Thursday, April 17, 2014
According media reports out of New York, Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain has a torn ligament in his elbow and will need Tommy John surgery.
Elsewhere on the injury front, the Red Sox are awaiting news of Dustin Pedroia’s knee check-up in Boston this afternoon … and Jed Lowrie is back in the lineup at shortstop. Marco Scutaro will play second base.
In Portland, the skies are threatening (but any rain is expected to be out of here well before game time).
Third baseman Will Middlebrooks is the DH tonight for the Sea Dogs, after sitting out Wednesday’s game. Catcher Tim Federowicz is taking the day off.
Here are the lineups:
BOSTON: Ellsbury CF, Scutaro 2B, Gonzalez 1B, Youkilis 3B, Ortiz DH, Lowrie SS, Crawford LF, Cameron RF, Varitek C (Beckett P).
PORTLAND: Hazelbaker CF, Hassan LF, Lavarnway C, Chiang RF, Middlebrooks DH, Hee 3B, Tejeda 2B, Padron 1B, Frias SS. (Wilson P)
Pawtucket already played today, losing to Norfolk 4-2. Daniel Nava went 4-for-4. Felix Doubront took the loss: 5 1/3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 2 K. Doubront gave up a hit, walk and two runs in the sixth.
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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