Tag:Red Sox
Posted on: June 11, 2010 1:12 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:33 pm

Are interleague 'rivalries' still relevant?

Interleague play opens up again Friday and yet again I'm underwhelmed by the Reds-Royals, Mets-Orioles and Pirates-Tigers.

But it's not just those mashups of also-rans that have begun to bore -- anyone excited for Cubs-White Sox? A's-Giants? Dodgers-Angels? Aren't those the reasons we're still stuck with a bastardized schedule? OK, it's Mets-Yankees and nothing else.

Every time this argument comes up, we're pointed toward interleague attendance numbers, without noting that most of those dates are summer nights on the weekend -- nights when teams would draw regardless of the visiting Royals or Pirates.

So what's on tap this weekend for our interleague overlords?

White Sox at Cubs: Nurse that hangover from the Blackhawks parade at Wrigley. What does it say that the NHL in June will overshadow one of the prime interleague matchups? Everything, really.

Astros at Yankees: Loser has to claim Roger Clemens?

• Mets at Orioles: When the Wilpons and Peter Angelos get together, there are no winners. Really.

• Pirates at Tigers: Well, there will be two nice looking uniforms on display.

Nationals at Indians: Yes, they're going to play twice before Steven Strasburg pitches. But one relevant game out of three ain't bad.

• Royals at Reds: The first-place Reds 24th in home attendance. There's only one way to solve that -- a visit by the Royals.

Phillies at Red Sox: OK, I'll admit, this should be a good series. Boston plays in front of sold-out crowds every night, so it's not like this is going to help the gate.

Braves at Twins: Two of the best debuts of 2010 (non-Strasnurg division), Target Field and Jason Heyward meet.

Rangers at Brewers: Does any argument about interleague play hold up when it involves the Brewers?

Blue Jays at Rockies: I got nothing... Blue Jays. Rockies. That's enough.

Mariners at Padres:
Two great ballparks, two awesome cities, one good team.

Angels at Dodgers: If you live in Southern California and want to see the Angels, you've got 81 chances.

• A's at Giants: See above, substitute "Southern" for "Northern."

Oh, the excitement.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 10, 2010 6:35 pm

Matsuzaka throwing, but not up

After missing a scheduled bullpen session Wednesday with "intestinal turmoil," Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka was back on the field in Cleveland playing catch, MassLive.com's Nick Underhill reports .

Matsuzaka is scheduled to start against the Phillies on Saturday in Boston.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 10, 2010 6:01 pm

Ellsbury has new broken rib

On top of his broken ribs, Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury now has a broken rib.

Ellsbury cracked four ribs on April 11 in a collision with teammate Adrian Beltre. He came back and played in three games May 22-24, but went back on the DL because of continued pain. Only it turns out it wasn't continued pain, it was brand new pain. He fractured another rib, in a completely different area from the previous injury, when diving for a ball May 23. That was discovered in an exam by Dr. Lewis Yocum on Wednesday.

The Red Sox are sending Ellsbury to Arizona for rest and rehab, and it looks like he's out until at least the All-Star break.

A good explanation of the injury, along with the complete Red Sox statement and even a nifty graphic, available via the Boston Globe here .

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 10, 2010 1:02 pm

Bad news on Ellsbury's ribs

Jon Heyman reports on SI.com that a second opinion on Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellbury's ribs revealed a more serious injury than first diagnosed, and Ellsbury will be out at least two more weeks.

Ellsbury suffered the injury April 11 in a collision with teammate Adrian Beltre. He has played in only nine games this season.

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Posted on: June 10, 2010 12:23 am

Rest prescribed for Ellsbury

Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury needs more rest to recover from his four cracked ribs, a specialist told him on Wednesday. Ellsbury visited California's Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic Wednesday to see Dr. Lewis Yocum.

"It sounds like Dr. Yocum, at least, preliminarily, thinks he needs a little bit more rest. We all want the chance to kind of make sure everybody is on the same page because we have not gotten anything official. We want to talk through it," Red Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters .

Ellsbury injured his ribs in early April in a collision with third baseman Adrian Beltre, and played just nine games this season, only three since the second week of April.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 8, 2010 12:39 pm
Edited on: June 8, 2010 12:42 pm

Solis, Allie lead Round 2

The Nationals have selected left-hander Sammy Solis of the University of San Diego with the first pick in the second round of the draft.

With the second pick, the Pirates took one of the most intriguing prospects, strong-armed right-hander Stetson Allie out of Ohio's St. Edward High School.

University of Texas right-hander Brandon Workman, who might have dropped due to reports he was looking for a big signing bonus, was finally taken at No. 57 by the Red Sox.

-- David Andriesen, CBSSports.com

Posted on: June 7, 2010 4:56 pm

Papelbon leaves Red Sox; Bonser activated

Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona said today that closer Jonathan Papelbon will be away from the team for three days on a bereavement leave. The reason was not disclosed.

Papelbon's departure created a roster spot to activate right-hander Boof Bonser from the disabled list. Bonser has been out since suffering a groin injury during spring training. He was on a rehab assignment for that injury when he experienced trouble with his surgically repaired right shoulder. Bonser will work out of the bullpen.

-- David Andriesen, CBSSports.com

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