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The Yankees avenged their 4-1 loss to Boston on Saturday with a 4-1 win Sunday, sending the Red Sox to yet another series loss on the power of two Ichiro Suzuki homers.
Josh Beckett was not a complete disaster for the Red Sox like he has been in recent games, but he was far from impressive. Surrendering a two-out run in the first inning, Beckett found himself behind early and never really entirely settled down. Some bad defense from Ryan Lavarnway would help New York to push across another run in the third, leaving the Sox down 2-0 one third of the way through the game.
The real daggers for Josh Beckett's night, however, would come from an unusual source: Ichiro Suzuki. There is nothing so historically odd about Ichiro getting big hits, but this year he's hardly able to pick up singles with regularity. Against Beckett, however, the outfielder somehow stumbled upon a rarely-used power swing. A solo shot to right field in the fourth made it three runs in four innings for Beckett, and after the Boston starter managed to escape a bases loaded, one out jam in the fifth, Ichiro would strike for another solo shot in the sixth, leaving Beckett with four earned runs to his name in six innings.
Hiroki Kuroda, meanwhile, had been absolutely stifling. Where Beckett was getting behind in the count, Kuroda was getting ahead, mowing through the Boston lineup with ruthless efficiency. About the only positives the Sox saw were long at bats, and those were few and far between. Nick Punto got them their first hit in the third, but Jarrod Saltalamacchia didn't made it two until the fifth.
The only damage the Sox would manage to muster came in the seventh, when Adrian Gonzalez got a breaking ball that hung up just high enough for him to really turn on it. There was never any doubt that the long fly ball was headed into the stands, but it was good for just one run, leaving the Red Sox still trailing by three. With the Sox never really threatening again, they left New Yankee Stadium losers in yet another series.
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The Red Sox are out for a series win against the hated New York Yankees as they send Josh Beckett to the mound against Hiroki Kuroda.
We'll keep you up-to-date on all the action as it goes down in Fenway Park.
Yankees 4, Red Sox 1, End 8th -- Junichi Tazawa keeps the Sox in save range of the Yankees in the eighth, but they're staring a loss in the face right about now.
Yankees 4, Red Sox 1, Mid 8th -- The Sox are just three outs away from being the victims of a near-perfect revenge game. 4-1 was the score last night, with the one run coming from a solo shot.
Yankees 4, Red Sox 1, End 7th -- Andrew Miller does a good job in the bottom of the seventh, making up for a walk to Robinson Cano by striking out the next two batters he faced.
Yankees 4, Red Sox 1, Mid 7th -- A breaking ball hangs just a bit too high in the bottom half of the zone to Adrian Gonzalez, and he gets all of it, sending a long homer to right field--his second in two nights. Gonzalez has been much more consistent with his homers since July then he was in the first half of the year or in 2011, avoiding long droughts.
Yankees 4, Red Sox 0, End 6th -- Believe it or not, the fourth run comes on another Ichiro Suzuki home run. If Ichiro had played his whole career with that short right porch, he may have been a real monster at the plate.
Yankees 3, Red Sox 0, Mid 6th -- More impotence from the Red Sox lineup, as Hiroki Kuroda enjoys a 1-2-3 sixth. He's at 89 pitches, at least, so the Sox might see him tire some, but it's been a real struggle to get anything off of him.
Yankees 3, Red Sox 0, End 5th -- Josh Beckett gets into and out of a huge mess. With two singles and a walk loading the bases with just one out, Beckett fell behind Eric Chavez 3-0 and offered up a fastball over the plate to Eric Chavez. Much to Beckett's relief, Chavez managed only a pop-up into foul territory, getting the Boston starter his second out and making Raul Ibanez' fly ball an inning-ender.
Yankees 3, Red Sox 0, Mid 5th -- Jarrod Saltlamacchia gives the Sox just their second hit of the game with a single to center. Once again, though, Hiroki Kuroda is up to the task of stranding the runner without taking any damage.
Yankees 3, Red Sox 0, End 4th -- Beckett offers up a bad fastball to Ichiro Suzuki, and Suzuki turns it into a no-doubt homer to right field. He can do that when he's really feeling like it, but it probably doesn't hurt that Beckett is just awful right now.
Yankees 2, Red Sox 0, Mid 4th -- Three more ground balls have Hiroki Kuroda through the fourth. He's been unbelievable so far for the Yankees, much to Boston's chagrin.
Yankees 2, Red Sox 0, End 3rd -- Beckett coughs up another run in the third courtesy of another double from Derek Jeter, this time coming with one out. While Beckett manages to get the strikeouts he needs to escape the inning, they only come after a stolen base and wild pitch allow Jeter to come in to score the second New York run.
Yankees 1, Red Sox 0, Mid 3rd -- Nick Punto flairs a single into the outfield for the first Red Sox hit and baserunner of the night, but Jacoby Ellsbury strikes out behind him to end the inning.
Yankees 1, Red Sox 0, End 2nd -- Josh Beckett gives up some more loud contact, and Ryan Lavarnway gives Yankees fans something to jeer about when he airmails Nick Punto trying to go around the horn, but at least Beckett has a 1-2-3 inning under his belt.
Yankees 1, Red Sox 0, Mid 2nd -- Kuroda only gets better in the second, inducing a pop-up and ground ball around a strikeout of Ryan Lavarnway. The Sox need a Pedro Ciriaco at bat here real quick-like.
Yankees 1, Red Sox 0, End 1st -- Where Kuroda has been sharp, Josh Beckett has been miserable, and he too stays true to form in the first. His second pitch of the night is launched by Derek Jeter deep to center and over the outstretched arm of a running Jacoby Ellsbury for a double. While Beckett manages to strike out Robinson Cano after Nick Swisher moved Jeter to third, he couldn't keep the run out, giving up a line drive down the right field line to Curtis Granderson to put the Yankees up 1-0.
Red Sox 0, Yankees 0, Mid 1st -- Not many pitchers have been hotter over the last month than Hiroki Kuroda, and he comes out of the gates with nothing lost. That Carl Crawford manages to battle off seven pitches before going down the eighth--on a ground ball like the other Boston batters--is the only positive.
The Red Sox are out for a series win Sunday night as they send Josh Beckett to the mound against Hiroki Kuroda. First pitch is at 8:05 p.m. EST with broadcasts on ESPN and WEEI.
Bobby Valentine will gamble with his lineup tonight in hopes of getting to the tough righty they face in Kuroda. Both catchers will appear in the order, with Jarrod Saltalamacchia taking the role of DH while Ryan Lavarnway starts behind the plate. This will allow the Sox to give their young prospect more time at the position he needs to learn while still keeping Salty's bat.
Cody Ross will miss out on the lineup, likely due to his unfavorable splits against RHP. Scott Podsednik will start in his place in right field, while Nick Punto and Pedro Ciriaco get the starts at third and short respectively.
Boston Red Sox (59-62)
New York Yankees (71-49)
The designation to the DL is retroactive to August 10, making Doubront eligible to play in a week's time.
To fill the roster out in Doubront's absense, infielder Mauro Gomez was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket. He's currently with the team in New York.
Doubront has been inconsistent this season fro Boston, posting a 10-6 record but a 4.70 ERA. In his final two starts before having to go on the DL, the 24-year-old struggled mightily, allowing nine runs in 9.1 innings of work.
The sophomore southpaw is expected back sometime this month, with his injuries not thought to be serious.
Doubront is incredibly the 26th Red Sox to be placed on the DL this year, according to the team's official site.
The Red Sox got seven strong innings of work from Jon Lester and a two-run shot from Adrian Gonzalez as they evened their series against the Yankees with a 4-1 win.
Gonzalez' blast would come very early on, putting the Yankees in an immediate hole. After a single from Carl Crawford gave Gonzalez a chance in the first inning, he put a charge into a pitch low and away, taking it out into the stands in the opposite field and giving the Red Sox a quick 2-0 lead.
Jon Lester would appear shaky early, getting into trouble by letting the first two batters he faced reach base before getting out of it with a pair of strikeouts. He would give up a leadoff walk in the second inning as well, but managed to instantly erase the runner with a double play ball from Russell Martin.
The lone run Lester would allow would come later on a solo shot in the fourth off the bat of Curtis Granderson, but the double play ball was the real turning point in yet another impressive outing. Beyond the homer, the Yankees wouldn't have any real threats against Lester, who induced ground ball after ground ball to the left side, effectively working away from right-handers and utilizing his once-missing cutter to great effect against lefties. The seventh inning threat would again be provided by Curtis Granderson, who doubled to start the inning, but Lester was up to the task of retiring the side without allowing him to score.
By that point, the Sox had already managed to increase their lead back to two runs, as Pedro Ciriaco and Nick Punto put together a single and triple (respectively) to respond instantly to Granderson's homer in the top of the fifth. It was just one instance of the duo frankly dominating the game. Punto would only collect the one hit, and while he also drew a walk it was really his work with the glove that earned him praise today, scooping up everything that was hit near him and making a few flashy plays along the way. Ciriaco, for his part, just had another four-hit game against the Yankees.
Ciriaco would score the one run in the fifth, and contribute to a ninth-inning insurance run as well. With Andrew Bailey, Craig Breslow, and Alfredo Aceves recording the last six outs, the Red Sox took a feel-good win Saturday afternoon.
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SV: Alfredo Aceves (25)
LP: David Phelps (3 - 4)
The Red Sox are giving it another go against the Yankees, this time with Jon Lester up against a reliever making a spot start in David Phelps.
We'll keep you up-to-date on all the action as it goes down in New Yankee Stadium.
Red Sox 3, Yankees 1, End 8th -- Andrew Bailey gets one out and gives up a single to Nick Swisher before being pulled for Craig Breslow to take on the left-handed Cano. The move turns out to be effective, too, as Breslow quickly gets a ground ball to start an inning-ending double play.
Red Sox 3, Yankees 1, Mid 8th -- The Sox get a threat in the form of Dustin Pedroia when he doubles into right field, but the Yankees get out of it by giving Adrian Gonzalez first and calling in Cody Eppley to get a strikeout of Cody Ross and ground ball from Ryan Lavarnway.
Red Sox 3, Yankees 1, End 7th -- Lester is likely done for the day, but got to end his night on a high note. After allowing a leadoff double to Curtis Granderson, Lester did an admirable job of keeping him away from home plate, getting the bottom three of the New York lineup in order to keep the lead at 3-1.
Red Sox 3, Yankees 1, Mid 7th -- Pedro Ciriaco drops a beautiful bunt down the third base line with one out, but
Red Sox 3, Yankees 1, End 6th -- Lester gets his first completely clean inning in the sixth, getting two ground balls and one in the air against the middle of the Yankees' order to retire the side 1-2-3.
Red Sox 3, Yankees 1, Mid 6th -- Dustin Pedroia is robbed of a hit by a well-placed Robinson Cano, and while Adrian Gonzalez is able to lace a hit into center field, he's left stranded at first.
Red Sox 3, Yankees 1, End 5th -- Nick Punto is having himself a game. Even when the third baseman made a defensive mistake, booting a ground ball up into the air, he was able to recover, barehanding the ball in mid-air and spinning to throw to first for the second out in a scoreless fifth.
Red Sox 3, Yankees 1, Mid 5th -- The bottom of the Sox lineup responds to Granderson's shot instantly. After a one-out single from Pedro Ciriaco, Nick Punto knocks a line drive down the right field line and all the way to the wall. Andruw Jones has trouble getting the ball from the corner, allowing Ciriaco to race all the way home as Punto made his way to third with an RBI triple. Unfortunately for the Sox, neither Ellsbury nor Crawford could get Punto home, but they'll take the run.
Red Sox 2, Yankees 1, End 4th -- It took them until the fourth inning this time, but the Yankees were not to be denied the long ball. Curtis Granderson gets a fastball down the pipe from Jon Lester, and launches a towering shot to dead center to get the Yankees on the board and cut the Boston lead in half.
Red Sox 2, Yankees 0, Mid 4th -- Cody Ross strikes out in the midst of another 1-2-3 inning from Phelps.
Red Sox 2, Yankees 0, End 3rd -- Lester can't record his first completely clean inning, as Nick Swisher manages to line a single into right field. But it comes after two ground balls and before a pop-up, letting Lester get out of the inning without ever being really threatened.
Red Sox 2, Yankees 0, Mid 3rd -- The top three go down in short order in the third inning, as David Phelps seems to have settled down after the first. The thing is, he's not a guy who can be relied on to throw a ton of pitches, so those two runs may be enough for how long he's going to last.
Red Sox 2, Yankees 0, End 2nd -- Another leadoff walk coming on just four piches is a bad sign for Jon Lester, but a ground ball turns it into a double play, leaving Lester with a scoreless second on just ten pitches.
Red Sox 2, Yankees 0, Mid 2nd -- Pedro Ciriaco slaps a single into right field and steals second base, but it comes with two outs, and Nick Punto can only strike out behind him, ending the inning in relatively short order for David Phelps.
Red Sox 2, Yankees 0, End 1st -- A control-free Jon Lester finds himself in early trouble, throwing six of his first seven pitches for balls, and giving up a leadoff walk and single to put two on with nobody out. Lester battles back to strike out Robinson Cano on a cutter that makes him look like his 2010 self, however, and after Nick Punto makes a nice play on a ground ball from Andruw Jones, Lester gets McGehee swinging as well to end the frame.
Red Sox 2, Yankees 0, Mid 1st -- While Carl Crawford may have Tommy John Surgery in his future, for now he's still taking his swings, and producing for the team. A one out single puts him on first base, and while he ends up stealing second, Adrian Gonzalez makes sure it doesn't matter. Getting a fastball low and away, Adrian Gonzalez showed off his opposite-field power swing, lifting a fly ball that just barely carried into the stands for a two-run shot. It's his eighth homer since the All-Star Break.
Red Sox prospect Brian Johnson broke multiple orbital bones according to multiple reports at Fenway Park on Saturday.
There are a lot of things wrong with the 2012 Red Sox, but it's not the Boston sports media's fault. That being said, it doesn't mean that the media doesn't deserve some criticism. Bruce Allen examines in his weekly media roundup.
The Red Sox will look to even their series against the Yankees at one-a-piece as they send Jon Lester to the mound against David Phelps. First pitch is at 4:05 p.m. EST with broadcasts on FOX and WEEI.
The Sox will have Ryan Lavarnway behind the plate despite the presence of a right-handed pitcher on the mound. While the typical strategy for Boston has been to platoon Saltalamacchia with a right-handed bat like Lavarnway and, before him, Shoppach, they might be into the territory where they're looking more towards player development than results in the standings.
Either agenda, of course, could explain the presence of Pedro Ciriaco in the lineup. The young infielder will bat eighth and play shortstop in place of MIke Aviles, who takes a seat on the bench for the night.
Boston Red Sox (58-62)
New York Yankees (71-48)
The Boston Red Sox will try to even their weekend series against the rival Yankees on Saturday with Jon Lester on the mound. Nick Swisher went deep twice on Friday night to pace New York to a 6-4 win, and push the Yankees lead to 13.5 games ahead in the standings.
With the afternoon game following up last night's loss, the second half of the order was switched around a bit by Bobby Valentine. Ryan Lavarnway will be behind the plate catching Lester, and Nick Punto will be in the lineup at third. The complete lineups for Game 2 below.
The Sox lineup:
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
2. Carl Crawford (L) LF
3. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B
4. Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
5. Cody Ross (R) DH
6. Ryan Lavarnway (R) C
7. Scott Podsednik (L) RF
8. Pedro Ciriaco (R) SS
9. Nick Punto (S) 3B
The Yankees lineup:
1. Derek Jeter (R) DH
2. Nick Swisher (S) 1B
3. Robinson Cano (L) 2B
4. Andruw Jones (R) RF
5. Casey McGehee (R) 3B
6. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
7. Russell Martin (R) C
8. Jayson Nix (R) SS
9. Ichiro Suzuki (L) LF
The Boston Red Sox take on the New York Yankees on Saturday afternoon, in the second of a three-game series in the Bronx, as the Red Sox look to crawl back toward .500 -- and the American League playoff picture.
On Friday, the Red Sox fell to the Yankees, 6-4, as the Yankees belted five home runs. Jon Lester will look to quiet New York's bats on Saturday afternoon, as he goes for his seventh win of the season.
Lester was dominant in his most recent outing, striking out 12 Indians in six innings, allowing just one run on three hits and two walks in a 14-1 rout of Cleveland on Sunday. Lester's numbers are still rather ugly for the season, as the southpaw is 6-10 with a 5.20 ERA, .277 BAA, and 1.37 WHIP.
New York will counter Lester with David Phelps, who will make his fourth start of the year. Through his first 57 innings of work this year, Phelps is 3-3, with a 2.53 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 59 strikeouts against 20 walks.
The first pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. ET at Yankee Stadium. Televised coverage can be found on FOX.
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The Red Sox fell to the Yankees 6-4 Friday night, as the Bronx Bombers collected five home runs to send Boston back into the loss column.
The trouble would start quickly for Franklin Morales. In his second at bat of the night, Morales offered up a hanging slider to Nick Swisher, who did not miss the opportunity, turning on the pitch for a solo shot to left field. After Phil Hughes recorded his second straight 1-2-3 inning to start the game, the Yankees struck again for two more homers in the second, with Curtis Granderson and Russell Martin going back-to-back with one out.
Phil Hughes would finally show vulnerability in the third, with the Red Sox cashing in in a big way. An error from Phil Hughes trying to start a double play on a comebacker allowed Boston to put men on the corners with nobody out and score their first run of the game on a ground ball out. A walk and a pop-up would put two men on with two outs for Dustin Pedroia, who received a fastball inside and with one swing of the bat made a 3-1 deficit a 4-3 lead.
Unfortunately, the lead would not last long at all. Another homer, this time from Derek Jeter, knotted the game up at 4-4 in the fifth, and the Yankees would chase Morales and score again with a quick rally in the sixth to take a 5-4 advantage. With the Boston bats going quiet after their one loud burst, and Nick Swisher adding yet another homer in the seventh, the Yankees started the series off with a win, sending the Sox back to four below .500.
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Boston Red Sox pitcher Felix Doubront threw three simulated innings on Friday and another 45 pitches in a bullpen session in New York. As Doubront is not ready to pitch yet, he may go on the 15-day disabled list.
The left-hander has not pitched since Aug. 9 when he dropped a decision against the Cleveland Indians. There is no timetable on Doubront's return to the starting lineup. However, what is known is that Doubront will throw another simulated session before returning to the lineup.
Doubront is 10-6 on the season with a 4.70 ERA. After picking up his 10th victory of the season in mid-July, Doubront is 0-2 with a 6.97 ERA in his last four starts. He gave up 16 earned runs and 14 walks in those appearances (20 2/3 innings).
Yankees 6, Red Sox 4, End 8th -- Between Andrew Bailey and Andrew Miller, the Sox get two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 eighth.
Yankees 6, Red Sox 4, Mid 8th -- Carl Crawford doubles to right field with one out, but the rest of the order is sadly unable to bring him in, the Sox will need at least two in the ninth to keep hope alive.
Yankees 6, Red Sox 4, End 7th -- If there's one player the Red Sox would not want to see hit two homers in a night, it's probably Nick Swisher. Unfortunately, that's exactly what Nick Swisher has done tonight, taking Clayton Mortensen deep to right to extend the Yankees lead to two.
Yankees 5, Red Sox 4, Mid 7th -- Another 1-2-3 inning, this time on exclusively ground balls. Aside from the one third inning, this has been a pretty pathetic offensive night from the Red Sox.
Yankees 5, Red Sox 4, End 6th -- The Yankees finally start hitting not-homers, but it costs the Sox all-the-same. A pair of singles put runners on the corner with one out, leaving the Sox to turn to Clayton Mortensen. The young reliever is up to the task of getting one out without letting any runs come in, striking out Russell Martin, but Jayson Nix is able to poke a single into right to score the go-ahead run from third.
Red Sox 4, Yankees 4, Mid 6th -- 1-2-3 go the Sox on weak contact in the sixth.
Red Sox 4, Yankees 4, End 5th -- So much for that Buchholz comparison. The fourth Yankee hit of the night is the fourth Yankee homer of the night, this time coming from Derek Jeter. Just a bizarre matchup, Morales vs. New York.
Red Sox 4, Yankees 3, Mid 5th -- The Sox get a Jacoby Ellsbury single, and sure enough send four men to the plate, but somehow only make Phil Hughes throw five pitches to get through the fifth? That's...not impressive.
Red Sox 4, Yankees 3, End 4th -- Franklin Morales has his first 1-2-3 inning of the night, striking out Casey McGehee in the process with an nicely placed curveball. It's perhaps worth mentioning that Morales' night started similarly to Buchholz' performance Thursday, though Morales is not Buchholz, the Yankees are not the Orioles, and Morales has given up three bombs.
Red Sox 4, Yankees 3, Mid 4th -- Phil Hughes calms down, allowing just the one single to Mike Aviles in a scoreless fourth inning.
Red Sox 4, Yankees 3, End 3rd -- The Red Sox have a savior in the third, and his name is Scott Podsednik. After a bad throw from Mike Aviles gave the Yankees a free baserunner, Franklin Morales gave up another long fly ball to right, this time off the bat of Robinson Cano. Podsednik, however, had him marked, retreating to the wall and making the leaping catch to rob the second baseman of at least two bases if not four, preserving the slim Red Sox lead.
Red Sox 4, Yankees 3, Mid 3rd -- Seems like Phil Hughes is having some troubles too! After Mike Aviles broke up his run of six straight retired to start the game with a single, Hughes started to author his own destruction, throwing a Scott Podsednik comebacker well to the left of second base and into the outfield while trying to turn two. Pedro Ciriaco would ground out, but beat out another double play attempt, allowing Aviles to score with just the one out
Yankees 3, Red Sox 0, End 2nd -- Franklin Morales just can't keep the ball in the park against the Yankees. Curtis Granderson makes it two homers in two innings by hitting a rocket shot to right, and Russell Martin joins in right behind him to the other side of New Yankee Stadium. Three hits, three homers, three runs against Morales in what is shaping up to be a long night.
Yankees 1, Red Sox 0, Mid 2nd -- The Sox are held to just the one piece of decent contact again--a long fly ball from Cody Ross that only serves to take Andruw Jones to the track to record an easy second out.
Yankees 1, Red Sox 0, End 1st -- But for one pitch, Franklin Morales has a very nice first inning, getting two ground balls and a strikeout of Robinson Cano. That one pitch, however, is a doozy: a floating slider that seems to run perfectly into the path of Nick Swisher's swing, resulted in a no-doubt shot to left field. Morales has had homer problems against these guys before, so that's definitely not a great sign early on.
Red Sox 0, Yankees 0, Mid 1st -- The rain begins to fall almost right away, but the Yankees don't stay out in the field long enough to get too wet. Phil Hughes gets the Sox to go down in order, striking out Carl Crawford on four pitches and then getting some help from his defense as Curtis Granderson makes an over-the-shoulder catch in full stride to rob Dustin Pedroia of extra bases.
In 19 innings for Pawtucket, Prior was 1-0 with a 3.96 ERA. While striking out 38 batters in 25 innings in the minors this season, Prior also walked 23 batters. The one-time ace for the Chicago Cubs has not pitched in the major leagues since 2006.
Beato was the player to be named later in the Shoppach trade. In seven appearances for the Mets this season, he has an ERA of 10.38 in 4 1/3 innings of work. Beato has spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Buffalo, where he is 4-4 with a 4.14 ERA.
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is feeling better and will be back to doing baseball activities Friday, but fans shouldn't expect to see the slugger in Boston's lineup this weekend. That was the word from manager Bobby Valentine Thursday before his team left for New York for a three-game set against its arch rival the Yankees.
According to Valentine, Ortiz is "pain-free" from his right Achilles tendon injury and would take batting practice on Friday. The news points to a return soon, but it will not be in the next few days.
Recently, Ortiz spoke about his frustrations about being out of the Red Sox lineup to WEEI.
“You’re talking to David Ortiz. I love being on the field. If I’m not on the field there’s a major reason,” he said. “I don’t just stop playing baseball because. You think with the season I’m having I want to be off the field? Hell no. As much as I mean to my team, and they need me, I want to be off the field? Nope. But injuries are injuries and the human body has a healing process.
“When it comes down to that, especially with my age and my situation I have to be smart about it. If something goes down and I re-aggravate my injury, it’s not going to be good for anybody.”
Ortiz has been out of the Red Sox lineup for a month.
The Red Sox will renew their rivalry with the New York Yankees Friday night as they send Franklin Morales to the mound against Phil Hughes. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. EST with broadcasts on NESN, the MLB Network, and WEEI.
Jacoby Ellsbury will be back in center field after taking a day at DH Thursday night. Ellsbury has been dealing with a mysterious leg issue, but it's apparently not serious enough to keep him out of the field for more than a day, so it's unlikely that it's anything to be seriously concerned about.
The Sox will take the opportunity to keep both Cody Ross and Scott Podsednik in the lineup, slotting Ross in as the DH and putting Podsednik in right field. The latter will bat eighth ahead of Pedro Ciriaco, getting his turn at the revolving door that is third base.
The Yankees, meanwhile, have a lineup that does not pack the same punch as usual. Alex Rodriguez has been out for a while now with a broken hand, and with Mark Teixeira out as well, dealing with a sore wrist, the Yankees will turn to Robinson Cano and Andruw Jones at 3-4.
Boston Red Sox (58-61)
New York Yankees (70-48)
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