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06/25/2012 - 11:11pm
Jays outslug Doubront, Red Sox

The Blue Jays battered the Red Sox for nine runs on 13 hits, including three home runs, en route to a rain-delayed 9-6 victory at Fenway Park. The Red Sox dropped back into a tie with Toronto for last place in the stacked American League East with the loss, just the team's second in the last nine games.

Most of the damage was done by the Blue Jays against Felix Doubront, who was hammered for a career-high in runs (7) and hits (11). He struck out just two and elicited only four swings and misses on the night, while giving up two home runs. The left-hander has now allowed homers in seven straight games, permitting 10 in his last 41 1/3 innings.

The Red Sox seemed like they would be able to keep pace in a shootout through the early innings, as the team plated five runs through four innings against Toronto starter Henderson Alvarez. After the Sox fell into a 4-0 first-inning hole, David Ortiz crushed a two-run homer in the bottom of the first (his...

06/25/2012 - 4:42pm
Beckett return on Friday possible

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that Josh Beckett, who threw a bullpen session on Monday afternoon, could return from the disabled list as soon as Friday, depending on how he feels on Tuesday.

Beckett landed on the DL with right shoulder inflammation on June 16 (retroactive to June 12), and so he would be eligible to come off the DL as soon as June 27 (Wednesday). Valentine said that he was reluctant to have the pitcher make his first start on the first day of a West Coast road trip, but that he might be a consideration for a start on Friday in Seattle.

"I don’t think [Beckett's return] will be Thursday. And that is only because eo fthe trip out there. Why have that as another compounding situation we have to deal with? Maybe the next day if everything is going well, but we’ll see," said Valentine. "He’s planning on pitching sometime soon. I don’t know what day."

Beckett is 4-7 with a 4...

06/25/2012 - 3:17pm
Byrd suspended 50 games for positive test
By: DJ Bean

Free agent outfielder Marlon Byrd was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. Byrd was released by the Sox earlier this month. 

The Red Sox acquired Byrd from the Cubs on April 21 in exchange for Michael Bowden, but his struggles at the plate made him expendable when Daisuke Matsuzaka was ready to be activated. After hitting .270/.286/.320 with one homer and seven runs batted in over 34 games, the Sox released him on June 12. 

"When he played here, he played well. I had no indication. I don’t think anybody here did," said Sox manager Bobby Valentine.

Asked whether the positive test took place while Byrd was with the Red Sox or Cubs, Valentine said, "I do not know that. But I can tell you, I was just in the training room and they had no idea. They just found out."

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06/25/2012 - 2:51pm
Middlebrooks named AL player of week
By: DJ Bean

Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks was named the American League player of the week Monday. 

Middlebrooks, 23, went 10-for-16 with three homers, three doubles and 11 runs batted over the six-game span. He played Sunday's game as the team's designated hitter, but the trade of Kevin Youkilis allows for him to be the team's every day third baseman. 

On the season, Middlebrooks is hitting .326/.365/.583 with nine homers and 34 RBI.

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06/25/2012 - 2:31pm
Lineup: Punto in for Aviles

Mike Aviles, who has played all but one game this year for the Red Sox, will get a rare day out of the starting lineup against the Blue Jays and starter Henderson Alvarez. In his place, Nick Punto will get the start.

Felix Doubront (8-3, 4.31 ERA) will aim for a team-high ninth victory. He's 1-0 with a 4.31 ERA in two starts this year against Toronto.

For complete batter vs. pitcher matchups, click here.

RED SOX LINEUP

Nava LF
Pedroia 2B

Ortiz DH
Saltalamacchia C
Gonzalez 1B
Middlebrooks 3B
Ross RF
Kalish CF
Punto SS

Doubront SP


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