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Notes: Weiland's debut ejection first since '08

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Notes: Weiland's debut ejection first since '08

By Jessica Camerato
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By Maureen Mullen
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BOSTON Right-hander Kyle Weiland made his major league debut Sunday afternoon against the Orioles.

It didn't last as long as he had hoped.

Weiland was ejected in the fifth inning for beaning Vladimir Guerrero after warnings had already been issued. He became the first player to be ejected in his debut game since Atlanta Braves pitcher Francisley Bueno on August 13, 2008 (source: David VincentSABR).

In 17 starts for Pawtucket, Weiland is 8-6, with a 3.00 ERA. He has allowed two or fewer runs in 14 of his outings. In his last 10 starts, he is 6-2 with a 2.33 ERA. In 93 innings, he has 99 strikeouts and 37 walks, a strikeouts-to-walks ratio of 2.68 and a strikeouts-per-nine innings ratio of 9.6.

Told him to enjoy himself because hell never have another day like this in his life, said Terry Francona before the game. He looked excited . . . thats the biggest thing, I guess. I want to look at him and see, 'Okay, is this guy here?' He actually had a really confident look. I felt good. Kind of fun to talk to him. Hes a nice kid.

Guys that try not to act excited, thats when you get a little worried, like I got this under control. Thats when you go, Oh. "

Weiland, 24, was the Sox fifth pick in the 2008 draft, out of Notre Dame. He wore uniform No. 70.

Jon Lester (10-4, 3.31 ERA) was named to the American League All-Star team on Sunday in place of Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez. Hernandez started on Sunday, which made him ineligible for the All-Star Game per Major League Baseball rules.

Lester is on the disabled list (strained lower latissimus muscle), though, and was replaced by Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero (7-8, 3.09 ERA). Since Hernandez was a player-elected All-Star, his replacement was selected in order of the next highest ranking pitcher who was not already on the team. Even though Lester cannot play, he will still attend the All-Star Game in Phoenix. He does not expect to be on the disabled list longer than 15 days and does not anticipate needing a rehab start either.

Daniel Bard threw a scoreless eighth inning, extending his scoreless inning streak to 19 13 innings in his last 18 appearances. It is the longest streak for a Red Sox reliever since Hideki Okajima tossed 20 23 scoreless innings in 2007.

Dustin Pedroia (2-for-5, 1 HR) also extended his hitting streak to 12 games. He is batting .347 (14R, 10 RBI) since June 29.

Right-hander Josh Beckett threw a side session Sunday with no ill effects on his left knee. He left his Friday start after five innings, with a mildly hyperextend left knee after slipping on the mound. He will be available to pitch in the All-Star Game on Tuesday.

Carl Crawford, on the disabled list since June 18 with a left hamstring strain, is expected to work out Thursday at Fenway Park, and then play left field Friday and Saturday for Triple-A Pawtucket. He will travel to Baltimore Sunday to meet the Red Sox, who'll arrive there Sunday night after their weekend series in Tampa, and be available to play Monday.

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BASEBALL SHOW PODCAST: What are biggest concerns about Red Sox?

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BASEBALL SHOW PODCAST: What are biggest concerns about Red Sox?

1:00 - Shaughnesy, Drellich and Merloni give their leading off impressions regarding the Red Sox

4:00 - Dan Shaughnessy explains why he is still skeptical about the Red Sox team, and why he will not be able to feel confident until he sees them play in the postseason

9:00 - Does our Baseball Show crew have a problem with the Red Sox letting Chris Sale pitch the 8th inning so he could get his 300th strikeout?

15:00 - Jared Carrabis joins the Baseball Show crew to discuss what matches he likes for the Red Sox in the playoffs. 

17:00 - Jared Carrabis on how would the Red Sox match up against the Yankees in the playoffs

20:00 - How does Jared Carrabis think about the use of David Price as a relief pitcher?

Red Sox beat Reds 5-4, reduce A.L. East magic number to three

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Red Sox beat Reds 5-4, reduce A.L. East magic number to three

CINCINNATI -- Mookie Betts wasn't about to stop. Neither are the Red Sox, who are heading home with a chance to win another division title.

Betts doubled with the bases loaded to tie it in the eighth inning and dashed home from second base on an infield single, rallying the Red Sox to a 5-4 victory Sunday that moved them closer to an AL East championship.

By winning 14 of its last 17 games, Boston has left virtually no opening for the second-place New York Yankees to catch up. The Red Sox, already assured a playoff spot, completed an 8-1 road trip that put them in excellent position to win a second consecutive division crown, something they've never done.

Coupled with New York's 9-5 loss in Toronto, the Red Sox reduced their magic number to three. They lead the Yankees by five games with seven to play.

That means Fenway Park can start preparing for a potential celebration. Boston finishes the regular season at home with three games against Toronto and four vs. Houston.

"We're learning a lot about ourselves," said Doug Fister, who pitched into the sixth. "We can put ourselves in a corner early and fight back. If we need a touchdown, the boys can put up a touchdown."

Boston inched closer with more late-game flair. The Red Sox lead the majors with 11 wins when trailing after the seventh inning.

They loaded the bases against Raisel Iglesias (3-3), who had blown only one save chance all season. Betts had fouled a ball off his foot on Friday night and missed one game. His double tied it 5-all, and he sprinted home on the still-sore foot - diving headfirst into the plate - on Rafael Devers' infield single.

"I felt he had a chance to beat it, and with me running it was going to be a tough play at the plate," Betts said.

Robby Scott (2-1) got the win, and Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 35th save in 39 chances. He hasn't allowed a run in his last 11 appearances.

Billy Hamilton helped the Reds go up 4-1. He tripled home a run and brought the crowd to its feet by scoring after getting caught in a rundown between first and second. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia made a wild throw, and Hamilton kept going when nobody covered home.

"In my whole career, that's one of the best ones, especially since I was in a rundown and just trying to get to second base and then I end up scoring," Hamilton said.

GOT THEIR BACKS

Red Sox and Reds players stood for the national anthem. Boston manager John Farrell said if any of his players decide to follow the example of other athletes and make a statement during the anthem, he'll support them. "We strive to create an environment that's inclusive," Farrell said. "We would have their back as an organization if that's the expression they chose. It's their constitutional right."

INTERLEAGUE

The Red Sox are 12-1 against the Reds all-time in the regular season and have won nine straight, their longest winning streak against any NL team since interleague play started in 1997. The Reds beat the Red Sox in seven games for the 1975 World Series championship. Overall, Boston is 16-4 in interleague play this season. The Reds are 5-15.

90 LOSSES AGAIN

The Reds reached the 90-loss mark for the third straight year. They lost 98 games in 2015 and 94 last year. It's the first time they've had three straight 90-loss seasons since 1930-34.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: INF Eduardo Nunez ran the bases before the game, his next step in recovering from a sprained knee.

Reds: Hamilton was back in the lineup after getting a day off. He's played twice since returning from a broken left thumb.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz (16-5) faces Blue Jays LHP Brett Anderson (1-2) on Monday night. Pomeranz is 7-1 with a 2.62 ERA in 13 starts since the All-Star break.

Reds: After a day off, they finish with three games in Milwaukee and three at the Chicago Cubs. Deck McGuire (0-0) makes his first major league start Tuesday night against Zach Davies (17-9).

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