Sox keep focus, beat Rangers, 9-2


Sox keep focus, beat Rangers, 9-2

BOSTON Despite the controversy swirling from nearly every nook of Fenway Park before the game, the Red Sox beat the Rangers, 9-2, Monday night.

In the process, the Sox gave Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish a rude welcome on his first appearance at Fenway Park. Darvish took the loss, falling to 11-8 with a 4.57 ERA. He went 6 23 innings, giving up six runs on 11 hits and four walks with nine strikeouts and a wild pitch.

Aaron Cook earned the win to improve to 3-5, lowering his ERA from 5.24 to 4.70.

He went seven innings, giving up one run on six hits and three walks with two strikeouts.

Although Aaron Cook had runners on base in every inning except the sixth, he allowed just one run.

The Rangers scored first getting a run off the Red Sox right-hander in the second inning. Nelson Cruz led off with a double, scoring on David Murphys single to center.

The top four batters in the Sox lineup Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford, Dustin Pedroia, and Adrian Gonzalez went 11-for-18, with eight RBI, and six runs scored.

The Red Sox started their scoring with two in the third and three in fourth.

In the third, Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a double to left, scoring on Carl Crawfords double to right. Adrian Gonzalezs one-out double to right scored Crawford.

With one out in the fourth, Ryan Kalish walked, going to second on Mike Aviles single to center and scoring on Ellsbury's double. Crawfords sacrifice fly scored Aviles and Pedroias double to left scored Ellsbury.

The Sox added a run in the seventh as Pedroia led off with a double, scoring on Gonzalezs single to right.

In the eighth, with reliever Michael Kirkman pitching, Ellsbury hit a one-out infield single, scoring on Crawfords double off the wall. After a walk to Pedroia walked, Gonzalezs single to right scored Crawford, with Pedroia going to third. Tanner Scheppers replaced Kirkman, giving up a sacrifice fly to Cody Ross, scoring Pedro Ciriaco who pinch-ran for Pedroia.

Junichi Tazawa, who relieved Cook, gave up a solo home run to Adrian Beltre, leading off the ninth.

Pedroia (knee) out of lineup again after leaving game early Thursday

Pedroia (knee) out of lineup again after leaving game early Thursday

Dustin Pedroia is out of the lineup again tonight after leaving the Red Sox game Thursday night with knee pain in the fifth inning.

Josh Rutledge will start at second base as the Sox open a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park.  

The weather and sloppy field conditions were a factor in John Farrell deciding to get Pedroia out of the game Thursday and conditions haven’t improved significantly Friday. 

Pedroia (.288, two homers, 21 RBI) had surgery on that knee in October. It's the same leg that was hurt when Manny Machado slid into Pedroia at second base in April, the slide that sparked the plunking war between the Orioles and Red Sox.

The full lineups: 

Jean Segura SS
Guillermo Heredia CF
Robinson Canó 2B
Nelson Cruz DH
Kyle Seager 3B
Danny Valencia 1B
Taylor Motter LF
Ben Gamel RF
Mike Zunino C

Yovanni Gallardo RHP

Mookie Betts RF
Andrew Benintendi LF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Josh Rutledge 2B
Jackie Bradley Jr CF
Christian Vazquez C
Deven Marrero 3B

Eduardo Rodriguez LHP


Price on his return to Red Sox: ’There’s not a better feeling’

Price on his return to Red Sox: ’There’s not a better feeling’

BOSTON — Red Sox left-hander David Price is set to make his season debut in a holiday matinee Monday on the road in Chicago against the White Sox. 

Price, 31, starting the second season of a $217 million, seven-year contract, has been recovering from a strained pitching elbow since spring training.

“Excited, just to be back here,” he said Thursday. “There’s not a better feeling. You can’t replicate it anywhere else.”

Price allowed nine runs — six earned — and 12 hits in 5 2/3 innings in a pair of less-than-impressive injury rehabilitation starts at Triple-A Pawtucket. He struck out eight and walked two.

“A lot of pitches, in a short amount of time. I think that is more of a test to being healthy as opposed to going out there and throwing five or six [innings] in 90 pitches,” he said. “To do what I did in both of my rehab outings, I don’t think you can do that if you’re not healthy.”

The Red Sox (24-21) have won four in a row heading into their weekend series against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park.

“He’s eager to get back to us and physically he feels great,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “His return to us will give us a definite boost but that’s not to de-emphasize he needs to go out and perform.”

Farrell hopes Price’s return has a trickle-down impact.

“It’s not based solely on the name on the back of his jersey,” Farrell said. “Hopefully it allows us to even out some of the performances within the rotation.”

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