Jurrjens silences Sox in return to Majors

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Jurrjens silences Sox in return to Majors

BOSTON -- Riding a five-game winning streak, coming off perhaps their most inspiring win of the season, their confidence at a season high, facing a pitcher who was being called up from Triple-A it appeared the confluence of factors was in the Red Sox favor.

Instead, Braves right-hander Jair Jurrjens, making his first big league start since April 23, shut down the Red Sox offense as the Braves beat the Red Sox and Jon Lester, 4-1, at Fenway Park Friday night.

The Sox offense could manage just three baserunners over the first seven innings against Jurrjens, who took a record of 0-2 with a 9.37 ERA into the game. Jurrjens allowed just one hit, a first-inning single by Adrian Gonzalez. Daniel Navas two-out walk in the third and Will Middlebrooks getting hit with 1-out, 1-1, 88-mph fastball in the fifth accounted for all the offense the Sox could muster against the Braves starter.

But Jurrjens tired in the eighth, giving up a run on doubles by Will Middlebrooks and Daniel Nava.

Jurrjens earned the win, going 7 23 innings, giving up one run on three hits and walk with four strikeouts and a hit batter.

Jon Lester, despite recording his ninth quality start in 15 outings and lowering his ERA from 4.53 to 4.48, took the loss, dropping his record to 4-5. He went seven innings, giving up three runs on 10 hits, matching a season high, with one intentional walk, a hit batter, and five strikeouts. He threw 118 pitches, the most since 120 in 6 23 innings on May 30 against the Tigers.

Freddie Freeman led off the fourth with a single to right, taking third on Jason Heywards double to left-center, and scoring on Matt Diazs groundout to Mike Aviles at shortstop. Andrelton Simmons double to left scored Heyward, giving the Braves a 2-0 lead.

Atlanta added a run in the sixth when Heyward led off with a double to right, took third on Diazs fly out to Cody Ross in right, scoring on Simmons sacrifice fly to Ross.

Mark Melancon pitched 1 23 innings, giving up a run on three hits and an intentional walk with one strikeout. Clayton Mortensen finished off the ninth.

Craig Kimbrel earned his 20th save for the Braves with a perfect ninth inning.

Gasper: Sandoval will still help Red Sox at some point

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Gasper: Sandoval will still help Red Sox at some point

Chris Gasper does not think that Pablo Sandoval is a complete lost cause for the Boston Red Sox, because he will have ot play for the team again to rebuild his value.

Buy or Sell: Steven Wright is legit front-line starter?

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Buy or Sell: Steven Wright is legit front-line starter?

Mike Giardi and Bob Neumeier play a game of ‘Buy or Sell’ on SNC and give their opinion on what Boston Red Sox players they are buying into.

Red Sox will be in attendance for Lincecum showcase

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Red Sox will be in attendance for Lincecum showcase

CHICAGO -- Along with 20 or so other teams, the Red Sox will be in attendance Friday when former San Francisco Giants righthander Tim Lincecum throws in Scottsdale, Az. in a showcase for scouts and talent evaluators.

Indications are, however, that the Sox are merely doing their due diligence in attending the workout. It's unclear how highly they regard the 31-year-old pitcher, or what role they would envision for him.

Lincecum was a free agent last winter, but attracted little attention and spent most of the winter and early spring refining his mechanics, gearing toward this week's showcase.

Lincecum was the National League Cy Young Award winner in 2008 and 2009 and an All-Star in 2010 and 2011, but from 2012 through last year, his performance dipped considerably, with a won-loss record of 39-42 and an ERA of 4.68.

He pitched out of the bullpen some in 2014 and last season was limited to just 15 starts.

The Sox are waiting on Eduardo Rodriguez and Joe Kelly to return from injuries and have Henry Owens in the rotation currently. Additionally, Brian Johnson and Roenis Elias are depth options in Pawtucket.