Crawford to begin rehab assignment Saturday

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Crawford to begin rehab assignment Saturday

BOSTON -- Left fielder Carl Crawford is still on schedule to begin a 20-day rehab assignment Saturday, serving as the designated hitter for the Red Sox Gulf Coast League team in Fort Myers.

Manager Bobby Valentine said Crawford would probably alternate game days, serving as the DH for one and then playing in the field for the next.

This will essentially be like a spring training for Crawford, who did not have one this season after surgery in mid-January on his left wrist and a subsequent elbow injury.

His health will determine a lot of his progress, Valentine said. But then its also baseball. He has to feel good about playing baseball and thats what spring trainings usually for. And what do we do, we do three times at bat, 15 games and 45 total at-bats. And instead of having the off-days as in spring training, hell probably get it in less than a month, 20 days.

Crawfords comfort level in his at-bats will be an indicator of his progress.

He might get four balls the first time up. He might hit the first pitch twice in a row, Valentine said. Id like him to see some pitches and not overextend himself, if hes running around the bases down there in Florida. But he could do it a couple of times and thatd be enough.

Although Crawford is getting closer to playing in major league games, Valentine said hes reserving any excitement until that is a reality.

I want him to be healthy, Valentine said. If hes health, Ill be happy. Then Ill start getting excited after hes healthy and playing the game of baseball.

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

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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

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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.