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06/20/2011 - 11:12pm
Beckett scratched; Aceves to start Tuesday

Red Sox right-hander Josh Beckett was scratched from his scheduled start on Tuesday due to what manager Terry Francona dubbed "intestinal turmoil." The Sox ace has been under the weather for the last couple of days, resulting in the Sox' decision to scratch the American League leader in ERA (6-2, 1.86) in favor of swingman Alfredo Aceves (3-1, 3.30).

"He hasn't felt good the last couple of days," said manager Terry Francona. "He was going to go home and see if he felt better. The more we thought about it, before he got out of here, we said, 'You know what? This is silly. If you're that sick, you're kind of worried about pitching tomorrow, I'm not sure how good he'd feel anyway.'"

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06/20/2011 - 10:51pm
Hang 10: Sox erupt in 7th to pound Pads

The hottest offense in baseball continued on its tremendous roll Monday night as the Red Sox sent 14 batters to the plate and scored 10 times to snap a 3-3 tie and coast to a 14-5 rout of the Padres at Fenway Park. The Red Sox, in winning for the 13th time in 15 games, reached double figures in runs for the sixth time in their last 12. 

Facing his former team for the first time, Adrian Gonzalez got the fireworks underway in the decisive seventh with a wall-ball double that scored Dustin Pedroia from first base and put the Red Sox ahead to stay, 4-3. Gonzalez finished 3-for-5 with three more RBIs. He's now batting .353 with 67 RBIs, both totals lead the majors. 

After Kevin Youkilis flied out to left for the second out, the Red Sox sent their next nine men to the plate without an out, scoring nine of their 10 runs in the inning with two outs. The inning also featured a rarity as Marco Scutaro and Jason Varitek were both hit by pitches by...

06/20/2011 - 6:21pm
Lowrie to visit Yocum for 2nd opinion

Another Red Sox player is headed West to visit Dr. Lewis Yocum as Jed Lowrie will travel to Los Angeles this week to get a second opinion on his sore left shoulder. 

"Jed is going to leave [Tuesday], fly to LA and see Dr. Yocum on Wednesday," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "He'll have the pictures [taken] and he'll see him in person, which we feel like there's no reason for him not to go. He's not playing anyway so let's have him examined in person and that'll be good."

Daisuke Matsuzaka visited Dr. Yocum several weeks ago and received the second opinion that led to Matsuzaka undergoing "Tommy John" surgery on his right elbow. 

Lowrie went on the DL on Friday with a strain of his left shoulder, which significantly affects the switch-hitter's ability to bat right handed since it serves as the lead shoulder. Lowrie was batting a hefty .386 this year against left-handed pitching while batting just ....

06/20/2011 - 5:36pm
Thornton on Big Show: VAN motivated B's
By: DJ Bean

Shawn Thornton of the Stanley Cup champion Bruins joined The Big Show Monday to discuss the team's championship run and the days that have followed winning the city's first Cup in 39 years. 

Thornton was among a group of B's players who brought the trophy to Foxwoods on Saturday night, and noted that because he isn't a champagne drinker, he might not be able to tell the difference between a cheap bottle and the $100,000 bottle he and teammates purchased. 

"I guess it tasted as good as champagne does," Thornton said. "I don't know. It tasted like champagne to me. They all taste the same."

The Bruins defeated the Canucks to win the Cup, edging out Vancouver in a seven-game series that ended with a 4-0 win at Rogers Arena. Throughout the series, Canucks players made comments about the Bruins, such as Roberto Luongo (among other players) and coach Alain Vigneault criticizing B's goalie Tim Thomas' positioning and...

06/20/2011 - 5:32pm
Francona: 'We'll see' about A-Gon in OF

The annual dilemma about what to do with designated hitter David Ortiz in National League parks has a new twist this year. Terry Francona said he has approached first baseman Adrian Gonzalez about playing right field to allow Ortiz to play first since there is no DH in NL parks. 

"We've actually talked to him about that a little bit," Francona said before Monday's game with San Diego at Fenway. "I guess the best answer I can give you is, 'We'll see.' I'm glad he's willing to do it. I think it's admirable. I don't want David to sit nine straight games, that bothers me. I guess the best thing I can tell you is, 'We'll see.'" 

The biggest concern to Francona is not wanting Ortiz to get stale over the nine-game trip through Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Houston, starting this weekend at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. 

"Maybe a couple times just to get David [playing time] where he doesn't go 10 days without...

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