Red Sox fall to Indians, 7-3

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Red Sox fall to Indians, 7-3

BOSTON It wasnt the dream debut some had hoped it would be for Erik Bedard, but there were some encouraging moments in defeat.

Former Sox sinker specialist Justin Masterson out-pitched Bedard and the Boston bullpen in the former Mariners first appearance with the Sox, and that played out in a 7-3 loss to the Tribe at Fenway Park.

Masterson fanned nine Sox hitters in his six innings of work, and scattered five hits while improving his record to 9-7 in a breakout season in the starting rotation for Cleveland.

But the newly acquired Bedard showed flashes in five innings of work, and finished with seven strikeouts in his evening of mound work. Bostons new southpaw actually exited a 3-3 tie after five innings of solid work, but Sox lefty Franklin Morales got hit hard by the Indians hitters in the decisive sixth inning.

Travis Hafner started things off with a double against Morales, and things simply deteriorated from there.

The big blow was a two-run homer by Cleveland catcher Carlos Santana that proved to be the difference in the game, and was a far cry from the brilliant relief work authored by Morales and Co. earlier in the series. The Indians bullpen managed to shut down the Sox offense the rest of the way and avoid any ninth inning heroics this time around.

The Sox had actually jumped out to an early lead for Bedard in the first inning on the strength of RBI hits by Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz. The Indians touched up Bedard for three runs over the second and third innings, but Josh Reddick tied things up in the fourth inning with his fifth home run of the season lifted into the visiting bullpen.

Erratic lefty Andrew Miller labored through multiple innings of relief to push Clevelands lead up to the final four run advantage.

Player of the Game: Justin Masterson never really wanted to leave Boston when he was dealt to Cleveland two years ago in the Victor Martinez deal, and hes pitched with a little dash of revenge in his heart ever since. Masterson allowed three runs and five hits in six innings of work while striking out nine in the victory, and improved to 3-0 with a 1.95 ERA in four starts against the Sox since the V-Mart deal. Hes learned to pitch inside to lefties and vary his fastball, and hes become exactly what the Sox thought he might when he was a talented sinker-balling youngster in Boston.

Honorable Mention: Carlos Santana was 1-for-11 with a boatload of strikeouts in the series, but the talented young catcher finally made up for it on Thursday with a two-run bomb in the sixth inning that won it for Cleveland. The Tribe built the lead against Bostons bullpen, but it was Santanas black magic homer off Franklin Morales that tipped the scales toward Cleveland.

The Goat: Franklin Morales was great in his last appearance against the Indians, but not so much against the Tribe in the series finale. The strong-armed lefty faced three batters and allowed a double and a first-pitch two-run homer to Carlos Santana before getting lifted but the damage had already been done in the loss. Santana had been in a good stretch headed into tonights appearance, but the sixth frame wasnt close to his best work.

Turning Point: Erik Bedard was solid in his five innings of work, and the loss goes squarely on the shoulders of bullpen pitchers Franklin Morales and Andrew Miller for their inability to hold things steady. Morales picked up his first decision of the year yes, it was the loss for his ineffective work in the decisive sixth frame.

By the Numbers: 7 the encouraging number of strikeouts for Erik Bedard in five innings of work during Thursday nights no-decision. .

Quote of Note: Bleepin scorekeeper always bleepin bleep up David Ortiz clearly not happy about the official scorekeeper costing him an RBI in Wednesday nights walk-off win.

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.

Red Sox secure playoff with 6-4 win over Rays

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Red Sox secure playoff with 6-4 win over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Dustin Pedroia hit his fourth career grand slam to help Rick Porcello get his major league-leading 22nd win, and the Boston Red Sox clinched a playoff berth by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4 Saturday night for their 10th consecutive win.

Boston maintained a 5 1/2-game lead over Toronto for the division title and ensured no worse than the AL's second wild card. While the Red Sox technically have a magic number of one, the Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles play each other three times in the season's final week - meaning only one of them can win match Boston's 91 wins.

Among the other wild-card contenders, only Detroit can reach 91 victories.

Pedroia stopped an 0-for-17 skid with a single in the sixth and gave Boston a 6-3 lead with a seventh-inning drive off Danny Farquhar.

Porcello (22-4) gave up three runs, eight hits and struck out nine over 6 1/3 innings. He just missed getting his 12th consecutive start of seven or more innings and three runs or fewer, which would have moved him past Cy Young (1904) and Pedro Martinez (2000) for the longest stretch during the same season in franchise history.

Craig Kimbrel, the fifth Boston reliever, reached 30 saves for the sixth straight season despite allowing Logan Forsythe's solo homer in the ninth.

Brad Miller hit a two-run double in a three-run second that put Tampa Bay up 3-1 and gave him 80 RBIs.

Tampa Bay threatened in the second but failed to score due to two nice defensive plays. Pedroia made a throw from just in front of the outfield grass at second base on Mikie Mahtook's grounder to get Corey Dickerson at the plate. Third baseman Brock Holt made a solid play along the line on Alexei Ramirez's grounder and threw him out at first to end the inning.