Tuesday, December 10, 2013
The Red Sox starting rotation stock is rising. Daisuke Matsuzaka, Tim Wakefield, Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester have all turned in gems (while Josh Beckett takes a break). All John Lackey has to do tonight is out-pitch Matt Garza, who has dominated Boston.
Jacoby Ellsbury is not likely to be in the lineup after recording pain in his side. That kept Darnell McDonald on the roster, while reliever Scott Atchison is designated for assignment.
Terry Francona did announce that when Ellsbury is healthy, he will be the starting center fielder, with Mike Cameron playing left. Cameron is going to need more days off and he will likely quasi-platoon with Jeremy Hermida.
The Yankees-Twins game was suspended by rain after five innings and the score 0-0.
The AL East standings: Rays 32-14; Yankees 26-18 (5 back); Jays 27-21 (6); Sox 26-21 (6.5).
Pawtucket outfielder Daniel Nava (.314) continues to hit, going 2-for-5 Tuesday ... Lars Anderson (.243) hit his third home run in Triple-A ... Michael Bowden needed 91 pitches to go 4 1/3 innings (4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 K).
Sea Dogs starter Kyle Weiland did not have his command Tuesday (4 1/3, 4 H, 3 R, 5 BB, 6 K). He gave up 3 runs in the third, two of them on a two-out, two-run homer.
Caleb Clay (4.40) started for Salem (6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K)
Yeiper Castillo (3.16) started for Greenville (6 IP, 4 H, 6 K) ... Cesar Cabral (0.32) relieved (3 IP, 2 BB, 3 K). About time to introduce Mr. Cabral to Salem.
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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