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07/02/2010 - 7:14pm
Cameron scratched, McDonald in

Red Sox center fielder Mike Cameron was a late scratch prior to the start of Friday's game against the Baltimore Orioles with abdominal soreness. In his place, Darnell McDonald got the start and was placed in the eighth spot in the lineup.

 

Cameron has been limited to 31 games this season due mostly to an abdominal strain he suffered in April. The 37-year-old is hitting .265/.324/.353/.677 in the first year of a two year, $15.5 million deal.


07/02/2010 - 5:31pm
Tek: 'We're in a good position, really we are'

Despite the injuries piling up at an alarming rate, the captain of the Red Sox feels there's reason to be optimistic the team can overcome them and remain in contention in the second half of the season. 

 

"We’re in a good spot and that’s the good thing, really we are," Jason Varitek said. "Just to be where we’re at right now, with everything, even to this point this team has had to deal with, starting with the most important thing, starting pitching. Losing a couple of guys, having to adjust with that and then move from there. There’s a reason we are where we’re at because we’ve had contributions from a lot of people.” 

 

The Red Sox entered play Friday night with a 47-32 record, the third-best mark in the majors and just 1 1/2 games behind the Yankees in the American League East. The Yankees were beaten earlier Friday in extra innings by the Toronto Blue...

07/02/2010 - 4:55pm
Beckett to pitch in GCL Tuesday
By: DJ Bean

Prior to Friday night's game with the Orioles, Red Sox manager Terry Francona spoke about a trio of Red Sox pitchers to encounter injuries lately. Francona said that Josh Beckett's most recent session went "very well," and that he tossed 41 pitches. Beckett will travel with the team on their upcoming road trip and will pitch a Gulf Coast League game on Tuesday. The team plans on Beckett throwing 55 pitches. 

 

Manny Delcarmen was in the process of getting an MRI on what Francona called a strained forearm, an injury the Sox manager said the reliever had been fighting for "about a week." The...

07/02/2010 - 4:43pm
Francona: Tek injury 'very similar' to Pedroia
By: DJ Bean

In speaking with reporters prior to the Red Sox' series opener with the Baltimore Orioles, manager Terry Francona said catcher Jason Varitek was placed on the disabled list with a minimally displaced fracture of the second metatarsal on the top of his foot.

 

"He needs to be in a boot, he needs to be non-weight-bearing for two-to-three weeks and we'll see how quickly he can heal," Francona said. "Very similar to [Dustin Pedroia] in the diagnosis, just a different bone. The time frame we'll see. We don't know."

 

With the Red Sox making a move with the Astros to help a depleted catching situation that is also without Victor Martinez, Francona said that in getting Kevin Cash, who played for the Red Sox in 2007 and 2008, general manager Theo Epstein acquired the "perfect guy." Niuman Romero, a switch-hitting infielder who has played mostly shortstop and third base in the minors, was called up to...

07/02/2010 - 3:51pm
Robert Manuel recalled to replace Delcarmen
By: DJ Bean

With reliever Manny Delcarmen ailing and on the disabled list with a sore forearm, the Red Sox have recalled Robert Manuel from Pawtucket. Manuel was recently selected to the 2010 Triple A All-Star game, having posted a 1.54 ERA out of the bullpen in 41 innings pitched thus far. He has gone 4-1 with eight saves in as many opportunities.

 

Originally undrafted and a signee of the Reds, the soon-to-be 27-year-old has made just three major league appearances, all of which came with Cincinnati in the 2009 season. In the limited sample, he tossed 4 1/3 innings and allowed five hits and no runs. He walked one while striking out two.

 

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