Gonzalez first Red Sox cleanup hitter to go 0-for-8

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Gonzalez first Red Sox cleanup hitter to go 0-for-8

BOSTON -- Adrian Gonzalez wanted to pitch. He was clearly trying to do anything he could to help the team get a win in Sunday's 17-inning marathon game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park, because he sure wasn't hitting.

Gonzalez finished the 9-6 loss going 0-for-8 with two strikeouts. It marks the first time a Red Sox cleanup hitter finished a game 0-for-8, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

As bad a day that it was for Gonzalez, he still offered to move from first base to the mound, once Bobby Valentine used up his entire bullpen.

But that wasn't happening.

"Adrian really wanted to pitch, just for the record," said Valentine after the loss. "And for the record, I didn't put him out there."

What Valentine really wanted Gonzalez to do was put one in the seats in the bottom of the 17th, after Ryan Sweeney led off with a single and Dustin Pedroia walked. A home run there would have tied the game. Instead, Gonzalez struck out swinging against the Orioles' designated hitter who also finished the game 0-for-8.

Gonzalez didn't talk to the media after the game. But the Red Sox hitter who pitched on Sunday, did.

When Darnell McDonald was asked if it came down to him or Gonzalez jumping onto the mound, McDonald said, "Adrian, to pitch? Nah, Adrian ain't pitching."

On Sunday, Gonzalez didn't pitch or hit, and it hurt the Red Sox.

Yankees beat Blue Jays, Red Sox have chance to clinch AL East on Tuesday

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Yankees beat Blue Jays, Red Sox have chance to clinch AL East on Tuesday

For tonight, the Boston Red Sox can say "thank you" to the New York Yankees.

Despite the Toronto Blue Jays loading the bases with no out in the ninth, the Yankees hold on to beat the Blue Jays, 7-5. The result moves the Red Sox' magic number in the AL East to just one game. 

David Price will take the mound for the Red Sox on Tuesday night against those very Yankees with a chance to clinch the division. 

They can also clinch the AL East with a Toronto loss to the Baltimore Orioles. 

Dee Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Jose Fernandez

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Dee Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Jose Fernandez

MIAMI - Dee Gordon hit an emotional homer in Miami's first at-bat following the death of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez in a boating accident.

Leading off the first inning Monday night against the New York Mets, Gordon pulled a 2-0 pitch from Bartolo Colon over the wall in right for his first homer of the season.

Gordon circled the bases slowly and was crying when he reached home plate. He tapped his chest and waved toward the sky, and then sobbed as teammates hugged him in the dugout.

Gordon took the first pitch batting right-handed, in tribute to the right-handed Fernandez. Gordon then switched to his normal left side.

Fernandez died Sunday morning, prompting the Marlins to cancel their game that day against Atlanta.