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Posted on: September 11, 2011 11:46 am
Edited on: September 11, 2011 11:52 am

On Deck: Strasmas, McGowan, AL Wild Card race


By Matt Snyder

It's September 11, 2011. Much smarter people than myself have written about today, but things other than baseball should certainly be somewhere in our minds. Ten years ago today was a rough one. Let's be happy for what we have and cherish life. When you do stumble back to baseball for entertainment -- and it's essential for maintaining sanity -- you can follow all the live action on CBSSports.com's scoreboard. For me, though, it feels like baseball takes a back seat to the 10-year anniversary of a day that was so horrible, yet brought us all together as one, big family.

Strasmas ... again: It's Strasmas in D.C. Phenom Stephen Strasburg (0-0, 0.00) will make his second start of the season Sunday for the Nationals, as they host the Astros. He worked five shutout innings Tuesday, allowing just two hits while striking out four. In his major-league career, Strasburg has a 2.71 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 73 innings. Expect him to work somewhere from four to six innings, depending upon how the pitch count falls. Henry Sosa (2-3, 4.11) takes the hill for the Astros, whose next loss will match a franchise-high 97 for the season. Astros at Nationals, 1:35 p.m. ET.

Dustin's Return: Blue Jays pitcher Dustin McGowan hasn't started a game in the majors since July 8, 2008, but he'll give it a go Sunday against the Orioles. He's had several surgeries -- two to his shoulder and one to his knee -- and a long road of rehab back, so it's difficult to not root for him. He allowed three runs in four relief innings earlier this week, but it feels like a clean slate in his start Sunday. Tommy Hunter (3-3, 5.28) takes the hill for the Orioles. Orioles at Blue Jays, 1:07 p.m. ET.

Sunday's Big Game: If the Rays beat the Red Sox, it will only be a 3 1/2 game lead for the Sox in the AL Wild Card race. And the Rays visit the Red Sox for a four-game series on their upcoming road trip. As if the stakes weren't high enough, two All-Stars take the mound. James Shields (14-10, 2.77) squares off against Jon Lester (15-6, 2.93). Last time the two started in the same game, the result was a 3-1 Red Sox win -- in which Shields only allowed a three-run homer to Jacoby Ellsbury in one of his major-league leading 11 complete games. Rays at Red Sox, 1:40 p.m. ET.

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Posted on: September 6, 2011 7:08 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2011 7:37 pm

Beckett to miss next start

Josh BeckettBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Red Sox starter Josh Beckett will miss his next scheduled start, Sunday at Tampa Bay because of his sprained right ankle, manager Terry Francona told reporters before Tuesday's game in Toronto.

Beckett injured his ankle in Monday's game against the Blue Jays and he flew back to Boston on Tuesday morning to be examined. Francona said Beckett was feeling better.

"I think he was actually doing OK, good enough to complain about going [for the exam]," Francona said (WEEI.com).

A report by CSNNE.com's Sean McAdam cited two sources "with knowledge of the situation" that said Beckett's injury is a "short-term ailment" and he will likely be fine for the postseason.

The Red Sox released a statement by team medical director Tom Gill, that said nothing much new:

"Josh was evaluated today at the Massachusetts General Hospital by the Red Sox medical staff, including team foot and ankle specialist, Dr. George Theodore," the release said. "Josh experienced pain in his ankle while pitching last night. His examination was consistent with an ankle sprain. An MRI was performed that confirmed no other injury to his ankle tendons, or his Achilles tendon. We will re-evaluate his symptoms and availability later this week."

Beckett's absence coupled with Erik Bedard being skipped on Friday due to a sore left knee means the Red Sox will have John Lackey start Friday and rookie Kyle Weiland start on Saturday against the Rays. Jon Lester will pitch on Sunday in Beckett's spot in the rotation.

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Posted on: August 5, 2011 4:56 pm

On Deck: Ubaldo makes his Indians debut


By C. Trent Rosecrans

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Ubaldo JimenezJimenez brings the heat: Ubaldo Jimenez makes his Cleveland debut against the Rangers, a team he's never faced. Jimenez was 6-9 with a 4.46 ERA for the Rockies this year, but was much better on the road than at (his former) home -- going 3-4 with a 3.38 ERA away from Coors Field and a 3-5 mark with a 5.55 ERA in Colorado. Jimenez will not only have to face the Rangers and Derek Holland, but also the heat. According to Weather.com, the forecast is for a game time temperature of 106 degrees, which would make it the hottest game in Rangers Ballpark history -- a place with quite the history of steamy weather. Texas had two 105-degree games last month. Indians at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. ET

East showdown: Yes, it's terribly unoriginal to put yet another Yankees-Red Sox game in the preview. Yes, the rest of the country is sick of having the two teams rammed down our throats. And yes, they've already played nine games and have nine more against each other. But the reason this rivalry gets talked about is that it's worth talking about. Entering this three-game set at Fenway Park, the two teams are tied for the best record in the American League at 68-42 and atop the American League East standings. Boston is 8-1 so far this season against their rivals, beating Friday's starter Bartolo Colon twice already. However, in those two starts, Colon has allowed just seven hits and three earned runs over 10 1/3 innings. Lefty Jon Lester is on the hill for Boston. He's allowed 13 hits and seven earned runs in two starts against the Yankees this season, but picked up victories in both starts. Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. ET

Aaron HarangJeff KarstensSinking ship?: Piitsburgh's quickly gone from the belle of the ball to, well, the Pirates. Looking to break their streak of 18 consecutive losing seasons, the Pirates have lost their last seven games and are now two games under .500 at 54-56. Pittsburgh will see a familiar foe on the mound in Padres right-hander Aaron Harang, a former Red who has started 23 career games against the Pirates, going 13-6 with a 4.19 ERA. Harang has beaten the Pirates and Astros more than any other teams in baseball. He faces off against Pittsburgh's best starter, Jeff Karstens. Karstens is 8-5 with a 2.49 ERA and has allow two or fewer earned runs in 13 of his last 16 starts. Padres at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. ET

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Posted on: July 25, 2011 3:02 pm
Edited on: July 25, 2011 3:17 pm

On Deck: Mariners' futility takes center stage


By Matt Snyder

With one day game and eight teams off, we don't quite have a full slate of games Monday. Still, 10 games is more than on many Mondays, so we'll take it. Obviously the biggest storyline at this point is the trade deadline -- read all Eye on Baseball trade deadline posts by clicking here -- but the games are, you know, kind of important, too. Follow all the action on CBSSports.com's live scoreboard.

Not-So-Sweet 16: The Mariners are in New York to face the Yankees, but the focus of the game is solely on futility. The Mariners have lost 15 straight games, which is the longest losing streak in the majors since 2005. Via Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, a loss Monday night would make the Mariners the fifth team in the last 40 years to lose 16 straight in a season. So, yes, this losing streak is in historically bad territory. Jason Vargas (6-8, 3.94) will attempt to hold down the Yankees' mighty offense for the Mariners. Freddy Garcia (8-7, 3.21) gets the ball for the Yankees. Seattle at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m. ET.

Tribe Reeling: The Indians have been one of the feel-good stories of the 2011 season -- along with the Pirates -- but have now lost four straight games. Losing a fifth straight would equal their longest losing streak of the season. They haven't been this close to .500 since early April and being two games out of first place is the furthest behind the Indians have been since the second day of the season. Simply put: A win would be nice for Cleveland. Taking the mound for the Indians is Fausto Carmona (5-10, 5.63). The opponent is the Angels, who Carmona has shut down quite well over the course of his career, with a 1.79 ERA in 45 1/3 innings. The Angels send Dan Haren (10-6, 3.10) to the mound and he's looking to get himself right. The right-hander has a 9.28 ERA in his last two starts. L.A. Angels at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. ET.

Lester Returns: Red Sox ace Jon Lester had to leave a no-hitter after four innings July 5 with a strained shoulder muscle, but he's making his return Monday night. Lester (10-4, 3.31) comes in having thrown 11 straight scoreless innings, but the injury may have robbed him of his own momentum. Still, he doesn't have the toughest of tasks Monday, as he'll face the Royals and Kyle Davis (1-9, 7.32). The way the Red Sox are swinging the bats of late and the way Davies has been pitching all season adds up to a potential blowout. We'll find out soon enough. Lester will reportedly be on a pitch count, as the Red Sox would prefer to cap him at around 80 pitches (Boston.com). Kansas City at Boston, 7:10 p.m. ET.

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Posted on: July 17, 2011 9:52 pm
Edited on: July 18, 2011 5:52 am

Ortiz, Gregg to have suspensions shortened

Kevin GreggBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz and Orioles pitcher Kevin Gregg will have their suspensions reduced to three games and start serving them Monday, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli writes.

Ghiroli writes the move isn't official, "but likely." It would mean the two wouldn't play in the three-game series starting Monday night in Baltimore.

The two were each suspended four games and have appealed and continued to play.

The Red Sox, though, are expected to have Carl Crawford in the lineup after he played two rehab games on Friday and Saturday for Triple-A Pawtuckett.

Boston will also get left-hander Jon Lester back from the disabled list on July 26 against Kansas City. Lester has been on the DL since July 6 with a left latissimus strain.

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Posted on: July 6, 2011 3:57 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2011 10:47 pm

Red Sox place Lester on DL

LesterBy Evan Brunell

The Red Sox have placed left-hander Jon Lester on the 15-day disabled list with a strained back muscle.

Lester left Tuesday's game after no-hitting the Blue Jays for four innings. While Lester says the move was precautionary more than anything, the Red Sox love to exercise caution whenever a pitcher even whispers about something bothering him. Given the looming All-Star Break, placing Lester on the DL may only knock him out for one or two starts.

“Jon Lester had an MRI today which confirmed the diagnosis of a latissimus strain," Red Sox medical director Tom Gill said in a statement. "He will be treated with a period of rest from throwing, followed by progressive strengthening program. There is no specific timeframe for his return at this time. His status will be better defined following the All-Star break.”

Lester will be eligible to return on July 20, the day after he was slated for a turn in the rotation. He could simply start on the 20th in Baltimore with Aceves making a second start on the 19th as a bridge to Lester. However, it would surprise no one if the Red Sox delayed things until the 22nd, the first game of a homestand against the Mariners.

Alfredo Aceves will take the ball Sunday against the Orioles, in Lester's place, while reliever Scott Atchinson has been summoned from Pawtucket for his third stint with the squad.

Dr. Gill also released the following statement on Lester's fellow injured starting pitcher Clay Buchholz: “Clay Buchholz was seen in consultation by Dr. Craig Brigham today in Charlotte. Dr. Brigham agreed with the team's assessment that the back symptoms can be treated with rehabilitation. Clay will be advanced in his activities as his symptoms allow.”

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Posted on: July 6, 2011 12:41 am

Lester to miss next start

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Jon LesterJon Lester left Tuesday's start against the Blue Jays after four innings with a strained latissimus muscle and will miss his final start of the first half,  the Boston Globe reports.

Reliever Alfredo Aceves has been told he will start in Lester's place on Sunday, according to the newspaper.

Lester hadn't allowed a hit before exiting the game and Matt Albers retired five batters before allowing his first and only hit in two innings, earning the victory. The Red Sox used three more relievers the day after using four relievers to make up for John Lackey's 2 1/3-inning start.

The Red Sox will have their left-hander examined on Wednesday.

"We'll certainly get him checked out extensively tomorrow," Francona told reporters. "That good sign of it, I think, is that he didn't do it on one pitch. Between innings, it felt like it was cramping on him. There's no way we're going to let him pitch."

If Lester goes on the disabled list, he could return July 22, the sixth game after the All-Star break.

"It should be fine," Lester told reporters. "Hopefully for the rest of the season. I don't think it's a long-term issue."

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Posted on: June 30, 2011 11:25 am
Edited on: June 30, 2011 11:41 am

On Deck: Another episode of the Verlander show

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Six of today's nine games are afternoon tilts, so we'll be checking the on-deck circle a little earlier today.

Justin VerlanderVERLANDER SHOW: It's gotten to the point that any time Justin Verlander is on the mound, he's a must-watch. In his last six starts, he's 6-0 with a 0.72 ERA; in his last 10, he's 8-0 with a 1.56 ERA. In winning his last six starts, Verlander has pitched 49 2/3 innings with two complete games and given up just 26 hits, walking six and striking out 51. Overall, he's 10-3 with a 2.38 ERA and 124 strikeouts, second most to James Shields (127) in the American League and tied for third overall behind Clayton Kershaw, who has 128 strikeouts this season. It's likely he'll be the leader after today's game against the Mets. Mets at Tigers, 1:05 p.m. ET (Follow live)

Jon LesterCole HamelsLEFTY SHOWDOWN: Both Boston's Jon Lester and Philadelphia's Cole Hamels are are making their third bid for their 10th victory of the season. Both have had a little bit of hard luck in their quest for No. 10. Lester allowed five earned runs (and seven total) in his last two outings, finishing with losses to the Brewers and Pirates, while Hamels has had worse luck -- allowing two earned runs in each of his last outings only to get one run in support. One team has to win today, but the way things have gone for these two pitchers since winning their ninth game, there's no guarantee either of them will get the elusive 10th win. Red Sox at Phillies, 1:05 p.m. ET (Follow live)

MarlinsTURN THE PAGE: No team can be happier to see June end than the Florida Marlins. Florida has had just two more wins than managers this month (and one more win than the Nationals have had managers) and search for their fifth win of the month against Oakland's Trevor Cahill. So far this month, the Marlins are hitting just .223/.282/.338 and have scored 76 runs -- 35 fewer than the team scored in May. Its 18 homers are 10 fewer than May's totals. Florida pitchers have a 4.21 ERA this month and its starters have a 4.97 ERA. With the win, Florida could reach Cliff Lee's win total of the month and by the time their game starts, Verlander may have his sixth win of the month. Marlins at Athletics, 3:35 p.m. ET (Follow live)

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