Boston Red Sox defeat Minnesota Twins, 3-2

No one was coming out of the bullpen to start the ninth inning.

Clay Buchholz trotted back out to the mound. He had thrown just 100 pitches, controlling one of the better offenses in the American League. He was as efficient as he had been all season, a performance even better than his masterful one over a lesser offense in Toronto April 27.

He wasn’t allowed to finish what he had started, though, as Denard Span ended Buchholz’s evening with a broken-bat infield single t...

The Red Sox waited until the final days of spring training to send righthanded reliever Joe Nelson to the minors. The 35-year-old pitched well, but was bumped out of a roster spot by Scott Schoeneweis.

Manager Terry Francona predicted at the time that Nelson would get called up to the majors this season, saying a need would inevitably arise.

That came true yesterday when Josh Beckett was placed on the 15-day disabled list, Tim Wakefield returned to the rotation, and ...