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05/20/2010 - 11:13pm
Scutaro: Injury goes back to spring training

According to shortstop Marco Scutaro, the injury (tennis elbow) to his left arm first cropped up in spring training and has been bothering him throughout the season. After receiving a cortisone shot Thursday, Scutaro said he expects to be ready to play in the series opener between the Phillies and Red Sox Friday night in Philadelphia. "I had no strength, I can't grip. I can't even lift the bat. Even when I close my glove," he said. "Unless I take a pill, like an anti-flam, no chance. It's mostly to hit.

 

"It was sore last night from the shot but today feels better. They said after a couple of days the medicine stops working. I guess it's from too much swinging. It was there for like a month and wasn't getting any better.

 

Scutaro, who said he had something similar last season but in his right elbow, has been hit on the elbow with pitches on two occasions. Ironically, the day before the first game he was...

05/20/2010 - 10:08pm
Ellsbury to be activated

According to Red Sox manager Terry Francona, outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury will be activated off the disabled list on Saturday and will join the Sox on their upcoming road trip. "He felt really good," Francona said of Ellsbury's rehab game on Thursday. "He gives us a different (offensive) element." For more Red Sox news, check out our baseball blog Full Count.


05/20/2010 - 9:42pm
Completely fine: Lester CG in Sox win

Kevin Youkilis belted a three-run homer and drove in four and Victor Martinez doubled three times in support of the complete-game effort of Jon Lester as the Red Sox beat the Twins, 6-2, Thursday night at Fenway Park to sweep the brief two-game series. 

 

Lester had the most efficient start of any Red Sox starter this season, needing just 103 pitches to author Boston's first complete game of the season. Lester improved to 4-2, allowing just six hits and two runs - one earned - while striking out nine and walking none. 

 

Adrian Beltre also homered for the Red Sox, who have won three straight and head to Philadelphia to begin interleague play against the Phillies on Friday night, followed by three at Tampa Bay.

 

For complete coverage, be sure to visit the Full Count blog. 


05/20/2010 - 6:08pm
NBA suspends ref for fan incident

The NBA announced that referee Joe DeRosa will be suspended for one game following an incident with a fan in Orlando during Game 2 of the Celtics series with the Magic. DeRosa will be suspended for the next game that he was scheduled to work. Read the full post on Green Street.


05/20/2010 - 4:59pm
Beckett discusses 'frustrating' injury

Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett admitted that his current back injury, described by the team as a lower back strain, has been "frustrating" to deal with. The right-hander said that he felt fine during Tuesday's start, when rain fell steadily on Yankee Stadium, until he slipped while landing after throwing a changeup in the fifth inning. 

 

"It’s just frustrating to play in those conditions, especially when you’ve got something like a back injury and one pitch basically costs you two starts," said Beckett. "When your back’s not 100 percent and something like that happens, you put yourself in a lot of danger."

 

Beckett (1-1, 7.29) said that he expected that he would be ready to rejoin the Sox after 15 days on the disabled list. 

 

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