Youkilis has not begun baseball activities yet

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Youkilis has not begun baseball activities yet

BOSTON Third baseman Kevin Youkilis has been on the disabled list with a low back strain retroactive to April 29 and is eligible to come off Monday. But he has not begun baseball activities yet, and is not sure of a timetable.

No, they havent given me that. Im just basically following their orders, Youkilis said. The past couple of days it felt great, been moving around and doing what they tell me to do and hopefully soon I can do baseball activities. Pretty excited to get back and playing.

He has been working on cardio exercises and core-strengthening activities.

I just want to come back, he said. I feel good but they want to make sure I can be healthy all year. So its tough. Its tough to watch and not be a part of. For me personally, I just hate watching baseball and love to play it. Hopefully these guys can turn around tonight and get a win and try to win the series.

Youkilis has been impressed with the play of Will Middlebrooks, who has taken his place at third.Middlebrooks is batting .346 with three home runs and nine RBI in six games. He hit home runs down the left and right field lines on Monday in Kansas City.

Its awesome, Youkilis said. I was watching the game and I was just joking, I was like they should put a foul pole in center field so he can hit it off that too. But it was pretty amazing to watch and its great. Its great for him to come up here on this stage and perform at a high level.

McAdam: Will this be Clay Buchholz's last start?

McAdam: Will this be Clay Buchholz's last start?

With Wright and Rodriguez set to return, Sean McAdam joins SNC to discuss whether Tuesday’s game against the Rays will be the last start for Clay Buchholz.

Quotes, notes and stars: Buchholz hopes he's made a case to stay in rotation

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Quotes, notes and stars: Buchholz hopes he's made a case to stay in rotation

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 2-1 win over Tampa Bay Rays.

 

QUOTES:

"I didn't know I could really do that.'' - Mookie Betts, who marveled at his throw from the right field corner which nailed Kevin Kiermaier -- attempting to stretch a double into a triple -- at third in the eighth inning.

"He's playing a huge role for us right now. He's stepped in, he's built his arm strength and given us almost 13 very strong innings the last two outings.'' - John Farrell on Clay Buchholz.

"I don't know that we ever lost faith in the talent of Clay. He was in a rut for quite some time. . . But the jolt that he's given us from the spot starts he's made, he's kept us rolling.'' - Farrell on Buchholz.

"You'd have to ask John about that. I have no idea. I've tried to make the most of (the opportunity) and if a decision has to be made, make it a hard one.'' - Buchholz, when asked if he's made a case to stay in the rotation.

 

NOTES:

* The Red Sox improved to a season-best 17 games over .500

* The win was just the fourth for the Red Sox this season when scoring two or one runs.

* The win was the first for Clay Buchholz as a starter since May 9.

* David Ortiz moved into sixth place on the Red Sox' all-time hit list, passing Bobby Doerr with 2.043 hits.

* Ortiz extended his hitting streak to 10 games and has reached base in 16 straight.

* Andrew Benintendi recorded his eighth multi-hit game, the first Red Sox player to do so in his first 20 games since Jacoby Ellsbury in 2007

* Mookie Betts recorded his 10th outdield assist, placing him third among major league right fielders.

* Craig Kimbrel has a 1.08 ERA in save situations this year and 6.06 in non-save situations.

* Kimbrel has recorded a save in each of his last five appearances.

 

STARS:

1) Clay Buchholz

To say that this was Buchholz's best start of the season is to damn with faint praise, since there haven't been many good ones. But this was very good: 6 1/3 innings, one run on five hits with a season-high nine strikeouts.

2) Mookie Betts

Betts has only been a pro outfielder for a little more than two years, but that didn't look to be the case when he fired a strike from the right field corner to cut down a baserunner at third with one out in the eighth inning.

3) Craig Kimbrel

Kimbrel was dominant in the ninth, protecting a one-run lead with two strikeouts and a soft lineout to left.