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05/20/2011 - 7:25pm
Francona: Lackey won't be sidelined long

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that John Lackey has yet to throw since receiving a cortisone shot in his right elbow on Monday. However, the manager remains optimistic that the right-hander -- who went on the 15-day disabled list on Monday -- will not be sidelined for too extended a stretch, suggesting that he will begin throwing soon enough that he will return sooner than fellow starter Daisuke Matsuzaka, who will be sidleined for at least a month.

"He’s still trying to settle down from that shot. So, he’ll rest a little bit," Francona said of Lackey. "While we’re home, especially, he’ll be examined [by team medical staff]. That just makes sense. But I think Lack will be throwing pretty quick. This won’t be a significant down period."

Lackey is 2-5 with an 8.01 ERA. While there is a vesting option in his contract that would add a sixth season at the major league minimum to his five-year, $82.5...

05/20/2011 - 6:12pm
Beckett on track for next start

One day after he was pulled from his start against the Tigers after six innings and 83 pitches, Josh Beckett acknowledged that his neck remained "sore," but that he is already feeling better. As such, he does not anticipate any problem making his next scheduled start.

"I don't think that was ever even a question," Beckett said of his next start.

Beckett said that he was able to follow his normal day-after-start program, and that he even threw the ball without a problem.

"I actually felt better when I threw harder instead of just lobbing the ball," he noted. "We did some ultrasound stuff today, but that's about it. Just trying to ice it. When a muscle goes into spasm like that, it's usually pretty sore for 24 hours or so. I'm all right. I'll be all right."

That no doubt comes as a relief to the Sox, as Beckett will carry a 3-1 record and AL-leading 1.73 ERA into his start on Tuesday against the...

05/20/2011 - 5:01pm
Millwood passes physical with Sox

Pitcher Kevin Millwood has passed his physical, making the minor league deal he signed with the Red Sox official. If he reaches the majors, the deal would be for a prorated base salary of $500,000, with performance bonuses built into the deal. Millwood, who opted out of a minor-league deal with the Yankees in early May after going 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in three starts in their minor league system (including an 8.00 ERA with 14 hits allowed in nine innings in Triple-A), has a career 159-137 record with a 4.11 ERA in 14 seasons with the Braves, Phillies, Indians, Rangers and Orioles.

Red Sox GM Theo Epstein said that Millwood will report to the Sox’ extended spring training facility in Fort Myers, where he will throw side sessions, then get in some games in extended spring training before being assigned to Triple-A Pawtucket.

For more on the Sox plans for Millwood,...

05/20/2011 - 2:59pm
Sox recall Sutton, drop Nava from roster

The Red Sox made a handful of roster moves prior to their game with the Cubs on Friday. They called up outfielder Drew Sutton from Pawtucket, while designating Daniel Nava for assignment, to make room for Sutton on the 40-man roster. The Sox also optioned shortstop Jose Iglesais back to Pawtucket, while activating Dan Wheeler from the disabled list and optioning Michael Bowden.

For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox


05/20/2011 - 2:21pm
Cameron in lineup for Sox vs. Cubs

No one has faced Cubs left-hander Doug Davis more than Mike Cameron. The Red Sox outfielder has a whopping 64 plate appearances against Chicago's starter, and he has enjoyed significant success against him in his career, hitting .333 with a 1.045 OPS and two homers.

As such, it comes as little surprise to see Cameron in the lineup and in right field, with J.D. Drew getting the night off, for the first Red Sox-Cubs contest at Fenway Park since the 1918 World Series.

For full matchup information, visit the Full Count blog. For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.

RED SOX LINEUP

Ellsbury, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Gonzalez, 1B
Youkilis, 3B
Ortiz, DH
Lowrie, SS
Cameron, RF
Crawford, LF
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