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Saturday, August 2, 2008

Jason Bay cures Cancer and AIDS before banging Jessica Biel

You can't ask for much more in a debut. The Red Sox (62-48) outlasted the A's (53-55) last night 2-1 in 12 innings and everyone's new favorite player Jason Bay figured prominently in the win.

Missing a home run by a few feet on the Monster, Bay had a triple in the 12th off A's reliever Alan Embree. J.D. Drew (2 hits, 3 walks) was walked intentionally then rookie Jed Lowrie (2 hits, 2 RBIs) came through with the first walk-off hit of his career.

It was an infield hit up the middle that went over Embree and Lowrie beat shortstop Bobby Crosby's throw to first. Bay scored the winning run in his first game in Boston and also had a few nice plays in left field.

Tim Wakefield and Justin Duchscherer dueled for the first six innings. Both ended up with no-decisions but they each deserved better. Duchscherer went six innings, allowing a run on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Wakefield lasted 6.1 innings, giving up four hits, three walks and four strikeouts.

After walking in his first career at bat for the Sox, Bay eventually came around to score the first run of the game on Lowrie's sacrifice fly in the second.

Jack Cust hit a opposite field bomb off Hideki Okajima in the eighth and then the Sox squandered a few great chances to end it before the 12th.

Mike Lowell left in the 12th with a right hip strain. Kevin Youkilis had three hits. Jonathan Papelbon pitched two scoreless innings and Mike Timlin (4-3) worked the 12th for the win.

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