May 31, 2011: White Sox 10, Red Sox 7

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May 31, 2011: White Sox 10, Red Sox 7

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- It got ugly early for the Red Sox Tuesday, and even after a late-inning rally, it remained that way at the end.

After spotting the Chicago White Sox a 10-1 lead, the Red Sox scored six unaswered runs in the eighth and ninth innings, but fell short in a 10-7 defeat.

The loss was Boston's third in a row.

Starter Alfredo Aceves was tagged for four runs in the second inning and solo runs in the third and fourth innings. When the White Sox got two more off him in the sixth, the night was over for Aceves who allowed eight runs -- six of them earned. Until Tuesday night, Aceves had allowed eight runs all season in 28 13 innings.

A run-scoring single by Drew Sutton and a three-run homer by David Ortiz made it respectable for the Sox in the eighth and when they added two more in the ninth on a sacrifice fly from Josh Reddick and a Sutton double, the Sox had the potential game-tying run on deck.

But Chris Sale fanned Adrian Gonzalez to end the threat.

The game featured the return of Bobby Jenks, who was taken off the DL earlier in the day. He pitched a scoreless eighth against his former team.

Player of the Game: Alexei Ramirez

Ramirez paced the White Sox' 15-hit attack with his 7th career four-hit game and second this season.

After popping out to second in his first plate appearance, he singled in the second, fourth, sixth and eighth.

The night capped a strong month for Ramirez, who led all White Sox hitters with 36 hits.

Honorable Mention: Phillip Humber

Humber limited the Red Sox to a single run over the first six innings before tiring some in the seventh.

By then, his teammates had provided him with plenty of run support and Humber, a former Mets prospect, was on his way to his fourth victory of the season.

The Goat: Alfredo Aceves

Aceves had been terrific in two previous spot starts, allowing just two runs over 11 innings, but the streak came an abrupt end Tuesday night.

He didn't get much help from his defense in the second, but gave up eight hits in five-plus innings.

Turning Point: Two-out rally

Aceves was an out away from getting out the second inning with just two runs scored by the White Sox before Alexi Ramirez singled up the middle, doubling the White Sox' run total for the inning and setting the stage for the rout.

By the Numbers: 8

Jason Varitek has hit safely in each of his last eight games with at least one at-bat, batting .379 (11-for-29) in that span. Varitek has lifted his average to .235 for the season.

Quote of Note:

"It's one of those games where you feel really good and things don't happen.'' -- Alfredo Aceves on his outing.

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam

Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame

Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame

NEW YORK - Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Wednesday, earning the honor as Trevor Hoffman and Vladimir Guerrero fell just short.

Steroids-tainted stars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were passed over for the fifth straight year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. But they received significantly more votes this time and could be in position to gain election in coming years.

Bagwell, on the ballot for the seventh time after falling 15 votes short last year, received 381 of 442 votes for 86.2 percent. Players needed 75 percent, which came to 332 votes this year.

In his 10th and final year of eligibility, Raines was on 380 ballots (86 percent). Rodriguez received 336 votes (76 percent) to join Johnny Bench in 1989 as the only catchers elected on the first ballot.

Hoffman was five votes shy and Guerrero 15 short.

Edgar Martinez was next at 58.6 percent, followed by Clemens at 54.1 percent, Bonds at 53.8 percent, Mike Mussina at 51.8 percent, Curt Schilling at 45 percent, Lee Smith at 34.2 percent and Manny Ramirez at 23.8 percent.

Players will be inducted July 30 during ceremonies at Cooperstown along with former Commissioner Bud Selig and retired Kansas City and Atlanta Braves executive John Schuerholz, both elected last month by a veterans committee.

Bagwell was a four-time All-Star who spent his entire career with Houston, finishing with a .297 batting average, 401 homers and 1,401 RBIs.

Raines, fifth in career stolen bases, was a seven-time All-Star and the 1986 NL batting champion. He spent 13 of 23 big league seasons with the Montreal Expos, who left Canada to become the Washington Nationals for the 2005 season, and joins Andre Dawson and Gary Carter as the only players to enter the Hall representing the Expos.

Raines hit .294 with a .385 on-base percentage, playing during a time when Rickey Henderson was the sport's dominant speedster.

Rodriguez, a 14-time All-Star who hit .296 with 311 homers and 1,332 RBIs, was never disciplined for PEDs but former Texas teammate Jose Canseco alleged in a 2005 book that he injected the catcher with steroids. Asked whether he was on the list of players who allegedly tested positive for steroids during baseball's 2003 survey, Rodriguez said in 2009: "Only God knows."

Bonds, a seven-time MVP who holds the season and career home run records, received 36.2 percent in his initial appearance, in 2013, and jumped from 44.3 percent last year. Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, rose from 45.2 percent last year.

Bonds was indicted on charges he lied to a grand jury in 2003 when he denied using PEDs, but a jury failed to reach a verdict on three counts he made false statements and convicted him on one obstruction of justice count, finding he gave an evasive answer. The conviction was overturned appeal in 2015.

Clemens was acquitted on one count of obstruction of Congress, three counts of making false statements to Congress and two counts of perjury, all stemming from his denials of drug use.

A 12-time All-Star on the ballot for the first time, Ramirez was twice suspended for violating baseball's drug agreement. He helped the Boston Red Sox win World Series titles in 2004 and `07, the first for the franchise since 1918, and hit .312 with 555 home runs and 1,831 RBIs in 19 big league seasons.

Several notable players will join them in the competition for votes in upcoming years: Chipper Jones in 2018, Mariano Rivera and Roy Halladay in 2019, and Derek Jeter in 2020.

Sam Travis among nine non-roster invitees added to Red Sox spring training roster

Sam Travis among nine non-roster invitees added to Red Sox spring training roster

The Red Sox have invited nine non-roster players to spring training, the team announced Wednesday. The team now has a total of 15 non-roster invitees. 

Added Wednesday to the spring training roster were outfielder/infielder Allen Craig, third baseman Rafael Devers, first baseman Sam Travis, catcher Jordan Procyshen, outfielders Brian Bogusevic and Rusney Castillo, and right-handed pitchers Kyle Kendrick, Chandler Shepherd and Ben Taylor.

In addition to 39 players on the 40-man roster, the Sox have the following breakdown of non-roster invitees: 

Pitchers: Kyle Kendrick, Edgar Olmos, Chandler Shepherd, Ben Taylor, Marcus Walden
 
Catchers: Dan Butler, Jake DePew, Jordan Procyshen
 
Infielders: Rafael Devers, Matt Dominguez, Sam Travis
 
Outfielders: Brian Bogusevic, Rusney Castillo, Allen Craig, Junior Lake