TORONTO -- Red Sox manager Terry Francona revealed how the pitching rotation will shake out following the All-Star break while speaking to reporters prior to Friday night's bout with the Blue Jays.
Tim Wakefield will take the hill in Texas next Thursday, thus giving him eight days off. Either Clay Buchholz or Felix Doubront will go on Friday, with Francona saying the team won't hesitate to pull the Buchholz out if they have any concerns. John Lackey and Jon Lester will pitch the final two games of the Rangers series, with Daisuke Matzuka going in the first of three with the Athletics on Monday, July 19.
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TORONTO -- While Jacoby Ellsbury is set to join the team at some point on Friday night after his plane comes into to Toronto at 6:30, Red Sox manager gave a few updates on the other injured Red Sox prior to their first of three games with the Blue Jays.
Josh Beckett threw a 40-pitch side session on Friday and is set to start on Sunday in Pawtucket. Francona said he is expected to throw between 65 and 70 pitches.
Manny Delcarmen threw 35 pitches in a bullpen session and Francona said he did "great"and that pitching coach John Farell was "raving." He is set to throw another 30-35 on Sunday before possibly being activated if it goes well.
Catcher Victor Martinez is not with the team in Toronto. Francona told him he could stay home so he doesn't have to take his family from Boston to Toronto to Anaheim in such a short period of time. The manager said that when Martinez...
TORONTO -- Speaking prior to Friday's series-opener with the Blue Jays, Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis elaborated a bit on comments he made to WEEI regarding injured center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury's decision to head to Arizona to recover from a rib injury. Ellsbury is expected to join the team in Toronto this weekend, as Terry Francona said his plane is set to land at 6:30 on Friday night. As for why he wasn't with the team all along, Youkilis had no explanation.
"I don't know what's going on with Jacoby," Youkilis said. "I don't think anybody knows, but there's a lot of guys here that we need back, but until then we have guys in place that are going to go out there and try to win ball games for us.
"One thing I say is that that there are a lot of guys here that are hurt and are supporting the team, and we wish Jacoby was here supporting us, too," he added.
The Texas Rangers, and not the New York Yankees, have pulled off a trade for Mariners left-hander Cliff Lee, according to multiple outlets. The Yankees had been believed to be the front-runner for the pitcher for most of Friday, but talks reportedly stalled, at which point the Rangers stepped in and completed a deal. The New York Post was the first to report the story.
According to the Post, the Rangers will get Lee and reliever Mark Lowe in exchange for first baseman Justin Smoak and three minor leaguers. The Red Sox had also expressed interest in Lee, according to WEEI.com's Rob Bradford. Lee is 8-3 with a 2.34 ERA on the year.
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TORONTO -- TORONTO — According to a major league baseball source, the Red Sox and Mariners had talks involving pitcher Cliff Lee, but the negotiations have never gone beyond the preliminary stage. Friday afternoon there were multiple reports stating that the Rangers had traded for Lee and reliever Mark Lowe for top first baseman prospect Justin Smoak and three minor-leaguers.
Seattle was apparently focused on getting young hitters back in any deal, with the Red Sox not possessing the kind of hitting prospects other interested parties could offer. The Red Sox’ need for a top of the rotation pitcher such as Lee wouldn’t be at the level of the other teams interested, with the Sox seemingly preferring to use the kind of prospects needed to complete such a deal for areas other than the starting rotation.
Earlier in the day it appeared as though the Yankees were on the verge of acquiring Lee, but the New...
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