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07/26/2012 - 1:01pm
Duquette on M&M: Sox should move Beckett

MLB Radio's Jim Duquette joined the Mut & Merloni show on Thursday to talk Bobby Valentine's future, and Josh Beckett's trade value.

When asked about Beckett's value on the trade market with the July 31 deadline approaching, Duquette didn't see much.

"One problem with Beckett is that he's underachieved to this point," he said. "The Red Sox would have to take back money [for trading him] and his reputation has proceeded him at this point. I think he's a change-of-scenery guy, I think you maybe get him out of there. It's a hard move. ... If I was the Red Sox I would absolutely move him."

There have been rumors swirling that Valentine might not come back next season if the Red Sox don't make the playoffs.

"I have conversations with scouts and executives all the time," Duquette said. "They start to talk about managers and general managers on the hot seat and his name comes up a lot as one that if [...

07/26/2012 - 11:01am
Source: 'Nothing close' on Beckett deal

According to a major league source, while the Red Sox have fielded some exploratory inquiries on right-hander Josh Beckett, such calls to this point have been little more than exercises in kicking the tires. At this point, the source said, there is "nothing close" regarding a potential deal that would send the right-hander (now 5-9 with a 4.57 ERA in 17 starts after Wednesday's loss against the Rangers) to another team.

Another major league source said that the Rangers are not interested in the 32-year-old right-hander. While Texas is trying to add a starter in light of the season-ending surgery for Colby Lewis, and the team may be a desirable destination for Beckett (who, as a pitcher with 10 years of big league service and five with his current team, can veto any trade), the Rangers do not see him as a fit.

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07/26/2012 - 8:05am
Mashup: Youkilis says ankle injury is 'mild'

Kevin Youkilis continues to produce in Chicago, notching an RBI in Wednesday's 8-2 victory over the Twins, but he departed the game in the fourth inning with a sprained left ankle. The 33-year-old Youkilis struggled with injuries in Boston, missing a month earlier this season with a back problem, but the White Sox insist he only left the game as a precaution.

"He's fine," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "He probably could've continued to play. But [trainer] Herm [Schneider] looked at it and wanted to take him out. We'll look at it again [Wednesday night] and see how it's going."

Said Youkilis, who rolled his foot over the first base bag on his RBI single: "I'll be good; it's just mild. I wasn't moving. It just locked up on me. I had to go get some work on it. It'll be fine by Friday. I just wasn't moving too well left and right. You can't help the team when you're out at third base if you can't really move."...

07/25/2012 - 10:52pm
Wild pitch does in Beckett, Red Sox

The Red Sox dropped a 5-3 decision to the Rangers Wednesday night in the teams' series finale in Arlington, Texas.

The pivotal play for the Rangers came in the seventh inning when Elvis Andrus scored with two outs on a Josh Beckett wild pitch. The pitch (a change-up) came after Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine visited the mound, choosing to leave the starter in after throwing 108 pitches.

Beckett would finish his 114-pitch outing allowing four runs over seven innings, giving up nine hits while striking out three and walking two.

The only other inning Beckett allowed Texas to score was the Rangers' three-run fourth inning, in which he gave up five hits.

Prior to the seventh, the Red Sox had tied the game in the sixth inning on Dustin Pedroia's solo home run. It was the Sox' second homer of the game, with Will Middlebrooks having hit his 12th of the season with two outs in the fourth inning.

The Red Sox could only manage five hits...

07/25/2012 - 5:24pm
Lineup: Crawford back in seventh spot

The Red Sox (49-49) look to win their second straight in the finale of a three-game series with the Rangers (57-39) in Arlington on Wednesday. Carl Crawford will hit in the seventh spot in the lineup for the second consecutive game as the Sox will face left-hander Derek Holland (6-5, 4.84). The Sox lineup is the same as it was in Tuesday's win.

Josh Beckett (5-8, 4.53) starts for the Sox. He has struggled recently, positing a 6.88 ERA in three July starts. Beckett has made one start vs. the Rangers this season, allowing three runs in seven innings in a 6-3 Texas win at Fenway Park on April 18.

LINEUP:

Ellsbury, CF

Ciriaco, DH

Pedroia, 2B

Gonzalez, 1B

Ross, RF

Middlebrooks, 3B

Crawford, LF

Shoppach, C

Aviles, SS

Beckett -- SP

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