Twins' eighth-inning outburst tops Sox, 5-2

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Twins' eighth-inning outburst tops Sox, 5-2

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam

MINNEAPOLIS -- Late-inning heroics had almost become commonplace for the Red Sox, so when David Ortiz launched a game-tying homer to left-center in the top of the eighth Wednesday night, it seemed certain that another dramatic win was in the offing.

But this time, it was the other side pulling out a victory in their final at-bat.

Jim Thome and Danny Valancia cracked consecutive run-scoring doubles and Tsuyoshi Nishioka added an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth to give the Minnesota Twins a 5-2 win, snapping the Red Sox four-game winning streak.

Alfredo Aceves, who relieved Jon Lester with one out in the eighth, faced four hitters and gave up three hits and an intentional walk.

Lester was saddled with his second straight loss. He walked five and two of those hitters would come around to score.

Thome's first-inning RBI single had given the Twins a 1-0 lead. Joe Mauer doubled home Ben Revere in the sixth to boost Minnesota's lead to 2-0.

The Sox cut the margin in half in the seventh on a walk to Mike Aviles, an error by Twins second baseman Matt Tolbert and a single by Marco Scutaro, who picked up his eighth hit in his last three games.

Ortiz's homer -- his third in the last six games -- tied it for the Sox before the Twins rallied in the bottom of the inning.

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

Expect Red Sox call-ups to come in two waves when rosters expand

Expect Red Sox call-ups to come in two waves when rosters expand

BOSTON - On Thursday, rosters will expand for major league teams, enabling them to add as many as 15 more players -- if they so choose.

The Sox, of course, won't be adding nearly that many. In fact, they'll probably only promote three or so players by Sept. 1, with additional players added after minor league seasons end on Labor Day.

The Sox call-ups will come in two waves. A look at who might be called up and when.

FOR FRIDAY: (the Red Sox are off Thursday)

* catcher Ryan Hanigan

* reliever Joe Kelly

* outfielder Bryce Brentz.

Hanigan is finishing up a rehab assignment and will provide the Sox with a third catcher, enabling John Farrell to either pinch-hit or pinch-run for one of his two catchers (Bryan Holaday and Sandy Leon) without worrying that he's putting himself in a potential bind.

Kelly would give the Red Sox another swing-and-miss bullpen option, though he's yet to establish himself as big league reliever.

Meanwhile Brentz would give the Sox another outfield option with the injury to Andrew Benintendi and further free up Brock Holt for infield duties.

FOR TUESDAY: (Day after International League season ends):

* reliever Heath Hembree

* infielder Deven Marrero

* reliever Noe Ramirez

Hembree has been effective in spurts and could offer some match-up options against righthanded hitters.

Marrero was a September call-up last year and could be a late-inning defensive replacement for Travis Shaw at third, or spell Xander Bogaerts at short if the Sox want to rest Bogaerts in one-sided games.

In the bullpen, Ramirez would serve as a long man in games in which a starter is knocked out early.

 

Davis Mega Maze unveils corn maze tribute to David Ortiz

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Davis Mega Maze unveils corn maze tribute to David Ortiz

STERLING, Mass. -- Nothing quite measures up to the latest tribute to retiring Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz.

A corn maze dedicated to the player known as Big Papi was unveiled at a ceremony Tuesday in Sterling, Massachusetts.

Ortiz had a message for his legions of fans at the unveiling: "I love corn."

The 8-acre maze was created by Davis Mega Maze and features a cornstalk rendering of Ortiz's trademark home run pose of pointing two fingers to the sky. It's accompanied by the phrase "Thanks Big Papi."

The maze opens to the public on Saturday.

Davis Mega Maze has been carving a different design into the field every year for about 20 years. This year marks the first time a living celebrity has been featured.