“I’m so excited to be part of this process of giving David Ortiz, one of the greatest Red Sox of all time, his proper due by naming a bridge in his honor,” House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo said. “David has not only been an extraordinary baseball player, he has been an exemplary and inspirational member of our community, most notably after the Boston Marathon bombings. As a fan, I will miss his stride up to the plate followed by a clutch hit and the ballpark exploding into applause.”