July 14th, 2006


Late nights no fun for Red Sox


The Associated Press
Oakland Athletics pitcher Chad Gaudin, left, makes the catch and collides with first baseman Nick Swisher, right, and catcher Jason Kendall on a fly out by Boston batter Kevin Youkilis in the sixthinning Thursday at Fenway Park. The A’s won 5-4 in 11 innings.

BOSTON (AP) — The All-Star break wasn’t much of a break for the Boston Red Sox.
After finishing the first half of the season with an epic 19-inning loss to Chicago, Boston went 11 innings on Thursday night in its first game back, losing 5-4 to the Oakland Athletics.
“At least there were three days in between,” said All-Star second baseman Mark Loretta, whose seventh-inning error allowed the A’s to tie it. “This team is a very resilient team. We haven’t allowed ourselves to get into too many funks.”
Even with the three days off, the Red Sox have played 30 innings in five days — a total of 10 hours and 42 minutes of baseball. And that’s just in two games.
“That game in Chicago seems like a long time ago,” Boston manager Terry Francona said.
Bobby Kielty singled in the go-ahead run in the 11th, then stole second and scored an important insurance run to give the A’s their league-leading 18th one-run victory. Kielty also had an RBI grounder in the seventh that Loretta missed to allow a second run — one earned, one unearned — to score and make it 3-3.
“I took my eye off it and it was gone,” said Loretta, who made his first All-Star start on Tuesday night thanks to a first half in which he committed just three of the team’s major league-leading 30 errors. “It was more a mental lapse than anything.”
Huston Street (3-3) pitched 1 2/3 innings, striking out two, for the win. Kirk Saarloos, who is supposed to start on Monday, got the last two outs for his second save; he was the eighth Oakland pitcher in the game.
The loss was Boston’s first in 10 home games since June 11. The Red Sox left at least one runner on base in 10 of the 11 innings.
The Red Sox led 1-0 and 3-1 before Loretta’s error allowed Oakland to tie it. It stayed 3-3 until the 11th, when Jason Kendall doubled with one out. One out later, Kielty hit a hard liner off the scoreboard of the Green Monster, and Kendall scored easily. Thomas added the insurance run against Julian Taveras (1-3), who worked one inning, allowing three hits and two runs.
Oakland had lost four of five and seven of its previous 10 games.
Boston rookie Jon Lester pitched five laborious innings, needing 103 pitches to qualify for what would have been his fifth consecutive victory. He allowed one run, five hits and five walks while striking out three before leaving with a 3-1 lead.
Rangers 15, Orioles 1: At Baltimore, Mark Teixeira hit a career-high three homers and drove in seven runs for the Rangers, who tied a season-high with six home runs. Teixeira hit a sacrifice fly in the first inning, a solo homer in the sixth, a two-run shot in the eighth and a three-run drive in the ninth. The seven RBIs tied a career high. Teixeira has 12 homers, four in his last two games.
Brad Wilkerson hit his 14th homer and drove in four runs, and Rod Barajas also homered for the Rangers. Vicente Padilla (9-5) gave up one run and four hits in seven innings to win his third straight start.
Daniel Cabrera (4-7) allowed four runs, six hits and five walks in 5 1-3 innings. The right-hander is 0-5 in his last six starts and leads the AL with 75 walks in 85 2-3 innings.
Tigers 6, Royals 4: At Detroit, Ivan Rodriguez homered and the Tigers rallied with a five-run fifth inning. Jeremy Bonderman (9-4) allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings, walking a season-high five and striking out eight. Todd Jones finished for his 24th save.
Kansas City got home runs from Tony Graffanino and Mark Teahen, who also tripled, but Teahen, the third baseman, committed two errors on the same play during the decisive fifth inning. Brandon Duckworth (1-2) allowed six runs — three earned — and six hits in 4 2-3 innings.
Indians 6, Twins 4: At Minneapolis, Casey Blake, Jhonny Peralta and Travis Hafner homered against Francisco Liriano, who came into the game with a league-leading 1.83 ERA. Liriano (10-2) lost for the first time in seven starts, allowing one-fourth of the 12 home runs he has given up in his 117-inning career. He gave up five hits and five runs (four earned) in five innings.
Cliff Lee (9-6) got his sixth victory in eight outings — giving up five hits, three runs (two earned) in 5 2-3 innings. Kelly Shoppach hit a homer for Cleveland in the ninth off Jesse Crain.
Nick Punto’s RBI double off Guillermo Mota pulled the Twins within 5-4 in the seventh, but Fausto Carmona worked a scoreless eighth and Bob Wickman did the same in the ninth for his 14th save.


Success for Cortland stickers

By Taney Beaumont
SYRACUSE — A team of players who will return to the Cortland High varsity boys’ lacrosse team in the spring went 3-1 Sunday in the Summer Shootout high school tournament at Syracuse University’s Hookway Fields.
The Cortland squad fell to Tully 6-3 in its first game, then scored a 7-6 victory over Adirondack Gold (a team of alternates from the Adirondack Region’s Empire State Games team) and shaded Carthage by the same 7-6 score before an 8-5 victory over Syracuse CBA, this past season’s sectional Class B champion and state runner-up.
“It was a good tournament for us,” Cortland coach John Spallone said. “The kids played well, and they had four tough games. It was some pretty nice off-season work, and a good percentage of the returning kids (for next season) were there. It was a nice opportunity to get them together to play.”




Finucane adds all-state catcher to resume

The honors keep coming for Sean Finucane.
The former Cortland High catcher, who graduated in June, has been named to the second team of the Class A All-State Baseball squad by the New York State Sports Writers Association. Finucane, who was also honored as All-CNY Player of the Year and an OHSL Freedom American Division first-teamer, hit safely in 23 straight games en route to a .535 average (38-for-71) this past spring with 10 home runs, 11 doubles, 36 RBIs and 35 runs to lead CHS in each category as the Purple Tigers finished 12-6 in league play and 15-9 overall. He will continue his career at Division II Southern Connecticut State this fall.
He was joined on the all-state second team by senior pitcher Jeff Hains of Mexico, who went 6-0 with a 1.32 ERA for the Tigers this past season, and Maine-Endwell senior pitcher Bob VanWoert.
Chris Edmondson, a senior catcher from Johnson City, was named to the Class A first team.
Other local Class A all-staters from Section 3 were Indian River senior pitcher Tom Coleman, third team; Vernon-Verona-Sherrill senior shortstop Dewey Van Slyke, fourth team and sectional champion Syracuse CBA teammates Jesse Sikorski (junior first baseman, fifth team) and Matt Hardy (senior pitcher, sixth team).