The end of 100 years

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The end of 100 years

Last night at Fenway, the Red Sox dropped a 4-2 decision to Tampa Bay, thus ending an unforgettable 100th season at Americas Most Beloved and Plaque-laden Ballpark.

And now that the ballyhooed centennial celebration is officially in the books, theres really only one question on the mind of Red Sox fans nationwide:

What do they have planned for 101?!

Perhaps a weeklong retrospective on Fenways urinal trough era? Or the 23rd anniversary of the Sox getting swept by Oakland in the 1990 ALCS? (Bring back Romine! Bring Quintana! Bring back Billy Jo Robidoux!) Or maybe the front office will honor one lifelong Sox fan every home game by inviting him or her out to the mound to get pantsed in front of the 25,000-person sellout?

Who knows? But I guess that's part of the wonder and excitement of being a Red Sox fan these days. Youre never quite sure what ownership has up its sleeve to divert your attention from the fact that theyve turned your favorite team into a joke.

To be honest, I was slightly disappointed in last nights end to the Sox season-long celebration. Through all the frustration and embarrassment that went along with the charade, I always held out hope that after the final out of the final game, Larry Lucchino would take the field with a special announcement for the fans:

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, I want to thank you all for taking part in this historic time in Red Sox history. We accomplished so much this season. We had SO MUCH fun. And were all so sorry to see it come to an end. But such is life. You know, Ive spent a lot of time over these last few weeks thinking about all the great work I did this year. And the more I thought about it, the more I realized how impossible it will be to top this. So, its with a heavy heart that Id like to announce that Im stepping down as President and CEO of the Boston Red Sox.

That would be followed by Lucchino strapping on a jetpack and taking off into the night.

But I guess thats just my romanticized version.

In all seriousness, though. It's impossible to get too choked up over the end of the Sox centennial celebration. Mostly, because its over. We can all move on with our lives. And hopefully, the front office and ownership can finally stop obsessing over the last 100 years and devote more time to making the next 100 a little more tolerable.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Andrelton Simmons slugs Angels to 7-3 win over Red Sox

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Andrelton Simmons slugs Angels to 7-3 win over Red Sox

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- When runs come in bunches, so do the wins for the Los Angeles Angels.

Andrelton Simmons drove in three runs, including a go-ahead two-run homer, Albert Pujols went 3-for-4 with two RBI and the Angels rallied for a 7-3 victory over the Red Sox on Saturday night.

Simmons hit his 10th homer of the season to left and put the Angels ahead 4-3 in the third inning after falling behind early. Pujols doubled to score Yunel Escobar and Mike Trout to start the four-run outburst.

"When we got a pitch to hit we hit it hard," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Albert got us going, that's a big double. One thing that can get you back into the game, extra-base hits tonight showed up."

The Angels improved to 38-10 when scoring four or more runs, compared to a 10-41 mark when held to three or fewer.

Battering Red Sox ace David Price even after facing a 3-0 deficit after two innings made this particular offensive eruption all the more impressive.

"We started chipping away," said Simmons, who went 2 for 4. "Guys just kept putting up good at-bats. We just didn't make it easy for them."

JC Ramirez (9-8) recorded his second win at home in 11 starts, striking out six while allowing one earned run and five hits in six innings despite struggling early.

The Red Sox got off to another fast start after scoring five runs in the first inning on Friday. Hanley Ramirez had an RBI single to start the scoring, and the Red Sox got two runs in the second after the Angels' franchise-record streak of 14 games without an error ended when Ramirez couldn't make the catch to complete a double play while covering first. Mookie Betts hit his 31st double to knock in a run and then was driven in by Andrew Benintendi for a 3-0 lead.

However, the Angels were able to respond after dropping the series opener. They added two runs in the fifth when Simmons singled, again bringing home Pujols, and he scored on a throwing error by shortstop Xander Bogaerts.

Trout picked up an RBI in the sixth, giving him five in seven games this home stand.

Price (5-3) gave up five earned runs and seven hits in five innings, allowing more than three earned runs for only the second time this year.

"The one thing that they did do well was they forced him to throw a lot of pitches," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "Obviously, the third inning, two big swings were the difference."

ANOTHER PUJOLS MILESTONE

Pujols became the 26th player to score 1,700 runs when he touched home plate after Simmons went deep. Pujols joins Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Alex Rodriguez and Willie Mays in amassing at least 600 home runs and 1,700 runs.

Scioscia called Pujols' continued climb into the history books a moment of "living history."

"He's had an incredible career and he's got more in his tank," Scioscia said. "It's fun to see the guys he is connected with."

FARRELL TOSSED

Farrell got the boot for arguing with umpire Phil Cuzzi in the middle of the fifth, though his original intent was to keep Dustin Pedroia from the same outcome. But by the time Farrell got to home plate, Pedroia had ended his conversation with Cuzzi and Farrell picked up where it left off.

"Anytime you make a comment about balls and strikes, that's probably what it's going to get you," Farrell said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: INF Josh Rutledge (concussion) is likely to come off the disabled list on Monday. ... Mitch Moreland was in the starting lineup at DH for the first time this season.

Angels: LHP Tyler Skaggs (strained oblique) pitched four innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Salt Lake, giving up three earned runs and six hits.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (4-12, 4.60 ERA) has just one win in his last 10 starts, but it came against the Angels last month. Porcello has allowed two earned runs in 14 innings over his last two starts, striking out 13 without allowing a walk in that span, and still took the loss in both outings.

Angels: RHP Parker Bridwell (3-1, 3.18 ERA) went a career-high 6 2/3 innings to pick up the win against the Red Sox last month. Bridwell has held opponents to two earned runs or fewer in five of his last six starts.