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06/17/2011 - 11:43pm
Crawford suffers Grade 1 hamstring strain

Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford left Friday's game in the bottom of the first inning due to a left hamstring strain following an infield single. He limped after crossing the first-base bag and almost immediately grabbed his hamstring as trainer Mike Reinold and manager Terry Francona came out of the dugout to check on him. After a very brief discussion, Crawford limped off the field towards the dugout.

"He needed to come out," said Francona.

According to Francona, an MRI during the game revealed that Crawford has a Grade 1 hamstring strain, the mildest strain. The Sox will wait until Saturday to see how Crawford is responding to treatment and then proceed with a course of action.

"They're just going to see how I feel tomorrow and then go from there," Crawford said. "I iced it a few times and I’ve got to wear this thing around my thigh tonight, and hopefully that’ll make it feel better...

06/17/2011 - 10:18pm
Smoldering Sox flatten Brew Crew

Through their first 43 games of the 2011 season, the Red Sox did not reach double digits in runs scored a single time. Now, they are making a habit of it.

For the seventh time in their last 26 games, the Sox scored 10 or more runs, this time battering the Brewers for 13 hits in a 10-4 victory. The team knocked starter Shaun Marcum out of the game after just one inning (in which he labored through 44 pitches, even as he permitted just two runs, and suffered a hip flexor strain), then continued to inflict damage on the Milwaukee bullpen.

Jacoby Ellsbury led off the first by clubbing a solo homer to right against Marcum, the second time this year and fifth in his career that he's began a contest with a four bagger. The chief damage was done by Adrian Gonzalez, who went 3-for-4 with a single, double and fifth-inning solo homer (which gave the Sox a 5-4 lead that they never relinquished) to improve his average to .352 on the year, and David Ortiz, who...

06/17/2011 - 8:52pm
Youkilis exits with stomach bug

Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis left Friday's game prior to the top of the fifth inning due to what was described by the team as "stomach illness." He was replaced by Friday call-up Drew Sutton.

Youkilis had been 1-for-2, having delivered a two-out, two-run single against the Berwers in the bottom of the second inning. For the season, he is hitting .257 with an .858 OPS, 10 homers and 47 RBI.

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06/17/2011 - 4:52pm
Miller to pitch Monday, Buchholz pushed back

Andrew Miller will officially make his season debut for the Red Sox on Monday when he takes the hill against the Padres. Monday had been widely reported as the day the lefty starter would pitch for the big club, but Red Sox manager Terry Francona finally felt comfortable confirming the news in his pregame press conference Friday. 

Miller was 3-3 with a 2.47 ERA in 12 starts for Triple-A Pawtucket with his ERA good enough to be fifth in the International League as of Friday. 

In other rotation news, Francona announced that Clay Buchholz will be pushed back a few days at best with an ailing back after the starter left Friday's 4-2 win over the Rays after having thrown just 81 pitches over five innings. The team is allowed a little leeway to decide if Buchholz will need additional time off because of Miller's brief insertion into the rotation on Monday and a scheduled offday on Thursday. Francona noted that the righty had thrown well when he...

06/17/2011 - 4:30pm
Gammons: Yanks tampered with Miller

MLB Network analyst Peter Gammons made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Friday to talk about the Red Sox.

With Clay Buchholz pulling up lame in Tampa, Gammons said he expects the team will play it safe and put the youngster on the shelf.

"I think they'll disable him," Gammons said. "I just think it's cautionary. They've got some time here. They've got an off day next Thursday. They're probably going to pitch Andrew Miller on Monday. If Clay sits for a couple of weeks, it probably isn't a bad thing. The important thing is how good is Clay Buchholz going to be in August and September."

Miller's likely insertion into the starting rotation comes at the right time, and it allows the Sox to keep Miller from going elsewhere. Gammons noted that other teams aggressively pursued Miller, perhaps crossing the line in the process.

"They want to see exactly what they have in Miller," Gammons...

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