Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Sox Win 6-5, Send Alfredo Aceves Down to Triple-A
The Red Sox got a big win on the field Wednesday, beating the Oakland A's 6-5. But it was Sox fans who got the bigger win when they heard the news of Alfredo Aceves' departure from Boston to Triple-A Pawtucket.
The Red Sox bats lifted Jon Lester to a 6-5 win, matching the A's three-run fourth inning and following it up with a three-run fifth. The other two runs for Oakland were split between Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara. To wrap the game up, Andrew Bailey struck out the side in the ninth giving the Sox their 14th victory on the season.
Lester has already earned his fourth win in 2013. It took until June 16 of last season for him to notch four.
As for another Red Sox starter, Aceves will not be given a chance to earn a win anytime soon for Boston as he was sent down to Triple-A Pawtucket following Wednesday's game. The team has given him a 72-hour window to report to the minor league affiliate, but some signs are pointing towards a potential deal in the works.
Aceves got smacked around by the A's on Tuesday night, giving up seven earned runs in 3.1 innings -- the shortest of his career -- and placed the blame on the weather conditions and a hole dug in the mound by opposing starter Bartolo Colon.
"It's hard to figure out what you're going to get out of Alfredo on a given day," manager John Farrell said following the rough outing. The Red Sox will call up Ryan Lavarnway to fill the roster spot until John Lackey returns from the strained bicep his pitching arm;