Report: Red Sox tell teams they intend to trade Youkilis

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Report: Red Sox tell teams they intend to trade Youkilis

The Will Middlebrooks Era may soon be upon us.

According to CBSsports.com's Danny Knobler, the Red Sox are telling teams they intend to trade Kevin Youkilis, which presumably would make room for Middlebrooks to be Boston's everyday third baseman.

Red Sox are telling teams they definitely intend to trade Youkilis. DKnobler (@DKnobler) June 1, 2012
From Hardball Talk:
Youkilis is hitting .250.318.406 in limited play this year. Though he is hitting well .313..371.531 with two homers since coming off the DL.
The word was that he needed a couple of weeks of good play to be truly marketable. Well, hes had them. So I guess now hell be marketed.

Knobler notes that the Dodgers and White Sox have already seen the 33-year-old third baseman play. He says that Youk would also seem to be a fit for the Phillies, Reds, Diamondbacks and Giants. Even the Rangers have checked on Youkilis, according to Knobler's sources.

Middlebrooks, 23, has made a potential deal all the more likely. In 24 games, the 23-year-old third baseman has hit .316 with six home runs, 21 RBI and a .922 OPS.

Red Sox’ quotes, notes and stars from 2-1 loss to Rays

Red Sox’ quotes, notes and stars from 2-1 loss to Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Notes, quotes and stars from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Rays:

QUOTES:

* "There's not much I can do about it now. It's kind of a waiting game and hopefully, the tests come back clean.'' -Andrew Benintendi, on the uncertainty surrounding his knee injury.

* "Sometimes, I like that, sometimes I don't because I'd kind of take a couple of quick outs in place of those to get a couple of more innings out there.'' -Drew Pomeranz on his career high 11 strikeouts.

* "That's probably the spot that looms the largest. Jackie's become more aggressive early in the count, but at the same time, that aggressiveness can work against you.'' -Farrell on Jackie Bradley Jr. swinging at the first pitch following a walk with the bases loaded.

NOTES:

* Drew Pomeranz recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts

 * Since moving to the leadoff spot, Dustin Pedroia has a slash line of .397/.418/.460 in 16 games.

* Pomeranz has yielded two runs or fewer in five consecutive starts.

* On the just-completed road trip, the Red Sox led in all but one game.

* Thursday's loss was the fourth this season in which the Sox allowed two runs or fewer.

 * The past 18 Red Sox losses have come by a combined 37 runs.

* Until Thursday, the Red Sox had won 20 of their past 31 day games.

* The bottom third of the makeshift Red Sox lineup combined to go 2-for-12.

* The Sox missed out on a chance to have an eight-win road trip, which would have been their first since 2011.

STARS:

1) Jake Odorizzi

The Rays started, facing a depleted Red Sox lineup, limited the Sox to a single run over seven innings, allowing just five hits and getting out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam by allowing just one run.

2) Mikie Mahtook

Mahtook was 0-for-34 when facing Drew Pomeranz in the seventh inning, but that didn't stop him from doubling home Steven Souza Jr with what proved to be the winning run.

3) Dustin Pedroia

The Sox couldn't generate much of anything at all offensively, but don't blame Pedroia. The leadoff hitter had three hits and a walk and was on base four times for the Sox.