Sox shell Gallardo in 12-3 win over Brewers

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Sox shell Gallardo in 12-3 win over Brewers

By Maureen Mullen
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BOSTON The Red Sox dispatched the Brewers from Fenway Park with a 12-3 shellacking Sunday afternoon in the finale of their three-game set.

The Brewers could do little with Tim Wakefields knuckleball. He gave up just three hits and a walk in eight innings, striking out six. Two of the hits he allowed were home runs, accounting for all the Brewers scoring.

Wakefield earned the win, improving to 4-2 with a 4.26 ERA. He threw 12 pitches in the first inning, 11 strikes. He struck out Milwaukees first two batters, Rickie Weeks and Corey Hart, on a total of six pitches to start the game.

His only blemishes came on a two-run homer to Nyjer Morgan in the second, after Casey McGehees double, and a Prince Fielder homer leading off the seventh.

Wakefields offense rewarded him handsomely in the bottom of the inning, scoring six runs on six hits as 11 batters went to the plate. Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo like Shaun Marcum on Friday night threw 46 pitches in the first inning.

Gallardo allowed the first six batters he faced to reach base before he could record an out. His record fell to 8-4 with a 4.11 ERA. The six runs Gallardo gave up in the first were the first are the most hes allowed in the first inning of a game in his career.

Gallardo went three innings, his shortest outing this season, giving up eight runs (five earned) on nine hits and two walks with four strikeouts. The right runs tied Zack Greinke (on July 16 in Wrigley Field) with the most runs allowed by a Cubs starter this season.

Kevin Youkilis three-run homer in the first, scoring Dustin Pedroia, who reached on a single, and Adrian Gonzalez, who reached on Gallardos error, was the big blow in the first.

Dustin Pedroia, who went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, homered to lead off the fourth, his sixth of the season. Marco Scutaro had a two-run shot, scoring David Ortiz, in the sixth, his second of the season.

Adrian Gonzalez, who fell a triple shy of the cycle Friday night, recorded his 1,000th career hit in the sixth a triple. He now has three triples this season, 11 in his career.

Although Wakefield threw just 98 pitches (74 strikes), Dan Wheeler came in for the ninth, giving up one hit with one strikeout, to secure the win.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Tim Wakefield
Wakefield went eight crisp innings against the Brewers, improving to 4-2 (4.26 ERA) recording his 197th career win. He needed just 98 pitches (74 strikes), holding the Brewers to three runs on three hits (two home runs) and one walk with a season-high six strikeouts. He set the tone early, needing just 12 pitches (11 strikes) in the first inning. He struck out Milwaukees first two batters Rickie Weeks swinging and Corey Hart looking on a total of six pitches.

The outing was Wakefields longest since going eight innings on July 2, 2010, against the Orioles.

He was excellent, said catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. That's probably the best stuff I've seen from him all year that I've caught him. Even in the bullpen I was having trouble just because the ball was moving everywhere. He was really just kind of throwing it for strikes, too. Getting ahead, but obviously it's a tough pitch to hit as it is anyways.

HONORABLE MENTION: Kevin Youkilis
Youkilis three-run homer into the Monster seats in the first, his 11th of the season, was the big blast in the six-run uprising. It was his third home run in his last seven games. Youkilis has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games, with 14 RBI.

THE GOAT: Yovani Gallardo
Gallardo wasted no time letting the game get out of hand. After starting lead-off batter Jacoby Ellsbury 0-2 (both called), Gallardo couldnt put Ellsbury away. Just as he couldnt put away any of the first six Sox batters he faced.

Gallardos first inning looked like this: Ellsbury single, Dustin Pedroia single, Adrian Gonzalez error to Gallardo, Ellsbury scores, Kevin Youkilis three-run homer, David Ortiz single, J.D. Drew single, Marco Scutaro groundball out, Jarrod Saltalamacchia strike out, Josh Reddick walk, Jacoby Ellsbury ground-rule double, Ortiz and Drew score, Pedroia fly out. Gallardo needed 46 pitches to get through the inning.

His record fell to 8-4 with a 4.11 ERA. The six runs Gallardo gave up in the first were the first are the most hes allowed in the first inning of a game in his career,

Gallardo went three innings, his shortest outing this season, giving up eight runs (five earned) on nine hits and two walks with four strikeouts. The right runs tied Zack Greinke (on July 16 in Wrigley Field) with the most runs allowed by a Cubs starter this season.

THE TURNING POINT
The first inning set the tone of the game for both teams. Wakefields first inning 12 pitches, 11 strikes, striking out the first two batters on a combined six pitches -- let the Brewers know they werent going to have an easy time with his knuckleball.

Gallardos sloppy first inning 11 batters, six runs allowed, 46 pitches was all the offense the Sox would need although they would go on to do further damage. Coming out of the inning in a 6-0 hole was more than Gallardo and the Brewers could overcome.

STAT OF THE DAY: 44321
Tim Wakefield earned the win, going eight innings with six strikeouts, at 44 years, 321 days old. The last American League pitcher that age to earn a win throwing as many innings with as many strikeouts was Nolan Ryan at 45 years, 155 days on July 4, 1992 against the Yankees while with the Rangers.

With the win Wakefield improved to 4-2 (4.26 ERA) with 197 career victories.

QUOTE OF NOTE:
I think his role is exactly what hes doing. We talked about it going in, that theres probably going to be starts for him. Dont know where theyre going to be. And because of his versatility hes filled that role and hes filled it unbelievable. I think youre fortunate on a staff when you have a guy like that. And going into the season he knew what his role was. In all honesty, you dont know when the starts are going to be. But he prepared real well and hes really helping us out.

--Manager Terry Francona on Tim Wakefields performance this season

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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