Rare bad play by Ciriaco costs Sox

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Rare bad play by Ciriaco costs Sox

CLEVELAND In a season where there hasnt been a ton to feel good about, Pedro Ciriaco has been a great story.

The middle infielder rapped out two more hits in Wednesday nights 5-3 loss to the Indians at Progressive Field, and is hitting .341.349.482 in 28 games with the Sox in what can only be termed a surprise performance.

But Ciriaco was also in the middle of a crucial play that went against the Sox in their loss to the Tribe after hed started off the top of the seventh inning by rapping a double down the right field line. Carl Crawford followed a Jacoby Ellsbury strikeout with a ground ball to shortstop that Asdrubal Cabrera was able to field cleanly with the play developing right in front of Ciriaco.

It was a hard-hit ball and a split-second decision for the speedy Ciriaco, who chose to be aggressive trying to make something happen in a one-run game and was caught in a rundown between second and third. Instead of making something good happen, Ciriaco and Crawford were both gunned down in a 6-5-6-4 double play that ended the potential game-tying rally.

Pedro was a little over-aggressive. The ball was hit really hard and his first move was to score, and it went right to the shortstop, said Bobby Valentine. I thought the worst we would have in that situation was Pedroia hitting with two outs, and he would get him in. But a lot of things didnt work out the way we thought they would tonight and well go get them tomorrow.

Ciriaco appeared to be taking it to heart following the loss, and willingly accepted blame for the base-running miscue. Its one of the few times this season thats been involved in a negative play for Boston.

I thought the ball was going to pass him, so I went and he made a nice play, said Ciriaco. I should have waited to see if it went through. I made a mistake.

The loss was another example of the Sox finding a new way to lose a close game against an able-bodied opponent, and unfortunately Ciriaco was one of the guys explaining how it all went wrong afterward.

Pomeranz scratched from last start, could pitch out of bullpen in playoffs

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Pomeranz scratched from last start, could pitch out of bullpen in playoffs

NEW YORK -- With the postseason just over a week away, it didn't appear that Drew Pomeranz was going to be part of the Red Sox' starting rotation.

On Tuesday, that became official.

Pomeranz was scratched from his last scheduled start of the regular season Thursday with some soreness in his forearm. Henry Owens will take his turn against the Yankees.

"He's come out of this last start (in Tampa Bay) a little bit more sore,'' said John Farrell. "There's been a need for additinal recovery time (and there's also) the total number of innings pitched. There's a number of factors.

"The forearm area is where he's experiencing some discomfort. He needs a few extra days. So combined with his career high in innings pitched (169.1), we're backing him out of his last start.''

Farrell emphasized that Pomeranz hadn't been shut down for the season, but did say that if the lefty pitched again, it would be out of the bullpen.

"We need to get him back on a mound,'' Farrell said, "hopefully by the end of the week to determine what role he'll have in the bullpen going forward.''

The fact that the Red Sox were a win -- or a Toronto loss -- away from clinching the division and have the luxury of being careful didn't have an impact on the decision to hold him out.

"You always put the player's health at the forefront,'' said Farrell. "Is this increased risk with the higher number of innings, or additional needed recovery time? You factor those in. This is independent of the standings.''

Pomeranz appeared to have been squeezed out of playoff rotation, with the four spots going to Rick Porcello, David Price, Eduardo Rodriguez and Clay Buchholz.

In 13 starts, Pomeranz was 3-5 with a 4.68 ERA with the Red Sox after being obtained in a July trade with San Diego.

Two weeks ago, the Padres were disciplined for not fully disclosing all the necessary medical information with the Red Sox leading up to the deal, with GM A.J. Preller suspended for 30 days without pay.

It's unclear whether this injury is at all related to info the Padres withheld from the Red Sox.

"I can't really comment on that,'' Farrell said. "I do know what the player needs is some additional time. What's attached to that previously, I really don't have the specifics.''