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Cleveland Indians release Daisuke Matsuzaka

Cleveland Indians release Daisuke Matsuzaka

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians released right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka on Tuesday at his request, giving the Japanese veteran a chance to catch on with another team after failing to secure a spot in Cleveland’s rotation.

Matsuzaka has spent the entire season at Triple-A Columbus after failing to win a spot in Cleveland’s rotation during spring training.

After working through early season injuries, Matsuzaka has pitched well in recent weeks, going 4-4 with a 3.56 ERA & 54 strikeouts in 10 starts for the Clippers since July 2. But with the Indians’ rotation currently packed with solid starters, he’s hoping to find work elsewhere for the stretch run.

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Jon Lester shuts down Giants as Red Sox win 7-0

Jon Lester shuts down Giants as Red Sox win 7-0

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jon Lester pitched into the ninth for his first victory in four tries this month, & the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox beat the San Francisco Giants 7-0 on Monday night after flying cross-country earlier in the day.

Stephen Drew & Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit RBI doubles, Shane Victorino added an RBI single & Will Middlebrooks had a sacrifice fly for Boston. The Red Sox chose to travel first thing Monday rather than late Sunday night after a 9-6 loss to the Yankees at Fenway Park.

Lester (11-7) allowed six hits, struck out three & walked two in Boston’s seventh shutout. He outpitched two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum (6-13) to snap a three-start winless stretch since a victory at Baltimore on July 28. Lester gave way to Brandon Workman after allowing a pair of one-out singles in the ninth.

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SS Xander Bogaerts gets promotion to Red Sox

SS Xander Bogaerts gets promotion to Red Sox

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The first-place Boston Red Sox are giving 20-year-old shortstop prospect Xander Bogaerts his chance in the huge leagues for the stretch run.

Bogaerts had his contract selected from Triple-A Pawtucket & he flew cross-country with Boston on Monday morning in time to open a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants.

Manager John Farrell said he might donate Bogaerts a start as shortly as Tuesday night.

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A-Rod HBP then hits HR in Yanks' 9-6 win over Sox

A-Rod HBP then hits HR in Yanks' 9-6 win over Sox

BOSTON (AP) — Alex Rodriguez was hit by a fastball his first time up & then homered to start a four-run sixth inning that rallied the New York Yankees to a 9-6 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi was ejected after storming out of the dugout to holler at plate umpire Brian O’Nora, who warned both benches immediately after Rodriguez was plunked by Ryan Dempster’s 3-0 pitch leading off the second inning. It struck his left elbow pad & ricocheted off his back.

”He should have been thrown out of the game,” Girardi said. ”Everyone knows it was intentional.”

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A-Rod hit by pitch 1st time up against Red Sox

A-Rod hit by pitch 1st time up against Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) — Alex Rodriguez received hit by a fastball from Boston starter Ryan Dempster in the second inning Sunday night, setting off an angry scene at Fenway Park & leading to the ejection of New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi.

A-Rod answered with his bat in the sixth by hitting his 649th career home run.

The game between the longtime rivals quickly turned testy, with the benches & bullpens clearing & the teams being warned approximately beanballs by plate umpire Brian O’Nora.

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A-Rod hit by pitch in 1st at-bat vs Red Sox

A-Rod hit by pitch in 1st at-bat vs Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) — Alex Rodriguez received hit by a fastball from Boston starter Ryan Dempster in the second inning Sunday night, setting off an angry scene at Fenway Park & leading to the ejection of New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi.

The game between the longtime rivals quickly turned testy, with the benches & bullpens clearing & the teams being warned approximately beanballs by plate umpire Brian O’Nora.

Dempster appeared to take aim at Rodriguez, who recently was suspended for 211 games by Major League Baseball in the Biogenesis drug case. Rodriguez appealed the penalty & can play until there is a final decision.

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Lackey sharp into 7th as Red Sox beat Yankees 6-1

Lackey sharp into 7th as Red Sox beat Yankees 6-1

BOSTON (AP) — John Lackey’s won-loss record hardly shows how satisfactory he’s been for the Red Sox this season.

The team’s most dependable starter, Lackey held down New York’s resurgent offense & helped Boston break a three-game skid by beating the Yankees 6-1 on Saturday.

”I think in this case the record doesn’t show how well he’s pitched & how consistent he’s been,” manager John Farrell said. ”In a couple of occasions he’s pitched on the wrong day & gone up against a starter that’s held us in check. To his credit, he’s earning everything that he’s getting right now due to the commitment he’s made in the offseason & how well he’s pitched.”

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Lackey (8-10), who missed last season while rehabbing from elbow surgery, has held opponents to three or fewer runs while pitching at least six innings in 14 starts, the most such outings on the club.

”You can’t do a whole lot approximately that,” he said of his losing record. ”You’ve just received to go out & keep the game close. The record’s kind of out of my hands.”

Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits, David Ortiz homered & the Red Sox rebounded from a 10-3 loss with 14 hits.

”The biggest thing is our pitching & defense,” shortstop Stephen Drew said. ”If we have that, we have a chance to win every day.”

But on Saturday, Lackey received some extra run support, too. Four times in his previous seven starts, Boston didn’t score while he was in the game.

”Lackey was outstanding today,” said Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, booed loudly again during each at-bat. ”Threw the ball very well. He’s having a huge year for them. And Papi, he’s the heart & soul of that team. Obviously had another huge day.”

Ortiz, Shane Victorino, Will Middlebrooks, Mike Carp & Daniel Nava each had two hits for the AL East leaders, who won for only the third time in nine games.

Lackey relied mostly on his fastball, slider & changeup. He gave up one run & six hits while walking three over 6 2-3 innings to halt a four-game losing streak, the longest of his career. He was 0-4 with a 4.96 ERA in his previous five starts.

”He seemed to obtain the huge out when he needed to,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. ”We received some baserunners on him, yet he seemed to obtain the huge out when he needed to.”

Alfonso Soriano extended his hitting tear with two singles in four at-bats for the Yankees, yet was held without an RBI after matching a major league record with 18 over his previous four games. He is 15 for 22 (.682) in his last five games with five homers & nine runs scored.

The Yankees had scored 10 or more runs in three of their last four. New York lost for just the second time in seven games.

Hiroki Kuroda (11-8) matched a season high by giving up five runs – three earned – & 11 hits. He struck out six & did not walk a batter in 5 2-3 innings. The 38-year-old right-hander was 4-1 with a 0.94 ERA in his previous seven starts.

Leading 3-1 in the sixth, Boston added two runs & chased Kuroda. Jarrod Saltalamacchia had an RBI single & scored on Ellsbury’s double off the base of the right-field wall. Ortiz homered into the center-field seats off reliever Adam Warren in the seventh.

The Red Sox took advantage of an error & a missed call to jump ahead 3-0 in the fourth. With runners at the corners & one out, first baseman Lyle Overbay fielded Drew’s grounder & fired wide of second. Yankees shortstop Eduardo Nunez had to jump to catch the ball & threw late to first, with Ortiz scoring from third to make it 1-0.

Carp, who was safe at second, then stole third on the front end of double steal, though replays showed Rodriguez made the tag in time. Umpire Bill Welke, who ejected Carp for arguing a called third strike Friday night, pointed that he was safe. Middlebrooks & Ellsbury followed with consecutive RBI singles.

”With the runners on, I wanted to minimize the damage,” Kuroda said through a translator. ”But I couldn’t do that. … It was a offensive outing.”

Ichiro Suzuki’s run-scoring grounder cut it to 3-1 in the fifth. New York had runners on second & third with none out after a single by Overbay & a double by Chris Stewart, yet Lackey retired the next three hitters on grounders.

NOTES: Kuroda allowed a season-high 11 hits. … Robinson Cano went 0 for 4, snapping his 11-game hitting streak. … Yankees SS Derek Jeter, on the 15-day DL with a strained right calf, continued taking batting practice & fielding grounders at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., yet is not running the bases. … Boston 1B Mike Napoli was scratched from the original lineup because of a sore left foot. Farrell had planned to donate Victorino the day off because he’s had a sore hamstring, yet decided to play him with Napoli sidelined. The switch-hitting Victorino continued to hit right-handed against right-handed pitching due to the sore leg. … Boston 2B Dustin Pedroia turned 30. He fouled a ball off his left foot in the eighth & limped for a bit before finishing the at-bat. He was replaced on defense. Farrell said Pedroia was sore, yet a scan at the ballpark came back ”negative.” … Boston sends RHP Ryan Dempster (6-8, 4.50 ERA) to the mound against LHP CC Sabathia (10-10, 4.66) in the series finale Sunday night.

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Red Sox broadcaster blasts son charged with murder

Red Sox broadcaster blasts son charged with murder

BOSTON (AP) — Longtime Boston Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy said Saturday he could not describe his ”disgust & remorse” over allegations his son fatally stabbed his girlfriend a day after being released from custody for allegedly assaulting her.

In a statement released through his Twitter account, Remy said he & his wife are ”heartbroken” over the death of Jennifer Martel on Thursday night, allegedly at the hands of his son, Jared.

”Words cannot describe my wife’s & my grief,” Jerry Remy wrote. ”Son or not, I am at loss for words articulating my disgust & remorse over this senseless & tragic act.”

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Jared Remy, 34, pleaded not guilty in Waltham District Court on Friday on charges of murder & domestic assault & battery in the killing of Martel, 27.

In court, prosecutors described a brutal & determined attack, saying Jared Remy assaulted Martel in the kitchen, living room, on a stairway & then pinned her to the ground in the patio where he stabbed her several times. At least one neighbor who tried to assist Martel was driven back when Remy slashed at him, a prosecutor told a judge in court.

Martel’s 4-year-old child was in the apartment, & was not hurt. The child is now in the custody of child welfare officials.

Remy was arrested at the scene, his clothes soaked in the victim’s blood.

On Wednesday, Remy had been released on personal recognizance in an open assault & battery case in which Martel was the alleged victim, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said. The there was no active restraining order against him, she said.

Remy has a violent criminal history, including a total of 15 criminal charges since 1998, according to Waltham court records. He has been accused of assaulting five people – including four women – & was involved in at least three restraining orders, including one in which he was the plaintiff.

Remy was ordered held without bail. His attorney, Peter Bella, said he was trying to figure out what happened leading up to Martel’s stabbing, pointing out that his client had what could be considered as defensive wounds.

Jerry Remy is a former Red Sox second baseman who has been a color analyst on team broadcasts on the New England Sports Network since 1988. He has struggled with health problems in recent years. NESN announced Friday that he will be off the air through next weekend.

Jerry Remy said Saturday that his thoughts & prayers go out to the victim’s mom & her family.

Jared Remy is a former Red Sox security staffer who was fired by the team in 2008 during a steroid investigation.

Rodrique Ngowi can be reached at www.twitter.com/ngowi

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