MLB: Boston 2, Minnesota 1 (11 innings)

BOSTON, May 9 (UPI) -- Carl Crawford's double in the 11th inning drove in the winning run for Boston Monday, handing the Red Sox a 2-1 victory over Minnesota.

Bosox sign reliever Okajima to 1-year deal

BOSTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The Boston Red Sox said Monday they have signed relief pitcher Hideki Okajima to a one-year contract.

MLB: N.Y. Yankees 4, Boston 3 (10 innings)

NEW YORK, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Juan Miranda drew a bases-loaded walk from Hideki Okajima in the 10th inning Sunday, handing the New York Yankees a 4-3 win over Boston.

MLB: Seattle 4, Boston 2

SEATTLE, July 25 (UPI) -- Michael Saunders delivered a two-run single to cap an eighth-inning comeback and lift the Seattle Mariners to a 4-2 win over Boston.

MLB: Baltimore 4, Boston 3 (11 innings)

BALTIMORE, June 6 (UPI) -- Nick Markakis hit a game-winning single in the 11th Sunday, boosting Baltimore to a 4-3 win over Boston and breaking a 10-game Orioles losing streak.

MLB: Boston 3, Tampa Bay 1 (1st game)

BOSTON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Boston's Clay Buchholz limited Tampa Bay to a run and five hits in seven innings Sunday, leading a 3-1 Red Sox win in the first game of a doubleheader.

MLB: Boston 3, Toronto 2

BOSTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Clay Buchholz held the Blue Jays to a run and three hits in 8 1/3 innings Saturday in Boston's 3-2 win over Toronto.

MLB: Boston 6, Toronto 5

BOSTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Jonathan Papelbon struck out two batters with the bases loaded in the ninth Friday, allowing Boston to escape with a 6-5 victory over Toronto.

MLB: Boston 10, Toronto 9

TORONTO, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- David Ortiz had a homer, three RBI and three runs scored Tuesday to help the Boston Red Sox outslug the Toronto Blue Jays 10-9.

MLB: Boston 7, N.Y. Yankees 3

NEW YORK, May 5 (UPI) -- Jason Bay hit a three-run homer Tuesday, keying the Boston Red Sox' 7-3 victory over the New York Yankees.

MLB: Boston 2, Tampa Bay 0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Clutch pitching from Daisuke Matsuzaka and Justin Masterson Friday brought the Boston Red Sox a 2-0 win over Tampa Bay in Game 1 of the AL Championship Series.

MLB: Boston 3, Toronto 0

TORONTO, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Daisuke Matsuzaka combined with two relievers on a three-hit shutout Sunday in the Boston Red Sox' 3-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

MLB: Boston 5, Oakland 2

BOSTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Jed Lowrie hit a two-run triple and Coco Crisp added two RBI Sunday, fueling a 5-2 Boston win over Oakland that extended the A's losing streak to six games.

MLB: Boston 1, Minnesota 0

BOSTON, July 7 (UPI) -- Manny Ramirez had an RBI single in eighth inning Monday to give the Boston Red Sox a 1-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

MLB: Baltimore 10, Boston 6

BOSTON, June 10 (UPI) -- Aubrey Huff was 4-for-5 with two RBI Tuesday and the Baltimore Orioles out-slugged the Boston Red Sox 10-6.
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Hideki Okajima
Boston Red Sox pitcher Hideki Okajima warms up before the game against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts on April 20, 2008. (UPI Photo/Matthew Healey)

Hideki Okajima (岡島 秀樹, Okajima Hideki?, born December 25, 1975 in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto) is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher with the Boston Red Sox in the United States. He played with the Yomiuri Giants and Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball league from 1994-2006. He was elected to the 2007 Major League Baseball All-Star Game as a first time All-Star via the Monster All-Star Final Vote.

Okajima attended Higashiyama High School and pitched in the 1994 Koshien National High School Tournament. He was drafted in the third round in 1993 by the Yomiuri Giants of the Nippon Professional Baseball League. Okajima pitched mostly as a setup man, but sometimes played the role of a starter until 1999. When he played with the Giants in Japan, Okajima chose to go by the nickname "Okaji" instead of "Hideki" because there was Hideki Matsui, who preceded him on the Giants. Okajima's entrance song with the Giants was the Dixie Chicks' version of The Supremes' hit, "You Can't Hurry Love."

Okajima became the team's closer in 2000–2001, before returning to his setup role in 2002. He was traded to the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters right before the start of the 2006 season for two position players, and was a valuable lefty setup man for the team, pitching in 55 games, with a 2.14 ERA. The Fighters won the championship that year. In Japan, Okajima had a career record of 34–32 with a 3.36 ERA.

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