Beckett can't get away


Beckett can't get away

What should the Sox do about Josh Beckett?

Should they trade him? Send him to the DL? Have him skip another start?

Decisions. Decisions. But if you ask me, the Sox aren't going to make one.

I think they'll probably stick their collective head in the sand, pretend none of this is going on, and carry on with business as usual. When Beckett's spot in the rotation is up, Beckett will take the mound. And you know what? That probably makes sense.

At the end of the day, the only thing that's going to make this better short of a trade is for Beckett to start winning. So you might as well throw him back out there and hope for the best.

I'll say this though: It would be a whole lot easier if that next start came on the road. Away from the booing and craziness. In a spot where Beckett has nothing to worry about but pitching, and can maybe find a little rhythm andor build up some good will with the fans before coming back to face music.

If the call is for him to make that next start, then a road game is clearly the ideal.

Only problem is that it's not the reality. The way it stands right now, Beckett's scheduled to make his next start on Tuesday (his 32nd birthday) AT Fenway, against Seattle, in the last game of this six-game home stand.

I can hear the boos already.

And the more that I think about, maybe Beckett could use an unscheduled 19th offday. After all, it's his birthday. And no one will be at the course on a Tuesday.

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Yankees beat Blue Jays, Red Sox have chance to clinch AL East on Tuesday


Yankees beat Blue Jays, Red Sox have chance to clinch AL East on Tuesday

For tonight, the Boston Red Sox can say "thank you" to the New York Yankees.

Despite the Toronto Blue Jays loading the bases with no out in the ninth, the Yankees hold on to beat the Blue Jays, 7-5. The result moves the Red Sox' magic number in the AL East to just one game. 

David Price will take the mound for the Red Sox on Tuesday night against those very Yankees with a chance to clinch the division. 

They can also clinch the AL East with a Toronto loss to the Baltimore Orioles. 

Dee Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Jose Fernandez


Dee Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Jose Fernandez

MIAMI - Dee Gordon hit an emotional homer in Miami's first at-bat following the death of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez in a boating accident.

Leading off the first inning Monday night against the New York Mets, Gordon pulled a 2-0 pitch from Bartolo Colon over the wall in right for his first homer of the season.

Gordon circled the bases slowly and was crying when he reached home plate. He tapped his chest and waved toward the sky, and then sobbed as teammates hugged him in the dugout.

Gordon took the first pitch batting right-handed, in tribute to the right-handed Fernandez. Gordon then switched to his normal left side.

Fernandez died Sunday morning, prompting the Marlins to cancel their game that day against Atlanta.