Nothing doing for Sox offense against Matusz, O's bullpen

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Nothing doing for Sox offense against Matusz, O's bullpen

BALTIMORE -- The same Red Sox offense which totaled 20 runs in the previous three games was augmented by the return of Kevin Youkilis Tuesday night.

Youkilis did his part, homering in the fourth inning, but after that, the Red Sox didn't collect another hit, losing to Brian Matusz and the Baltimore Orioles, 4-1.

"He was tough," said Jarrod Saltalamacchia of the young Baltimore lefty. "All his stuff was working tonight -- curve ball, changeup, cutter, slider -- everything was working. Tough to hit a guy when he's on like that."

"He was hitting his spots, hitting the corners and getting ahead in the count," said Adrian Gonzalez of Matusz. "He threw the ball well."

The Sox were just 2-for-26 and struck out 12 times against Baltimore pitching. After Matusz left after 6 13 innings pitched, three more O's relievers combined to pitch 2 23 innings, while racking up three more strikesouts.

Boston didn't have a hit after Youkilis's homer, and, in fact, had just two baserunners, both in the eighth inning.

Daniel Nava worked a one-out walk, but was erased at second on a fielder's choice from pinch-hitter Scott Podsednik. But Mike Aviles grounded out to end the inning and the Sox went quietly against closer Jim Johnson in the ninth.

The Sox had only two baserunners in scoring position all night: Gonzalez had a single to open the second and took second on a two-out walk by Saltalamacchia; Youkilis then homered in the fourth.

The two hits by the Red Sox lineup were the fewest for a Sox team against Baltimore since the O's Tom Pheobus no-hit the Sox on April 27, 1968.

Wright-Phillips scores 16th goal, Red Bulls beat Revs 1-0

Wright-Phillips scores 16th goal, Red Bulls beat Revs 1-0

HARRISON, N.J. - Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his 16th goal of the season in the 55th minute and the New York Red Bulls beat the New England Revolution 1-0 on Sunday.

Revs goalkeeper Brad Knighton saved Alex Muyl's shot and Wright-Phillips put back the deflection with a half-volley into the right corner. Wright-Phillips has 61 goals in 100 career MLS games.

The Red Bulls (11-9-7) extended their undefeated streak to nine games and moved into a third-place tie in the East with the Philadelphia Union. The Revolution (6-12-9) are winless in their last six.

Sunday's Red Sox-Royals lineups: Holt in for Pedroia at second base

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Sunday's Red Sox-Royals lineups: Holt in for Pedroia at second base

The Boston Red Sox close out their three-game series against the Kansas City Royals without second baseman Dustin Pedroia. 

Brock Holt will be at second base for Pedroia who will miss the game, reportedly attending to a family matter.

Eduardo Rodriguez (2-5, 5.11 ERA) will be on the mound for the Sox, facing off against Yordano Ventura (9-9, 4.27 ERA).

The lineups:

ROYALS
Paulo Orlando CF
Cheslor Cuthbert 3B
Lorenzo Cain RF
Eric Hosmer 1B
Kendrys Morales DH
Salvador Perez C
Alex Gordon LF
Alcides Escobar SS
Raul Mondesi 2B
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Yordano Ventura RHP

RED SOX
Brock Holt 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Travis Shaw 3B
Chris Young LF
Sandy Leon C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
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Eduardo Rodriguez LHP

Blake Swihart (ankle) to start rehab process Monday

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Blake Swihart (ankle) to start rehab process Monday

BOSTON -- Blake Swihart was in a cast on a knee scooter entering the clubhouse today, and was all smiles when he said he’d be taking his cast off Monday to get started with his rehabilitation process.

He’s been cleared to start lifting right away, and it is expected that Swihart will be ready for Spring Training.

“My ankle feels good. I’m not in any pain at all,” Swihart said. “I think in the middle of the off-season I’ll be able to get into baseball shape.”

Swihart will be rehabbing to play both catcher and left field. The top-tier catching prospect wouldn’t say which he preferred when asked, and instead said “whatever gets me on the field.”

A timetable for running has yet to be established for Swihart, but the 24-year-old will meet with the doctor within the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime, he plans to continue supporting his teammates race towards the postseason.

“It’s hard, I want to be out there with them, but at least I get to come in and be there with them during the whole thing,” Swihart said. “It’s a lot of fun seeing them, the way they’re playing. It’s awesome.