PAWTUCKET, R.I. — The offensive aspect of Carl Crawford‘s game was answered Friday night as he went 1-for-2 with a walk in three plate appearances in his first of two minor league rehab assignments with the PawSox. Crawford also scored and drove in a run in Pawtucket's 3-2 win over Durham at McCoy, helping Kevin Millwood improved to 5-0 in his minor league assignment with the Red Sox.
Crawford drove in Che-Hsuan Lin from third on a broken bat single to center, hanging in on a changeup from Durham starter Alex Torres in the first inning.
The biggest and best test of his left hamstring came in the third when he took ball 4 on a full count. After showing his batting eye hasn’t been affected in his month off, he took off for second on a hit-and-run on a single by Ryan Lavarnway. As important as his explosion from first was, his ability to put on the breaks around second was just as significant. He did both cleanly.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Daisuke Matsuzaka, who has been rehabbing his right elbow after undergoing Tommy John surgery, made an appearance in the visitors clubhouse at Tropicana Field prior to the Red Sox' series-opener against the Rays.
Matsuzaka, who underwent the surgery June 10, was optimistic about his progress, saying he was about a full month ahead of where teammate Junichi Tazawa was at similar points of his rehab from the same operation. The Sox starter reported through translator Kenta Yamada that he has almost fully regained his range of motion.
"One thing the doctors were surprised at was that, when they opened up my elbow, the ligament was completely torn," Matsuzaka said. "The damage was worse than expected."
Matsuzaka said his rehab consists of working out nearly every day, starting at 8:30 a.m. and lasting until 3 p.m. He did suggest that trying to rush back is a constant challenge.
With all signs pointing to an agreement over the weekend, NFL owners and players issued a joint statement late Friday afternoon acknowledging that significant progress has been made in reaching a new collective bargaining agreement and ending the four-month NFL lockout.
The owners and players met Friday for nearly eight hours, then issued a joint statement about their progress.
"The discussions this week have been constructive and progress has been made on a wide range of issues," the statement read. "Our legal and financial teams will continue to work through the weekend. We will continue to respect the confidentiality orders of Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan and will therefore refrain from commenting on specific issues or aspect of the negotiations. We will provide additional information [as]developments in this process continue."
The statement comes as both sides reached a breakthrough in negotiations between NFL...
PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Carl Crawford will bat third and play left field for Pawtucket Friday night against the Durham Bulls at McCoy Stadium. The Red Sox star left fielder has been on the disabled list since June 18 with a strained left hamstring.
He indicated to reporters before Friday's game that he is limited to six innings in the first of his two rehab stints with the Red Sox Triple-A affiliate.
"Hopefully, it won't take me that long to catch up," Crawford said in the Pawtucket dugout. "But that's why I'm down here, first time on my own. I was a little worried about it when it happened but it's taken care of now."
If all goes as planned, Crawford will play again Saturday night for Pawtucket and then travel to Baltimore on Sunday, where he will join the Red Sox on Monday when they open a three-game series with the Orioles at Camden Yards.
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According to Jeff Zriebec of the Baltimore Sun (via twitter), Orioles DH Vladimir Guerrero suffered what the hitter described as "a little bit of a 'crack' in a bone in [his] right hand," the result of a stray fastball from Red Sox starter Kyle Weiland that hit him in the hand in the fifth inning of Sunday's Orioles-Red Sox contest. With both teams having already been warned, Weiland and Sox manager Terry Francona were ejected following that plunking.
Though Guerrero was hoping to play through the injury, he was unable to make it through batting practice on Friday, according to Zriebec, and he could land on the disabled list if he doesn't show improvement in the coming days. The Red Sox and Orioles played three tense games in the final weekend of the All-Star break in a series that was headlined by the fight between Sox DH David Ortiz and O's reliever Kevin Gregg that resulted in four-game...
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