Youkilis's brother slams Boston on Twitter

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Youkilis's brother slams Boston on Twitter

Kevin Youkilis' brother, Scott, bad-mouthed Boston via Twitter yesterday after finding out Youk had been traded.

Boston fans could probably care less that Scott Youkilis called Bobby Valentine a joke. And they probably don't even mind that he thinks Chicago is a better city than Boston. But to hate on pizza in the North End? That's a low-blow, man.
whychicagoisbetterthanboston closer drive from Cincinnati Scott Youkilis (@chefyouk) June 24, 2012

Yep. This is the ugly side of sports in Boston Scott Youkilis (@chefyouk) June 24, 2012

whychicagoisbetterthanboston the worst Chicago deep dish is twice as good as any pie from the northend Scott Youkilis (@chefyouk) June 24, 2012

@Oliver_Klozoph I wonder why? Bobby V is a joke Scott Youkilis (@chefyouk) June 23, 2012

Twitter is too powerful for its own good sometimes. Scott Youkilis (@chefyouk) June 24, 2012

Pomeranz scratched from last start, could pitch out of bullpen in playoffs

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Pomeranz scratched from last start, could pitch out of bullpen in playoffs

NEW YORK -- With the postseason just over a week away, it didn't appear that Drew Pomeranz was going to be part of the Red Sox' starting rotation.

On Tuesday, that became official.

Pomeranz was scratched from his last scheduled start of the regular season Thursday with some soreness in his forearm. Henry Owens will take his turn against the Yankees.

"He's come out of this last start (in Tampa Bay) a little bit more sore,'' said John Farrell. "There's been a need for additinal recovery time (and there's also) the total number of innings pitched. There's a number of factors.

"The forearm area is where he's experiencing some discomfort. He needs a few extra days. So combined with his career high in innings pitched (169.1), we're backing him out of his last start.''

Farrell emphasized that Pomeranz hadn't been shut down for the season, but did say that if the lefty pitched again, it would be out of the bullpen.

"We need to get him back on a mound,'' Farrell said, "hopefully by the end of the week to determine what role he'll have in the bullpen going forward.''

The fact that the Red Sox were a win -- or a Toronto loss -- away from clinching the division and have the luxury of being careful didn't have an impact on the decision to hold him out.

"You always put the player's health at the forefront,'' said Farrell. "Is this increased risk with the higher number of innings, or additional needed recovery time? You factor those in. This is independent of the standings.''

Pomeranz appeared to have been squeezed out of playoff rotation, with the four spots going to Rick Porcello, David Price, Eduardo Rodriguez and Clay Buchholz.

In 13 starts, Pomeranz was 3-5 with a 4.68 ERA with the Red Sox after being obtained in a July trade with San Diego.

Two weeks ago, the Padres were disciplined for not fully disclosing all the necessary medical information with the Red Sox leading up to the deal, with GM A.J. Preller suspended for 30 days without pay.

It's unclear whether this injury is at all related to info the Padres withheld from the Red Sox.

"I can't really comment on that,'' Farrell said. "I do know what the player needs is some additional time. What's attached to that previously, I really don't have the specifics.''