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. 

 

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. 

 

The much-heralded, power-hitting first baseman prospect Lars Anderson was called up Monday by the Red Sox to make his major league debut. Anderson got word from the Red Sox following Pawtucket's game Sunday and made his way up to Boston, where he was immediately slotted into the starting lineup, batting eighth and playing first base. 

 

Terry Francona said Monday that catcher and team captain Jason Varitek will be activated prior to the evening's game vs. the Rays. Victor Martinez is starting at catcher and batting third vs. Rays starter Jeff Niemann.

 

Varitek has been out since June 30 with an injury to his left foot. He caught five innings for Pawtucket on Sunday and went 1-for-2 at the plate before serving as the team's designated hitter on Monday.

 

On the same day that the Red Sox called up left-handed-hitting first baseman Lars Anderson, fellow prospect Josh Reddick also joined the team Monday. He is not in the lineup as the Red Sox play the first of three with the Rays at Fenway. 

 

The 23-year-old outfielder, who was hitting .266 with 18 homers and 65 RBI, was pulled from Pawtucket's game Monday after the fourth inning and was told he was headed for Boston. Before leaving the game, Reddick had homered and doubled for the PawSox.

 

First base prospect Lars Anderson, held in high regard since his selection in the 2006 draft, will make his major league debut Monday night at Fenway Park vs. the Rays. The left-handed-hitting Anderson, who has hit .274 with 15 home runs in 130 games this season between the PawSox and Double-A Portland, will bat eighth against Rays starter Jeff Niemann (10-5, 3.97 ERA).

 
RED SOX
 

1. Daniel Nava, LF

2. J.D. Drew, RF

3. Victor Martinez, C

4. David Ortiz, DH

5. Adrian Beltre, 3B