BOSTON Derek Lowe was one of the heroes of the Red Sox 2004 World Series season. He went 3-0 with wins in each of the three clinching games of that postseason, helping the Red Sox to their first World Series title in 86 years.
But his commemorative ring from that historic season was stolen during a break-in at his Fort Myers, Fla., home last week.
Red Sox owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner, and president Larry Lucchino rectified that this weekend. They presented Lowe with a replacement ring before Saturdays game.
"You know me, I can talk," Lowe told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "But it was one of those moments where I didn't even know what to say. It wasn't like they just sent over a bat boy or sent it over. All three of them came over to give it to me. They said some really nice things.
"I just thought it was one of the classiest things I've seen. The Sox traveling secretary Jack McCormick called over to our clubhouse and said, "Hey, someone is going to stop by and wants to give you something.'
They didn't have to do that at all. I just don't want it to go unnoticed. I knew there was an opportunity for me to buy another one, but to have all three of them there when they gave it to me really meant a lot.
"It's something I'll never forget. It almost means more this time because it was a selfless act on their part. I just want people to know they did this."
Lowe left the Sox after that season and is in his first season with the Cleveland, where he is 5-1 with a 2.47 ERA after beating the Sox in the first game of this four-game series.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL. - Brock Holt's return to the Red Sox is going to have to wait a little longer.
The Sox had held out some hope that Holt might be ready to rejoin the club here for the start of a three-game series. But Holt, who is recovering from a concussion suffered in early May, is still not symptom-free while on a rehab assignment at Triple A Pawtucket.
The target now is for Holt to return Friday when the Red Sox begin a homestand that will take them up to the All-Star break.
"He'll come off and hopefully join us for the weekend series with the Angels,'' said John Farrell. "(He had a) good day (Sunday), but just didn't feel like he's ready to take that next step, so we have to respect that. He'll get full number of at-bats (Tuesday) and Wednesday, before we get back home.''
Farrell said Holt is still experiencing some post-concussion symptoms as he plays in games.
"This is a very unique (case),'' said Farrell. "We've talked a lot about his form of a concussion and we felt like the best way for him to be capable of being back with us is to push forward and stress the intensity, the level of play. Because the symptoms aren't going to go away just by sitting around. This is a matter of being active and being aggressive with it, so hopefully everything calibrates within his system. That's the recommendation of the medical staff.''
Farrell said Holt continues to feel some imbalance and light dizziness.
"There are those slight, disoriented feelings that's we working through,'' Farrell said. ''We're talking about the inner ear speaking to the brain and that's only going to continue to improve but stressing it -- not by sitting back. The fact that he was set out on a rehab assignment with some of those symptoms was part of overall recommendation.
"I wish we could say this is a straight-line end result from a timing standpoint, but we're seeing that it's not.''
The Red Sox may be stumbling through the month of June, but they're flying high compared to their opponent tonight.
The Sox are in St. Petersburg, Fla., to take on the free-falling Rays, losers of 11 straight. They'll be sending Eduardo Rodriguez to the mound in hopes of continuing Tampa Bay's misery, at least for the next three games.
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Bryce Brentz LF
Sandy Leon C
Marco Hernandez 3B
Eduardo Rodriguez P
Logan Forsythe 2B
Tim Beckham SS
Evan Longoria 3B
Logan Morrison 1B
Desmond Jennings CF
Oswaldo Arcia RF
Taylor Motter LF
Nick Franklin DH
Curt Casali C
Blake Snell P
The Red Sox made another pitcher-for-infielder roster swap today, sending William Cuevas back to Pawtucket and bringing up Mike Miller as his replacement.
The Sox had summoned Cuevas from the PawSox over the weekend when they ran through their bullpen in Friday night's come-from-behind victory over Texas and he pitched twice against the Rangers, holding them to two hits over 2 2/3 scoreless innings on Saturday and Sunday. Deven Marrero had been shipped out when Cuevas arrived, leaving the Sox with only one backup infielder (Marco Hernandez).
Now they have two again, with Miller making his first trip to the major leagues. He's been primarily a second baseman for Pawtucket, though he's also seen action at short and third. Miller -- the team's ninth-round selection in the 2012 draft -- had a combined .251 average in 46 games for the PawSox and six games for Double-A Portland.
However, his stay with the Red Sox will likely be as short as Cuevas'. Brock Holt may soon be ready for reactivation, after having missed more than a month because of a concussion, and he could take Miller's roster spot when he returns.