Beckett, Ortiz, lead Red Sox to 4-0 victory over Angels in playoff opener

first_img“He’s a guy that wants to be great,” said Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell, who came to Boston from the Marlins in the same trade as Beckett. “He doesn’t want to be pretty good. He wants to be the best guy that takes the mound. That’s what you want from your ace.” It was Beckett’s first postseason appearance since blanking the New York Yankees on three days’ rest to clinch the `03 Series for Florida. The last pitcher with consecutive postseason shutouts was current teammate Curt Schilling, who accomplished the feat with the Phillies in 1993 and Arizona in 2001. “You don’t change a lot of things just because now you’re in the postseason,” Beckett said. “You do what made you successful to get here.” Boston rookie Daisuke Matsuzaka will face Kelvim Escobar in Game 2 on Friday. The only 20-game winner in the majors this year, Beckett struck out eight and walked none to improve to 3-2 with a 1.74 ERA in the postseason. He threw 83 of his 108 pitches for strikes and started 21 of the last 23 batters with first-pitch strikes, including 15 in a row. “He was throwing the ball better than he has at any point in the season. He was in control of himself,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. “That was a great performance.” Beckett has two shutouts in 166 regular-season starts – and three in six postseason starts. He became the first Boston pitcher to toss a postseason shutout since Luis Tiant beat Cincinnati 6-0 with a five-hitter in the opener of the 1975 World Series. The victory was Boston’s seventh straight in the postseason over the California-Anaheim-Los Angeles Angels, having come back from a 3-1 deficit to win in the 1986 playoffs and then sweeping them in the 2004 best-of-five first round. It was Ortiz who eliminated the Angels with a 10th-inning, series-ending homer in 2004. He hurt them again this year. Kevin Youkilis homered in the first off Los Angeles ace John Lackey, then doubled with one out in the third. Ortiz, who needed a cortisone shot in his ailing right knee on Saturday, followed with his ninth postseason homer to make it 3-0. “This is his time of year, too,” Youkilis said. “For David to come out and have a big hit is always good. Because when David’s confidence is high, this team succeeds.” Lackey won 19 games in the regular season – second only to Beckett – but he couldn’t keep up on Wednesday. Lackey allowed four runs, nine hits and two walks, striking out four in six innings. “With Beckett pitching that way, it’s going to be tough,” Lackey said. “You’ve got to hold down that kind of lineup with not getting much from your side.” Indeed, Beckett was on top of his game – just like last time against the Yankees. He gave up a leadoff single to Chone Figgins and then retired the next 19 batters. The 6-foot-5 right-hander allowed a single to Vladimir Guerrero with one out in the seventh and the crowd applauded politely, as if a no-hitter had been broken up. Howie Kendrick singled in the seventh and Guerrero had another hit with two outs in the ninth. But Beckett got Garret Anderson to fly out to center field, and the Red Sox were celebrating another playoff victory over the Angels. “Beckett was about as good as we’ve seen him,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “I don’t think you’re going to be able to pitch a much better game than that.” Lackey had some October success of his own, winning Game 7 of the `02 Series as a rookie to clinch the title for the Angels. But this right-handed Texan also had a more ominous history to live down: He is 1-7 against the Red Sox and 1-5 at Fenway Park, and on Wednesday his struggles continued. After Ortiz’s homer in the third, Lackey walked Manny Ramirez and put him on second with a wild pitch before Lowell’s single made it 4-0. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BOSTON – Josh Beckett waited four years between postseason starts. When he got back on the mound, nothing much changed. He’s still Mr. Zero when October rolls around. The 2003 World Series MVP pitched his second consecutive postseason shutout Wednesday night, backed by a two-run homer from David Ortiz that helped the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-0 in their AL playoff opener. Beckett retired 19 consecutive batters after a leadoff single, allowing just four hits to run his postseason scoreless streak to 18 innings. His three postseason shutouts tie Whitey Ford and Mordecai Brown for second on the career list, one behind Christy Mathewson. last_img

5 held in connection with killing, gang rape off Yamuna Expressway

first_img The police came to know through media reports that the woman suspected the role of neighbours and detained the men late on Thursday night, said Jewar Police Station in charge Rajpal Tomar.According to the police, the woman later clarified that she named the neighbour(s) out of sheer anger. With this set of neighbours, the police have figured out a property related dispute between the two families.On the progress of the probe thus far, the police said the gangs active on the Yamuna Expressway and adjoining areas remained the prime suspects for them.“We will get a final statement recorded before the magistrate on Saturday,” added Mr. Tomar.Several teams are probing the incident that took place in a field alongside the road linking Jewar to Bulandhahr, barely 1.2 km off the Yamuna Expressway. A scrap dealer was shot dead and the four women were gang-raped by a group of six men. They also allegedly took away cash and jewelleryThe special task force officers were not available for comments. ‘They pulled the trigger and silenced him’ A special task force of the police on Friday afternoon picked up five men for questioning in connection with the gunning down of a man, gang rape of four women and alleged robbery in a field off the Yamuna Expressway in Uttar Pradesh in the early hours of Thursday. Police had detained the five for questioning on Thursday night, but let them off later.  Initially, police said, the five were questioned because one of the women told media that she had identified three of the six assailants as her neighbours. She, however, retracted the statement a day later.The FIR that was registered on the statement of one of the men in the vehicle in which seven others, including the women, were travelling said the suspects were stranger to them and the women could recognise them.Also Readlast_img read more

Tripura to set up museum to showcase R.D. Burman’s work

first_imgThe Tripura government on Saturday announced that a museum to showcase the work of celebrated music composer R.D. Burman would be built. Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb conveyed the decision to singing icon Asha Bhosle, wife of the maestro.He requested her to inaugurate the museum after its completion. “I have also invited her to Tripura, land of Pancham da (as late R.D. Buram was popularly known) on behalf of the 37 lakhs people of the State,” Mr. Deb said.“Ashaji accepted the invitation.”Commitment to artsThe Chief Minister said his government was committed to promote the art and culture in every possible way.Members of the Tripura royal family, R.D. Burman and his celebrated music composer father S.D. Burman paid only a few visits to the State in their lifetime owing to the busy engagements in Bollywood.last_img read more

Katie Ledecky wins 4 events at Swim Series meet

first_imgAnton Ipsen won the men’s 1,500 in 15:16.19 for his third title of the week. He earlier won the 400 and 800 freestyles.Other winners of multiple races included Michael Andrew in the men’s 50 backstroke and 50 freestyle, Annie Lazor in the women’s 100 and 200 breaststrokes, Simone Manuel in the women’s 50 and 100 freestyles, Ryan Murphy in the men’s 100 and 200 backstrokes, Josh Prenot in the men’s 400 individual medley and 200 breaststroke and Regan Smith in the women’s 100 and 200 backstrokes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars United States’ Katie Ledecky leaves the hall after winning the gold in the women’s 800-meter freestyle final during the swimming competitions of the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary. APKNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Katie Ledecky won the 1,500-meter freestyle Saturday for her fourth individual title of the week in a TYR Pro Swim Series meet.Ledecky finished in 15 minutes, 45.59 seconds. The five-time Olympic gold medalist won the 200 freestyle, 400 individual medley and 400 freestyle earlier in the four-day event at the University of Tennessee’s Allan Jones Aquatic Center.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Mavericks guard JJ Barea has season-ending Achilles tear Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? View commentslast_img read more

Asian Games: Neha replaces Pooja in TT

first_imgPaddler Neha Aggarwal (in pic) has been included in the Asian Games squad after Pooja Sahasrabudhe pulled out due to personal reasons. The 10-member table tennis team will be spearheaded by Sharath Kamal. “The team was selected on the basis of the players’ national and international ranking besides taking into account their current form,” Bhawani Mukherjee told MAIL TODAY.Squad: Men: A. Sharath Kamal, Soumyajit Ghosh, Harmeet Desai, Anthony Amalraj & Sanil Shetty. Women: Ankita Das, Madhurika Patkar, Poulomi Ghatak, Manika Batra and Neha Aggarwal.last_img read more