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08/05/2010 - 10:49pm
Tito: Okajima's hamstring 'bothering' him

Terry Francona told reporters on Thursday that reliever Hideki Okajima was bothered by a potential hamstring injury during his outing in the series finale with the Indians. Okajima struggled in the ninth inning, entering the game with a 6-1 lead only to walk leadoff batter Matt LaPorta and allow a pair of singles, including an RBI from Luis Valbuena. Okajima's ERA for the season stands at 5.85 and whatever significant role he once had in the bullpen has vanished.

 

"He actually said after he came out that his hamstring was bothering him a little bit," said Francona of Okajima. "We'll see. Didn't say anything before. Actually right before I was coming up here, they kind of ran in. We'll sit down with him and just make sure he's OK. It didn't look like anything was different. If he locates, his velocity is always the same. If he locates, he's real good. If he doesn't locate, he gives up runs."

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08/05/2010 - 9:13pm
Beltre helps Sox, Matsuzaka slam Indians

Adrian Beltre connected for his eighth career grand slam in the fourth inning with two outs as the Red Sox beat the Indians, 6-2, on Thursday at Fenway Park, splitting their four-game series with the Indians. 

 

Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed just five hits and one run over eight innings to improve to 8-3 on the season. His only mistake was a long 440-foot-homer to center by Cleveland right fielder Shin-Soo Choo. Indians starter Josh Tomlin retired the first 10 batters of the night before Marco Scutaro began the four-run rally with a single to left field. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his 26th save when he escaped a bases-loaded situation. Papelbon fanned Trevor Crowe with the bases loaded to end the game. 

 

The Red Sox picked up a game on Tampa Bay in the wild card race and trail the Rays by five games after Tampa Bay lost on Thursday afternoon to Minnesota. The Red Sox open a four-game series with the AL East-leading...

08/05/2010 - 8:47pm
Saltalamacchia gets first PawSox hit, RBI

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia got his first hit and drove in his first run as a member of the Red Sox organization Wednesday when he smashed an RBI double to right-center for the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox. Saltalamacchia, who started at catcher for the PawSox in their against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, was 0-for-6 since the Red Sox acquired him in a deadline deal for three prospects last season. For Texas' Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City, the 25-year-old hit .244 to go along with 11 home runs and 33 RBI in 63 games.

 

For more on Saltalamacchia's transition to the Red Sox system and his plans for the future, visit the Full Count blog. For more Red Sox coverage, go to the Red Sox team page at weei.com/redsox.


08/05/2010 - 6:22pm
Source: Delgado to Sox may be 'reach'

While there is always a chance that Carlos Delgado could sign with the Red Sox — they are searching for a left-handed hitting first baseman and that’s exactly what the 38-year-old is — a source familiar with the situation said Delgado filling the Sox’ void “seems a reach, but you never know.”

 

The source suggests the Red Sox will first monitor which players pass through trade waivers in the coming days. And while Delgado has drawn interest from the Sox in the past — and is, according to the Boston Herald, ready to participate in a workout for the Red Sox in the coming days — there are concerns regarding the fact he hasn’t played in the big leagues since May 10, 2009, having spent the 15 months recovering from hip surgery. Still, the Sox are keeping in open mind as Delgado’s return seemingly draws near.

 

Another factor in weighing the potential acquisition of...

08/05/2010 - 4:50pm
Epstein on Youk: 'It's a blow'

Theo Epstein met with reporters Thursday and discussed the impact of Kevin Youkilis' impending season-ending surgery. The first baseman will have surgery Friday morning in Cleveland to correct a tear in the adductor muscle of his right thumb.

 

"We lose a big part of our heart and soul," said Epstein. "One of the best hitters, one of the best players in the league. It's a blow."

 

Epstein said the team would "monitor" the trade market to see what might be available, but added that any deal for help at first base would be more of a complementary move. He added that the team would first give Mike Lowell a chance to show how much he can play before considering a deal. Lowell will start at first base Thursday and both Epstein and Terry Francona noted that Lowell will start four of the next five games.


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