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Pedroia is Jolted by News

Boston Red SoxFrom Peter Abraham, Boston Globe:

Dustin Pedroia, much to his dismay, is human.

Dr. Lewis Yocum examined the injured Red Sox second baseman yesterday and informed him that the broken medial navicular bone in his left foot will need at least six weeks to heal, not the five weeks Pedroia was hoping for.

“He kind of scared me a little bit,’’ Pedroia said last night before the Sox played the Angels. “There’s nothing really that I can do. Just time’s got to heal me. He kind of told me I can’t play unless I feel no pain, which isn’t good.

“I didn’t realize how serious it was and how long it’s going to take.’’

Today marks 33 days since Pedroia was injured, well short of six weeks. He is scheduled for a CT scan in Boston Friday, which should give doctors a better idea of how well the bone has healed. Until then, Pedroia will be shut down from throwing, taking grounders or batting practice to give his foot some rest.

“I think the message has been pretty consistent,’’ manager Terry Francona said. “I think today maybe Pedey heard it a little bit better.’’

Pedroia is hopeful the CT scan will bring good news. But the idea that he could return on the next homestand is not realistic.

“Mentally I’m thinking I’m going to,’’ he said. “But who the hell knows?’’

Pedroia said his foot “felt weird’’ Monday when he tried jogging for the first time.

“Any time my foot pounds on that ground, it didn’t really feel good,’’ Pedroia said. “[Yocum] said you have to be smart, man. It can definitely hurt you in the long run.’’

Pedroia had been under the impression he could play through some pain. But Yocum said that wasn’t an option. If Pedroia fractures that bone again, he would be looking at surgery that could keep him out for parts of next season.

“You really can’t do that with this injury,’’ he said. “That’s hard to deal with. That bone can break off and they’d have to put pins in it. That would be a disaster.’’

Pedroia was distraught at first but eventually came around to the idea that it wasn’t bad news.

“Everything looks great. I’m ahead of schedule,’’ he said. “It’s just my schedule and their schedule were a little different. That was the only thing. I’m good.’’

Ellsbury moving ahead
Jacoby Ellsbury took another step forward in his return when he played six innings in center field for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox against the Rays at Fort Myers, Fla.

Ellsbury walked in the first inning, stole second, and went to third on a throwing error. He then scored on a sacrifice fly. He later grounded into a double play and had a single to right field.

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Manny Returns; Sox Sweep Dodgers

Boston Red SoxManny Ramirez’s much anticipated return to Fenway Park this past weekend was relatively uneventful as the Boston Red Sox swept the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-6, 5-4, and 2-0 this past weekend. Manny was his typical self, going 4-for-12 with one home run and three runs scored. Despite his performance, the Red Sox starting pitching staff of Felix Doubront (1-0, 5.40), Tim Wakefield (2-5, 5.33), and Clay Bucholz (10-4, 2.47) spread 14 hits, 9 runs, 7 walks, and 12 strikeouts over 18 innings total innings. Bucholz became the first Sox pitcher this season to enter double digits in the win column.

The Sox now sit a mere 1 game out of first place in the AL East race and are tied for the Wild Card lead with the Tampa Bay Rays. After sweeping back to back series, they have a well-deserved day off today and get back at it tomorrow in Colorado when Jon Lester (8-2) takes the mound against Jhoulys Chacin (3-6).

Buchholz, Sox flying at finish – Boston Globe
Dodgers swept out of Boston in 2-0 loss – Los Angeles Times
Red-hot Pedroia puts on a show – Boston Globe
With 10 wins, Buchholz has arrived – ESPN.com
Red Sox / Dodgers Box Score – ESPN.com

Hold the Brooms: Sox Can’t Complete Sweep

Boston Red SoxDespite their best efforts, the Boston Red Sox couldn’t complete the sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies. On a day when Tim Wakefield’s knuckeball just wasn’t dancing the way is sometimes does, the Sox couldn’t produce the myriad of runs they had the previous two days. Cole Hamels pitched seven strong innings for the Phils, scattering five hits and two walks while only giving up one run. He was also able to strikeout eight Sox players. Wakefield, on the other hand, gave up seven hits and one walk while being responsible for four runs in 7-1/3 innings. The Sox outfield phenom (is two games too early to use that phrase? Probably…) Daniel Nava when 2-4 with an RBI to keep his hot streak alive.

The Sox are off today (14-Jun) but return to action tomorrow at Fenway Park against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Clay Bucholz will take his 8-4 record and 2.52 ERA to the mound against Ian Kennedy (3-3, 3.17) when the two teams meet.

Phillies’ offense generates rally, win – Philadelphia Inquirer
Phinally: Phils salvage final game, top Red Sox 5-4 – examiner.com
Hamels’ performance just what Phillies needed – Boston Globe
Sox linger, but can’t last – Boston Globe
Cole Hamels Outduels Tim Wakefield as Phillies Avoid Sweep – NESN

Nava Enough: Sox Pounce Phillies

Boston Red SoxThe Boston Red Sox were trying to figure out how to work out of a 2-0 hole against the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2nd inning when rookie Daniel Nava stepped up to the plate for his first professional at bat. One pitch and one swing ended the Red Sox curious thoughts. Nava popped a grand slam to the bullpen in right centerfield. And, just like that, the Sox took a 4-2 lead that was never relinquished. Over the next seven innings, the Sox tacked another six runs on to win 10-2. Nava ended up going 2-4, adding a double to his grand slam. Overall, a great day for the Red Sox!

After two blowout victories in a row against the Phillies, the Sox send Tim Wakefield (2-4, 5.28) to the mound today at 1:35 to conclude the sweep.

Daniel Nava

Daniel Nava

Get to Know: Red Sox OF Daniel Nava – SportingNews.com
Red Sox make it back-to-back routs of Phils – MLB.com
Red Sox-Phillies Game Update – Boston Globe
After long journey, Nava takes historic swing – MLB.com

Sox Pitchers Continue Road Dominance

Boston Red SoxBy pitching eight shutout innings last night in a 4-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians, Daisuke Matsuzaka continued a remarkable run of road dominance for the Boston Red Sox pitching staff. In the last nine games away from Fenway Park, the Sox pitching staff has an incredibly low 0.70 ERA and, more importantly, is 8-0. Terry Francona, Boston’s manager, commented on the streak: “The more consistent guys are, the better. We didn’t do much offensively tonight, but the way [Matsuzaka] was pitching, you get one, one, one, one, it ends up being a good night.”

Dice-K sprinkled four hits (all singles) over his eight innings to earn his 150th career victory (108 were earned in Japan).

Tim Wakefield takes his 1-4 record (6.02 ERA) to the mound tonight in the second of four at Jacobs Field.

Daisuke Matsuzaka

Daisuke Matsuzaka
Photo: Tony Dejak/AP Photo

Red Sox’ Starters Continue A Streak – Boston Globe
Red Sox’ Starters Continue A Streak – New York Times
Red Sox 4, Indians 1: Bottom line: budget – The News-Herald
Dice-K goes 8 scoreless as Red Sox top Indians 4-1 – Associated Press
Dice-K fires eight shutout frames vs. Tribe – MLB.com