Saturday, March 8, 2014
Josh Beckett has a sprained ankle. Maybe it's a "badly sprained ankle" according to some reports. Maybe it will not b a problem. The Red Sox doctors said there was no ligament damage.
But, as we have seen with Jacoby Ellsbury and Clay Buchholz, sometimes a diagnosis will change. Not trying to be Mr. Glass-Half-Empty, but we have been down this road before.
When the Red Sox released a statement from their doctors on Tuesday, it concluded with "we will re-evaluate his symptoms and availability later this week."
So far, the news is not bad regarding Beckett. So far.
With the Yankees winning (at about 2:15 a.m.), the Sox winning and the Rays losing, here is a look at the standings:
New York 87-53
Boston 85-56 (2.5 back)
Tampa Bay 77-64 (10.5)
Tampa Bay 77-64 (8 back)
LA Angels 77-65 (8.5)
New York's magic number to clinch the division: 20.
Boston's magic number to clinch the wild card: 14.
The Yankees turn around and play at 1 this afternoon, throwing A.J. Burnett against the Orioles and Zach Britton.
Meanwhile, Tim Wakefield tries AGAIN for win No. 200 tonight in Toronto.
News on a couple of former Sea Dogs: Catcher Tim Federowicz was called up to the Dodgers Tuesday and Nate Spears made his major league debut Tuesday, subbing for Carl Crawford in left field and going 0-for-2.
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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