Saturday, December 7, 2013
The Associated Press
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Mike Napoli, left, congratulates Jarrod Saltalamacchia after scoring on Saltalamacchia’s home run in the sixth inning Sunday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Napoli also homered and drove in three runs in an 8-1 victory.
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Jacoby Ellsbury slides into second with a stolen base as his former teammate, Dodgers shortstop Nick Punto, fields the throw. Ellsbury leads the majors with 47 steals.
TUESDAY-THURSDAY: Baltimore Orioles at Red Sox
FRIDAY-SUNDAY: Chicago White Sox at Red Sox
BOSTON REINSTATED left-handed reliever Matt Thornton from the disabled list and optioned righty Brayan Villarreal to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Thornton missed 16 games because of an oblique strain on his right side. The Red Sox acquired him from the White Sox on July 12. He is 0-4 with a 3.47 ERA in 50 relief appearances this season.
Thornton is one of four lefties in the Red Sox bullpen, along with Craig Breslow, Franklin Morales and rookie Drake Britton.
JOSH BECKETT, a cornerstone of the Dodgers' blockbuster trade with Boston a year ago, has declared himself ahead of schedule after thoracic outlet syndrome surgery and expects to be ready for the start of spring training.
The three-time All-Star, who flew in from Dallas on Friday to visit his teammates -- past and present -- expects to go back to Texas on Wednesday to begin a throwing program that will include three or four sessions off a mound. In another couple weeks, he will return to Los Angeles to get re-examined by Dodgers team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
"There's still some hurdles to get over, but I feel really good for where I'm at," Beckett said. "We were looking at eight weeks before I started throwing again, and I beat that by about two weeks. So we're ahead of schedule right now. I don't think anybody was expecting that, so everything's going good. But I think we'll know more probably when I begin my bullpens. December's going to be long, so I'd like to get over those mental blocks now. It's something to look forward to."
Beckett was 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA in eight starts before going on the disabled list in mid-May because of a groin strain. He then experienced a recurrence of nerve irritation in his right arm, causing numbness in his pitching and leading to the surgery that finished him for the season.
"Basically, they cut the rib out of my spine, which was basically where all my the pain was -- in my upper back," said Beckett, who turned 33 in May and has two years and $30 million left on his contract. "Once I got closure on the fact that the surgery was the way we were going to go, my frustration level went down a lot because I at least had something to look forward to. The second week after the surgery, I was doing stuff that a lot of people were doing at four weeks after. "
Beckett said not being part of the Dodgers' epic run hasn't dampened his enthusiasm.
"I'm not frustrated. I'm glad they're we're winning," he said. "I'm genuinely happy for everybody -- the fans and the ownership that put this thing together after they bought this team. ... It's an exciting time to be a Dodger fan or a Dodger player, or a Dodger owner -- or a Dodger DL guy."
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Jake Peavy earned his second win in five starts for the Red Sox, limiting the Dodgers to three hits while going the distance.
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Boston's Shane Victorino hits a solo home run in the seventh inning Sunday in Los Angeles. The Red Sox beat the Dodgers, 8-1.