Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 7/19/13
6:21 p.m.: The Red Sox were probably looking to add relief help prior to Andrew Bailey’s injury. Now, the need for another reliever is much greater. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told reporters Friday that the club’s young pitchers will have an opportunity to contribute, but he also acknowledged that he’ll continue to work the phones before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline in an effort to add to Boston’s bullpen. The Red Sox made a couple of minor additions on Friday, signing pitchers Jose Contreras and Brandon Lyon to minor league contracts. Both Contreras and Lyon will join Triple-A Pawtucket. Contreras was highly touted upon defecting from Cuba in 2002, but his career has been a rollercoaster ride. The 41-year-old enjoyed a couple of good seasons with the White Sox in 2005 and 2006, but he has also had plenty of rough patches. Contreras appeared in seven games with the Pirates this season. He surrendered five earned runs on seven hits in five innings of work. Lyon, as you may recall, actually pitched for Boston in 2003. He appeared in 49 games that season and was traded twice. First, he was traded to Pittsburgh in exchange for Mike Gonzalez and Scott Sauerbeck. Then, he was traded back to Boston nine days later in the deal that netted the Red Sox pitcher Jeff Suppan. Lyon was involved in another trade after the season, as he got deal to Arizona in the deal that brought Curt Schilling to Boston. Lyon appeared in 37 games with the Mets this season. The 33-year-old went 2-2 with a 4.98 ERA. 6:08 p.m.: The Red Sox haven’t played a game yet, but their second half is off to a rough start. Andrew Bailey has been placed on the disabled list, and it’s sounding as if his season could be over. The right-hander has a capsule tear and labrum damage, and he said that surgery is definitely an option. Surgery, according to Bailey, is the only way to completely fix the issue, and he would likely be subject to a 12-month recovery process if he opts to go down that route — meaning he’d be out until the second half of the 2014 season. Bailey suffered the shoulder injury while pitching in Oakland before the All-Star break. The right-hander said that the injury occurred while throwing a pitch to A’s shortstop Jed Lowrie, and he continued to pitch through it. Bailey’s injury is the latest blow to a bullpen that’s already been depleted by injuries. Joel Hanrahan and Andrew Miller suffered season-ending injuries as well. Jose De La Torre has been called up to take Bailey’s spot on the active roster. 5:45 p.m.: The first lineup cards of the second half have been posted. Take a look at them below. Red Sox (58-39) Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Shane Victorino, RF Dustin Pedroia, 2B David Ortiz, DH Mike Napoli, 1B Jonny Gomes, LF Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C Brandon Snyder, 3B Jose Iglesias, SS Felix Doubront, LHP (6-3, 3.91 ERA) Yankees (51-44) Brett Gardner, CF Ichiro Suzuki, RF Robinson Cano, 2B Vernon Wells, DH Zoilo Almonte, LF Lyle Overbay, 1B Brent Lillibridge, 3B Eduardo Nunez, SS Chris Stewart, C Andy Pettitte, LHP (7-6, 4.39 ERA) 12 p.m.: For baseball fans who have been suffering over the last four days, it’s finally time. Regular-season baseball starts back up Friday evening. The Red Sox and Yankees will have to be on their toes immediately, as they face each other in the first game back from the break. While Boston (58-39) has had a firm edge in the American League East for much of the season, New York (51-44) has hung around when everyone thought the Yanks would be hard-pressed to produce wins. Anything can happen, and despite the Yankees’ rough times lately, they still trail the Sox by only six games. The Yankees come into this one still short several of their main stars. While Alex Rodriguez is expected to finally return Monday, Derek Jeter is out again after just one game back. The Red Sox, however, sound like they could have shortstop Stephen Drew back as soon as Saturday. The Boston Globe reports that Drew will play in a rehab game Friday in Double-A Portland and will rejoin the Sox on Saturday after not playing since June 28 due to a hamstring strain. On Friday night at Fenway Park, it’s going to be Andy Pettitte (7-6, 4.36 ERA) against Felix Doubront (6-3, 3.91). While Pettitte has struggled this season, he still has a history of frustrating the Red Sox. Doubront, meanwhile, has looked better and better as this season has progressed. His pitch counts are lower, he’s going longer into games, and he’s lifted a strong starting rotation even higher as the season gets older. The fun starts at 5:30 with Friday Night Fenway Presented by Budweiser, with first pitch going at 7:10. Keep it here for everything you need to know leading up to the game and throughout the contest.
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