From Comcast SportsNetSAN DIEGO (AP) -- Lance Berkman is scheduled for season-ending surgery on his troublesome right knee Tuesday, leaving the St. Louis Cardinals without a dangerous bat as they try to secure a playoff spot.Cardinals manager Mike Matheny announced the news Monday before his team played the San Diego Padres. The defending World Series champions began the night with a 1-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the race for the second NL wild card.Berkman, who had surgery on the same knee in May, traveled to Houston on Monday to meet with the medical team that performed the first operation. The same group of doctors will perform the surgery Tuesday.Berkman's knee and other physical ailments have limited the switch-hitter to 80 at-bats this season. He was hitting .263 with two homers and seven RBIs.The surgery, which will remove meniscus from Berkman's knee, will be the sixth of his career. It will be the fourth operation on his right knee, which has caused problems all season.The 36-year-old Berkman is a .296 career hitter with 360 home runs and 1,200 RBIs. He batted .301 with 31 homers and 94 RBIs last year to help the Cardinals win their championship.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays:
"I'm so much better than this. I've just got to get better. It's crushing me right now, but I'll get there." -- David Price
"I've just got to pitch better. That's what it is right now. It's not something else. It's not bad luck. It's me, so I've got to get better." -- Price
"We had the big opportunity with David [Ortiz] and Hanley [Ramirez] in the middle of the order and bases loaded, one out. Figure that's the time we can cash in. But that wasn't the case.'' -- John Farrell on a blown opportunity in the sixth inning
"It got a little worse; the best choice was to come out of the game.'' -- Hanley Ramirez, who left in the eighth with a strained back
-- Jackie Bradley Jr., thrown out trying to swipe third base in the fifth, was caught stealing for the first time in his career, having been successful in his first 20 atttempts.
-- David Ortiz has reached base safely in 20 straight games.
-- The shutout suffered by the Red Sox was the first since April 19 -- also against Tampa Bay.
-- The loss marked only the third time this season that the Red Sox didn't collect an extra-base hit.
-- Boston is 2-7 agains the Rays in the last nine meetings between the two.
-- The Sox are now 5-10 against lefty starters this season.
-- David Price dropped to 1-3, 6.52 in five career starts against the Rays.
-- Price has allowed 57 earned runs this season, or three fewer than all of last year.
-- Price has allowed at least one homer in nine straight starts, a career-high streak.
1) Brandon Guyer: Activated earlier Wednesday after a DL stint for a hamstring strain, Guyer made his presence felt with a solo homer to lead off the second, then added a run-scoring double as part of the three-run third.
2) Matt Moore: The lefty entered the game with a bloated 5.04 ERA, but tamed the Red Sox with seven shutout innings. He didn't allow a base hit until the sixth and yielded just three overall.
3) Logan Forsythe: Forsythe smoked a double off Price to lead off the Tampa Bay first inning, signaling that it might be a long afternoon for the Red Sox lefty. He later singled and scored in the third.
There'll be hockey again at Fenway Park this winter, with Hockey East holding a pair of doubleheaders as part of a 12-day event that will include additional college and high school games and a free public-skating day for Boston residents.
Frozen Fenway 2017 will be held between Jan. 4-16. The Hockey East games will be played on back-to-back Saturdays, Jan. 7 and Jan. 14:
Boston University vs. Massachusetts
Boston College vs. Providence College
Saturday, January 14, 2017:
Maine vs. Connecticut
New Hampshire vs. Northeastern
“Outdoor hockey is quickly becoming a staple on Boston’s winter sports calendar and we look forward to joining with Hockey East and the City of Boston to build on that tradition by bringing some of the most accomplished and talented collegiate teams in the country to compete on the ice at Fenway Park,” said Boston Red Sox president Sam Kennedy.