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06/24/2012 - 10:15am
Lineup: Youkilis in, Ortiz out vs. Braves
By: DJ Bean

Kevin Youkilis is back in Boston's lineup Sunday against the Braves, playing third base and batting sixth. Youkilis, the subject of trade rumors in recent days, last played on Wednesday. 

With Youkilis playing third base, Will Middlebrooks is the team's designated hitter. David Ortiz is not in the lineup. 

Aaron Cook will take the mound for the Red Sox, filling in for the ill Clay Buchholz. This is Cook's first start for the Red Sox since suffering a gash on his knee on May 5, his only major league appearance this season. 

Boston's lineup is as follows: 

1. Daniel Nava, LF

2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

3. Will Middlebrooks, DH

4. Cody Ross, RF

5. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B

6. Kevin Youkilis, 3B

7. Mike Aviles, SS

8. Darnell McDonald, CF

9. Kelly Shoppach, C

SP -- Aaron Cook

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06/23/2012 - 11:27pm
Morales to get another start

The Red Sox initially inserted Franklin Morales into their rotation as an emergency spot starter. He has become more than that.

The left-hander tossed six innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on Saturday night in an 8-4 win over the Braves. In the process, the 26-year-old allowed seven hits while striking out eight and walking just one. In two starts, he has punched out 17 while walking just the one batter, and the Sox have won both of his two starts.

Morales has exhibited such good stuff -- holding his velocity on a mid-90s fastball through the entirety of his 86-pitch outing, and mixing that with a swing-and-miss splitter along with the occasional curveball -- that he will remain in the rotation, even at a time when Josh Beckett will be eligible to come off the disabled list.

Asked whether Morales would remain in the rotation for at least another start, manager Bobby Valentine's response was direct.

"Most assuredly,...

06/23/2012 - 10:24pm
M&M Show: Middlebrooks, Morales lead Sox

Franklin Morales once again proved overpowering as a starter, and Will Middlebrooks once again proved overpowering as a hitter, as the Red Sox continued their recent run of strong play with an 8-4 victory over the Braves. The Sox have now won six of seven and eight of 10.

Middlebrooks was again a force in the heart of the order, going 3-for-4 with an RBI double (which gave the Sox a 2-1 first-inning lead they'd never relinquish), a solo homer (his ninth) and a single. He is now hitting .331 with a .368 OBP, .592 slugging mark and .960 OPS, and he leads all AL rookies in homers.

For his part, Morales slipped out of the starting blocks, allowing each of the first three batters he faced to reach while permitting a run. But he quickly recovered and found his stride, logging six innings and allowing three runs while striking out eight and walking just one. In two starts, he has 17 punchouts and just the one walk in 11 innings of work.

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06/23/2012 - 5:38pm
Bobby V: 'I'm allowed' to sit Youk

Bobby Valentine clarified his comments from Friday when he indicated Kevin Youkilis was informed of not playing. Saturday afternoon, Youkilis said he never spoke with Valentine about playing time. Valentine explained in his media briefing that he thought one of his coaches spoke to him about sitting on the bench while Will Middlebrooks started. 

"Before the lineup was put up, that's true," Valentine said of not speaking to Youkilis.

Asked when he actually spoke to Youkilis, Valentine said he didn't want to get into timelines.

"I'm not going to go there because I don't want to pull out datebooks and all that stuff," Valentine said. "I did [Friday] but not before the lineup was up but I'm not going there. I thought the question [Friday] was whether he was spoken to before the game, before the lineup when I [spoke to media pregame] and I said, 'yes.' 

06/23/2012 - 5:14pm
Buchholz scratched, Cook to start Sunday

Right-hander Clay Buchholz, the Red Sox' scheduled starter for the series finale against the Braves on Sunday, has been scratched due to illness. Valentine said that he expected Buchholz, who is 8-2 with a 5.53 ERA this year, to be skipped entirely in this turn ofthe rotation rather than having his start pushed back. Right-hander Aaron Cook will be activated from the disabled list in order to start in Buchholz's place.

Though Buchholz permitted five runs in six innings against the Marlins in his most recent start (on Tuesday), he has been dominant of late, going 4-0 with a 2.53 ERA, 31 strikeouts and seven walks in 37 innings over his last five starts.

Cook was scheduled to make his second rehab start with Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday night, but he's been told that he will not be making the start tonight. Cook made his first rehab start on Monday, allowing three runs in four innings.

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