Red Sox beat Orioles 8-6 to complete sweep


Red Sox beat Orioles 8-6 to complete sweep

By Maureen Mullen Follow @maureenamullen

BOSTON Major league debuts are memorable for every player. Kyle Weilands will be even more so after he was ejected in his first big league game.

After a batter had been hit by each team, home plate umpire Marty Foster issued warnings to both benches. When Weiland plunked Vladimir Guerrero with the third pitch of his at-bat in the fifth inning, Foster immediately tossed the Red Sox rookie right-hander, along with manager Terry Francona.

But, that did not stop the Red Sox from sweeping the Orioles, 8-6, at Fenway Park Sunday afternoon in the first-half finale.

Weiland, who was not involved in the decision, went 4 innings (plus two batters in the fifth), allowing six runs on eight hits and two walks with two strikeouts, a home run and two hit batters.

After a 1-2-3 first inning, the Os got all their runs off Weiland in the second, sending 11 batters to the plate.

The Sox, who scored twice in the first inning, added four in the second on home runs by Marco Scutaro (solo), Dustin Pedroia (solo), and Kevin Youkilis (two-run shot).

Alfredo Aceves came in to relieve Weiland, earning the win to improve to 4-1.

Os right-hander Jeremy Guthrie took the loss, falling to 3-12.

The Sox go into the All-Star break with a record of 55-35, in first place in the
American League East.

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Ortiz, Red Sox express shock, sadness over Fernandez's death


Ortiz, Red Sox express shock, sadness over Fernandez's death

Like the rest of the baseball world, the Red Sox expressed shock and sadness over the tragic death of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, who was killed in a boating accident in Miami. 

David Ortiz tweeted his thoughts before the game Sunday in St. Petersburg, where the Red Sox played the Tampa Bay Rays.

There was a moment of silence for Fernandez - who attended high school in the Tampa area after defecting from Cuba at 15 - before the game at Tropicana Field, and before all major league games on Sunday. 

There was to be on-field ceremony for Ortiz before his last game at the Trop, part of his retirement farewell tour, but it was canceled at Ortiz's request. A video tribute to Ortiz was shown during the game and the Rays gave Ortiz his retirement gifts privately.

Ortiz wiped away tears during the moment of silence. He wrote "RIP Jose" on his cap.

Fernandez had joked about how he wanted to give up a home run to Ortiz when he faced him as an N.L.pitcher in the All-Star Game this past July. 

"I told him yesterday that I am going to throw him three fastballs down the middle. I want to watch him hit a home run," Fernandez had said. 

Ortiz ended up walking against Fernandez, prompting this response from Big Papi:

Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez, who played for the Marlins, as well as other Red Sox, also tweeted their reactions after hearing the news of Fernandez's death Sunday morning.

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


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:  

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
Eduardo Rodriguez LHP 

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
Jake Odorizzi RHP