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The Boston Red Sox have announced pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka will continue his rehab assignment on Saturday for AAA Pawtucket against Toledo. Matsuzaka received a cortisone injection in his shoulder on Saturday after his rehab start this past Thursday due to pain in his trapezius muscle.
Daisuke Matsuzaka will make his next rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday.— Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp) May 24, 2012
Initial reports indicated Matsuzaka had been experiencing tightness in the shoulder since his previous start. Daisuke's rehab start on Thursday was his longest outing to date, he went 6.2 innings and allowed four earned runs. Two of his runs were off of homeruns allowed including off of the first batter he faced.
Matsuzaka's rehab was scheduled to end on Wednesday, the injury allows for the Red Sox to restart his 30 day rehab process. The Japanese pitcher received Tommy John surgery on his elbow last June and has been working towards a return to the rotation.
Boston Red Sox Daisuke Matsuzaka's rehab start on Tuesday will be canceled according to manager Bobby Valentine (via WEEI). Matsuzaka received an injection to relieve pain in his right trapezius muscle.
The Red Sox will have to wait seven days to reset the clock on their pitcher's rehab, which was originally supposed to end on Wednesday.
Valentine said about Matsuzaka
"He got another injection today in the right trap that's been bothering him for quite a while," Valentine told reporters, "and we got to make sure that's 100 percent before he's going out there again."
Matsuzaka is 0-2 in five minor league starts in 2012 with a 4.62 ERA with 22 strikeouts and six walks. Matsuzaka made eight appearances (seven starts) in 2011 and was 3-3 with a 5.30 ERA, 26 strikeouts and 23 walks.
The Boston Red Sox defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-1, on Sunday at Citizens Bank Park. With the win, Boston also won the series, 2-1.
Josh Beckett picked up his fourth win of the season after going 7.2 innings. He struck out five and walked two while only giving up one earned run. Vicente Padilla finished the eighth inning for Beckett and got his eighth hold of the 2012 season. Alfredo Aceves pitched a scoreless ninth inning. Cliff Lee took the loss for the Phillies. Lee struck out six, walked one and earned all five of the Red Sox runs.
Boston scored in the first inning when Mike Aviles homered. Aviles picked up an RBI single in the second inning to increase the lead to 2-0. Jarrod Saltalamacchia put the game away with a three-run homer in the third inning. The Phillies lone run came on a Juan Pierre sacrifice fly in the eighth inning.
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|WP: Josh Beckett (4 - 4)
LP: Cliff Lee (0 - 2)
The seemingly never ending outfield shuffle for the Boston Red Sox continued Sunday, as before their Sunday contest against host Philadelphia Phillies, outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket for the second time this season. Lin will wear No. 67 and will be able to play in Sunday's contest, while first basemen Mauro Gomez was optioned back to the Red Sox, Triple-A affiliate.
Earlier in the season, April 14, Lin was recalled to the big-league club. The same day, he made his MLB debut against the Tampa Bay Rays as a defensive replacement.
In 36 games with the PawSox this season, including 34 contests in center field and three in right field, he is 32-for-125 (.256) with seven doubles, two home runs, 16 RBI, 13 runs, 20 walks and five stolen bases, including a .309 clip (17-for-55) with 13 walks in 17 May games.
Meanwhile, Gomez played in just two games with Boston and went 0-for-2 at the plate.
After collecting a 7-5 victory Saturday, the Boston Red Sox have decided to make minimal changes to their batting lineup for Sunday's series finale, which will feature Boston's Josh Beckett and Philadelphia Phillies' ace Cliff Lee opposing each other at Citizen Bank Park (1:35 p.m. ET on TBS). David Ortiz will be in the lineup again, hitting third and playing first base, while Adrian Gonzalez will hit behind him and play right field for the second straight game.
The player making his second start in the series is outfielder Marlin Byrd, who was given the "day off" on Saturday.
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David Ortiz hit a two-run homer and Jon Lester gave up four earned in his third win of the season to lead the Boston Red Sox past the Philadelphia Phillies, 7-5, in the middle game of a three-game weekend set on Saturday evening at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
Ortiz's two-run shot came in the fifth inning, extending the Red Sox' lead to 7-4 while providing the eventual game-winning run. Ortiz was 2-for-4 in the game and raised his batting average to .344. Lester, meanwhile, tossed six innings and allowed four earned runs on eight hits and had one walk and three strikeouts as Boston avenged its 6-4 loss Friday.
Boston received four home runs on the night, as Mike Aviles, Will Middlebrooks and Jarrod Saltalamacchia all joined Oritz with long balls. Middlebrooks and Saltalamacchia hit their homers back-to-back in the fourth inning. Aviles hit his home run in the first.
The series finale takes place on Sunday afternoon in Philly. First pitch is at 1:35 p.m. ET.
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|WP: Jon Lester (3 - 3)
SV: Alfredo Aceves (9)
LP: Joe Blanton (4 - 4)
Red Sox outfielder, Cody Ross, had to leave Friday's game against the Phillies in the eighth inning, after fouling a ball off his foot. Ross was immediately X-Rayed, and it was reported by Rob Bradford, of WEEI, that there was no break.
No break in foot for @IamCodyRoss. Said two doctors looked at it. Both concurred— Rob Bradford (@bradfo) May 19, 2012
Bradford went on to tweet that Ross is moving "very, very slowly" the day after. He will not be in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
The 31-year-old outfielder has been a huge part of the Red Sox lineup this season. He's already hit eight bombs and driven in 28 runs. His home run/fly ball ratio suggests his power numbers should decrease as the season continues, but he bat should remain key to the Red Sox success.
Ah, now that's more like it. After sitting David Ortiz in the Boston Red Sox' series opener against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night -- a 6-4 loss -- Big Papi will return to the lineup and play first base for the second game of the series at 7:15 p.m. EST Saturday in Philly. Adrian Gonzalez, meanwhile, will play right field. Here are the lineups and pitchers.
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The Philadelphia Phillies deafeated the Boston Red Sox, 6-4, on Friday night, taking game one of a three game interleague series. Philadelphia scored four runs in the first and never surrendered the lead. Daniel Bard lasted five innings, giving up five runs on three hits while throwing 94 pitches. Cole Hamels gave up three runs in seven innings for Philly.
Boston lost catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the bottom of the fifth inning, when a pitch ricocheted off Philadelphia's Ty Wigginton, then off Saltalamacchia's arm, finally hitting him in the side of the head. Bleeding from the ear, he was pulled from the game.
Boston's offensce came on three home runs, one each from Mike Aviles, Cody Ross, and Alex Gonzales. Daniel Nava picked up an RBI on a sacrifice fly in the fourth, but their combined efforts would be not be enough. Former Red Sox closerJonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for the Phillies, giving up only one hit while closing the game against his former team. Game two of the series is Saturday evening, with the first pitch at 7:15pm.
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SV: Jonathan Papelbon (12)
LP: Daniel Bard (3 - 5)
Jarrod Saltalamacchia left the game in Friday night's Boston Red Sox versus Philadelphia Phillies matchup. Saltalamacchia was struck behind the ear by a fastball thrown by Daniel Bard. The ball glanced off Philadelphia's Ty Wigginton, then ricocheted off the catcher's forearm before hitting him in the side of the head. Saltalamacchia was bleeding, and he was removed from the game and replaced by Kelly Shoppach.
Saltalamacchia is the latest of Boston's players to suffer from injury: Kevin Youkilis, Darnell McDonald, and Aaron Cook have all missed time recently, and Jacoby Ellsbury and Daisuke Matsuzaka are seeing long term stays on the disabled list. Shoppach enters the game batting .250 in 61 plate appearances, not much different than Saltalamacchia's .269 in 98 plate appearances.
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Jonathan Papelbon just can't wait. For him, it's not about showing the Boston Red Sox what they lost when they didn't attempt to re-sign the star closer. Papelbon, who faces his old team this weekend -- now with the Philadelphia Phillies, it's about bragging rights.
"I've been looking forward to this series since the day that I signed here," he said. "Facing old teammates, bragging rights. It's like, you know, you play with your brother in the backyard for so many years, you want to have those bragging rights." (via Boston Herald)
Papelbon has appeared in 16 games with the Phillies this season, compiling an 0-1 record with 11 saves and a 2.35 ERA. Papelbon played in Boston for seven seasons, saving 219 games in 396 appearances and recording the final in the 2007 World Series along the way.
"I'm proud of, obviously, the championships that we won there, and I'm proud of being a part of an organization that I felt like taught me how to play in the big leagues," Papelbon said. "I'm proud of playing for a manager in Tito (Francona) who taught me how to be a man, who taught me how to accept failure, taught me how to accept winning, A-to-Z. I could sit here and talk all day about it, but for me, it's a lot of good memories and a lot of good people surrounding them."
Pabelbon and the Phillies host the Red Sox in a three-game weekend series starting Friday.
While the Boston Red Sox have had great success in interleague play, a disadvantage is the absence of a designated hitter for road games in National League parks. That will be the case for Friday night's series opener between the Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies, played at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Translation? There will be no David Ortiz.
Ortiz will sit and Adrian Gonzalez will play first base, instead of playing in the outfield as he did during last season's Red Sox and Phillies series. Here are the lineups and pitchers.
First Pitch: 7:05 p.m. EST; TV/Radio: NESN, MLB Network/93.7 FM WEEI
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Interleague play begins on Friday night as the Boston Red Sox take on the Philadelphia Phillies in the first of a three-game weekend set at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA. First pitch for Friday night's game is at 7:05 p.m. EST (NESN).