This hit sends Sweeney from deal to DL


This hit sends Sweeney from deal to DL

BOSTON Right fielder Ryan Sweeney was replaced by Cody Ross in the top of the ninth inning of Mondays win over the Tigers.

The move ignited speculation that Sweeney had been traded. The Reds were one of the teams reported to have been interested in him.

Instead, Sweeney is unlikely to be going anywhere except, for X-rays on Tuesday, followed by another trip to the disabled list. A baseball source indicated it is likely Sweeney will have to be placed on the DL.

Sweeney was removed from the game after he punched a door in the dugout following his last at-bat, a groundout for the first out of the eighth inning. Sweeney, batting .260, went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the Red Sox's 7-3 victory over the Tigers.

I was frustrated and I hit the door coming down and just couldnt throw the ball, said Sweeney, standing in front of his locker in the clubhouse after the game.

I just came down, walked down the stairs, and kind of punched the door a little bit, which I've done before but maybe not to this extent.

Sweeney said he wasnt sure of the severity of the injury, which he said affected the pinkie knuckle on left throwing hand.

I dont know, he said. I never broke my hand before so I dont know what that feels like. I know it hurts a little bit right now.

After the game, manager Bobby Valentine said the injury would likely affect Sweeney for several days.

Sweeney has already had two DL stints this season. He missed six games from May 21 28, when he was placed on the seven-day concussion DL. He missed 18 games from June 17 July 7 with inflammation in his left big toe.

The frustration is huge, Sweeney said. I feel like I just let the team down. I feel terrible right now. Obviously when you hit something and you just have so much adrenaline going and you dont know what happened. So, afterwards, it just hurt a little bit.

Red Sox celebration quickly washes away walk-off loss

Red Sox celebration quickly washes away walk-off loss

NEW YORK -- It had the potential to be the most awkward celebration ever.

In the top of the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium, before their game was complete, the Red Sox became American League East champions, by virtue of one other division rival -- Baltimore -- coming back to beat another -- Toronto -- in the ninth inning.

That eliminated the Blue Jays from the division race, and made the Sox division champs.

But that ninth inning reversal of fortune was about to visit the Red Sox, too.

Craig Kimbrel faced four hitters and allowed a single and three straight walks, leading to a run. When, after 28 pitches, he couldn't get an out, he was lifted for Joe Kelly, who recorded one out, then yielded a walk-off grand slam to Mark Teixeira.

The Yankees celebrated wildly on the field, while the Red Sox trudged into the dugout, beset with mixed emotions.

Yes, they had just lost a game that seemed theirs. But they also had accomplished something that had taken 158 games.

What to do?

The Sox decided to drown their temporary sorrows in champagne.

"As soon as we got in here,'' said Jackie Bradley Jr., "we quickly got over it.''

From the top of the eighth until the start of the bottom of the ninth, the Red Sox seemed headed in a conventional celebration.

A two-run, bases-loaded double by Mookie Betts and a wild pitch -- the latter enabling David Ortiz to slide into home and dislodge the ball from former teammate Tommy Layne's glove --- had given the Sox a 3-0 lead.

Koji Uehara worked around a walk to post a scoreless walk and after the top of the ninth, the Sox called on Craig Kimbrel, who had successfully closed out all but two save opportunities all season.

But Kimbrel quickly allowed a leadoff single to Brett Gardner and then began pitching as though he forgot how to throw strikes. Three straight walks resulted in a run in and the bases loaded.

Joe Kelly got an out, but then Teixeira, for the second time this week, produced a game-winning homer in the ninth. On Monday, he had homered in Toronto to turn a Blue Jays win into a loss, and now, here he was again.

It may have been a rather meaningless victory for the Yankees -- who remain barely alive for the wild card -- but it did prevent them the indignity of watching the Red Sox celebrate on their lawn.

Instead, the Sox wore the shame of the walk-off -- at least until they reached their clubhouse, where the partying began in earnest.

It had taken clubhouse attendants less than five minutes to cover the floor and lockers with plastic protective sheets. In a matter of a few more minutes, the air was filled with a mix of beer and bubbly.

President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski wore a goggles and only socks on his feet.

As the spray reached every inch of the clubhouse, David Ortiz exclaimed: "I'm going to drown in this man.''

Defeat? What defeat?