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05/29/2010 - 7:13pm
Prospect Iglesias hit by pitch in hand

Red Sox prospect Jose Iglesias left in the second inning of Saturday's game with Double-A Portland after getting hit in the right hand by a pitch. According to Sox farm director Mike Hazen, X-rays were negative, and the 20-year-old has been diagnosed instead with a bruise.

 

The injury occurred on a pitch at which Iglesias swung, and so he was replaced in the middle of his at-bat by Portland teammate Yamaico Navarro. Though Navarro went down on strikes, the strikeout was credited to Iglesias.

 

Iglesias, who signed with the Sox out of Cuba last summer, is hitting .306 with a .340 OBP, .408 slugging mark and .748 OPS in Double-A, excellent numbers for one of the youngest players in the Eastern League.

 

For more on Iglesias, click here.


05/29/2010 - 4:43pm
Red Sox slowing Beckett down

Red Sox manager Terry Francona says the team is slowing Josh Beckett down in his rehab from lower back strain. Francona said pitching coach John Farrell noticed inconsistencies in Beckett's side session on Friday and the inability to repeat his delivery, which caused the team to be concerned about him injuring himself by over-compensating in an effort to rush back to the rotation. 

 

"We're going to slow him down a little bit," Francona said before Saturday's game. "He's not able to repeat his delivery consistently enough, and that worries us." 

 

Beckett landed on the disabled list on May 19 with lower back strain after slipping on the mound at Yankee Stadium while throwing a splitter to to Alex Rodriguez on May 18. Before Saturday, Francona said the team was hopeful that Beckett would miss just one start and be able to return to the rotation. That possibility seemed to be ruled out by the Red...

05/29/2010 - 3:14pm
Lowell at first, Youkilis sits vs. Greinke

Red Sox corner infielder Mike Lowell will get his first start since May 20, getting the nod at first base in place of Kevin Youkilis. Lowell is 4-for-7 in his career against 2010 Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke, who will be on the mound for the Royals on Saturday night. Youkilis, on the other hand, is 1-for-10 against Greinke. Moreover, though Youkilis had been torrid in May, he is in a bit of a slump, having gone 2-for-15 (.133) in his last five games. (For complete matchup information, click here.)

 

RED SOX

 

Scutaro, 6

Pedroia, 4

Ortiz, DH

Martinez, C

Beltre, 5

Drew, 9

Lowell, 3

Hermida, 7

Cameron, 8

 

SP -- Buchholz

 

ROYALS

 

Podsednik, 7

Aviles, 4

DeJesus, 9...

05/29/2010 - 2:25pm
Goodell: 'There will be an agreement'

LOWELL — After receiving a doctorate on behalf of his late father and addressing more than 2,000 graduates of UMass-Lowell's Class of 2010, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that when it comes to the labor situation, "there will be an agreement" between the players and owners.

"There's really no specific update on the negotiations at this time," Goodell said. "We do have meetings scheduled in the next few weeks and we do have work to do. But there's still a lot of football to be played, so we're going to be playing this season with absolutely no interruption and it's not unusual that we are where we are. I don't think any of us are surprised. We need to get to work, but there will be an agreement."

For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.


05/29/2010 - 10:39am
Red Sox Recap: Knees and lower halves

While the Red Sox and Tim Wakefield were getting roughed up by the Royals, 12-5, Friday night at Fenway Park, there was plenty of injury drama to go around. Before the game Jacoby Ellsbury talked about how he came back too early from his rib injury -- resulting in a trip to the disabled list -- while Daisuke Matsuzaka explained what he meant when describing his "sore lower half" Thursday night. After the the Sox loss Dustin Pedroia fired back in regard to the line of questioning about whether or not his knee was to blame for a recent slump. There was also David Ortiz talking about how he was slapped with a new perspective on life after attending Jose Lima's wake. Oh, and Bill Hall actually pitched a perfect ninth inning.

 

Bradford: A day, and a friend, David Ortiz will never forget

 

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