3 Up, 3 Down: Who's helping & hurting Sox?

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3 Up, 3 Down: Who's helping & hurting Sox?

Jessica Moran tries to find the silver lining among a disappointing Red Sox team, identifying the three hottest Red Sox right now.

Adrian Gonzalez gets top honors. After a rough first half of the season, in which many questioned whether he was able to produce in Boston, Gonzalez has been on a roll. He's currently riding a 9-game hitting streak, and is hitting .471 in the month of August.

Pedro Ciriaco deserves some recognition as well, hitting .341 this season with 4 hits in last 9 at-bats.

Will Middlebrooks has re-discovered his power stroke this week with two homers and six RBI.

As you can imagine, there wasn't much trouble finding three disappointments.

Bobby Valentine drew the ire of management after making a sarcastic remark to Middlebrooks after the rookie had a tough inning in the field.

Everyone's favorite whipping boy is on the "Down" list as well. Josh Beckett was nothing short of terrible in his last outing, allowing 8 earned runs against the Rangers, including three home runs. It's just another in a series of poor performances from a pitcher who seems to have checked out.

And finally. The Red Sox. Yes, the entire team. The final spot on the "Down" list goes to the whole team. The Sox have a 55-58 record and have lost 7-of-9. But hey, the Patriots are back in action...

Pedroia doesn't have MRI, still listed as day-to-day with ankle/knee soreness

Pedroia doesn't have MRI, still listed as day-to-day with ankle/knee soreness

Three weeks into the season, health has dominated the conversation with the Red Sox. And it’s much more than just the flu.

A scheduled off-day Monday brought something resembling an update for three players worth roughly $63 million in salary.

Dustin Pedroia, Orioles peacemaker, was examined at Massachusetts General Hospital and remains day-to-day because of left ankle and left knee soreness. He did not undergo an MRI, with his condition apparently good enough that the team felt it was unnecessary -- even though the message delivered on Sunday by manager John Farrell was that the Sox wanted to rule everything out.

Pedroia hasn’t played since he was spiked by Manny Machado on Friday in Baltimore.

Pablo Sandoval, at some point Monday, was slated to have an MRI after spraining his right knee Sunday. A further evaluation is to come Tuesday, so his status remains unclear.

David Price, meanwhile, threw a 45-pitch bullpen at Fenway Park on his long journey back from a left elbow strain. There were simulated inning breaks and, naturally, what’s next is still to be seen. Facing hitters shouldn’t be too far away, Farrell has suggested.

Jared Carrabis on Red Sox-Orioles: 'I'm just excited the Red Sox have a rival again'

Jared Carrabis on Red Sox-Orioles: 'I'm just excited the Red Sox have a rival again'

Jared Carrabis' reaction to the Pedroia/Machado/Barnes drama was that the Boston Red Sox have a rival again.