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Nomar Helps A’s Beat Red Sox

Nomar Garciaparra last played for the Red Sox in July 2004 before he was traded to the Cubs in a four-way deal that brought Orlando Cabrera and Doug Mientkiewicz…and eventually a World Series Title to Boston. From August 2004-April 2009, Nomar had never faced his former team, until Monday night.

The former Red Sox All-Star shortstop went 1-4 with a home run against Sox lefty Jon Lester, who was not very impressive for the second straight start. Lester allowed six runs on 10 hits in 6.0 innings, bringing his season ERA to a putrid 9.00. Most of the damage was done in the second inning, when Lester allowed five runs on five hits and a hit batter.

Sox Stud of the Game

Kevin Youkilis, 1B: What a surprise! Kevin Youkilis has become a mainstay as the Sox Stud of the Game, and for good reason. He was the only man with two hits, going 2-4 with a double and a HR, dropping his batting average to .519.

Sox Dud of the Game

Jon Lester, SP: What more can I say? Lester was battered around in the second inning, and that led to the majority of the A’s offense. One bad inning can kill a pitcher. But hey, look a the bright side: Lester didn’t walk anyone so he was all over the strike zone, which is good except for the fact he was very hittable…

Game Notes

  • Former Yankees 1B Jason Giambi went 2-3 with a double and two RBIs.
  • Matt Holliday went 3-4 with two RBIs.
  • Nomar got the start at third base for the A’s.
  • Dallas Braden allowed two runs on six hits in 6.0 IP for the win.

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  1. [...] The Red Sox losing streak continued as the road trip waned in Oakland as Jon Lester still has not found the form he had in last year’s break out campaign.  The lefty struggled through the second as he allowed two solo home runs, capped by old friend Nomar Garciaparra’s, to bookend a five run inning in the eventual 8-2 loss. [...]

    Posted by Red Sox Sweep Orioles to Win First Series of Season | Sports of Boston | April 20, 2009, 5:57 pm

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