One that got away
Tommy Everidge collected his first career hit in his first major league game in the ninth inning off closer Jonathan Papelbon, who allowed three runs - two earned - as the Athletics plated three in the frame to tie the game, 7-7. For Papelbon, who's had a quite ordinary 2009 after several extraordinary seasons in the not-so distant past, it was a season high for runs allowed and the seventh time he's given up at lea st one earned run in a game this year.
Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield played catch yesterday for the first time since being placed on the disabled list on July 9 with a back strain. The throwing session was said to have gone very well. ... Daisuke Matsuzaka claims the Red Sox training regimen is to blame for his fatigue, but pitching coach John Farrell defended the regimen and instead claimed that Matsuzaka has not yet been able to fully adapt to the season-long rigors of Major League Baseball. Matsuzaka will be examined by team doctors in Fort Myers, Fla. when the team is in Tampa Aug. 4-5.
Odds and Ends
The Red Sox yesterday acquired outfielder Brian Anderson, a 2003 first-round selection (15th overall) who owns a .225 career batting average, from the Chicago White Sox for recently-designated outfielder/first baseman Mark Kotsay. In 65 games with the White Sox this season, the 27-year-old Anderson batted .238 with two home runs and 13 RBIs. ... In his post-game press conference, manager Terry Francona explained that David Ortiz was pinch hit for by Adam LaRoche in the seventh inning because he had to accompany his daughter to the hospital on what was hoped to be a "precautionary visit."
... The Red Sox bullpen had not allowed a run in 25.1 innings prior to the seventh inning, when Ramon Ramirez gave up a run.