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06/16/2012 - 10:38pm
Salty powers Sox to win in Chicago

CHICAGO -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia blasted a two-run homer to give the Red Sox an early lead they would never relinquish, while Jon Lester continued to show the return of his swing-and-miss arsenal, as the Red Sox claimed a 4-3 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Saltalamacchia went 2-for-3 with a double, a homer and a walk, ending a seven-game stretch in which he did not have an extra-base hit. His two-run shot to right in the fourth was his 12th of the season, and he currently leads the majors in home runs by a catcher. The Sox would later plate two more runs on RBI singles by Scott Podsednik and Will Middlebrooks to claim a 4-0 cushion, enough to permit Lester a seventh-inning, three-run falter after he'd opened the game with six dominant innings.

Lester (4-4, 4.53 ERA) went 6 2/3 innings, getting touched for all three of the runs he permitted in the seventh while allowing seven hits, walking one and striking out eight. In his last four...

06/16/2012 - 7:21pm
Beckett may get thumb treated while on DL

CHICAGO -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that if this were the postseason, Josh Beckett could still be pitching through his current right shoulder inflammation. But, with more than half of the season still in front of them, the team felt that the best course with regards to the injured pitcher -- who was going to miss at least one start -- was to instead to commit to having him miss at least two outings and put him on the disabled list.

"He’s got some inflammation that’s got to calm down and take the time, whatever time it takes to do it," said Valentine. "We’re going to take the conservative route."

Beckett is 4-7 with a 4.14 ERA, and has thrown at least seven innings in each of his last six starts and in eight total this year (a number that is tied with Justin Verlander for second in the American League). Valentine alluded at one point to the idea that the pitcher faces a "strength issue" in...

06/16/2012 - 6:30pm
Bobby V: Crawford 'pretty close to playing'

CHICAGO -- Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford, who has yet to play in anything aside from extended spring training games this year while recovering first from offseason wrist surgery and then from a strained ulnar collateral ligament in his left (throwing) elbow, moved his throwing program up to 110 feet on Saturday. Manager Bobby Valentine suggested that Crawford is "[throwing] the ball really well. He's also been taking batting practice on the field with his teammates. Given that overall progress, Valentine suggested, it would appear that a rehab assignment might not be too far off for the outfielder.

"I’ve got to think he’s getting pretty close to playing in a baseball game," said Valentine.

The manager also said that outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who is now continuing his rehab at the team's spring training facility in Fort Myers, is "making progress," and, after attending to "a little personal situation...

06/16/2012 - 4:25pm
Lineup: Youkilis sits, Middlebrooks returns

CHICAGO -- Kevin Youkilis will be the odd-man out Saturday for the Red Sox, with David Ortiz playing first, Will Middlebrooks at third and Adrian Gonzalez back in right field. Youkilis is hitless in his last 18 at-bats, with his batting average sitting at .212 with a .636 OPS for the season.

Going for the Cubs will be Jeff Samardzija, who is 5-4 with a 3.96 ERA. The righty allowed eight runs over 3 2/3 innings in his last outing, with Nick Punto serving as the only current member of the Red Sox who has faced Samardzija more than one at-bat is Nick Punto, who is 1-for-1 with a walk against the starter.

The following is the Red Sox' lineup:

Scott Podsednik LF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

David Ortiz 1B

Jarrod Saltalamacchia C

Will Middlebrooks 3B

Adrian Gonzalez RF

Ryan Sweeney CF

Mike Aviles SS

Jon Lester P

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06/16/2012 - 4:08pm
Beckett to DL, Mortensen promoted

CHICAGO -- The Red Sox have placed Josh Beckett on the 15-day disabled list after the starter experienced inflammation in his right shoulder following his start in Miami last Monday. Taking Beckett's place on the 25-man roster will be pitcher Clayton Mortensen.

Mortensen excelled in his previous stint with the Red Sox earlier this season, allowing one run on six hits over 9 1/3 innings, making three relief appearances. During the stretch the righty struck out 12 and didn't walk a batter. With Triple-A Pawtucket, Mortensen pitched in 15 games (all in relief), going 4-2 with a 2.39 ERA, holding opponents to a .165 batting average against.

For a history of Beckett's shoulder issues, click here.

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