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Sox Hit Four Homers Off Blanton; Snap Phils Win Streak

Boston 1B David Ortiz celebrates after hitting a two-run home run in the 5th inning of Joe Blanton, proving to be the winning runs in the Red Sox 7-5 win over Philadelphia. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Red Sox 7, Phillies 5
WP – Jon Lester (3-3, 3.95)
LP – Joe Blanton (4-4, 3.74)
SV – Alfredo Aceves (9)

PHILADLELPHIA — All winning streaks must come to an end.

The Red Sox got to Joe Blanton early and often, beating the Phillies 7-5 in Philadelphia Saturday night. The loss snapped the Phils six-game winning streak.

It was not Blanton’s day as a pitcher, and even as a fielder. Blanton gave up four homers in five innings, as well as make two errors in the field that extended innings he got shelled in.

It was Blanton’s worst outing of the season, ending a streak of quality starts that has made Blanton a hot topic in this young season.

Boston jumped all over him in the very first at-bat. Mike Aviles led off the game with a solo homer to left field, giving the Sox an early 1-0 lead in the 1st inning.

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Series Preview: vs Boston Red Sox

PHI: 20-19, 5th in NL East; BOS: 18-20, 5th in AL East

When: May 18-20
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Cole Hamels (5-1, 2.28) vs Daniel Bard (3-4, 4.30)
Saturday: Joe Blanton (4-3, 2.96) vs Jon Lester (2-3, 3.71)
Sunday: Cliff Lee (0-1, 1.95) vs Josh Beckett (3-4, 4.97)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05, CSN
Saturday, 7:15, FOX
Sunday, 1:35, PHL 17
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Spring Training: Red Sox 6, Phillies 0

Red Sox bullpen coach Gary Tuck and DH David Ortiz joke with former teammate and Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Jon Lester has himself ready for the regular season.

Boston’s ace cruised through seven innings of two-hit balls, striking out 10 in the Red Sox’s 6-0 win over the Phillies.

Joe Blanton got the start in Clearwater. He was solid through the first four innings but for hit for another three runs in the 5th, ending his start shorter than he wanted. After a David Ortiz RBI single in the 5th, Cody Ross took Blanton deep to make it 5-0, ending his day.

Blanton allowed five runs on seven hits, striking out five. He allowed two home runs, one to Dustin Pedroia in the 1st and to Ross in the 5th. According to Matt Gelb on Twitter, Blanton said he was “good at time, horses*** at times.”

Pete Orr, Lou Montanez and Freddy Galvis were the only Phillies to get a hit.

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His Bat Got Papi

Another night of “Back, Back, Back’s” and Joe Morgan’s stupidity has concluded. David Ortiz, the nicest guy to ever do steroids, was victorious over the player he mentored, Hanley Ramirez. Big Papi blasted 11 home runs in the final round as Ramirez managed five. Ortiz was also the first Red Sox player to win the Derby in it’s 26th year.

Ortiz was the true winner of the Derby, hitting the most total homers with 32. Both he and Ramirez went into the finals round with 21 homers so there was going to be a real winner and not an instance like two years ago with Josh Hamilton.

Corey Hart (13 total) and Miguel Cabrera (12) were the other two players to move onto the second round. Matt Holliday (5), Nick Swisher (4), Vernon Wells (3), and Chris Young (1) were the other four contestants. Hart in the first round and Ortiz in the second round hit the most home runs in a single round with 13 dingers.

Not a single Phillies player participated in the derby this year, a first in six years. In the past six, Jim Thome, Bobby Abreu, Ryan Howard, and Chase Utley all participated in the event with Abreu and Howard each winning one. Howard was interviewed by Morgan and Chris Berman and marveled out the feel of Mickey Mantle’s bat that was being auctioned off later that night.

The 81st All-Star game will air tomorrow at 8:00 p.m ET. Howard will be the DH and Roy Halladay will not pitch more than one inning said Charlie Manuel.

Phils Endured A Hopeful Wake-Up Call

The Phillies were simply humiliated Friday night. Jamie Moyer got hammered and the offense went to sleep again as the Boston Red Sox made Philadelphia look pitiful in a 12-2 win.

Moyer got rocked for one-plus inning for nine runs on nine hits and a walk. He allowed six doubles and home run in the poor outing. He saw his ERA shoot up over one whole run. Kyle Kendrick pitched two innings of relief as he will be skipping a start against the New York Yankees next series.

Jayson Werth was the only bright spot offensively, going 3-for-4. David Ortiz with a few others had a field day. Big Papi went 3-for-5 with two doubles and four RBIs while Marco Scutaro, Victor Martinez, and Adrian Beltre had multi-hit efforts.

Doubles: Werth (24), Gload (1).

WP: Lackey (7-3). LP: Moyer (6-6).

Boxscore.

Hamels Is Stellar in Win

Pitcher Cole Hamels pitches in the first. AP Photo/Matt Slocum

Cole Hamels looked excellent in his win over Boston. He lasted seven strong innings and only allowed a solo homer in the first as he overcame a team tough on pitchers’ arms in the Phils 5-1 win Friday night.

Hamels allowed only a run and three hits in the outing. He struck out eight batters while throwing 116 pitches against a Red Sox line up that puts a beating on opposing teams’ starting pitching by taking pitches and fouling off balls.

Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth both had multi-hit games. Both also hit homers. Werth’s two-run blast in the fifth was hit to the second deck in left field. It was the type of homer that would leave any park and even clear the Green Monster in Fenway easily.

The Sox pressed in the ninth. With the bases loaded and two outs, J.C. Romero got David Ortiz to fly out to deep center to end the game.

The Phillies got a scare when Jimmy Rollins pulled up while jogging to first on a base hit in the sixth. Juan Castro replaced him as a pinch runner and played the rest of the game. The last thing the Philies would want to see is Rollins back on the DL, especially after them playing with the same line up they used in the first week of the season.

Rollins’ injury is a mid-calf sprain and he will be day-to-day. It’s the same injury that landed him on the DL over a month ago.

Doubles: Ibanez (8), Werth (21). HR: Howard (8), Werth (9).

WP: Hamels (5-2). LP: Lackey (4-3).

Boxscore.

5 Teams to Watch in the AL

Yankees – They’re the 2009 World Series champions and still kept intact the solid nucleus that got them there. They traded top prospects to land centerfielder Curtis Granderson, a much better defensive asset than Johnny Damon. They also traded Melky Cabrera to the Braves for Javier Vazquez to bolster the starting rotation. With guys like C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Brunett, and Andy Pettitte, the Yankees boast a very good pitching unit. Mariano Rivera is still the best closer in the game and the aging offense led by Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and Mark Teixeira can still put a ton of runs up on the score board. If things go right, they could have another parade down Broadway.

Red Sox – The pitching is truly phenomenal. Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, John Lackey, and Daisuke Matsuzaka form the best top-four in baseball. The offense is led by top young stars Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia. Marco Scutaro is hoping to end the revolving door at the short stop position and Adrian Beltre is an offensive upgrade at third. Offensive depth is the only thing that should concern the Sox but they have the pitching to get the job done. David Ortiz is a shell of his old self but it still the DH.

Twins – It’s safe to say that Joe Mauer is the scariest hitter in the AL. The reigning MVP is one of the reasons Minnesota is buzzing prior to the 2010 season. Along with a new outdoor park and a very dangerous lineup featuring Mauer, Justin Morneau, Jason Kubel, and Michael Cuddyer, the fans and Twins have high expectations for this year. The only problem with them this year though is pitching. If their starters can have decent years, they could beat out Detroit for the division.

Mariners – Seattle is truly going to be a serious contender in the AL. The addition of Cliff Lee, Chone Figgins, and Milton Bradley will revamp a pitching staff and offense in need of fire power. Lee became a hot pitcher again after his last season transformation with the Phillies and will look to create a formidable 1-2 punch with Felix Hernandez. Figgins will add speed and Bradley will look to add power to a Mariners lineup that hit 160 homer (12th in the AL) last season.

Angels – Surely they make their case for a serious playoff contender every year but there has to be a breaking point. They improved an already solid lineup with Hideki Matsui and bolstered their bull pen with Fernando Rodney but the team still doesn’t jump out at anyone. The core of the offense is aging in Bobby Abreu, Torii Hunter, and Matsui and they lost Figgins to the division rival Mariners. Jared Weaver, Joe Saunders, and newly acquired Joel Pineiro will need to have season like 2009 to give the Mariners a fighting chance in an AL crowded with contenders.

East: Yankees
Central: Twins
West: Mariners
Wild Card: Red Sox

Pennant: Yankees over Mariners

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