Notes: Bedard feels fine; Ellsbury homers again

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Notes: Bedard feels fine; Ellsbury homers again

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard

BOSTON -- After two no-decisions in his first two outings with the RedSox, Erik Bedard suffered his first loss with the team on Tuesday night, in thesecond of a day-night doubleheader at Fenway Park.

Bedard allowed three runs (only one earned) on seven hitsand zero walks, while striking out six batters in six innings.

In each of his three starts with the Red Sox, hes increasedhis pitch count from 70, to 90, to now 102. He threw 72 of those 102 forstrikes on Tuesday night, and even though he picked up the loss, Bedard and hismanager were happy with the outing.

I feel good, said Bedard after the game. My pitch countis back up to normal. Just going out there and trying to keep the team in theballgame.

He was pretty good, said Terry Francona.Again, spinning that breaking ball really well. We didnt help him a lot attimes. The couple runs, its not always just errors, its maybe extraopportunities and things like that.

I think hes continuing that progression of gettingstronger, getting that pitch count up, and he just fires strikes with all hispitches.

Just like the first game of the day, the Red Sox finishedthe second game with only three hits. Only this time, a Jacoby Ellsbury homerun wasnt enough to pull out a win.

Ellsbury, Jed Lowrie, and Jason Varitek had the only threehits in the night-cap, with Ellsbury and Varitek each hitting solo home runs.

In the process, Ellsbury became the first Red Sox player tohit a home run in both ends of a doubleheader since Trot Nixon did it inPittsburgh in 2003. Mo Vaughn was the last Red Sox player to do it at Fenway, in 1997.

Kevin Youkilis sat out the second game with what Francona called a little soreness in hisback. Francona also said that he hopes for Youkilis to play on Wednesday.

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Sunday's Red Sox-Rays lineups: JBJ sits, Vazquez catches

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Sunday's Red Sox-Rays lineups: JBJ sits, Vazquez catches

Jackie Bradley Jr. gets the day off and Christian Vazquez get the start at catcher as the Red Sox look to extend their winning streak to 11 games today against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg. 

Andrew Benintendi replaces Bradley in center, Chris Young is in left and left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (3-7, 4.84 ERA) is on the mound as the Red Sox close in on the A.L. East title. Their magic number to clinch the division is three with seven games left. 

Right-hander Jake Odorizzi (9-6, 3.73) is on the mound for the Rays.

The lineups:  

RED SOX 
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez LF
Travis Shaw 3B
Chris Young LF
Andrew Benintendi CF
Christian Vazquez C
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Eduardo Rodriguez LHP 

RAYS
Logan Forsythe 2B
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Evan Longoria 3B
Brad Miller SS
Mikey Mahtook RF
Corey Dickerson LF
Curt Casali DH
Luke Maile C
Richie Shaffer 1B
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Jake Odorizzi RHP 
 

Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, 24, killed in boating accident

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Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, 24, killed in boating accident

MIAMI  — Jose Fernandez, the ace right-hander for the Miami Marlins who escaped Cuba to become one of baseball's brightest stars, was killed in a boating accident early Sunday morning. Fernandez was 24.

Authorities said Fernandez was one of three people killed in a boat crash off Miami Beach.

Chief Petty Officer Nyxolyno Cangemi told The Associated Press that a Coast Guard patrol boat spotted an overturned boat at 3:30 a.m. on a jetty near Government Cut. The bodies were discovered a short time later.

In the statement, the Marlins say they are "devastated by the tragic loss of José Fernández. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time."

"Hands down one of my favorite guys to watch pitch! He brought nothing but intensity and passion," Red Sox pitcher David Price said on Twitter early Sunday.

Because the boat was on a jetty, the Coast Guard notified Miami-Dade police, which turned the investigation over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Fernandez was on a 32-foot vessel that had a "severe impact" with a jetty, said FWC's Lorenzo Veloz.

"We are stunned and devastated," Major League Baseball said in a statement.

City of Miami Fire-Rescue workers were seen carrying bodies, draped and on stretchers, at the Coast Guard station after sunrise Sunday. The names of the other two individuals are being withheld pending notification of relatives, the Coast Guard said.

Fernandez was a two-time All-Star who went 38-17 in his four seasons with the Marlins, winning the NL's Rookie of the Year award in 2013. The native of Santa Clara, Cuba became a U.S. citizen last year and was enormously popular in Miami.

He tried to defect from Cuba at least three times — landing in jail after one of those unsuccessful tries — before eventually getting to the U.S. and going to high school in Tampa, Florida. The Marlins drafted him in 2011 and Fernandez was in the majors two years later.

The Marlins' game Sunday at home against the Atlanta Braves has been cancelled.

"I'm still in shock," former Marlins player Gaby Sanchez said on Twitter. "The world has lost a remarkable person. You will be missed and my heart goes out to the Fernandez family."

© 2016 Associated Press.