Red Sox send Jered Weaver to first loss, now 5-0 against Angels

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The Red Sox are struggling against everyone else, but they beat Jered Weaver and moved to 5-0 against the Angels with a victory on Monday.

Since the beginning of 2010, the Red Sox are an incredible 14-1 versus the Angels.

Weaver, who had been 6-0 this season, was undone by a outstanding at-bat from Dustin Pedroia with two outs in the fifth. Pedroia fouled off eight pitches before delivering a two-run single on the 13th pitch of the confrontation, giving Boston a 3-2 lead.

Weaver came back out for the sixth even though he was at 103 pitches, and he ended up turning in a quality start. However, the Red Sox broke it open in the seventh, scoring six times off Hisanori Takahashi and Francisco Rodriguez before ultimately winning 9-5.

The victory went to Clay Buchholz, who allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings despite struggling with a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand.

Both Buchholz and Weaver were originally scheduled to pitch over the weekend, only to have their starts pushed back because of illnesses.

With the win, the Red Sox are now 13-15. They’re 8-15 against everyone except the Angels, while the Halos are 16-8 versus everyone but Boston.

Jonny Venters is back in the majors

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The Rays announced on Wednesday that the club purchased the contract of lefty reliever Jonny Venters from Triple-A Durham. The 33-year-old hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 due to a continuous battle with arm injuries. The Rays note that he has undergone two and a half Tommy John surgeries, which is a number that seems to be in dispute.

Venters signed a minor league contract with the Rays in December. With Durham so far this season, he gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and five walks with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

Before the injuries, Venters was among the best relievers in 2010-11. In those two seasons, he posted a combined 1.89 ERA with 189 strikeouts and 82 walks in 171 innings.