Sox using Melancon to send a message to Boras?

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Sox using Melancon to send a message to Boras?

Mark Melancon, Red Sox closer?

Or Mark Melancon, part of a game of chicken between the Sox and super agent Scott Boras?

That's what Lou Merloni thinks. On Thursday's 'SportsNet Central', he told Carolyn Manno that the acquisition of Melancon could have been a move to get Boras to lower his asking price on Ryan Madson, the ex-Phillies closer who is now the premier ninth-inning reliever left on the free-agent market.

"I really do think this is a message out to Scott Boras and Ryan Madson," said the ex-Sox infielder. "There aren't really any big-market teams out there that are looking for a closer. And Scott's saying, 'Well, Boston's the only one. Obviously, that's where my guy is going to go.'

"But Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington acquires Melancon and says, 'Listen, we're happy. Mark Melancon can be our closer, Scott, I don't know what you're talking about. We don't need your guy that bad.'

"Melancon has got experience as a closer. He can get it done. And remember, there's no lock that Daniel Bard is going to be in the starting rotation. He could still bump out to that bullpen . . .

"I do think this was a message for Scott Boras."

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BOSTON - Parker Bidwell pitched a solid 6 2/3 innings and Los Angeles scored three runs after its challenge overturned an inning-ending double play in the second, leading the Angels to a 4-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.

Ben Revere had three singles and Kaleb Cowart drove in two runs for Los Angeles, which won two of three against the Red Sox for its fifth series win in the last six.

Doug Fister (0-1) lost his Red Sox debut, giving up three runs and seven hits in six-plus innings. He was signed by Boston on Friday after being released by the Angels.

Mitch Moreland and Jackie Bradley Jr. each hit a solo homer for the Red Sox, who lost their second straight at Fenway Park after winning 10 of the previous 12.

Bidwell (2-0) gave up two runs and seven hits, striking out four without issuing a walk. Yusmeiro Petit pitched two scoreless innings for his first save.