Daisuke Matsuzaka will begin to throw in games starting Monday, tossing 2-3 innings for the Gulf Coast Red Sox, after which he will eye an August 29 outing with Double A Portland in which he will plan to throw approximately 50 pitches. If all goes well, Matsuzaka will then pitch for Triple A Pawtucket on Sept. 3, an appearance that figures to last about 65 pitches.
According to a post in The Remy Report, announcer Jerry Remy will return to the NESN broadcast booth on Friday, Aug. 21, to broadcast the game between the Red Sox and the Yankees at Fenway Park. Remy said that he would be "easing back into things," and that he might wait before going on roadtrips. All the same, Remy announced himself "excited" about getting back into the booth.
"You think I would miss another series with the Yankees!?" Remy asked.
Remy visited Fenway on Aug. 12 (for details on the visit, click here), and said at the time that he had a date in mind for a return, but did not disclose it because he had not met two prior goals for moving back into the booth. But, apparently, Remy has had a change of heart, and so...
Jennifer McCaffrey of WEEI.com reports that right-hander Paul Byrd is expected to throw roughly 75 pitches in his start or Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday night, according to PawSox manager Ron Johnson. Byrd went 0-2 with a 5.14 ERA for the Rookie Level Gulf Coast League Red Sox. This will be his first start as a member of Pawtucket. Byrd will face Triple-A Rochester, the Twins' top affiliate.
"It's just a rush job for me getting ready but honestly my arm hasn't had this much time off without a surgery in forever, so I feel strong," Byrd said prior to his start. "I feel great and ready to go."
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Dustin Pedroia remains in Boston with his wife and new-born son, Dylan, resulting in a second straight start for Nick Green at second base. Though Mike Lowell has three career homers against Blue Jays starter Roy Halladay, he, too, will sit, with Casey Kotchman getting the nod at first and Kevin Youkilis crossing the diamond to play third.
SP -- Buchholz
SP -- Halladay
According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, former Red Sox pitcher John Smoltz cleared release waivers and has signed with the Cardinals. While Smoltz will be paid a pro-rated portion of the major-league minimum annual salary of $400,000 by the Cardinals (meaning that he be paid a bit more than $100,000 by St. Louis), Strauss reported in the chat that the team "sweetened the pot with Smoltz via some postseason award incentives." Smoltz is expected to be the fifth starter for the Cardinals.
Smoltz, who signed a one-year, $5.5 million deal with the Red Sox this offseason that had incentives that pushed the value of the deal slightly above $7 million, went 2-5 with an 8.32 ERA for the Red Sox.
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