Beckett silent after mixed results vs. Marlins

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Beckett silent after mixed results vs. Marlins

MIAMI -- Exactly what Josh Beckett thought of his start Monday night is uncertain since, for the second straight game, Beckett elected not speak with reporters after his outing.

Chances are, he would have been happy with the job he turned in from the third inning through the seventh, when he allowed just one member of the Florida Marlins to reach base. That came on a one-out walk, three batters before he was done for the night, lifted for a pinch-hitter in the top of the following inning.

Just as likely, Beckett would have been kicking himself for a first inning in which he allowed base hits to four of the first six hitters, accounting for three runs in a 4-1 Red Sox loss.

"There was a wind out there and he figured out the wind a little late, I guess," said manager Bobby Valentine of his starter. "His two-seamer was just dynamite tonight. It was moving and just about unhittable."

Beckett allowed a leadoff triple to Jose Reyes, followed by a sacrifice fly by Donovan Solano. A single to center by Giancarlo Stanton, a double off the wall in right by Logan Morrison and a bloop single from Gaby Sanchez accounted for two more runs.

"With the roof open," said catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, "his ball was actually moving a lot. His ball was actually moving a lot. He threw that cutter in to Morrison and it kind of didn't get in (enough) and he hit it pretty well. But other than that, he just kind of gave up some weak singles."

The Sox couldn't offer much in the way of support, which should be familiar by now to Beckett, who hasn't won any of his last five starts despite giving up a total of just 13 runs in those five outings.

Pomeranz 'pretty comfortable' with potential move to bullpen

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Pomeranz 'pretty comfortable' with potential move to bullpen

NEW YORK -- If Drew Pomeranz is going to be part of the Red Sox' postseason plans, the team will likely have a better idea about that question by Thursday afternoon.

Pomeranz, who was scratched from his final scheduled start on Thursday because of soreness in his left forearm and general concern about his 2016 workload, will throw a 30-35 pitch bullpen.

If he responds well, he could then see some relief action over the final weekend at Fenway to determine his readiness for the playoffs.

"Before we even begin to map out a potential relief appearance over the weekend,'' said John Farrell, "we've got to get through that next step.''

Pomeranz pitched well in his last start at Tropicana Field over the weekend, but has been dealing with some discomfort in his forearm.

"I've had some soreness here, late in the year,'' Pomeranz said. "I've thrown more innings than I have ever (before), so we kind of sat down and talked about the best course of action the rest of the way.''

Pomeranz described what he felt as "just some soreness, probably from never covering this time of the year. It's a spot I've never been in before. We just decided the best thing to do was not making this last start and talk about maybe sliding into the bullpen.''

The lefty is no stranger to the bullpen, having pitched there as recently as last season while with Oakland.

"I've had the benefit of doing pretty much everything (in terms of roles),'' he said. "I'm pretty comfortable in any situation. If they see me helping there, obviously, that's where I want to be. But I don't know if it's a sure thing. We'll have to see how it goes.''

Meanwhile, another sidelined starter, Steven Wright, is expected to rejoin the team in Boston Friday. Wright threw a bullpen off the mound earlier this week in Fort Myers as he attempts to come back from inflammation in his shoulder.

 

Wednesday's Red Sox-Yankees lineups: Second try at clinching A.L. East

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Wednesday's Red Sox-Yankees lineups: Second try at clinching A.L. East

The Red Sox try again to nail down the A.L. East crown tonight, sending Clay Buchholz to the mound against the Yankees while needed just one victory -- or one Toronto defeat -- to clinch the division.

Tonight's lineups:

RED SOX:
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Brock Holt 3B
Andrew Benintendi LF
Sandy Leon C
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Clay Buchholz P

YANKEES:
Brett Gardner LF
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Gary Sanchez C
Brian McCann DH
Starlin Castro 2B
Didi Gregorious SS
Mark Texeira 1B
Chase Headley 3B
Mason Williams RF
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Bryan Mitchell P