Victor Martinez feels he has put himself in a position where he shouldn't have to worry about contract negotiations. (AP)Victor Martinez has simplified his life during what could be a very complicated time.



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Speaking prior to the Red Sox' 14-5 loss to the Rays Tuesday night at Fenway Park, Victor Martinez addressed his impending contract negotiations, which unexpectedly (for Martinez) kicked off with the Sox offering a two-year deal.

 

Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka took full responsibility for his team's 14-5 drubbing at the hands of the Tampa Bay Rays, a defeat that left the Sox virtually conceding the postseason to the Yankees and Rays. After matching a career-high by permitting eight runs in 4 2/3 innings -- a performance that snapped a career-high run of 16 straight starts in which he'd allowed four earned runs or fewer, the right-hander made no excuses.

 

Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek, after playing in his first game since June 30, suggested that he was "tremendously" excited to be back on the field following an arduous rehab from a broken left foot. Varitek entered the sixth inning of his team's 14-5 loss to the Rays, catching four innings and going 0-for-2.

 

After the contest, Varitek said that aside from what he deemed a freak injury to his foot, he was feeling healthier than he had in years. He said without question that he wants to play at least one more season after 2010, and possibly a few more.

With the Red Sox losing 14-5 to the Rays Tuesday night, and losing ground in the wild-card chase, Sox manager Terry Francona said after the game that Clay Buchholz will not pitch on three days rest in the final game of the season against Tampa Wednesday. Tim Wakefield will start instead, with Buchholz now pushed back to Friday against Oakland.

 

Daisuke Matsuzaka was shelled for eight hits and eight runs - all earned - over just 4 2/3 innings as the Rays blew out the Red Sox, 14-5, Tuesday night at Fenway Park. 

 

Carl Crawford doubled his first three times up and finished 4-for-4 for the Rays, who clubbed five homers on the night, including a pair off Matsuzaka, who fell to 9-5 on the season and had his ERA balloon from 4.29 to 4.70. 

 

Just prior to the Red Sox' game with the Rays Tuesday night at Fenway Park, the Sox moved Marco Scutaro from shortstop to second base to protect the infielder's ailing right shoulder. According to the Red Sox, results from an MRI taken earlier in the day suggested that the 34-year-old was dealing with inflammation of a longstanding rotator cuff injury.

 

The injury, which emerged in early August, won't get any worse by continuing to play. Jed Lowrie was moved over to shortstop.

 

The Red Sox announced Tuesday that they have recalled right-hander Michael Bowden from Triple-A Pawtucket. Bowden will be activated for the team's game vs. the Rays, the second of a three-game series.

 

Bowden has been with the Red Sox twice this season, allowing four earned runs and striking out six over six innings. At the Triple-A level his numbers on the year have been split between 16 starts and 15 appearances out of the bullpen. As a reliever for Pawtucket, Bowden has gone 2-1 with a 3.20 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings. 

 

Outfielder Ryan Kalish has been one of the standout Red Sox prospects in 2010. (AP)The minor league regular season came to its conclusion on Monday, and on the surface, 2010 seemed to represent a disappointment for the Red Sox farm system.



Ryan Kalish had his second career grand slam in a five-run fourth inning as the Red Sox cruised to a 12-5 win over the Rays Monday night at Fenway Park. 

 

Jon Lester labored over six innings but struck out 10 to earn his 16th win against eight losses this season. 

 

David Ortiz and Adrian Beltre hit back-to-back homers in the first inning as the Red Sox raced out to an 11-2 lead. The Red Sox snapped a three-game losing streak.