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Red Sox spoil Youkilis' return to Fenway; Ortiz injures Achilles

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BOSTON -- It was almost perfect for Boston Red Sox fans: They cheered Kevin Youkilis early in the game and enjoyed a late-inning rally by their team. A limping David Ortiz just put a bit of a damper on the nice night.

Adrian Gonzalez spoiled Youkilis' return to Fenway Park, hitting a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth inning of a 5-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Monday.

The Red Sox traded Youkilis on June 24, sending the three-time All-Star and cash to Chicago for utilityman Brent Lillibridge and a minor league pitcher. Youkilis went 3 for 4 with two doubles in his first game back at his longtime home.

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Youkilis was serenaded with chants of "Yooooouk" when he stepped to the plate in the first.

"It was a great ovation. It was just a cool thing from the fans," he said. "I can't thank them enough for all the support they've given me."

The Red Sox received a scare when Ortiz came up limping after rounding second on Gonzalez's homer and limped badly all the way to the dugout.

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said he'll have an MRI on his right Achilles on Tuesday.

"He's little upset and a little sore, but it doesn't look he pulled anything or tore anything," he said. "It's probably going to be some days, though. It's that Achilles. You know, he's had the heel and where the Achilles attaches in the back of the heel. I guess he's had it in the past."

Ortiz spoke briefly and was somewhat encouraged.

"Yeah, I got sore, but I didn't feel any pop, so that's a good sign," he said. "I iced it so it's not as bad as it was."

Carl Crawford returned to Boston's lineup after missing the entire season with left elbow and wrist injuries, going 1 for 3 with a walk.

Crawford and Ortiz opened the eighth with consecutive walks against Leyson Septimo (0-1). Gonzalez then hit a drive into the seats above the Green Monster for just his seventh homer of the season.

Vicente Padilla (3-0) worked one inning for the win, and Alfredo Aceves finished the game.

Ortiz had a walk and single, giving him 10 straight with at least one hit and a walk to set a club record. Ted Williams held the previous mark, going nine straight in 1950.

Youkilis received a warm welcome when he walked up to the plate before his first at-bat. The burly third baseman took off his helmet, turned and waved to all corners.

He then singled up the middle against Aaron Cook. Adam Dunn followed with a grounder to second and Youkilis kept going toward an uncovered third with a shifted infield. First baseman Gonzalez then fired the ball into left for an error, allowing Youkilis to score.

"It was nice," Chicago manager Robin Ventura said. "I think everyone kind of kind of expected that for what he's done here."

Crawford singled in the bottom half and scored on Gonzalez's single to right.

Both starters were solid. Cook allowed five hits in seven innings and is 2-1 with a 1.67 ERA in four starts since coming off the disabled after getting spiked and cutting his left knee covering home plate.

"Me and Youk grew up together in the Cincinnati area," Cook said. "We were on the same travel team for three years. Today is pretty special."

Chicago's Dylan Axelrod matched his career high with eight strikeouts and yielded seven hits in 6 2/3 innings.

The Red Sox, who took two of three at Tampa Bay over the weekend, opened a seven-game homestand.

Notes

  • White Sox LHP John Danks, out with a mild muscle strain in his shoulder, played long toss and was encouraged by the results. "I feel like I'm making progress," he said before the game. "[Tuesday] we're going to try doing the same, Wednesday off and Thursday push it back a little farther. Thursday will tell a lot." He went on the 15-day disabled list in May and figured he would be back by now.
  • Red Sox CF Jacoby Ellsbury played his fourth straight game since coming off the DL Friday against Tampa Bay. He was sidelined since mid-April with an injured right shoulder.
 
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Adrian Gonzalez breaks a 1-1 tie in the eighth inning with a three-run home run. (Getty Images)
Adrian Gonzalez breaks a 1-1 tie in the eighth inning with a three-run home run. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Boston

A. Gonzalez
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Chicago

K. Youkilis
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alejandro De Aza, CF4000000 .276
Kevin Youkilis, 3B4130010 .261
Adam Dunn, DH4000002 .212
Paul Konerko, 1B3000101 .318
Alex Rios, RF4000001 .316
A.J. Pierzynski, C3020000 .296
Dayan Viciedo, LF3000001 .258
Alexei Ramirez, SS3000002 .263
Gordon Beckham, 2B3000000 .239
Totals3115011  
Batting
2B - Kevin Youkilis 2 (11, Cook, Cook)
Team LOB - 4
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dylan Axelrod 6.2711080 5.30
Leyson Septimo (L,0-1) 0.1133201 7.20
Nate Jones 1211010 3.57
WP - Nate Jones (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Dylan Axelrod 109-71, Leyson Septimo 18-6, Nate Jones 20-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dylan Axelrod 7-5, Nate Jones 1-1
Batters Faced - Dylan Axelrod 27, Leyson Septimo 4, Nate Jones 5
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4000013 .250
Carl Crawford, LF3210101 .333
    Daniel Nava, LF0000000 .265
David Ortiz, DH3110110 .316
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4124000 .288
Cody Ross, RF4120022 .263
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4000034 .231
Will Middlebrooks, 3B4000021 .294
Mike Aviles, SS4011000 .266
Pedro Ciriaco, 2B4030001 .464
Totals34510529  
Batting
2B - Cody Ross (15, Axelrod), Pedro Ciriaco (3, Axelrod)
HR - Adrian Gonzalez (7, Septimo)
RBI - Adrian Gonzalez 4 (50), Mike Aviles (47)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Aviles (21)
SB - Mike Aviles (10, 2nd base off Jones/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Aviles-Gonzalez, Gonzalez-Aviles-Aceves
E - Aaron Cook (2, Throwing), Adrian Gonzalez (4, Throwing)
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Aaron Cook 7510000 3.34
Vicente Padilla (W,3-0) 1000010 3.71
Alfredo Aceves 1000100 4.05
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Cook 97-66, Vicente Padilla 13-12, Alfredo Aceves 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Cook 15-6, Vicente Padilla 1-1, Alfredo Aceves 1-1
Batters Faced - Aaron Cook 26, Vicente Padilla 3, Alfredo Aceves 3
Game Information
Attendance - 38334
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Manny Gonzalez, Third Base - Paul Schrieber