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08/11/2012 - 8:04pm
Red Sox can't solve McAllister, Indians

The Red Sox fell to three games below .500, dropping a 5-2 decision to the Indians Saturday night at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

The Sox couldn't solve Cleveland starter Zach McAllister, who allowed just three hits over eight innings, striking out four and not walking a batter. The only three Red Sox baserunners to reach were Jacoby Ellsbury (2 hits), Adrian Gonzalez (double), and Dustin Pedroia, who singled with two outs in the ninth inning off Indians' closer Chris Perez.

Red Sox starter Franklin Morales took the loss despite turning in another solid performance. The lefty gave up three runs on two hits, striking out six and walking four. Morales was relieved by Andrew Miller, who came in with one out and the bases loaded in the sixth inning, allowing the go-ahead run to score via a Michael Brantley sacrifice fly.

The biggest thorn in the Red Sox' sides was former teammate Brent Lillibridge, who came away with three hits, including a...

08/11/2012 - 5:55pm
Yanks sign Lowe to pitch out of bullpen

The Yankees have signed Derek Lowe to pitch out of their bullpen, multiple media outlets are reporting.

The 39-year-old had been designated for assignment by the Indians, who ended up releasing the former Red Sox hurler Friday. Lowe had totaled a 5.52 ERA in 21 starts for Cleveland, including an 8.80 ERA in his last 12 starts.

Lowe is making $15 million this season, only $5 million of which is being paid by the Indians, who traded for the veteran last offseason. The Braves are on the hook for the remainder of the deal, with the Yankees will only be forced to play the pro-rated portion of the major league minimum for the remainder of the season.

The sinkerballer hasn't pitched consistently out of the bullpen since 2001, when he made 67 appearances for the Red Sox. Since that season, Lowe has pitched just one regular season game as a reliever.

 The...

08/11/2012 - 5:25pm
Middlebrooks not expected back in '12

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine told reporters prior to his team's game against the Indians Saturday that he didn't expect Will Middlebrooks to be available for the remainder of the season.

Middlebrooks was diagnosed with a fractured right wrist after being hit with a 96 mph fastball from Cleveland reliever Esmil Rogers Friday night. The third baseman was being examined by hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham, whose practice resides in Cleveland.

"He had a terrific run with us," Valentine told reporters regarding the rookie. "He’s a terrific player. I don't think he’ll be back this year. He might, for a short stint. I don't know. I couldn’t be happier or more proud of everything he did developing into the player that he is right now and contributing to our team. It’s a damn shame."

Middlebrooks is hitting .288 with an .835 OPS and and 15 home runs in 75 games.

Pedro Ciriaco got the start at...

08/11/2012 - 1:59pm
Ciriaco starts at third, Valencia called up

With Will Middlebrooks headed to the 15-day disabled list with a fracture in his right wrist, the Red Sox will start Pedro Ciriaco at third base against the Indians Saturday night at Progressive Field.

Ciriaco hasn't played a game at third for the Red Sox this season, but did man third three times for the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox. He also played third base twice for the Pirates last season.

Replacing Middlebrooks on the 25-man roster will be newly-acquired Danny Valencia, who managed three hits and two walks in nine plate appearances for the PawSox. Valencia served as the Twins everyday third baseman in '11, hitting .246 with an OPS of .677 over 154 games.

Here is the lineup the Red Sox will send out against Cleveland righty Zach McAllister:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Carl Crawford LF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Cody Ross RF

Jarrod Saltalamacchia C

Ryan Lavarnway DH

Mike Aviles SS...

08/11/2012 - 7:37am
Middlebrooks has fracture of right wrist

According to a team source, rookie third baseman Will Middlebrooks has a fracture to his right wrist. 

Middlebrooks was hit in the wrist by a 96-mph fastball from Indians reliever Esmil Rogers in the ninth inning and left the game with the injury.

"He got hit pretty good in a bad place," said Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine told reporters after the game. "He's going for X-rays. I doubt that he's in there tomorrow, and I hope it's only a day. Doubtful of that."

Valentine later added regarding Middlebrooks, "He was in a lot of pain and it was in a bad spot. I was hoping it was going to be more down on the meat, and it was just right on the bone."

In other injury news, Valentine said after the game he was not optimistic David Ortiz would be able to return from his right Achilles tendon injury by Sunday, as the designated hitter had hoped.

"I don't think so," the manager told reporters...

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