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07/31/2012 - 10:23pm
Trade win: Beckett leaves early in win

Jacoby Ellsbury worked a bases-loaded walk off Tigers ace Justin Verlander to break a 1-1 tie as the Red Sox scored four times in the fourth in a 4-1 rain-shortened win over the Tigers at a soaked Fenway Park. 

The Red Sox overcame the loss of Josh Beckett to back spasms after just 2 2/3 innings. The Red Sox starter allowed one hit and one run, walking two and striking two and hit a batter as the Red Sox earned their fourth straight win and moved to 53-51 on the season. Clayton Mortensen (1-0) earned the win, throwing 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief after Beckett left, allowing just one hit, and overcoming three walks. Mortensen was called up by the Red Sox from Triple-A Pawtucket earlier in the day after the team dealt Matt Albers and Scott Podsednik to Arizona for lefty reliever Craig Breslow right before the trade deadline. 

Franklin Morales earned his first save of the season as he came on in relief of Mortensen in the sixth. He...

07/31/2012 - 7:21pm
Beckett leaves in third with back spasm

Red Sox starter Josh Beckett left with two outs in the third inning of Tuesday night's game against the Tigers with what the team classified as a back spasm. He was replaced by reliever Clayton Mortensen.

Beckett had retired the first eight batters before Omar Infante reached on a slow roller to shortstop. The starter then proceeded to hit Austin Jackson and issue back-to-back walks to Quintin Berry and Miguel Cabrera to force in the game's first run.

After the final pitch to Cabrera, Beckett signaled to the dugout for the training staff. After being examined by assistant trainer Brad Pearson and having a consultation with Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, the righty left the game. He finished throwing 49 pitches (27 strikes).

Beckett experienced back problems throughout the 2010 season.

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07/31/2012 - 5:16pm
Atchison likely needs Tommy John

Red Sox reliever Scott Atchison received discouraging news, as an MRI on his right elbow revealed the possibility of a torn ulnar collateral ligament that would require Tommy John surgery, according to manager Bobby Valentine. Atchison will seek a second opinion.

In 37 games spanning 46 innings, Atchison had a 1.76 ERA with 34 strikeouts and nine walks while emerging as a key late-innings contributor for the Red Sox in the first half. However, he pitched just once in the second half, before landing on the disabled list with what was initially a forearm strain. While the team was hopeful that rest and rehab would suffice to improve his elbow, Atchison allowed three runs on three hits while striking out two in a Friday rehab appearance in Triple-A Pawtucket, and the pain that had been in his forearm seemingly spread to his elbow.

That led to the MRI, which revealed the potential tear of the UCL. If Atchison requires Tommy John, it would not only...

07/31/2012 - 4:22pm
Bobby V: Sweeney could be out for season

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said before Tuesday’s game vs. the Tigers that outfielder Ryan Sweeney could be out for the season with a fractured knuckle sustained during Monday night’s win.

Sweeney, who went 0-for-4 on Monday, punched a door in the dugout with his left hand late in the game, causing the fracture. Valentine said Sweeney had an operation Tuesday to straighten out his knuckle. 

“He made pretty good contact last night and straightened out his little knuckle I believe it is,” Valentine said. “He’ll be out for a while.”

Asked if the injury could be a season-ender, Valentine said it could be. “It’s going to be close from what I’ve gathered,” the manager said.

This will be Sweeney’s second trip to the disabled list this season. In June, he fractured his left big toe.

Valentine said he wasn’t disappointed in Sweeney, saying it’s...

07/31/2012 - 3:37pm
Sox trade Lars Anderson to Indians

According to a major league source, the Red Sox traded first baseman Lars Anderson to the Indians in exchange for Double-A starter Steven Wright.

Anderson, once rated as the top prospect in the Red Sox farm system, was hitting .259 with a .359 OBP, .415 slugging mark and .774 OPS with nine homers in Triple-A Pawtucket this year, similar numbers to the .265/.369/.422/.791 line he posted a year ago at the same level. The 24-year-old nearly had been traded to the Athletics in a deal for pitcher Rich Harden at the 2011 deadline, only to have the deal nixed by Sox concerns about Harden's medicals.

In exchange for Anderson, the Sox received 27-year-old right-hander Wright, a knuckleball pitcher who was having a tremendous year in Double-A Akron. In 20 starts, he is 9-6 with a 2.70 ERA, 101 strikeouts and 62 walks in 115 2/3 innings. Opponents are hitting .207 against him, the lowest batting average against in the Eastern League. He is not on the 40-man...

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