Swing, and a Miss

Red Sox starting pitcher Josh Beckett steps on home plate as umpire Brian Runge  looks on after he hit a solo home run off Philadelphia Phillies pitcher J.A. Happ  in the seventh inning

Beckett Went Deep When It Mattered,
But Came Up Short Where It Counts

Can't Sweep 'Em All | Philadelphia 11, Boston 6
Up, Up, and Away Goes the Lead for Beckett, Then He Stepped Up to the Plate
So Should Beckett and His 394-Foot-Bombs Be DH'ing Against Lefties?
'Pen Adds to the Problem: Bad Outing for Bard, Saito Stunk, Too
Forgotten in the Loss: Baldelli and Green Go Back-to-Back

"We feel pretty good about it. Obviously, today wasn't very good. But 9-3, I think we'll take it." -- 6.14.09, Jacoby Ellsbury

"What a dump of a performance yesterday. Beckett looked like absolute crap, Francona decided to give players 2 days off. Were we out partying last night? For the kind of money we pay these players, the only thing on their minds should have been PUMMELING the Phillies at all costs Sunday and finish them off with a demoralizing sweep. Champions FIND a PATH and DEMORALIZE their opponents with sweeps." -- E-mailer Josh D.

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And They Were Led By Lugo

Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Pedro Feliz puts the tag on Boston Red Sox' Julio Lugo who advanced from second on a base hit by Daisuke Matsuzaka in the third inning of an interleague baseball game Saturday, June 13, 2009, in Philadelphia.

Sox Keep Hammering Away

Sox Bail Out Dicey-K | Boston 11, Philadelphia 6
Jury Still Out on How Bad Dice-K Is, But Mr. Smoltz Is Coming
Another Big Bomb for J-Bay, No. 17, Have to Question Ibanez Hitting 22, Right?
'Tek's Down to .229, But Belted a Big Double in the Fifth
High 5 Times on Base for Jacoby Ellsbury
3 Hits for Lowell Puts Mike Over .300
Stop the Presses, Pedroia Gets a Hit

"It would be a lie to say I'm completely stress-free. But I also know that I have to be patient. At the same time, patience alone isn't going to get me out of this situation. I'm going to make a concerted effort to make some changes and get out of it." -- The Disappointing Daisuke Matsuzaka through translator Masa Hoshino

BDD is a feature of Boston.com. All posts are by Steve Silva unless otherwise indicated.

Boston Globe:

Rodriguez looks like the steal deal > Despite effort by Rodriguez, Red So fall > Tazawa has come a long way, on and off field

Boston Herald:

Lauber: Eduardo Rodriguez showing Red Sox he's special > PawSox start looms large for Masterson


Rodriguez gem wasted > Chili Davis doesn't want to turn Red Sox into free-swingers > Red Sox draft catcher in third round

NY Post:

How Mariano Rivera has influenced Yankees' top pick > Why starting rotation could be a big Yankees' strength

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