Shorthanded Sox look to bounce back vs. Royals

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Shorthanded Sox look to bounce back vs. Royals

BOSTON With Saturdays trade with the Dodgers, the suspension of Alfredo Aceves, and David Ortizs ailing right Achilles, the Red Sox played two players short against the Royals in Saturdays, 10-9, 12-inning loss at Fenway Park.

Such a shortage can compromise a managers ability to manage.

I dont know compromise, manager Bobby Valentine said. I dont like to do the hoping thing and its just I hope I get through this so this doesnt happen. And sometimes in games when you're hoping, your hopes are met and sometimes the thing you want to happen the least happens most often.

On Saturday the Red Sox used all their available relievers. Left-hander Felix Doubront was activated from the disabled list before the game, even though he was not scheduled to start until Sunday. But, he was sent home early because of his scheduled start.

Yes we had sent Felix home already because it was a day game on Sunday, Valentine said. He was the guy that could be the extra man. We were talking about it. That wasnt a good feeling.

Che-Hsuan Lin and Jose Iglesias, who were called up from Triple-A Pawtucket before the game, were both used. In the ninth, Iglesias pinch-ran for Ryan Lavarnway, who was serving as the designated hitter. Iglesias grounded into a double play to end the 11th. In the 10th Lin replaced Cody Ross, who had twisted his knee earlier in the game, and struck out to end the 10th with runners on first and second.

But, with the Lavarnway out of the game, Valentine would have needed a replacement if something had happened to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

We talked about it, Valentine said. Im glad it didn't go further than a discussion. We thought Mike Aviles and Mauro Gomez as candidates.

Lin was sent back to Pawtucket before Sundays game.

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.