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BOSTON — One of the four big-name free agents who inked a deal with New York this past offseason would have made a lot of sense for the Red Sox to sign. No, not Jacoby Ellsbury. He was asking for too much dough and too many years. But how about Carlos Beltran? He would have [...]

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RED SOX 5, YANKEES 1 Star of the Game: John Lackey went 8.0 innings, allowing just one run on seven hits while striking out 11 and walking nobody. Pineda Ejected: Yankees starter Michael Pineda was ejected in the second inning for having pine tar on his neck. This comes after a substance resembling pine tar [...]

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BOSTON — As expected, Daniel Nava has been optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket and right-hander Alex Wilson has been recalled. There’s a very good chance Wilson will only with Boston today to help the depleted bullpen. Shane Victorino, meanwhile, likely will be activated tomorrow and Wilson will be optioned back. “We’ll find out how tonight goes,” Red Sox [...]

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BOSTON — New York RHP Michael Pineda (2-1, 1.00) will face Red Sox RHP John Lackey (2-2, 5.25) today at 7:10 p.m. here at Fenway Park. The Red Sox are looking to even the series after the Yankees took Game 1 here last night. Grady Sizemore is back leading off and Mike Carp is batting fifth [...]

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Daniel Nava had a closed door meeting with manager John Farrell and General Manager Ben Cherington after today’s game. Farrell and Cherington likely told the struggling Nava that he was being optioned to Triple-A Pawtcket. Nava was not in today’s lineup and is batting just .149 with a .240 on-base percentage in 75 plate appearances. [...]

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BOSTON — The Yankees splurged in the offseason, dishing out $155 million to Masahiro Tanaka, $153 million to Jacoby Ellsbury, $85 million to Brian McCann and $45 million to Carlos Beltran. The Red Sox, meanwhile, took a frugal approach. They signed Grady Sizemore, who hadn’t played in two years, for one year, $750,000 with the [...]

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Yankees 9, Red Sox 3 Ellsbury’s Return: Jacoby Ellsbury 2 for 5 with a double, triple and two RBIs in his first game at Fenway Park as a member of the New York Yankees. Lester Struggles: Red Sox starter Jon Lester gave up a season-high 11 hits in 4.2 innings. It was the fourth time [...]

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BOSTON — Red Sox LHP Jon Lester (2-2, 2.17) goes against Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka (2-0, 2.05) today at 7:10 p.m. Red Sox Lineup Grady Sizemore RF Dustin Pedroia 2B David Ortiz DH Mike Napoli 1B Jonny Gomes LF A.J. Pierzynski C Xander Bogaerts SS Brock Holt 3B Jackie Bradley Jr. CF Yankees Lineup Jacoby [...]

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Orioles 7, Red Sox 6 Rally Halted: The Red Sox rallied back from a 6-0 deficit and put the tying run on second base with one out in the ninth but could not complete the comeback. Mike Carp grounded out to first base to end the game. Bogaerts Blunders: Xander Bogaerts’ crucial base running error [...]

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BOSTON — Jacoby Ellsbury will return to Fenway Park today for the first time since signing a seven-year, $153-million contract with the New York Yankees, but the Ellsbury storyline could easily become overshadowed by the starting pitching matchup. Red Sox ace Jon Lester starts against Japanese phenom Masahiro Tanaka, who has gone 2-0 with a [...]

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