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08/20/2012 - 12:34am
Bobby V: Crawford 'trending the wrong way'

NEW YORK -- While a decision about Carl Crawford's elbow will not be made until Monday, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine -- after his outfielder went 1-for-4 with a ninth-inning single -- acknowledged that the concern about his elbow has been mounting.

"I don’t know about the decision. We’re going to circle up tomorrow and [see] what that whole thing is going to be," Valentine said. "Carl’s given it everything he has. From everything I gather, the elbow situation is kind of trending in the wrong way. If that’s the case, I guess a decision will be made one way or another."

A meeting between Crawford and Red Sox officials has been scheduled for Monday, a team off-day, to determine the proper course of action for the 31-year-old. Crawford has been playing with a sprianed ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. Despite "gutting it out" (in the words of general manager Ben Cherington) and playing...

08/19/2012 - 10:58pm
Ichiro, Yankees beat up Beckett

NEW YORK -- Ichiro Suzuki blasted a pair of solo homers and countryman Hiroki Kuroda dominated the Red Sox lineup as the Yankees claimed a 4-1 victory in the rubber match of a three-game series in the the Bronx.

Red Sox starter Josh Beckett encountered a pair of familiar shortcomings. The right-hander permitted a run in the first when Curtis Granderson doubled home Derek Jeter on a 2-2, two-out cutter to give New York a 1-0 lead. Beckett now has allowed 23 earned runs in the first inning of his 21 starts, good for a 9.86 ERA in the opening frame of contests.

The Yankees added on single runs in the third (when a wild pitch permitted Jeter to score), fourth and sixth innings, with the latter two tallies coming on homers by Suzuki. It marked the third straight game in which Beckett had allowed multiple homers in a game -- tied for the second-longest such streak of his career.

Meanwhile, the Sox lineup was overmatched by Kuroda for most of...

08/19/2012 - 10:52pm
Shoppach denies authoring texts to owners

Speaking after his team's game against the Nationals Sunday, Mets catcher Kelly Shoppach denied any involvement in the organization of the Red Sox players' July 26 meeting with ownership.

It had been stated in a New York Daily News report Sunday that Shoppach had authored the text message sent to the Red Sox owners, sending it on Adrian Gonzalez' cell phone.

"I’m really disappointed that my name was even brought up in that,” Shoppach told reporters in Washington Sunday. “I wasn’t behind any texts. I actually didn’t even attend the meeting. It was on an off-day in New York and I stayed back in Texas with my family. I’ve already gotten a few text messages from former teammates apologizing that my name was even brought up in it."

When asked about the Daily News report, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington would only say, "We're trying to move on and focus on what's going on up here. There's...

08/19/2012 - 9:25pm
Cherington: Bard will return to majors in '12

NEW YORK -- Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said that right-hander Daniel Bard, currently armed with a 7.45 ERA while having walked 29 and struck out 30 in 29 innings in Triple-A Pawtucket, definitely will return to the big leagues to pitch this year. While Cherington did not give a timetable to the pitcher's return, he said unequivocally that the right-hander is best served moving forward by a return to the majors, regardless of his performance in Triple-A.

"He’s going to be back in the big leagues before the year is over, I don’t know when it’s going to be. It’s important to get him back here in this environment again and being around people he knows well, so we’re trying to find the right time to do that that’s fair to everyone," Cherington said. "He’s not the first really good pitcher to go through a down time. He’s going to come back from it. We’re going to help him come back...

08/19/2012 - 8:06pm
Crawford, Sox to discuss surgery Monday

NEW YORK -- Red Sox officials plan to meet with Carl Crawford on Monday's off-day to determine the appropriate action for the outfielder's strained ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. While no medical tests are planned, the team wants to get a sense of whether or not the injury is getting better or worse in order to decide whether he can keep playing or if he will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery.

"We thought we'd kind of circle up tomorrow, use the off-day, talk to him again and sort of look at all the available information again and just trying to work with him trying to figure out the right path for him and for us," general manager Ben Cherington said.

Crawford is hitting .283 with a .308 OBP, .487 slugging mark and .795 OPS in 30 games, not far off his career marks of .292/.332/.441/.774. Cherington said there's "no clear answer" to whether it's more valuable to keep Crawford in the lineup now, as the...

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