Notes: Drew, Jenks sit out marathon game


Notes: Drew, Jenks sit out marathon game

By SeanMcAdam and MaureenMullen

BOSTON -- Terry Francona nearly emptied his bench in his team's 13-inning, 5-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Thursday morning -- and might have used more if he'd had the option to do so.

Francona used all but one of his 13 position players. Outfielder J.D. Drew was not used because he suffered from a bout with vertigo during the game.

"He wasn't available,'' said Francona. "There were some oportunities to use him, but he wasn't doing too well. He came down and tried to hit in the fifth inning and he was all over the place.''

The Sox utilized 8 of their 12 pitchers. The only four not used were starters Clay Buchholz (who pitched Monday), Jon Lester (who pitched Tuesday) and John Lackey (who is scheduled to pitch the series finale Thursday afternoon), and reliever Bobby Jenks.

Jenks actually warmed up in the bullpen at one point with the expectation of getting into the game, but fell victim to some cramping in his arm and had to be held back.

"He was actually coming into the game,'' said Francona, "and then we got a call that his arm cramped up. So that put a wrench into things also.''

At 5 hours of playing time, it was the longest game at Fenway Park since a 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay in 5 hours, 2 minutes, on Sept. 10, 2008, in 14 innings. With the rain delay added in, the night was actually 7 hours and 35 minutes long.

The loss was the first by the Red Sox to the Angels since Aug. 19, 2010.

The Sox are now 1-1 in extra-inning games this season, 4-8 in games decided by two or fewer runs.

Josh Beckett started the game, going 4 13 innings before the game was delayed. It was his shortest start since April 26, 2010 at Toronto.

Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-3, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. He is batting .400 (18-for-45) with 12 RBI in that stretch.

Jacoby Ellsburys game-tying, two-out single in the ninth extended his hitting streak to 13 games, a high for Sox batters this season. He is batting .351 (20-for-57) in that stretch.

Kevin Youkilis was hit by a pitch from Ervin Santana in the fourth inning. It was the 71st time he has been hit by a pitch, tying him with Mo Vaughn for most all-time in Sox history.

Daisuke Matsuzaka made his first career relief appearance. He entered in the 13 inning and allowed two runs, taking the loss. He falls to 2-3 with a 4.33 ERA.

Dustin Pedroia, who had never struck three times in a game before last night, struck out four times.

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David Price improves command, indicates he's pitching through ailment


David Price improves command, indicates he's pitching through ailment

BOSTON — David Price and Rick Porcello showed improvement on back-to-back nights Friday and Saturday, important signs for the Red Sox after a difficult month for both pitchers prior to this homestand.

Price on Saturday night went six innings and allowed three runs, two earned, in a 6-3 loss to the Angels. He fanned five and his velocity has been consistently better this year than last year.

But the most important number was his walk total: one. He walked three batters in his previous start, and four in both of his starts prior.

“Two outings ago, the first start here in Fenway,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “There was better timing in his delivery and overall better separation over the rubber. And he carried that through I thought, even though there's a higher pitch count in Houston, and has been able to maintain it here. I can't say there was one specific thing. It's been more the timing over the rubber. And you're seeing him pitch out of the stretch exclusively. Just less moving parts in a better position to repeat it.”

After Price’s final inning, the telecast captured Price calling pitching coach Carl Willis into the tunnel. Neither Farrell nor Price detailed the conversation. 

“Yeah, everything was fine,” Farrell said of the conversation. “Everything is OK there.”

Price made it sound like he’s dealing with some sort of physical ailment, but was vague.

“There's a lot of stuff going on right now,” the pitcher said when asked about the desire to stay out there. “You don't want it to linger into the next start, or two or three weeks from now, and that's why we did what we did.”

Asked to elaborate, Price reinforced that the decision was to save his body for another day.

“You never want to come out of a game. But you have to look forward at the time,” Price said. “You don’t want today to cost you your next start or you know, the start after that. So that’s what happened.

“It has nothing to do with my elbow or anything like that. This is — you get past one thing and there’s another So that’s what it is.”

Price in New York in early June felt a blister develop on his ring finger. He missed an in-between start bullpen because of it.

Asked about the blister Saturday, Price said, “That one’s gone.”

Farrell indicated the blister was diminished, if not entirely gone.

“He's been dealing with that,” Farrell said. “I think while it's still present and maybe not as severe as it was when it first happened, I'm sure he's going to check on it occasionally."

Red Sox threaten late, but can't come back in 6-3 loss to Angels


Red Sox threaten late, but can't come back in 6-3 loss to Angels

BOSTON - JC Ramirez rebounded from his shortest career start with six solid innings, Cameron Maybin doubled home a run and scored another and the Los Angeles Angels held off the Boston Red Sox 6-3 on Saturday night.

The Angels look for their fifth series win in their last six on Sunday.

Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer for the Red Sox, who lost for only the third time in their last 13 home games.

Ramirez (7-5) allowed one run and four hits with five strikeouts after lasting just three innings and giving up five runs in his previous start.

Blake Parker struck out pinch-hitter Chris Young with the bases loaded for the final out for his first save of the season after Boston scored twice in the ninth.

Red Sox manager John Farrell was ejected by third-base umpire and crew chief Bill Miller after Fernando Abad was called for a balk, scoring a run that made it 5-1 in the seventh.