Injury update: Cook, Youkilis, Dice-K

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Injury update: Cook, Youkilis, Dice-K

PHILADELPHIA -- Some updates on some rehab stints and injured Red Sox players:

Kevin Youkilis. Youkilis was set to play seven innings for Pawtucket Saturday, his third appearance with the Triple A affiliate.

"I told Kevin when he left, when he feels like's he seen the ball enough and when he feels good, to let us know,'' said Bobby Valentine. "It will be soon (that he rejoins us).''

Valentine said he would expect that Youkilis would play a nine-inning game before returning.

"When he feels like he's been put through the test,'' said Valentine, "when he's seen a lefty and righty...whatever he as an experienced hitter feels he needs. And then, of course, the medical people give him a green light. But it seems like the green light is on.''

The likely scenario has the Red Sox activating Youkilis for the start of the three-game series with the Orioles in Baltimore Monday.

Aaron Cook. Cook has been sidelined for two weeks after suffering a gash below his kneecap in a home plate collision.

He threw a bullpen session Saturday afternoon, after which he was expected to have the stitches in the knee removed.

"He's running,'' said Valentine. "He ran (Friday), he ran again today. When he get his legs underneath him, I think we're going to try to get him on a rehab assignment.''

"I feel great,'' said Cook. "I've been able to run, ride the bike, so I feel like things are progressing the way they need to. I'd love to tell you (I'll be ready after) one start or two starts, but until I go out there and do it, I don't know.''

Daisuke Matsuzaka. Matsuzaka is set for his next rehab start Tuesday for Pawtucket, and the following day, his 30-day rehab window is over.

The Sox don't seem inclined to activate him this week, however, believing he needs additional time as he recovers from last summer's Tommy John surgery.

"I talked to him (Friday) and he felt good, but not that good,'' said Valentine. "We're going to see how he feels after his pen (Sunday). It seems like he has a couple of issues that are not where they should be.''

According to Valentine, Matsuzaka is experiencing some soreness in his lower neck area.

Quotes, notes and stars: Young Red Sox are 'fun to watch'

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Quotes, notes and stars: Young Red Sox are 'fun to watch'

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Boston Red Sox' 8-3 win over Colorado Rockies:

 

QUOTES

"This is a very good fastball-hitting team and his ability to change speeds tonight was very (impressive).'' - John Farrell on David Price.

"Their preparation, their understanding of what their daily routine is. They come ready to play every single night. They come ready to play every single night. They're ready every single night when that first pitch is thrown.'' - Farrell on the team's explosiveness in the first inning.

"This game is a learning process and these kids work extremely hard every day. They want to be good. It's fun to watch.'' - David Ortiz on the core of young players and their success.

"As the game went on, I got stronger and that's good. I still want to be able to finish games better than I have my last couple of outings.'' - David Price.

 

NOTES

* Jackie Bradley Jr's hitting streak was extended to 28 games with a second-inning double.

* Xander Bogaerts extended his own hitting streak to 17 games when he doubled in the first

* The Red Sox saw their team streak of 22 straight games with at least one home run snapped.

* Dustin Pedroia posted his fourth straight multi-hit interleague game.

* David Ortiz (four RBI) has 13 multi-RBI games.

* The Red Sox are 12-2 in their last 14 home games

* David Price crossed the 1,500 inning threshold for his career, one of 11 active pitchers to reach that mark.

* Christian Vazquez delivered his first career triple.

 

STARS

1) David Ortiz

Ortiz slapped a single through the shortstop hole for two quick runs in the first, then added a two-run double in the fourth for a four RBI night.

2) Dustin Pedroia

Pedroia helped set the table at the top of the batting order, reaching base four times (three hits, one walk) while scoring two runs.

3) David Price

He took the early 2-0 (and 4-1) lead and ran with it, attacking the Rockies lineup and completing seven strong innings.

 

First impressions from Red Sox' 8-3 win over Rockies

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First impressions from Red Sox' 8-3 win over Rockies

First impressions from the Red Sox' 8-3 win over the Colorado Rockies:

 

The Red Sox continue to use Fenway as their own little offensive playground.

Since April 20, the Red Sox are averaging exactly eight runs per game at home. That's just over a month of the covering 18 games.

They've also collected 10 or more hits in 16 of those 18 games, utilizing every bit of the field.

For the last two seasons, Fenway stopped being a tough place to play for opponents. But at home this year, the Sox have outscored opponents by 67 runs.

 

All of a sudden, the Red Sox are a triples team and Fenway is a triples haven.

A triple by Christian Vazquez - of all people -- gave the Red Sox a league-high 13 triples this season.

Fenway has a reputation for being a doubles park, but the ballpark has been home to 12 triples in 26 games - five by visiting teams and seven by the Red Sox. That translates into almost one every two games.

 

David Price was solid, but not spectacular.

The positives: Price got through the seventh inning for the fifth time this season. He walked just one and fanned six in seven innings.

He was hit hard a few times, with a homer into the visitor's bullpen allowed to Charlie Blackmon and a triple to the triangle for Carlos Gonzalez.

Consider it another step forward for Price, but it fell far short of dominant.

 

Koji Uehara's deception is heightened against teams that don't see him much.

Uehara allowed a leadoff single to D.J. LeMahieu, but then fanned three in a row, finishing each hitter off with his trademark split-finger fastball.

That pitch can be tough to recognize for hitters who see it a few times per season. For those in the National League who are largely unfamiliar with Uehara's splitter, it's apparently some sort of Kryptonite.