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Posted by Tony Massarotti, Globe Staff  April 20, 2009 11:20 AM

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SOX WIN, 12-1

Itís over. Jones allowed one baserunner -- on an error by Gil Velazquez. Time of game was 3 hours, 13 minutes. Attendance was 37,865 -- the 476th consecutive Fenway sellout.

Any shot the Bruins win by the same score tonight?

HUNTER JONES LIVES! (2:10 p.m., MID 8, SOX LEAD 12-1)

The Red Sox just went down 1-2-3 in the virtual blink of an eye, bringing us to . . . the major league debut of Hunter Jones. Wearing No. 62 -- but without his Kurt Rambis-like goggles -- Jones replaces Javier Lopez. He will be repaired with George Kottaras, who has replaced Jason Varitek.

THREE OUTS TO GO (2:05 p.m., MID 8, SOX LEAD 12-1)

Javier Lopez just made it though the eighth without allowing a run, stranding two runners. No one up in the Sox bullpen for the ninth. WHERE IS HUNTER JONES?

ITíS OFFICIAL: PATRIOTS DAY BLOWOUT (1:50 p.m., END 7, SOX LEAD 12-1)

Looks like the game is going to end as it started -- as a blowout. The Sox started by pushing across three more runs on RBI hits by Mike Lowell, Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia to chase reliever Radhames (pronounced RAD-A-MUS) Liz and push the lead to 9-1. Radhames hit two batters in the inning while allowing three hits and walk before giving way to Matt Albers.

With Albers in the game, Kevin Youkilis blooped an RBI single to right before Chris Carter hit a sacrifice fly, extending the score to 11-1. Jason Bay and Mike Lowell followed with hits to make it 12-1 before Jason Varitek struck out to end the inning.

OKAJIMA IN, OíS DOWN (1:26 p.m., MID 7, SOX LEAD 6-1)

Hideki Okajima replaced Manny Delcarmen with Gregg Zaun (walk) at first base and two outs, then struck out Felix Pie to end the inning. The Red Sox seem to be in complete control of this game, and have been throughout. Presumably, Okajima will remain in the game for the eighth.

Hunter Jones, anyone?

ORTIZ STRIKES, SOX PAD LEAD (1:14 p.m., END 6, SOX LEAD 6-1)

With a little help from the Orioles, the Red Sox just extended their lead to 6-1. Again, Baltimore was not charged with an error in the inning, but the Sox got an infield hit from Jason Varitek and another single from Jacoby Ellsbury, whose grounder went under the glove of second baseman Brian Roberts. Dustin Pedroia took full advantage, lining a two-out single to right center that gave the Sox a 4-1 edge.

One batter later, David Ortiz laced a two-run triple to the 379-foot marker that blew the game open and gave the Sox a 6-1 edge.

SOX, DELCARMEN TURN 2 (12:56 p.m., MID 6, SOX LEAD 3-1)

After Nick Green was charged with an error on Aubrey Huffís broken-bat squibber, Manny Delcarmen got Ty Wigginton to hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning, leaving Justin Masterson in position for a win. Delcarmen has yet to allow a run this season in 7 2/3 innings and the Red Sox bullpen continues to march on.

Dennis Sarfate has replaced Hendrickson on the mound for the Oís.

MASTERSON DONE, DELCARMEN ENTERING (12:50p.m.)

Well, Justin Masterson just equaled Daisuke Matsuzakaís longest outing of the season, lasting 5 1/2 innings before allowing a single to Nick Markakis on his 84th pitch. Manny Delcarmen is on the way into the game to face Aubrey Huff with one out.

SOX STRAND TWO (12:43 p.m., END 5, SOX LEAD 3-1)

Jason Bay just grounded out to strand two runners, leaving the game at 3-1. Dustin Pedroia led off the inning with a double before Hendrickson retired David Ortiz (flyout). The Oís then intentionally walked Kevin Youkilis before Hendrickson struck out Chris Carter and retired Bay.

Masterson has taken the mound for the sixth. Manny Delcarmen is up warming in the Boston bullpen in the event the Sox need help in the middle of the inning.

MASTERSON CRUISING ALONG (12:33 p.m., MID 5, SOX LEAD 3-1)

Well, Justin Masterson has lasted at least as long as Daisuke Matsuzaka would have. Masterson just completed a 1-2-3 fifth and is in position for a win. Indications are that he will remain in the game for the sixth inning as there is no activity in the Boston bullpen.

One more note on Baldelli: Fenway Park obviously has a spacious right field, which makes it interesting that manager Terry Francona would employ Carter over J.D. Drew, who is a much better outfielder. The best guess is that Francona wants to get Carter some playing time, but weíll try to find out more after the game.

BALDELLI OUT, SOX DOWN IN ORDER (12:24 p.m., END 4, SOX LEAD 3-1)

Donít look now, but Mark (The Bishop) Hendrickson just retired the side in order with two strikeouts and now has struck out three of the last four Red Sox batters to face him.

More important, Rocco Baldelli is out of the game, replaced by Chris Carter in right field to start the fourth inning. Baldelli was diagnosed with a mild hamstring strain that occurred while he was zipping to third on Nick Markakisís three-base error. Obviously, this is the kind of thing Baldelli is susceptible to given his recent health history.

MASTERSON AT 56 PITCHES THROUGH 4 (12:20 p.m., MID 4, SOX LEAD 3-1)

The Orioles just got two more base runners, but one was erased on a double play and the other was stranded at first. Justin Masterson is now at 56 pitches through four innings, making six innings a realistic target. He has recorded 9 of 12 outs via ground balls or strikeouts.

OíS STOP BLEEDING (12:10 p.m., END 3, SOX LEAD 3-1)

Whatever it is that has infected the Orioles, itís spreading. Nick Markakis is one of the teamís more gifted all-around players, but he just turned a deep Rocco Baldelli fly into a two-out, three-base error. Jason Bay subsequently walked, but Hendrickson struck out Mike Lowell to prevent any damage.

OH MY HEAD -- OíS SCORE (11:57 a.m., MID 3, SOX LEAD 3-1)

The Orioles pushed across a run, but it was not without sacrifice. Cesar Izturisís infield single scored Robert Andino from third to make it a 3-1 game. Andino was in the game only because Ryan Freel (infield single, bunted to second) had to leave after a Masterson pickoff throw hit him in the back of the head. With Adam Jones already out, the Orioles bench is disappearing.

Masterson is at 44 pitches through four, a good number. He is on an approximate 80-pitch limit

VARITEK GOES DEEP (11:42 a.m. , END 2, SOX LEAD 3-0)

The beat goes on. Jason Varitek led off the inning with a missile over the wall in left center, extending the Boston advantage to 3-0. Varitek now has three homers, tied for the team lead. This one came righthanded, making him 3 for 9 with a homer and double from the right side this season.

PROGRESS FOR OíS (11:33 a.m., MID 2, SOX LEAD 2-0)

When youíre a team like the uh-Oís, progress comes in small steps. Baltimore didnít score in the second, but the Oís got one ball out of the infield (flyout) and managed one base runner (Luke Scott, walk). Next inning, maybe theyíll actually get a man in scoring position!

So far, so good for Masterson, who has recorded 4 of 6 outs via ground ball or strikeout.

PATRIOTS DAY BLOWOUT? (11:25 a.m., END 1, SOX LEAD 2-0)

Patriots Day has produced some epic blowouts over the years Ö maybe weíre on the way to another? Getting no help from his defense, Mark Hendrickson gave up two runs in the first -- on an RBI double by David Ortiz, the other on a groundout by Rocco Baldelli -- as the Sox jumped to a 2-0 edge. The Orioles did not commit an error in the inning, but shortstop Cesar Izturis and left fielder Luke Scott had plays that seemed like reasonable chances and instead ended up as doubles (by Jacoby Ellsbury and Ortiz).

Masterson already has a lead to work with.

MASTERSON ON TARGET (11:15 a.m., MID 1, NO SCORE)

After throwing 42 of 60 pitches for strikes in relief of Daisuke Matsuzaka last week, Justin Masterson has picked up right where he left off. Masterson threw 9 of 12 pitches for strikes in a 1-2-3 inning, getting help from a diving Dustin Pedroia on the inningís final play. Ranging to his right, Pedroia took a hit away from Nick Markakis.

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