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05/05/2011 - 1:28pm
Beckett: Illness cause for cautious approach

Josh Beckett said Thursday morning, after giving up just one hit and no runs over 4 1/3 innings in his 68-pitch outing the night before, that the reason the Red Sox were watching him so closely was because of a stomach flu that had him dehydrated for much of the last week.

Beckett said he had joined almost half of the Red Sox' 25-man roster in contracting the sickness, that, coupled with the 125-pitch outing two starts before, had the Sox taking a cautious approach when it came to the righty. He had been pushed back one day, going into his latest start on six days rest.

"I've been fatigued," he explained. "I had that stomach flue stuff that was going on. (Being watched closely during the bullpen session) was a convincing deal where after extending me and being dehydrated, it was just precautionary. They were definitely going to give me extra rest, they just wanted to know how much more extra rest I needed.

"It's not...

05/05/2011 - 12:10pm
Scutaro on play at plate: Too late to stop

Talking prior to the Red Sox afternoon game against the Angels Thursday, Marco Scutaro explained what happened from his perspective when he was thrown out at home with one out in the 12th inning of the Sox' 5-3, 13-inning loss to LA the game before.

Scutaro reached in the 12th via a one-out single, seemingly having a good chance to race home when the next batter, Kevin Youkilis, launched a ball high off the left field wall.

"As soon as he hit it I thought it was out, the way it came off the bat," the infielder said. "It looked like it was hit pretty hard. The ball was playing a little weird last night. Youk told me he crushed that ball. But I was still running hard anyway."

But, unfortunately for the Red Sox, the Angels executed the relay perfectly, with left fielder Vernon Wells gathering the ball, sending to shortstop Erick Aybar, who threw a strike to catcher Jeff Mathis for the out.

Scutaro said that third base...

05/05/2011 - 11:09am
Jenks, Wheeler to DL; Hill, Atchison up

The Red Sox will place relievers Dan Wheeler and Bobby Jenks on the disabled list prior to Thursday's game against the Angels in order to clear roster spots for right-hander Scott Atchison (recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket) and left-hander Rich Hill (selected from Pawtucket). The moves come at a time when the Sox bullpen is running on fumes after handling the final 8 2/3 innings of Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Angels.

Jenks was unavailable during Wednesday's 13-inning contest after experiencing cramping in his arm while warming up prior to the seventh inning. He has struggled to a 1-2 record and 9.35 ERA in 11 games this year. His injury is being described as a right biceps strain. He was placed on the disabled list retroactive to May 2, one day after his most recent appearance.

Wheeler ended up pitching in the seventh, allowing three of the four batters he faced to reach while allowing a two-run homer to Vernon Wells. The right-hander has an 11.32...

05/05/2011 - 10:24am
Barnaby on D&C: Thomas in Flyers' heads

ESPN NHL analyst Matthew Barnaby joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about the Bruins' success in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Boston took a 3-0 series lead on the Flyers with Wednesday night's 5-1 victory and can close out the series Friday night at TD Garden.

"They're playing at full tilt and they really aren't making that many mistakes," Barnaby said of the B's. "When you look at the Philadelphia side, they just can't seem to get anything going. … It's a different team than we saw all year long, very suspect goaltending and Chris Pronger not being in that lineup really changes the dynamic of that team."

Tim Thomas has been stellar in the Boston goal and drawn comparisons to one of Barnaby's former teammates. "Tim Thomas is to me right now what I played with in Dominik Hasek when I was with Buffalo," Barnaby said. "He gets into guys' heads. He makes you pass when you think...

05/05/2011 - 8:30am
Crawford hits second as Pedroia rests

In the aftermath of a 13-inning Wednesday night marathon, Dustin Pedroia is out of the Red Sox lineup for the first time all season for Thursday's series finale against the Angels. Pedroia struck out a career-high four times while going 0-for-6 on Wednesday night.

In his absence, Marco Scutaro will get the start at second base, while Carl Crawford will hit in the second spot of the lineup. It will mark the first time since April 17 that Crawford hasn't hit in the seventh or eighth spot in the lineup.

RED SOX LINEUP

Ellsbury, CF
Crawford, LF
Youkilis, 3B
Gonzalez, 1B
Ortiz, DH
Lowrie, SS
Drew, RF
Saltalamacchia, C
Scutaro, 2B

Lackey, SP


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