Buchholz downplays significance of golf day with Beckett

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Buchholz downplays significance of golf day with Beckett

BOSTON Clay Buchholz believes Josh Beckett, who played golf on Thursday, even though he had been scratched from his scheduled start on Saturday because of a sore right lat, would not do anything to jeopardize his health or the team.

The one thing I said about Josh Beckett is hes a professional, said Buchholz, who was Becketts golf partner that day. Hes not going to do anything to make him not be ready to do his job. Been around him for a while now, thats just the way he goes about his business. Thats an offday and thats something that gets him away from the field. If he likes to do that, then thats what he likes to do. I think thats his decision. I dont think hes going to do anything to make himself unable to go out and pitch and help his team win.

Buchholz does not understand why there might be so much enmity directed at Beckett.

Not really, he said. I dont think it was a big deal at all butpeople feel differently than I do, I guess.

Asked if there is a carry-over from the September fallout that bothers him, Buchholz replied:

Thats nothing to me right now. That was so much blown out of proportion just because of the organization we play for. So it is what it is. I dont think anybodys made mistakes as far as that. But as far as baseball goes, trying to get back in the grind of pitching every five days.

If the team had a winning record, perhaps nothing would be said about Becketts round of golf.

Just like last year, Buchholz said. The whole beer and chicken wouldnt have been a story if we would have won and we would have went to the playoffs. Its just theres always got to be something to talk about and I think thats what it comes down to.

Asked if it makes him feel like he has to think twice about his actions away from the field, Buchholz replied:

I think everybody does. But to a point, to where if they think its going to be something thats going to hurt the team or anything, nobodys going to do it. But that was an offday. I believe that an offday is a day that guys can get away from the field. Theres only a couple of them throughout a season. If JB was hurting really bad, then that wouldnt have been an issue.

Big Papi's Papi was taken by surprise at retirement announcement

Big Papi's Papi was taken by surprise at retirement announcement

BOSTON - David Ortiz may be masterful in the clutch and one of the more charitable athletes in the city, but much like anyone else, Big Papi doesn’t always inform his own Papi of news right away -- even if he plans to announce it to the general public.

“He actually didn’t tell me [that he planned to announce his retirement],” Enrique Ortiz, David’s father, said through a Red Sox’ translator on Saturday before the next-to-last regular-season game. “I was in the Dominican Republic when he announced it in the states.

While Enrique would explain -- humbly -- how proud he was of his son, he’s not so sure announcing his retirement before the season was the correct move.

“If I was [in America], I would have told him not to announce his retirement,” the elder Ortiz explained, “just because there’s so many things that can happen in a season. Or you might have a change of heart after the season.

“If I were here I would have told him to stay neutral so his options were more open. So I wouldn’t have told him to retire.”

Although dad wasn’t on board with his son’s announcement, he’s done what any good parent does -- bite their tongue and let things play out.

“I haven’t told him anything about why he's retiring because I know it’s coming from him and it’s his decision,” Enrique said. “But when I look back to 2013, I remember coming here and I see him with what looks like two cats on his feet. And I’m like ‘What happened to my boy? Did he get into an accident or something?’ And what he told me was, ‘This is how you son is making this money, doing all of this stuff before a game.’ So [him retiring] is not a surprise to me.”

Saturday's Red Sox-Blue Jays lineups: E-Rod on mound, Bogaerts back to 2-hole

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Saturday's Red Sox-Blue Jays lineups: E-Rod on mound, Bogaerts back to 2-hole

The Red Sox (93-67) look to close in on the No. 2 seed in the A.L. playoffs and home-field advantage in the Division Series with the Cleveland Indians (92-67) with a victory over the Toronto Blue Jays tonight at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox send left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (3-7, 4.68 ERA) to the mound against left-hander J.A. Happ (20-4, 3.20). Rodriguez is expected to pitch either Game 3 or 4 of the Division Series against the Indians next week.

If both teams finish with 94 wins, the Red Sox hold the tiebreaker over the Indians, based on Boston winning the season series, 4-2. The Indians may have to play a makeup game Monday with the Detroit Tigers.

The Jays are a game behind the Baltimore Orioles for the top A.L. wild-card spot and hold a half-game lead over the Detroit Tigers for the second wild-card spot. 

Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts moves back to his customary No. 2 spot in the batting order after hitting sixth Friday night. Right-handed hitting Aaron Hill is at third base and Christian Vazquez catches for Boston.

There will be the second of three ceremonies this weekend to honor retiring Red Sox DH David Ortiz before the game.  

The lineups:

RED SOX
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Chris Young LF
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Aaron Hill 3B
Christian Vazquez C
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Eduardo Rodriguez LHP

BLUE JAYS
Devon Travis 2B
Josh Donaldson 3B
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Jose Bautista DH
Russell Martin C
Troy Tulowitzki SS
Melvin Upton LF
Kevin Pillar CF
Ezequiel Carrera RF
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J.A. Happ LHP