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When Josh Beckett couldn't throw a scheduled side session on Thursday because of back spasms, it was assumed that he'd likely miss his next start. Franklin Morales confirmed that on Friday afternoon. Morales told NESN.com MLB reporter Didier Morais that he would indeed be taking Beckett's spot in the rotation on Sunday against the Minnesota Twins. Beckett left his start on Tuesday against the Detroit Tigers after experiencing back spasms on a rainy night at Fenway Park. Morales has been pitching primarily out of the bullpen as of late after spending a short stint in the Red Sox rotation. He...
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Last September, the Red Sox (9 games) and Braves (8.5) historically collapsed and lost their wild card spot. Since then, an additional wild card spot has been awarded to each league, and the competition has been fierce. As of today , there are 15 teams within 9 games of the four wild card spots, and aside from the Yankees 6.5 game lead, no other division’s lead is more than...
BOSTON –– For the first time in years, Josh Beckett's name circulated in trade rumors. It was foreign territory for Beckett, who has been the cornerstone of Boston's starting rotation since 2006. His inconsistency this season –– and the emergence of Franklin Morales –– made him a viable trading chip, if necessary. Shortly after Tuesday's outing, Beckett was...
BOSTON -- Back spasms shouldn't sideline Josh Beckett for much longer. For the first time since his start on July 31 -- where he exited after 2 2/3 innings -- Beckett played long toss before Saturday's game against the Twins and his progress was enough to convince the coaching staff that he's healthy. Due to that progress, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine and pitching...
Right-hander Josh Beckett won't pitch for the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. Beckett has been unable to throw a bullpen session since leaving Tuesday night's game in the third inning because of back spasms. It remains unclear when he will pitch again, although general manager Ben Cherington told the Boston Herald that the team's training staff has reason to believe Beckett...
Josh Beckett is questionable for his next start days after leaving a game due to a back spasm. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine described Beckett as "much improved" on Thursday, but still indicated his pitcher was dealing with a limited range of motion. "I'd say it's questionable for him to throw [Friday], which would then make it questionable that he would...
BOSTON -- Josh Beckett hasn't touched a baseball since his last outing. As a result of the pitcher's recovery from back stiffness, his starting status moving forward remains uncertain. While Franklin Morales will take Beckett's spot in the rotation on Sunday, Red Sox skipper Bobby Valentine indicated that there's still a chance for Beckett to pitch sometime next week...
BOSTON -- Franklin Morales excelled in his opening audition as a starting pitcher. Now, he'll look to be effective in the follow-up. When he starts against the Twins on Sunday, it'll signal his fourth different role change of the season. Morales has switched duties nearly as often as he switches socks, going from relieving to starting to relieving to starting once again....
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Remember when Josh Beckett [stats] complained in spring training to WEEI.com about having a snitch on the team, somebody who ratted out players like himself for drinking beer and eating fried chicken during...
The Red Sox haven't had much to smile about over the last four games, but at least two Boston players should be happy coming into Sunday's contest: Carl Crawford and Franklin Morales. Crawford is celebrating his 31st birthday on Sunday, and the perennial milestone has been good for his batting statistics. He's 10-for-30 with three home runs over the last seven games on...
Time: 1:35 PM ET
Red Sox (53-55)
Pitching: LHP Franklin Morales (2-2, 3.32)
Pitching: RHP Nick Blackburn (4-6, 7.43)
Franklin Morales will be on the bump Sunday in place of an ailing Josh Beckett, who was scratched after still feeling the effects of a back spasm that took him out of his previous start against the Tigers. It will be Morales' sixth start of the year, and he's performed admirably when in the rotation. In his five starts so far, he has a 2-1 record with a 3.42 ERA, 1.14 WHIP...
The Sox won Tuesday night in 5 1/3 innings as heavy rain continued to fall
Even though Wednesday’s 7-5 loss to Detroit stung a bit, especially after being up 1-0 early, the Sox still took 2 out of 3 from another good playoff contender. They are currently 4 games behind the Angels and 3.5 games behind the Athletics.
The Sox were able to beat Justin Verlander for the second time...
Here's a running list of injury updates around the Major Leagues:
– Jose Bautista's status remain “up in the air” according to Gregor Chishom of MLB.com. The outfielder, who hurt his wrist during a game on July 16, is still “experiencing some discomfort” and it is unknown when he'll return to the lineup. “When I swing the bat, it's some discomfort and...
If you were looking for me to talk about last night's game, I've got one word. PATHETIC!
After falling last night 6-4, the Boston Red Sox look to salvage some pride and avoid a sweep in the finale of a four-game set with the Minnesota Twins at historic Fenway Park this afternoon.
First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. and will be broadcast on NESN in the Red Sox television...