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05/08/2010 - 2:01pm
Tito on Tek: 'We dodged a bullet'

Sporting a protective white, padded bandage on his left forearm, Jason Varitek will be available for action off the bench on Saturday for the second game of the series against the Yankees after getting crossed up on a pitch in the sixth inning Friday and taking a fastball off the forearm from Josh Beckett.


"He's actually doing pretty well," Francona said before Saturday's game. "We actually checked with him last night but more telling certainly was this morning when he woke up. He's got a pretty good bruise but he could be available if needed, which is good news. 


"They were concerned about controlling the swelling and they did a pretty good job of that. I think we were pretty fortunate, we dodged a bullet there. Watching it, even live, I remember watching his reaction and watching the pitch, I thought that had a chance to [do damage]. 96 on the forearm can't feel real good. It's different...

05/08/2010 - 1:45pm
Francona: 'We already hit Tek'

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said he didn't expect warnings to both teams before Saturday's game after Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano were drilled by Josh Beckett on Friday night.


"No, and we took care of it anyway," Francona said, before adding some tongue-in-cheek perspective. "We hit Tek. We took it out of their hands. That's the ultimate respect." 


Jeter was hit in the left side on Friday with the bases loaded in New York's six-run sixth while Cano was hit by a fastball on the inside of the left knee. Cano had to come out for a pinch-runner and was a game-time decision for the starting lineup while Jeter reported no lingering soreness and was in the starting lineup at short. Ramiro Pena was in the original lineup for the Yankees before Cano tested his injury.


For more, visit the Full Count blog. 

05/08/2010 - 6:10am
Sabathia: Martinez not sweating contract

Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia said that there is "not a chance" that his close friend, Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez, has been affected this season by his contract status. With the prospect of free agency looming at the end of the 2010 season, Martinez, typically a terrific April performer, got off to one of the worst starts of his career, hitting .238 with a .632 OPS in the season's first month.


But Sabathia -- who first was teammates with Martinez in the New York-Penn League in 1999, when both were in the Indians system -- said there was "not a chance" that Martinez' uncertain contract status played into his struggles.


“Not a chance. No. I don’t think so at all,” said Sabathia. “He got off to a slow start, but you look at his numbers at the end of the year, they’re going to be just like they have been every year. He’ll hit. That’s one thing...

05/07/2010 - 10:50pm
Beckett: 'No idea where the ball was going'

Josh Beckett, who allowed  nine runs in a loss to the Yankees on Friday night, said in his post-game press conference that he "had no idea where the ball was going" in the sixth inning. That frame saw Beckett give up six runs on four hits, two walks and two HBP.


“Just had no idea where the ball was going," said Beckett, who now has an ERA of 7.46. "Hit Cano with a cutter and Jeter with the bases loaded with a sinker in. Tried to throw the ball too hard.”


Beckett was asked about his inconsistent effort to date in 2010.


“I mean, it’s very disappointing. Guys are out there playing their [tails] off and I’d like to be part of wins and not losses. And unfortunately I’ve had my fair share of those."





05/07/2010 - 10:14pm
Yankees rout Beckett, Red Sox

The Yankees scored nine runs off Josh Beckett -- six in the sixth inning -- to cruise to a 10-3 victory on Friday night. 


Beckett started out strong, not allowing a run while striking out six in his first three innings. But Nick Swisher connected for a two-out, three-run homer in the fourth to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead. After an easy fifth inning, Beckett simply imploded in the sixth, allowing four hits, two walks and two HBP.


Phil Hughes (4-0) allowed just two runs in seven innings to collect the win. The Yankees move to 20-8 on the season while the Red Sox fall back to .500 at 15-15.


For instant reaction from the Red Sox' loss see Closing Time at The Full Count Blog by clicking here.


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