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07/11/2010 - 2:37pm
Beckett throws four innings in rehab

PAWTUCKET — Josh Beckett allowed two hits, including a home run, and one run in four innings of work during a rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday at McCoy Stadium against the Syracuse Chiefs. Beckett has been on the disabled list with lower back strain since his last start against the Yankees on May 18 on a wet Yankee Stadium mound. 

 

Beckett threw 19 pitches in the fourth inning, finishing with 68 pitches, 42 for strikes. Beckett retired 12 of the the 14 batters he faced, striking out four and walking none. He yielded a long homer to right by DH Jason Botts on a 90 MPH cutter in the fourth. Beckett used his final inning to work nearly exclusively on his cutter, significant because he faced three left-handed batters.

 

On the day, Beckett’s velocity tapped out at 96 on his fastball and 91 on his cutter, according to the right field radar gun. 

 

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07/11/2010 - 11:49am
Sox notes: Buchholz should go Friday
By: DJ Bean

TORONTO -- In speaking with members of the media prior to Sunday's matinee with the Blue Jays, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that Clay Buchholz should be on track to pitch in Friday's game against the Rangers. Buchholz has been on the disabled list with  lower hamstring tear and Felix Doubront is expected to pitch if Buchholz cannot.

 

"Yeah," Francona said when asked if he expected Buchholz to make the start. "Saying that, we're doing what we're doing with Doubront [and] I think that makes sense, but yeah, I think he's going to be fine."

 

Mike Cameron would have been in the lineup on Sunday were it not for his swollen right wrist. He was hit by a Brandon Morrow fastball in the team's 9-5 loss before later being tossed from the game for arguing balls and strikes. Darnell McDonald is starting in center field.

 

"He's fine he's just sore," Francona said. "He got...

07/11/2010 - 11:20am
Lineups: Cameron out with sore wrist
By: DJ Bean

TORONTO -- Red Sox center fielder Mike Cameron is not in the lineup for the final game before the All-Star break due to a sore wright wrist. Cameron was hit with a pitch just above the wrist in Saturday's 9-5 loss to the Blue Jays and it was noticeably swollen after the game. Darnell McDonald replaces him in center field and is batting second. 

 

RED SOX

 

 

1. Marco Scutaro, SS 

2. Darnell McDondald, CF

3. David Ortiz, DH

4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B

5. Adrian Beltre, 3B

6. J.D. Drew, RF

7. Bill Hall, 2B

8. Daniel Nava, LF

9. Kevin Cash, C

SP -- Daisuke Matsuzaka

 

Go to the Full Count blog for batter/pitcher matchups and visit the Red Sox team page at weei.com/RedSox....

07/10/2010 - 4:47pm
Germany beats Uruguay for third at WC

Sami Khedra headed in the game-winning goal in the 82nd minute to give Germany a 3-2 victory over Uruguay in the World Cup's third-place game Saturday. The two teams had alternated goals with Edinson Cavani and Diego Forlan, who hit the crossbar on a free kick in the game's closing minutes, scoring for Uruguay and Thomas Muller and Marcell Jansen for the Germans. This is the second-straight third-place finish at the World Cup for Germany. The Netherlands and Spain play to decide the ultimate winner of the international tournament Sunday afternoon.


07/10/2010 - 4:38pm
Lackey, Red Sox fall to Blue Jays
By: DJ Bean

TORONTO -- John Lackey was sub-par in the second game of the Red Sox' series with the Blue Jays on Saturday, failing to escape the fifth inning and taking the loss in a 9-5 defeat. Though the game's early innings featured offense that suggested a potential continuation of Friday's 14-run showing, the Red Sox were unable to keep up with the Toronto bullpen. The Sox have now lost their last five games not started by Jon Lester. 

 

Lackey gave up eight hits and walked six batters in 4 2/3 innings. His WHIP raised to 1.35, which is currently fifth-highest on the AL. Alex Gonzalez homered in the fourth and Bautista belted his major league-leading 24th homer in the bottom of the eighth. For the complete recap, see Closing Time


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