Sox shrug off rain, Athletics, 9-3

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Sox shrug off rain, Athletics, 9-3

By Maureen Mullen
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BOSTON The Red Sox and As played just seven innings of their hurricane-induced doubleheader before rain delayed play. They resumed play just long enough for the Sox to take a 9-3 win.

Jon Lester earned the victory, improving to 14-6, with a 3.09 ERA. He went six innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts. He also improved his career record against Oakland to 3-3. The As were one of just two American League teams (with the Twins) against which Lester had a losing record.

The Sox put runs on the board in each of the first five innings, including three runs in the second and third innings. Jason Varitek, who had a two-run homer in the second and an RBI single in the fifth, fell one RBI short of his season high, which he set with four in Toronto on June 11.

David Ortiz went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI.

Guillermo Moscoso took the loss for the As, falling to 6-8 with a 3.80 ERA.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jon Lester
Lester went six innings, before a 45-minute rain delay at the start of the seventh inning, the first of two delays before the game was called. He gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts, and one home run to Brandon Allen. It was Lesters third consecutive win. He has given up just three hits in each, while going seven, six, and six innings, respectively. With the win, Lester improved his career record against Oakland to 3-3. The As were one of just two American League teams (with the Twins) against which Lester had a losing record.

HONORABLE MENTION: Jason Varitek
Varitek went 2-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI. In the three-run second inning, he hit his ninth home run of the season, a two-out, two-run shot into the Sox bullpen, scoring Josh Reddick, who had walked. Varitek added an RBI single. His three RBI are one short of his season-high four, which he recorded on June 11 in Toronto.

THE GOAT: Guillermo Moscoso
The As right-hander lasted just four innings, giving up eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits and two walks, with no strikeouts, and one home run. He allowed the Sox to score in each of his four innings, including three runs in the second and third. After the As tied the game, 1-1, in the top of the second, Moscoso allowed the Sox three runs in the bottom of the inning, all with two outs, giving his team a whole it couldnt escape. The outing is his shortest of the season.

THE TURNING POINT
With the score tied, 1-1, entering the home half of the second inning, the Sox scored three runs, creating an insurmountable deficit for the As. With two outs, Josh Reddick walked before Jason Variteks ninth home run of the season, into the Sox bullpen. Mike Aviles singled and scored on Jacoby Ellsburys double.
BY THE NUMBERS: 1
The Sox win, combined with a hurricane-induced off-day for the Yankees, the Sox take a 1 -game lead over the Yankees heading into their three-game set beginning Tuesday at Fenway.

QUOTE OF NOTE:
I dont think theres any way we would do anything different in the first game. I mean, if we have a chance to win a game, youre going to see Bard and Pap. I dont care if its snowing. Thats whats going to happen. If were losing well try tono, theres no reason to try to do anything different. If were losing, you try to stay away from the guys you want to pitch when you're winning. -- Terry Francona on his approach to managing a doubleheader with impending weather issues

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Dustin Pedroia taking cues from Tom Brady to extend his career

Dustin Pedroia taking cues from Tom Brady to extend his career

Dustin Pedroia is no stranger to injuries. That's a big reason why he's no longer a stranger to the sometimes peculiar practices of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

In an interview on WEEI's "Bradfo Show," Pedroia told Rob Bradford that he's been taking cues from the five-time Super Bowl-winning QB to help extend his playing career and make his body healthier and more durable.

“I understand what he does and know what he does. I think it’s awesome,” Pedroia told Bradford. “There’s a reason why he’s successful at his age (39), and he looks better now than he did when he first came to the league. You have to be smarter as you get older and learn different styles -- the way to train and the way you take care of your body to be able to perform and stay on the field. It doesn’t matter what sport you’re playing. He’s definitely got that figured out.”

Pedroia, of course, played the entire 2013 World Series-winning season with a torn ligament in his thumb. He's battled through various other lower body and hand injuries over the past few seasons, as well. But in 2016, he had his best season in recent memory, posting his highest OPS since 2011, as WEEI notes.

Part of that is with his own take on the Brady approach -- which focuses more on pliability and resistance training than extensive, heavy weight lifting -- and a healthier overall lifestyle, something Brady is notoriously infamous for having.

"There’s tons of ways to take care of your body. It’s not just get in the weight room and throw weights around,” Pedroia explained. “As you get older, the human body can’t take the pounding if you’re going in there and power lifting. When you’re younger, you can handle some of that. But as you get older, you got to be smarter. Sometimes less is more -- whether that’s weight or reps or whatever. You’ve just got to be smart. And eating wise, that’s a big part of recovery. If you put the right foods in your body, you’ll heal faster if you’re injured or recover faster. It’s like a car, man. Put bad gas in, bro. It’s not going to be the same as good gas.”

He hopes the approach can, at the very least, keep him moving for quite some time.

“I plan on living until I’m 100," he said. "So we’re not even halfway home."

Hanley Ramirez's shoulder already a concern for Red Sox heading into WBC

Hanley Ramirez's shoulder already a concern for Red Sox heading into WBC

Another year, another injury concern for Hanley Ramirez. This time, though, it's a bit more complicated.

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell told the media Monday that Ramirez hadn't played any first base during spring training yet due to discomfort in his right throwing shoulder.

“Well, we’re working through ramping up his throwing program,” Farrell said, via WEEI.com's Rob Bradford. “That has taken a little bit more time than anticipated coming in so we’ve got to kind of take that day to day how much we can increase the intensity with the throwing. He’s just working through some soreness with the throwing.”

As Bradford points out, Ramirez and the Red Sox went through the same process last year. Where it differs this time around is Ramirez's scheduled participation in the World Baseball Classic: He's expected to report to Team Domincan Republic on Friday, which means the Red Sox won't be monitoring his every move on the field (though the two training staffs will be communicating daily, also per Bradford).

Ramirez isn't the only first baseman on the roster, with the Cleveland Indians' Carlos Santana there as well. So will Ramirez be jumping into game action anytime soon?

“I don’t know what I’m going to do. They haven’t told me anything,” Ramirez told WEEI.com “I’m just going to go there and see.”