Report: Crawford to ask Red Sox about Tommy John surgery

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Report: Crawford to ask Red Sox about Tommy John surgery

UPDATE 3:00pm:

The time may be now for Carl Crawford to have Tommy John surgery, at least he feels that way.

According to a report by Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox outfielder will ask the team to allow him to have Tommy John surgery next week.

Source: Carl Crawford is planning to ask the RedSox to allow him to have Tommy John surgery next week. Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) August 18, 2012
Crawford has said numerous times that the surgery is inevitable. It remains to be seen if the team will allow him to undergo the procedure.

Since returning from the disabled list, Crawford has hit .287 with 3 home runs and 19 RBI for the Red Sox.

UPDATE 3:00pm:

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told the media that Crawford hasn't talked to him yet about possibly having surgery.

Cherington said Crawford hasn't talked to team about TJ surgery: "He's trying to help the team. It's a situation we're monitoring." Sean McAdam(@Sean_McAdam) August 18, 2012
He also made it clear that the team's performance has nothing to do when Crawford will undergo the surgery.

Cherington added that team's standing won't impact decision on TJ surgery w Crawford; player's well being will be only factor. RedSoxTalk Sean McAdam(@Sean_McAdam) August 18, 2012

Yankees beat Blue Jays, Red Sox have chance to clinch AL East on Tuesday

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Yankees beat Blue Jays, Red Sox have chance to clinch AL East on Tuesday

For tonight, the Boston Red Sox can say "thank you" to the New York Yankees.

Despite the Toronto Blue Jays loading the bases with no out in the ninth, the Yankees hold on to beat the Blue Jays, 7-5. The result moves the Red Sox' magic number in the AL East to just one game. 

David Price will take the mound for the Red Sox on Tuesday night against those very Yankees with a chance to clinch the division. 

They can also clinch the AL East with a Toronto loss to the Baltimore Orioles. 

Dee Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Jose Fernandez

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Dee Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Jose Fernandez

MIAMI - Dee Gordon hit an emotional homer in Miami's first at-bat following the death of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez in a boating accident.

Leading off the first inning Monday night against the New York Mets, Gordon pulled a 2-0 pitch from Bartolo Colon over the wall in right for his first homer of the season.

Gordon circled the bases slowly and was crying when he reached home plate. He tapped his chest and waved toward the sky, and then sobbed as teammates hugged him in the dugout.

Gordon took the first pitch batting right-handed, in tribute to the right-handed Fernandez. Gordon then switched to his normal left side.

Fernandez died Sunday morning, prompting the Marlins to cancel their game that day against Atlanta.