Jarrod Saltalamacchia will get the starting nod with rookie pitcher Kyle Weiland on the mound Saturday night against the Rays at Tropicana Field. It marks the second time Saltalamacchia has caught the righty.
Against Tampa Bay starter Jeremy Hellickson, who comes in with a 2.90 ERA, the Red Sox will be without Kevin Youkilis. The third baseman, who is still recovering from bursitis in his hip, joins Darnell McDonald as the only two Red Sox to have homered against the Rays' rookie. The following is the Sox' lineup:
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
David Ortiz DH
Josh Reddick RF
Carl Crawford LF
Jed Lowrie 3B
Marco Scutaro SS
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
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Red Sox starter John Lackey left his start on Friday after giving up five runs in just three innings due to a contusion on his left calf. With two outs in the third inning, John Jaso lined a ball off Lackey's left leg. The ball ricocheted to the first-base line, and Lackey was able to scamper after it and toss it to first for the final out of the inning. However, the Sox opted to pull the right-hander from the game rather than have him try to continue on a balky landing leg, on a night when his effectiveness was already limited.
"It’s sore. He got hit hard," Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters. "Hopefully he’ll show up tomorrow and I’m sure he’s going to feel like he got hit like he did. Hopefully it will subside enough that he can make his next start. We’ll certainly keep an eye on him.”
After the game, Lackey -- who used compression and ice on the injured area after being examined by the...
Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis, who flew to Boston on Friday to have his ailing hip examined, has been diagnosed with a case of bursitis in his left hip, mananager Terry Francona told reporters in Tampa Bay. The third baseman received an injection to diminish the pain.
Depending on how he responds to the injection, he will either fly to Tampa Bay to join the Sox on Saturday or spend the rest of the weekend in Boston before linking back up with his team on Tuesday. Francona suggested that it was possible that Youkilis could pinch-hit or even play during the series if he felt improvement, but that it remained to be seen whether he would recover to the point of being able to do so.
While there was a report in the Boston Globe that Youkilis is dealing with another issue, perhaps a groin injury or sports hernia, Francona told reporters that...
John Lackey allowed five runs in just three innings before exiting after being hit on the left leg by a line drive, and the Red Sox dropped to 6-8 in their last 14 games, and 1-4 in their last five, as Tampa Bay crushed the Sox, 7-2. The Rays are now within 5 1/2 games of the Red Sox in the wild card; the Sox have 18 games left, while Tampa Bay has 17 contests remaining, including seven against Boston.
Lackey was touched for a three-run homer by Rays catcher John Jaso in the second, then gave up two more runs in the third before a Jaso liner back up the middle ricocheted off the pitcher's shin. While Lackey recovered to pick up the ball (which had rolled to the first-base line) and throw out the runner at first to end the inning, his night was over. On the year, he is now 12-12 with a 6.30 ERA -- the highest ERA ever for a Sox starter who has thrown at least 125 innings in a season.
On the other side, Rays starter Wade Davis continued the...
Red Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters in Tampa Bay that both third baseman Kevin Youkilis and pitcher Erik Bedard are not with the team, having flown to Boston to be examined for injuries. Youkilis, said Francona, will receive an MRI for a hip injury that has bothered him at various points over the course of the season and that has been particularly bothersome in recent days, while Bedard was being checked out for a mild lat strain that he incurred while trying to pitch through left knee soreness.
For the year, Youkilis is hitting .261 with a .375 OBP, .467 slugging mark and .842 OPS, but since returning from the disabled list for a lower back strain on Sept. 2, he is hitting just .185 (5-for-27) with a .572 OPS. Bedard is 1-2 with a 3.66 ERA since the Sox acquired him in a July 31 trade. He last pitched on Sept. 3, after which the Sox elected to skip his next start to let the left-hander rest his knee.
While Bedard went to Boston to be...
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