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Jason Johnson designated to make room for Foulke
The Red Sox have activated former closer Keith Foulke and designated starter Jason Johnson for assignment. Johnson got the loss today for the Sox against the Yankees, his eighth consecutive losing decision, stretching back to before he came to Boston. Johnson is now 3-12 on the season with the Red Sox and Cleveland.
Foulke has been disabled since June 13 with elbow problems. At his best, Foulke can be tough on left-handed hitters, which the Red Sox need, since they have no lefties currently in the bullpen.
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Game one: Yankees 12, Red Sox 4
Johnny Damon had three hits, including a two-run home run that broke a 1-1 fifth-inning tie, as the New York Yankees routed the Red Sox in the opener of today's double header at Fenway Park.
The Yankees offense totalled 17 hits, including four by Bobby Abreu and three by Derek Jeter (the top three hitters in the New York lineup were 10-for-17). The Red Sox' offense was led by Eric Hinske, who was appearing in his first game with the club and hit three doubles.
Chien-Ming Wang pitched six innings for the victory. Jason Johnson struggled again for the Red Sox, taking the loss and failing to get out of the fifth inning.
The Yankees now lead the Red Sox by 2 1/2 games in the American League East.
Tonight's matchup features Jon Lester for the Sox and Sidney Ponson for the Yankees. It will begin around 8 p.m.
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