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05/11/2010 - 10:15pm
Daisuke steps up in Red Sox win

Daisuke Matsuzaka turned in his best outing of the season, allowing just one run on three hits, striking out nine and not walking a batter, as the Red Sox claimed a 6-1 win over the Blue Jays Tuesday night at Fenway Park. Matsuzaka, who relied heavily on an effective fastball, retired 15 of his first 16 batters, heading into the sixth inning having allowed just a John Buck single. Dustin Pedroia, J.D. Drew, and Jason Varitek -- who swatted his sixth homer of the season -- led the Sox' offense with two hits apiece. Varitek, who raised his batting average to .342, also scored a pair of runs. The Sox managed their offensive output despite going 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and stranding 10 baserunners. Ramon Ramirez and Hideki Okajima each pitched one scoreless inning to close things out for the Sox, who went two games over .500 for the first time this season.

 

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05/11/2010 - 8:49pm
Cameron plays seven innings in center

Red Sox outfielder Mike Cameron logged seven innings in center field in the second game of his rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket. He went 1-for-3 with a single, walk and strikeout. He handled a pair of fly balls in center field.

 

Prior to the game, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that Cameron feels he will need a four- or five-game rehab assignment before returning to the majors. He will take Wednesday off, then likely return to the lineup on Thursday afternoon.


05/11/2010 - 7:51pm
Doc passes on the torch question

CLEVELAND — For the last few days all the talk around the Celtics has been on the passing of the torch from the Big Three to Rajon Rondo. Funny, but the Celtics don’t look at it that way. “That’s for y’all, I’m just trying to get them to pass the ball to each other,” Doc Rivers said. “That torch stuff, I’m going to leave that alone. As long as they keep passing to each other, I’m good.” Read more coverage on Green Street.


05/11/2010 - 4:34pm
Beckett likely out Friday with back spasms

Red Sox manager Terry Francona indicated Tuesday that Josh Beckett almost certainly will miss his next scheduled start this Friday after being unable to throw a side session because of lingering back spasms. Beckett was checked out Tuesday morning by doctors after experiencing tightening in his lower back and side. 

 

"Beckett went over and got examined this morning and I think we just wanted to make sure everything was musculature, which it is, that's good," Francona said. "He's got a spasm in his lower back. You just have to let it relax a little bit. In all likelihood, he will not pitch on Friday but because of Wake going [Wednesday] and the day off, we can stay right in order and everybody actually still gets an extra day so that works out really well."

 

Meanwhile, Jacoby Ellsbury ran the bases on Tuesday and told Francona that he is experiencing "significant improvement" as he heals...

05/11/2010 - 3:11pm
Lineups: Drew back in for Red Sox

After missing Monday night's game against the Blue Jays due to a bout with vertigo, Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew is back in his team's lineup, hitting third against Toronto starter Dana Eveland. The Red Sox lineup is as follows: Scutaro SS, Pedroia 2B, Drew RF, Youkilis 1B, Lowell DH, Beltre 3B, Varitek C, Hall LF, McDonald CF, Matsuzaka P. For all the matchups see The Full Count Blog by clicking here.

 


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