ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Though Kevin Youkilis is back in the lineup on Wednesday, one day after he left a game due to a right ankle injury, the Red Sox are set to select the contract of first baseman Ryan Shealy from Triple-A Pawtucket.
Shealy was hitting .246 with an .805 OPS and two homers in 18 games for the PawSox. He last played in the majors in 2008, hitting .301 with a .957 OPS and seven homers in 79 plate appearances for the Royals. He had been playing for the Triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays through mid-June of this year, hitting .238 with an .866 OPS for Durham, before the Rays released him in June.
Infielder Niuman Romero -- who filled in for Youkilis after he left Tuesday's game and recorded the final out of the game with the tying run on third -- was designated for assignment by the Sox to make room for Shealy on both the 25-man and 40-man roster.
UMass product Vladimir Ducasse was signed to a four-year, $3.25 million deal by the Jets on Wednesday, a package that includes a $1,025,000 signing bonus, according to NFL.com. The second-round pick was a three-year starter with Massachusetts, and the 6-foot-4, 332-pounder earned first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors in 2008 and 2009. He is likely going to start at guard this year for New York. For more football news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
As manager Terry Francona suggested in his weekly interview on the Dale & Holley Show, Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis is back in the starting lineup for the series finale against the Rays, one day after he left in the middle of the contest with a right ankle injury. With left-hander David Price on the mound for the Rays, the Sox will feature a lineup that features eight batters who are right-handed or switch-hitters. David Ortiz will be the sole lefty for the Sox, while J.D. Drew will sit.
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Speaking on phone from Allentown, Penn., Michael Bowden said he is looking forward to the move to the bullpen with the Pawtucket Red Sox and sees it as his best chance to help the major league club down the road. Bowden was informed Tuesday that he will be going to the bullpen after turning a 2.35 ERA in five June starts, along with an outing in which he allowed just one hit and a run in 7 2/3 innings on July 2.
“The plan as far as I know is that I’m going to the bullpen. They haven’t given me any details about it and I haven’t wanted any details. Torey and Rich called me in the office and said they’re moving me to the bullpen, that I’m live tonight and that we’ll go from there. I was fully acceptive of it and I’m actually excited,” said Bowden via phone from Allentown, Penn. where the PawSox are playing the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in his weekly visit on the Dale & Holley Show, said that first baseman Kevin Youkilis was expected to play first base and hit cleanup on Wednesday, one day after he had to leave in the middle of game against the Rays due to pain in his right ankle. Francona said the club will be prepared for the possibility that Youkilis does not feel as good as he suggested by the time he shows up at Tropicana Field today, and that he will be evaluated at the park before the Sox fill out the lineup.
"The big thing revolves around Youk," said Francona. "If he’s in the middle of our order, obviously our lineup is better, but obviously we need to wait and see him before we do anything."
While the Sox are hopeful that Youkilis will indeed be playing, Francona said that the club would make a roster move for Wednesday's...
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