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05/18/2012 - 8:03am
Mashup: Canseco hitless in Worcester debut

Controversial former major league Jose Canseco made his debut with the Worcester Tornadoes of the independent Can-Am League, going 0-for-2 with two strikeouts and two walks in Thursday night's 9-2 loss to the Newark Bears in New Jersey.

"I'm in spring training mode out there," said Canseco, who participated in four of the team's seven preseason practices. "I'm trying to find my rhythm."

Canseco received a mix of cheers and boos when he was introduced as the cleanup hitter prior to the game. During batting practice, he hit one home run.

The 47-year-old is being paid $1,000 per month plus housing and use of a rental car, according to a team spokesman.

"It's not about the money, believe me," Canseco said.

Read more about that story and others -- including an item about an off-duty New York City policeman who was arrested for moving up to a better seat at a Mets game and refusing to leave --...

05/18/2012 - 12:40am
Aviles: 'I definitely lost my cool' after call

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After the Red Sox' 5-3 win over the Rays Thursday night, Mike Aviles explained the circumstances surrounding his first career ejection.

The Sox shortstop was thrown out from the game by home plate umpire Dan Bellino after arguing a called third strike, which ended the visitors' half of the seventh inning.

"Just frustrating, I guess," Aviles explained. "Really wasn’t questioning if it was a ball or a strike on the last one. It was more that he had called two balls very similar balls, so at that point, I had shut off that pitch. So when he called it a strike, he gave me the hook a little quick, prematurely. At that point, I definitely lost my cool and I apologize for that. Definitely a little frustrating."

Aviles wasn't alone in his analysis of Bellino's inconsistency, with numerous Red Sox batters expressing displeasure with the umpire's balls and strikes calls throughout the game.

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05/17/2012 - 11:12pm
Status of Ross, Ortiz in question for Saturday

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Cody Ross was still waiting for results of X-rays on his left foot after the Red Sox' 6-4 loss to the Phillies Friday night. The outfielder was forced to leave the game after fouling the ball off the foot in the eighth inning. 

Ross would stay in to face one more pitch against Philadelphia reliever Chad Qualls, swinging and missing at a third strike.

"I was going to finish the at-bat," he said. "The only way I'm coming out of that if I was bleeding and I can't see. I went down in the tunnel and tried to run. it wasn't happening. Had to come out."

Ross explained the ball hit on the top and side of his foot, below the shin guard he wears on the left leg.

"Generally I foul the ball off my shin, but this one got me perfect off the top of my foot," he said. "Hope for the best. Feels alright, so we'll see."

The availability of David Ortiz, who is scheduled to make a...

05/17/2012 - 11:10pm
Daisuke allows five runs in Triple-A loss

Daisuke Matsuzaka recorded the longest outing of his minor league rehab assignment, delivering 6 2/3 innings in Durham for Triple-A Pawtucket, but the right-hander was once again touched for a pair of homers while allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits. He struck out three and walked none while throwing 64 of 95 pitches (67 percent) for strikes, and he was charged with the loss in Pawtucket's 5-0 defeat.

Matsuzaka gave up a homer to the first batter of the game he faced, Jesus Feliciano. He then settled to shut down Durham for the next few innings, allowing no runs and retiring 10 of 11 batters from the third through the start of the sixth innings. But after a one-out single and a catcher's interference call put runners on first and second with one out in the sixth, Matsuzaka hung a breaking ball that was crushed for a three-run homer by Henry Wrigley. The Bulls (the Triple-A affiliate of the Rays) tacked on another run in the pitcher's seventh...

05/17/2012 - 10:29pm
Ross, Doubront lead Sox past Rays

Cody Ross homered and drove in four of the five Red Sox runs, and Felix Doubront helped sustain an excellent run of starting pitching as the Sox defeated Tampa Bay, 5-3, at the Tropicana Dome.

Ross went 2-for-3 with a walk while matching a season high with his four RBI. He negotiated an eight-pitch walk with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the first inning against Rays starter Matt Moore. Then, after a Marlon Byrd solo homer in the second gave the Sox a 2-0 lead, Ross crushed a two-out solo homer to center in the top of the third. After the Rays rallied to within a run, Ross gave the Red Sox breathing room with a two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning. Ross is tied for the Red Sox team lead in runs batted in with 27, and his seven homers are second on the team.

That was enough for Doubront, who featured an at-times overpowering mix, eliciting swings and misses on his fastball (which registered as high as 95 mph), cutter and change...

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