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06/19/2012 - 10:04pm
Reeling them in: Sox win third straight

David Ortiz, Kelly Shoppach and Cody Ross all homered off Mark Buehrle in support of Clay Buchholz as the Red Sox beat the Marlins, 7-5, Tuesday night in the opener of a nine-game homestand at Fenway. The Sox won their third straight to move over .500 again at 34-33. The Red Sox overcame some shoddy fielding and an inconsistent night from Buchholz to improve to 15-19 this year at Fenway. 

Buchholz was staked to leads of 4-2 and 5-3 but could not hold them as Logan Morrison had a career night for the Marlins. He had hits in his first three at-bats, including a towering homer off Buchholz in the first inning that put the Marlins on top 2-0. Buchholz allowed nine hits and five runs in six innings, striking out three and walking one while improving to a team-best 8-2 on the season. Buchholz actually saw his ERA increase from 5.38 to 5.53 on the season.

Ortiz got the runs right back in the bottom half of the inning with his 17th homer of the season...

06/19/2012 - 9:41pm
Pedroia exits game due to injury

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia left Tuesday's game against the Marlins after the bottom of the seventh inning, shortly after getting jammed by a fastball on a foul-out to first base. After a bat-splintering, 95 mph fastball from reliever Ryan Webb, Pedroia was seen shaking his hand on the way back to the Red Sox dugout.

The fact that Pedroia was left shaking his hand raises obvious questions about whether the issue is related to his recent stint on the sidelines due to a torn adductor muscle in his right thumb. Pedroia managed to avoid the disabled list but was sidelined for a week by that injury, which became acute in late-May. He has played in all 13 Red Sox games since returning from the injury, and with Tuesday's 1-for-3 performance (which also featured a sacrifice bunt), Pedroia was hitting .170 with a .237 OBP, .226 slugging mark and .463 OPS this month.

He was replaced at second base by Nick Punto. More updates will be provided...

06/19/2012 - 5:45pm
Bobby V: Olney doesn't know 'anything'

Before Tuesday's series opener with the Marlins at Fenway, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine joined his players in vehemently denying a report this week that the atmosphere inside clubhouse is "toxic." Olney reported that players and team staff are frustrated with the way the team is being handled inside the clubhouse, leading to a potentially explosive atmosphere.

"I don't know to define toxic," Valentine said Tuesday afternoon in his first public comments since Olney's blog that ripped the Red Sox culture. "It's too big a word for me. "I'm not going to comment on people's articles. I don't even comment on [Boston media] articles. Why would I comment on somebody who I don't think knows anything."

After about seven minutes of answering questions, the subject of the Red Sox clubhouse came up again. 

"It's a bunch of guys who get dressed and play loud music before the game and seem to get ready. I don...

06/19/2012 - 5:33pm
Ross back in lineup, Podsednik to DL
By: DJ Bean

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine told reporters prior to Tuesday's game that Cody Ross will be back is slated to be activated prior to Tuesday night's game against the Marlins so long as he gets through batting practice and feels healthy. Ross, out since May 18 after suffering a non-displaced fracture of the navicular bone in his left foot when he slammed a foul ball off of the appendage, is penciled in as the Sox' left fielder and No. 7 hitter against the Marlins. In his first year with the Sox, he's hitting .271 with a .349 OBP, .534 slugging mark and .883 OPS. He ranks second on the team in OPS and, despite missing a month, is tied for third in home runs.

To clear a roster spot for Ross, outfielder Scott Podsednik will be placed on the disabled list with a groin injury that forced him out of Sunday night's game. Podsednik, in 19 games with the Sox, is hitting .387 with a .409 OBP, .484 slugging mark and .893 OPS.

With Podsednik out, Mike...

06/19/2012 - 5:20pm
Beckett: 'Got overruled' in being put on DL

Red Sox starter Josh Beckett said that he had been dealing with discomfort in his right shoulder for some time, and thought that he could make it through two more starts prior to the All-Star break. However, when training room tests started revealing that he was not merely pitching in pain but also losing strength in his shoulder, the team took the decision out of his hands and put him on the 15-day disabled list.

"I kind of got overruled. I told Bobby I thought I could make two more starts, then probably do the things that we did yesterday," Beckett said, alluding to the fact that he underwent an MRI and received treatment on his shoulder on Monday. "It was probably smart. I’m definitely not ready for my career to be over. That’s kind of, when you start getting inflammation plus strength limitations, that’s when you tend to do something catastrophic.

"I thought I could get throught it," he added...

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