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05/10/2010 - 10:35pm
Beckett tweaks back during BP

Red Sox righthander Josh Beckett tweaked his back while swinging during batting practice prior to Monday's game against Toronto, and will be evaluated Tuesday morning. Manager Terry Francona said that any determination about his availability to make his scheduled start on Friday will have to wait for the medical evaluation. 

 

For more on the injury, click here.

 

Earlier in the day, prior to the injury, the Sox announced their decision to push back Beckett's next start from Wednesday (against the Blue Jays) to Friday (against the Tigers). That decision, however, was driven purely by Beckett's recent struggles on the mound, rather than by concerns about injuries. For more on that decision, and the team's corresponding plan to have Tim Wakefield start against the Blue Jays...

05/10/2010 - 10:17pm
Red Sox walk all over Blue Jays

The Red Sox plated four runs on six walks and one hit in the second inning, giving the team a lead that it would never concede in a 7-6 victory over the Blue Jays. Toronto starter Brandon Morrow -- who lasted just 1.2 innings -- permitted five of those free passes, including a pair with the bases loaded.

 

That made a winner of Sox starter John Lackey on a night when he, too, struggled with his command. Lackey gave up six earned runs (tied for the most he's ever permitted in a victory) on eight hits and three walks, though he did match a season high with six strikeouts, and managed to last six innings to keep his team's bullpen in line. Sox relievers then raced through three scoreless innings, with Hideki Okajima, Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon (9th save) each chipping in with a scoreless inning.

 

The offense was led by Dustin Pedroia, who had two hits and drove in a pair. David Ortiz also drove in a run for the fourth...

05/10/2010 - 9:37pm
Philly forces Game 6 with shutout of B's

Brian Boucher and Michael Leighton combined on a shutout and Simon Gagne scored twice as the Philadelphia Flyers blanked the Bruins, 4-0, in Game 5 Monday night before a shell-shocked sellout crowd at TD Garden. The Bruins have lost the last two games but still lead the series, 3-2, with Game 6 set for Wednesday in Philadelphia. 

 

The Bruins failed to test Leighton, who was making his first appearance in a game since March 16. Boucher was forced to leave with an apparent right knee injury in the opening five minutes of the second period. 

 

For more, visit the Big Bad Blog.


05/10/2010 - 9:25pm
Cameron doubles for PawSox

Red Sox outfielder Mike Cameron, who batted leadoff and served as designated hitter for Triple-A Pawtucket in the first game of his rehab stint, went 1-for-3 with a double against the Gwinnett County Braves. Cameron also fouled out to first, walked and struck out in his four plate appearances. The Sox plan to have Cameron play the outfield on Tuesday in order to get a better sense of his readiness to return to the majors.


05/10/2010 - 8:20pm
Boucher injured, Leighton in net for Flyers

Philadelphia goalie Brian Boucher went down in an awkward heap making a save in the opening five minutes of the second period and had to be helped off the ice after laying prone on the ice for several minutes. Boucher immediately grabbed his midsection after his right leg was pinned underneath him. After Chris Pronger and a Flyers trainer helped him off, Michael Leighton came on to replace to Boucher. Leighton, who started in net for the Flyers at the Winter Classic at Fenway Park on Jan. 1, hadn't played since suffering a high ankle sprain on March 16 in Nashville. Leighton came into the game with the Flyers leading 1-0 and faced immediate pressure as the Bruins went on the power play. 

 

For more, visit the Big Bad Blog


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