Ross swinging hot bat after two homers on Sunday

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Ross swinging hot bat after two homers on Sunday

BOSTON Cody Ross powered the Red Sox offense on the way to a 9-4 win over the Braves at Fenway Park Sunday afternoon.

Ross went 2-for-4 with two home runs, two runs scored, and five RBI. It was his second multi-home run game of the season, along with April 23 at Minnesota. He now has 11 home runs this season, just three behind his 2011 total. The five RBI are a season high and matches the second-highest total of his career. It is the most hes collected since June 2, 2009, with the Marlins against the Brewers.

The win also gave the Sox a second win in the three-game series. They have won 11 of their last 15 series since May 10, with three losses and a tie.

Ross first home run a three-run blast into the Monster seats in the fourth inning, scoring Dustin Pedroia and Will Middlebrooks, who had both walked put the Sox on the scoreboard for the first time in the game. Adrian Gonzalez, the next batter, followed Ross with a solo shot. It was the third time this season and the first time since Middlebrooks and Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the fourth inning on May 19 at Philadelphia the Sox have hit back-to-back home runs.

The Braves cut the lead to one run in the top of the fifth.

But the Sox answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning, capped by Ross two-run home run, scoring Daniel Nava.

Ross has five home runs in his last eight games.

Im feeling good, said Ross, who is hitting .277. The main thing is just getting out there and contributing and feeling like part of the team again. It was a big series for us, this series. Weve been playing well lately. Today was a good example of a good team win. We kept adding on runs and they kept fighting, trying to get back into it and we kept tacking runs on and our pitchers shut them down. Just a good way to end the series.

Since returning from the disabled list on June 19 after missing 27 games with a fracture of the navicular bone in his left foot, Ross is 7-for-22 (.318) with three doubles, three home runs, and 10 RBI in six games.

He appeared in two rehab games with Triple-A Pawtucket before being activated.

Ive been on the DL enough times where I know that sometimes you go for too long you can find yourself in a funk, he said. Pitchings different in Triple-A than it is here. Its still the same game, but I felt like I was seeing the ball well enough where I could tell them that I was ready to go. My foot felt, obviously, fine and its just nice to start off on the right foot . No pun intended.

Ross reached double-digit home runs in his 43rd game, the second-fastest in a season after 41 games with Florida in 2008. He has at least 10 home runs in a season for the seventh time in his career, all since 2006. He is tied with Carl Crawford for the second-most seasons among all major leaguers hitting 10 or more home runs behind David Ortizs 13.

He definitely gives options and its a threat every time he has a bat in his hands, said manager Bobby Valentine. He feels healthy, obviously. And, two home runs, that works for me any day.

After strong bullpen session, Koji Uehara could be back by Labor Day

After strong bullpen session, Koji Uehara could be back by Labor Day

BOSTON - For a bullpen that could use all the help it can get right now, there's the prospect that Koji Uehara could rejoin the Red Sox on Labor Day.

Uehara, who's been out since July 20 with a strained pectoral muscle, threw a bullpen Monday at Fenway that impressed John Farrell.

"He came out of today's work session in good fashion,'' said Farrell. "It was 25 pitches to hitters with good intensity to both his fastball and split. It's been impressive to see how he's handled the volume, and now, three times on the mound, the intensity to his bullpens and BP.''

Next up for Uehara will be a bullpen session Wednesday morning, followed by a live batting practice session Saturday in Oakland.

Since both Pawtucket's and Portland's seasons are over on Labor Day, Uehara won't have the option of going on a rehab assignment to face hitters before being activated.

But the Sox believe that he can build arm strength through these side sessions and BP sessions -- enough so that he could return to the active roster soon.

"We'll re-assess where is after Sunday,'' said Farrell, "and I wouldn't rule out activation [after that]. What we've done with Koji is just review how he feels after each session and we'll take it from there.''

Uehara, 41, is 2-3 with a 4.50 ERA, and while he's had a propensity for giving up homers (eight in just 36 innings), he had been throwing better before being injured.

And given the performance of the bullpen in general and the recent poor showings from Matt Barnes, the Sox would welcome Uehara back as soon as he's ready.

"The one thing that Koji has proven to us,'' noted Farrell, "is that, even with limited spring training work [in the past], he's been a very effective pitcher for us and obviously, he has a chance to make a very positive impact once he does return.''

Uehara's progress since late July has been a pleasant surprise for the Sox, who feared at the time of the injury that he might be done for the season.     

"To his credit,'' said Farrell, "he's worked his tail off and advanced fairly rapidly and he's withstanding the intensity that he's put into [the work]. A healthy Koji certainly adds to our bullpen.

 

Red Sox among ‘roughly half’ of MLB who’ll attend Tebow workout Tuesday

Red Sox among ‘roughly half’ of MLB who’ll attend Tebow workout Tuesday

Maybe Tim Tebow could be the eighth-inning guy? 

OK, OK. Maybe not. Still, the Red Sox will be among the “roughly half” of the MLB teams who will attend the former Heisman Trophy winner and Patriots’ 2013 training camp phenomenon’s baseball tryout on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Tebow is 29 and hasn’t played organized baseball since he was a junior in high school. He was an All-State performer in Florida back then.

Based on his accuracy and mechanics throwing a football, maybe DH would suit Tebow better than the mound.