Boston Red Sox defeat Baltimore Orioles, 2-1

When the train headed from Boston to New York last night, bound for the All-Star Game in Yankee Stadium, Daisuke Matsuzaka was not among the many Red Sox with a seat.

There was no need because, even with a sparkling 10-1 record and 2.65 ERA after yesterday's game, Matsuzaka was not extended an invitation to the Midsummer Classic. And to anyone who has watched a Matsuzaka start, not just checked out a line score, that was hardly a surprise.

Matsuzaka beat the Orioles, 2-...

BOSTON—David Ortiz is getting ready to return to a first-place team.

Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched six scoreless innings and the Boston Red Sox reclaimed the AL East lead going into the All-Star break, defeating the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 Sunday.

The Red Sox moved a half-game ahead of Tampa Bay and took the division lead for the first time since June 28. Boston trailed by a season-high five games last weekend, then won five of six while the Rays lost seven in a row.

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BOSTON - The matchups appeared to favor the Orioles each time third baseman Melvin Mora stepped to the plate yesterday. Their leading hitter with runners in scoring position at .355, he batted five times with a chance to put his stamp on the game. And five times, he failed to produce in a 2-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox.

Mora ended the first, third, fifth and seventh and ninth innings, stranding 11 men in the process.

Before yesterday, Mora was hitting .406 with two o...

BOSTON - For the next three days, most of the Orioles can forget about baseball and concentrate on other aspects of their lives. Their only representative in the All-Star Game, closer George Sherrill, won't have that luxury, but the rest of them could use the mental escape.

They were in a rush to get started yesterday, showering and dressing quickly before scattering across the country. The post-game meal was inhaled more than it was chewed. Clothing and equipment were ...

A recap of the Orioles' 2-1 loss to the Red Sox yesterday:

Can't cash in

It's not as if the Orioles couldn't put runners on base against Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka. They just couldn't push them across the plate. They got a single and a walk in the first inning. They got a walk and stolen base in the second. They got two singles and a walk in the third. They loaded the bases in the fifth on two walks and a hit batter. And they were down 2-0 going into the botto...