Valentine considering six-man rotation until All-Star Break

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Valentine considering six-man rotation until All-Star Break

BOSTON Manager Bobby Valentinesaid Josh Beckett, on the disabled list retroactive to June 12 with rightshoulder inflammation, is expected to be activated for the four-game series inSeattle beginning Thursday.Beginning Thursday, the Sox have 10games left in the half before the All-Star break. After Seattle they travel toOakland for three games, returning home for four with the Yankees, including aday-night doubleheader on July 7. They have on off-day, July 5, before thebreak, which begins July 9.With Becketts return, the Sox rotationwould have six starters. A plan Valentine plans to keep through the All-Starbreak. The Sox current rotation lookslike: Jon Lester, Franklin Morales, Aaron Cook, Felix Doubront, and DaisukeMatsuzaka. Beckett is likely to start either Friday or Saturday.Yeah, Imconsidering it, Valentine said of the six-man rotation. I think there's asituation where, depending on how we slot Josh, in I think it could benefiteveryone to get a little creative there until the All-Star break.

Benintendi leaves Wednesday's game with knee sprain

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Benintendi leaves Wednesday's game with knee sprain

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Rookie outfielder Andrew Benintendi left Wednesday's game with a knee sprain and will be further evaluated Thursday.

Benintendi was on second base in the seventh inning, with teammate Travis Shaw on third. The Tampa Rays pulled the infield in, and with no out, Dustin Pedroia hit a grounder to short.

Initially, Benintendi was intent on getting to third, but with the infield in, Shaw didn't break from third. That forced Benintendi to head back to second. Tampa shortstop Matt Duffy chased him back to the bag and tagged him out. As he attempted elude the tag, Benintendi's left leg buckled underneath him.

He fell to the ground and got up very gingerly. Benintendi was helped off the field by two members of the training staff, unable to put any weight on the left leg.

Only two nights earlier, Benintendi had made one of the best catches of the season when he leaped above the wall in left to prevent a two-run homer by Rays outfielder Steve Souza Jr.

Benintendi was 1-for-3 with a double Wednesday and is hitting .324 after being promoted from Double A to the big leagues three weeks ago.

 

Neumeier: Clay Buchholz could be important for Red Sox down the stretch

Neumeier: Clay Buchholz could be important for Red Sox down the stretch

Bob Neumeier explains why he thinks Clay Buchholz will ultimately end up being key for the Boston Red Sox down the stretch even if it is just a bullpen role.