Speaking after allowing five home runs in 4 2/3 innings to the Tigers Saturday afternoon, Josh Beckett said that missed location -- and not an injured thumb -- was the cause for his seven-run outing.
"The thumb is not an issue," Beckett told reporters following the Red Sox' 10-0 loss at Comerica Park.
The starter also added when asked what was the problem in his outing, "Too many pitches in the middle of the plate."
Beckett said the home runs -- which came from Miguel Cabrera (2), Prince Fielder (2) and Alex Avila -- came on a variety of pitches.
"You can’t miss down the middle of the plate to these guys," he added after allowing five home runs for just the second time in his career. "It’s a good team. Good lineup. You can’t throw balls down the middle to most big league hitters, but especiall theyse guys."
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine also reported that he didn't...
DETROIT -- The Red Sox started their season at 0-2 for a second straight year, dropping a 10-0 decision to the Tigers Saturday at Comerica Park.
Suffering the loss was starting pitcher Josh Beckett, who gave up five home runs for the second time in his career. Beckett, who allowed two home runs apiece to Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder (along with a homer by Alex Avila), finished his 4 2/3-inning outing by giving up seven runs on seven hits. The righty threw 83 pitches.
Despite the fact Detroit starter Doug Fister was forced out of the game after 3 2/3 innings with an injury to his side, the Red Sox' offense struggled for a second straight game. Jarrod Saltalamacchia managed the only extra-base hit (double) while Jacoby Ellsbury, Kevin Youkilis, Cody Ross and Mike Aviles remain hitless this season.
The Red Sox hitters also struck out 11 times, while walking just twice. The Sox have been out-hit 22-12 in the first two games of the...
Patrice Bergeron scored the only goal for either side in the shootout and Tim Thomas stopped Jason Pominville as the Bruins beat the Sabres, 4-3, in the regular season finale for both teams Saturday at TD Garden. The Bruins finish their Stanley Cup defense with a regular season mark of 49-29-4, good for 102 points and the No. 2 seed in the East, and open the playoffs this Thursday at TD Garden.
Tyler Seguin scored twice and Brad Marchand tied the game with just under eight minutes left in regulation as the Bruins fought back from a 3-1 third-period deficit. The Bruins took a 1-0 lead Seguin took a feed from Bergeron and beat Jhonas Enroth for his 28th goal of the season at 3:15 of the second.
But the Sabres tied it up on Boyes' first marker of the day, as he beat Tim Thomas with just 4:15 left in the second. Boyes gave the Sabres the lead when he came down on a 2-on-1 rush with Thomas Vanek and flipped a backhander past Thomas with...
Red Sox right-hander Aaron Cook, making his first start for Triple-A Pawtucket, tossed a seven-inning complete game and earned the victory in the PawSox' 4-1 win over Lehigh Valley. Cook allowed one unearned run on just five hits, striking out four and walking two.
Cook had what one talent evaluator labeled a "solid" debut for Triple-A Pawtucket, with his bread-and-butter sinker running mostly 88-89 mph and topping out at 91. His slider was a good pitch at 84-86 mph, and though he didn't have his curveball, Cook was still able to carve up his Triple-A opponents.
Cook signed a minor league deal with the Sox that includes an opt-out if he is not summoned to the big leagues by May 1. His status grows in significance given Josh Beckett's struggles on Saturday, particularly if Beckett's poor outing in Detroit was related to the thumb issue that led Beckett to see two doctors earlier this week.
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DETROIT -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that outfielder Carl Crawford's participation in games for the first time since his January wrist surgery is "imminent. It's coming very soon."
The left fielder, who is on the disabled list, remains in Fort Myers, where he will take part in extended spring training games. He will remain there at least through Friday, as the decision was made that Crawford will not return to Fenway Park for the home opener on April 13.
Crawford -- whose recovery was delayed by a setback early into his swinging program in spring training -- is slated to serve as a designated hitter as he returns to game activity. He will then start integrating some innings in the outfield and then get work on the bases.
“We’re trying to get a very comprehensive, yet not rushed program for him,” said Valentine. “I heard he’s progressing really nicely. ... The way it seems right now, he...
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