Iglesias (groin) back in the lineup

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Iglesias (groin) back in the lineup

FORT MYERS, Fla. Before the Red Sox host the Twins Monday afternoon, manager Bobby Valentine updated the health status of several players who have been dealing with injuries of varying severity:

Shortstop Jose Iglesias is back in the lineup today. He has not played since March 10 because of a right groin strain. Valentine said Iglesias feels good.

Outfielder Ryan Sweeney, who left after the second inning in the March 12 game against the Marlins, is progressing.

"Sweeney says hes working on base running and getting all that stuff going so that he might be ready soon for game action," Valentine said.

Left fielder Carl Crawford took 20 swings off a tee today and is progressing toward 25 swings. He also has a throwing program but is not bunting yet.

Outfielder Ryan Kalish, rehabbing from off-season neck and shoulder surgeries, will swing off a tee day and also do some throwing.

Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is back in the lineup for back-to-back games after resting with bursitis in his left hip.

First baseman Lars Anderson is still limited by a calf strain.

Right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, will throw live batting practice today.

Left-hander Franklin Morales will throw live batting practice on Wednesday for the first time this spring, and will be scheduled for a game here in the upcoming future, Valentine said.

Asked if he could imagine Morales being ready by Opening Day, Valentine replied:

Einstein said its better to have imagination than knowledge. So I cant give you an answer that goes on knowledge but I can imagine him having enough time. Thats not a knowledgeable statement.

But, yes hes very healthy and really ready to go.

Right-hander Aaron Cook is scheduled to start Thursday against the Yankees and go four innings.

He had a little tenderness in his groin and thats the thing thats going to be the determining factor, Valentine said. But hell be able to go at least three.

Asked if he could see Cook, who has thrown 5 13 innings this spring, being ready as a starter by Opening Day, Valentine replied:

Its hard to imagine that.

Towles accounts for 4 TDs, BC runs past Wagner, 42-10

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Towles accounts for 4 TDs, BC runs past Wagner, 42-10

BOSTON - Quarterback Patrick Towles passed for two touchdowns and added two more on the ground as Boston College defeated Wagner 42-10 on Saturday.

Jon Hilliman ran for two more touchdowns for the Eagles (2-2), who won their 25th straight game against a Football Championship Subdivision opponent.

Wagner (2-1) wasn't rattled early, scoring on its second drive of the game to take an early 7-0 lead. But after the Seahawks pulled within 14-10 early in the second quarter, BC took control, and scored the final 28 points of the game.

Boston College coach Steve Addazio expressed discontent this week with his team's inability to run the ball consistently over its first three games, after establishing that identity during his first three seasons in Boston.

BC had just 44 yards rushing in last week's 49-0 loss at Virginia Tech, its fewest since 28 at N.C. State in 2015. The Eagles entered Saturday ranked second from last in the Atlantic Coast Conference in rushing at just 124.4 yards per game.

They had 188 yards rushing at halftime against Wagner, and finished with 300 yards on the ground for the day.

"We wanted to emphasize running the football today and we did that," Addazio said.

Towles said the success on the ground helped relax the entire offense.

"That was big for us," he said. "We've traditionally been a good running football team here. It hasn't been to our standards the first few weeks of the season. I know that's one thing we really focused on this week was getting out there and really running the football well."

Towles' day ended after three quarters. He was 9 of 16 for 157 yards passing and rushed seven times for 46 yards. Hilliman rushed 19 times for 83 yards, and Davon Jones also rushed 12 times for 90 yards.

After giving up the early score, Boston College's defense tightened, holding to Seahawks to just 89 total yards in the first half, and -2 yards in the third quarter.

The Eagles outgained Wagner 490-107 in total yards for the game.

Wagner coach Wagner coach Jason Houghtaling said after some early stands, the Seahawks' defense started to show fatigue as the game progressed.

"We wanted to try and run it, but we knew it would be an uphill battle," he said. "The defense started to wear down. The longer they were on the field, the size of the offensive line, the physicality of the running backs, absolutely I think it wore down."

THE TAKEAWAY

WAGNER: The Seahawks held their own early with a FBS opponent, which should give it a boost going into its conference schedule.

BOSTON COLLEGE: The Eagles wanted to begin breathing life into what had been an anemic offense at times in their first three games. BC established the run early, and was able to get touchdowns in the red zone - a positive with the meat of the ACC schedule still remaining. But penalties remain a concern. The Eagles had seven for 85 yards on Saturday, including a few that took away big plays.

UP NEXT

WAGNER: The Seahawks return home next week to host Sacred Heart in its Northeast Conference opener.

BOSTON COLLEGE: The Eagles continue their four-game home stand next week with a visit from Mid-American Conference Buffalo.

© 2016 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.

Farrell: Sandoval could possibly return to Red Sox for postseason

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Farrell: Sandoval could possibly return to Red Sox for postseason

Thought to be lost for the season after shoulder surgery this past spring, Pablo Sandoval could possibly return to the Red Sox for the postseason, Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters Saturday.

Sandoval joined the team in St. Petersburg, where the Red Sox are playing the Tampa Bay Rays. Farrell said Sandoval had played in instructional league games in Florida and was "well ahead of schedule."

He could be an option to be activated if another player is injured. 

“One of the things I put in my mind that I have to work,” Sandoval told Boston Herald. “I learned a lot of things about this surgery so I had to work hard to be on the field as soon as possible.

“There are a lot of things I’ve been doing, working out, doing things so I can get better and better everyday.”

Sandoval, 30, is in the second year of a five-year, $95 contract. He lost his starting third base job to Travis Shaw in spring training and in April an MRI revealed he needed surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder, which was to have ended his season.

He appeared in only three games this season and hit .245 with 10 homers and 47 RBI in 126 games in 2015.