Thursday, December 12, 2013
The Red Sox scored three runs in the ninth inning to beat Toronto 3-2, but that is already old news.
Here is the latest. X-rays on Mike Lowell's left knee were negative. Lowell left in the first inning after fouling a pitch off his knee.
"He took a pretty good whack," manager terry Francona said. "It's going to be pretty sore."
Lowell was supposed to play third base today and then DH in Saturday's game. That plan is out. "We tried to get him back-to-back games and we get him in for six minutes," Francona said.
Francona announced his starting rotation, which will include Clay Buchholz as the No. 5 starter on April 11.
The rotation: Josh Beckett (April 4), Jon Lester (April 6), John Lackey (April 7), Tim Wakefield (April 9), Beckett (April 10), Buchholz (April 11), Lester, etc.
The Red Sox also announced the acquisition of infielder Kevin Frandsen from the San Francisco Giants for a Player To Be Named or cash. Frandsen will be added to the 40-man roster (which now numbers 40 again) and will report Saturday.
Frandsen, 27, has played parts of four seasons with the Giants (174 games) with a .240 batting average. He can play several positions but, apparently, gives Boston its best option as a back-up shortstop.
With Jed Lowrie (mono) and Gil Velazquez (broken finger) out, Boston's only back-up shortstops were utility players Bill Hall and Tug Hulett. Neither had played much at short and Boston was obviously not comfortable with that situation.
As for the game, the Red Sox rallied when Hall led off with a walk. After one out, Kevin Youkilis doubled to left, putting runners on second and third. David Ortiz singled in a run with a broken-bat bloop to left. Dusty Brown tied the game with an RBI single. After a Ronald Bermudez infield single to load the bases, Hulett won the game with an RBI single to right.
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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