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Right-hander Joel Pineiro was activated from the disabled list today by the Sox, who had informed first baseman Jeff Bailey after Thursday night's game that he was going to be outrighted to Pawtucket.
The addition of Pineiro brings the Sox' staff back up to 12 pitchers, which provides manager Terry Francona with a better comfort level when it comes to available arms.
Pineiro, who suffered a sprained right ankle on June 25 in Seattle when teammate Eric Hinske inadvertently stepped on him during the pregame stretching drills, threw one inning in Lowell on Wednesday and was pronounced ready to return by the Sox.
He hopes to improve upon his first-half numbers -- 1-1, 5.04 earned-run average.
"Maybe this is a fresh start, like a new season for me," said Pineiro. "It's a clean slate. I have to go out and do what I need to do. Thank God it (the injury) had nothing to do with my arm."
-- Steven Krasner
Posted by Steven Krasner at 5:10 PM | Permalink
Curt Schilling, who has been on the disabled list because of right shoulder tendinitis, threw 55 pitches in a side session this afternoon, his first time on the mound since a June 18 start in Atlanta.
Manager Terry Francona, who doesn't routinely watch Schilling's side sessions (the last one he witnessed was in 2004, he said, when he watched to see if the right-hander's injured right ankle "would explode" prior to a postseason start), was thrilled with what he saw today.
"He was able to throw without a whole lot of effort behind it. The ball was coming out of his hand good. It was a really good day. I think we thought it was going to be. He worked really hard and it showed. I think he was happy and he should be," said Francona.
The Sox have mapped out a tentative plan for Schilling that could include a rehab stint next Saturday if all goes well. Schilling will throw a similar side session on the field at Fenway Park on Monday and then will follow that up by throwing a simulated inning so he can "ramp it up" against hitters, Francona said.
Next Wednesday would be a small side session, said the manager, and then, "on Saturday we'll see where he's at," said Francona.
-- Steven Krasner
Posted by Steven Krasner at 5:01 PM | Permalink
Ortiz in lineup
David Ortiz, who disclosed after Thursday night's game that he is suffering from a torn meniscus in his right knee, is in tonight's lineup in his customary designated hitter position, batting third.
Manager Terry Francona was not inclined to elaborate on the condition of Ortiz, who said he suffered the injury last June in New York; has discomfort every now and then, and could need surgery after the season.
"He's fine," said Francona when asked about Ortiz.
When pressed, Francona dismissed the follow-up question with a terse answer.
"He's okay," said Francona.
-- Steven Krasner
Posted by Steven Krasner at 4:54 PM | Permalink
Starting Lineups, July 13
-- Steven Krasner
Posted by Steven Krasner at 4:51 PM | Permalink
Sox Streakers for July 13
-The Red Sox have won five straight and nine of their last 11 at Fenway Park.
-Hideki Okajima has pitched 16 consecutive scoreless innings.
-Kevin Youkilis has played 126 consecutive error-free games at first base, the longest such streak in club history.
-Coco Crisp has handled 365 fielding chances without an error, the longest such streak for a Red Sox outfielder. Carl Yastrzemski held the old record, with 354.
-Jason Varitek is 11 for hist last 26 (.423) over seven games.
-David Ortiz is 9 for his last 18 (.500) over five games.
-Julio Lugo has five hits in his last two games. He needs three hits to reach 1,000 for his career.
-For Toronto, Alex Rios has a seven-game hitting streak, during which he is 12 for 26 (.462)
-J.D. Drew is 2 for his last 15.
-Eric Hinske is 0 for his last 10.
Blue Jays vs. Julian Tavarez
-Alex Rios, 8 for 12 (.667), 1 HR
-Vernon Wells, 7 for 13 (.538), 1 HR
-Frank Thomas, 4 for 11 (.364), 1 HR
-Aaron Hill, 3 for 12 (.250)
-Troy Glaus, 2 for 10 (.200)
-Matt Stairs, 1 for 5 (.200)
-Royce Clayton, 4 for 22 (.182), 1 HR
-Reed Johnson, 1 for 8 (.125)
-Jason Phillips, 0 for 5
-Gregg Zaun, 0 for 8
-John McDonald, 0 for 9
-Tavarez is 2-3 with a 4.57 E.R.A. in 21 career appearances (including five starts) against Toronto.
Red Sox vs. Shaun Marcum
-Jason Varitek, 2 for 4 (.500)
-Eric Hinske, 1 for 2 (.500)
-Manny Ramirez, 1 for 3 (.333), 1 HR
-Alex Cora, 1 for 3 (.333)
-Mike Lowell, 1 for 5 (.200)
-Kevin Youkilis, 1 for 5 (.200)
-Julio Lugo, 0 for 1
-Coco Crisp, 0 for 2
-J.D. Drew, 0 for 2
-Dustin Pedroia, 0 for 2
-Doug Mirabelli, 0 for 3
-David Ortiz, 0 for 4
-Marcum is 1-1 with a 1.80 E.R.A. in six career appearances (including one start) against Boston.
-All-time series: Boston 236, Toronto 186
-The Red Sox are 51-1 when leading after eight innings.
-Boston has been in first place for 89 consecutive days, its longest such streak since 1995 (the last year that the team won the division).
Posted by Mike McDermott at 3:57 PM to Projo Sox Streakers
Projo SoxTalk: A good start to the second half
Art Martone and Mike McDermott take a look at last night's Red Sox win on today's edition of projo SoxTalk. Click here to listen to the audio file. They discuss the latest on David Ortiz's injured knee, Tim Wakefield's unusual streak of 18 straight starts with a decision, and the surprising (to some, but not to Art) performance of Dustin Pedroia.
A reminder that we will not have a Sports Chat today. And next week, Sean McAdam is back as our regular guest on SoxTalk.
Posted by Mike McDermott at 12:05 PM to Martone
Baseball Today: Friday, July 13
OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT: For all the talk of improvements the Red Sox need to make before the trade deadline, one theme recurs in every conversation: David Ortiz (above left) and Manny Ramirez (above right) (Journal photos by Bob Breidebach) have to start hitting like, well, David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez. And last night, in the first game after the All-Star break, they did. Steven Krasner provides the details (projo.com) of their combined 5-for-9, 5-RBI effort in the Sox' 7-4 win over the Blue Jays. Also hitting again is Julio Lugo, whose 2-for-4 night made him 8-for-22 over the last nine games and lifted his average over .200. (Boston Globe) The Sox also did the little things right last night, and Jim Donaldson says the biggest such effort came from the littlest player of all, Dustin Pedroia. (projo.com) All in all, not a bad start to the second half.
MBM: On his ESPN.com blog, available to subscribers only, Peter Gammons reports that Ramirez ''gets custom-made clothing at a chic Boston store . . . [and] instead of his actual initials . . . [has] 'MBM' sewn into his shirts and jackets. Yup. Manny Being Manny.''.
MVP: Seth Mnookin's first-half Red Sox MVP is Coco Crisp.
NOW YOU KNOW THE REST OF THE STORY: David Ortiz cleared up the confusion regarding his right knee problems after last night's game, saying a) he has a torn meniscus, b) he originally hurt it in 2006, not earlier this year, and c) it hurts more than it did last year but he can play through it.
GET IT STRAIGHT: The Herald's Tony Massarotti says the Sox need insurance, not reinforcements, for the stretch run.
IT'S ALL ON YOU: SI.com's Jon Heyman identifies each team's key individual for the second half. For the Red Sox? Curt Schilling. For the Yankees? Joe Torre.
'THINGS I HEARD':Careless and/or uniformed announcers -- such as last night's Blue Jays crew -- are prime targets for old friend Allan Wood. (joyofsox.blogspot.com)
MR. HATFIELD, MEET MR. McCOY: Dave Stewart has made clear his dislike for Roger Clemens over the years, but he reveals in an interview with Todd Devlin of MLBlogs that the Red Sox pursued him as a free agent in the 1992-93 offseason, which would have made them teammates.
IN FOR A DIME, IN FOR A DOLLAR: The Yankees' attempt to negotiate a contract extension with Alex Rodriguez goes against team policy of holding contract talks during the season, leading some to wonder how the Yanks could break their rule for A-Rod and not for some of their other free-agents-to-be, specifically Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera and Joe Torre. (New York Post) But, according to the New York Daily News, the Yankees are talking to Rivera and Posada, too. Rivera seems receptive to the idea of negotiations, but Posada insists he's going to test the free-agent waters.
NOW OR NOT AT ALL: The Daily News also reports the Yankees have warned A-Rod that if he opts out his contract after the season, they won't attempt to re-sign him. That would, theoretically, lower Rodriguez' open-market value, since he and his agent, Scott Boras, wouldn't have the Yankees to drive up the bidding. Neither of them seems too concerned, though, and both reiterated they have no intention of negotiating during the season.
KEY TO THE SEASON: Peter Abraham, on the LoHud Yankees Blog, says that for the Yanks, it appears to be Bobby Abreu.
ON THE COMEBACK TRAIL: The Yankees' Jeff Karstens, sidelined since late April when his leg was broken by a Julio Lugo line drive, pitched five strong innings in a rehab start for Staten Island. (New York Post)
CHOOSE YOUR ENEMIES CAREFULLY, BECAUSE THAT'S WHO YOU END UP RESEMBLING: The Daily News' Anthony McCarron writes the Mets' firing of hitting coach Rick Down made Omar Minaya seem a lot like George Steinbrenner Classic. And in another bit of Yankee Flashback, Willie Randolph distanced himself from Minaya on the decision to fire Down, saying it was ''their'' call. (New York Post)
THAT OLD DETERMINATION: Julio Franco will turn 49 next month and has just been released by the Mets, but he thinks he can still play. (New York Daily News)
MAVERICK BID: Mark Cuban, owning the Cubs? The Chicago Tribune's Rick Morrissey doesn't think MLB will let it happen.
AS DON CORLEONE WOULD SAY, LET US REASON TOGETHER: Eric Byrnes says he'll give the Diamondbacks a hometown discount -- ''within reason'' -- to remain in Arizona. (Arizona Republic)
NOT GOING TO HAPPEN: Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi shot down all Troy Glaus trade rumors by saying Glaus will remain in Toronto (Toronto Globe and Mail) . . . The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold thinks that if the Cardinals trade Scott Rolen, as some rumors are suggesting, it probably won't happen until the offseason . . . The Reds called Ken Griffey Jr.'s agent to deny Griffey-to-the-Brewers rumor.
WHISPERS: The Mets have asked about the Astros' Roy Oswalt (Houston Chronicle) . . . Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle speculates that Yankees, Twins and Angels might have interest in the A's Mike Piazza . . . The Orioles are shopping Jay Gibbons, Kevin Millar, Steve Trachsel and Corey Patterson, though none are expected to fetch more than a mid-level prospect in return (Baltimore Sun) . . . Jermaine Dye, Tadahito Iguchi and Jose Contreras could be had from the White Sox (Chicago Tribune) . . . The Dallas Morning News says the Rangers have a host of suitors for Mark Teixeira, and the Red Sox are one of them.
-- ART MARTONE
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