Aviles gives Sox a scare

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Aviles gives Sox a scare

TORONTO Shortstop Mike Aviles gave his manager a scare in the third inning of Saturdays game against the Blue Jays.

With the Red Sox already short on middle infielders with Dustin Pedroia nursing an ailing thumb, Aviles was caught on his right hand in a nearly identical spot to Pedroias injury when Edwin Encarnacion's sharply hit bouncer took a funny skip off the Rogers Centre turf.

Valentine, along with trainer Rick Jameyson, trotted from the dugout. Valentines thoughts as he was covered the distance?

Oh, shoot! His fingers not broken, is it? It didnt hit him in the wrist, did it?

Thats why I didnt run out there, Valentine said. I tried to go through the whole gamut of things in my head.

But Aviles was not hurt seriously. Just momentarily stung.

I just needed a second because it was throbbing and it hurt, Aviles said. But it went away.

Aviles who initially was charged with an error before the official scorer reversed the decision -- reassured Valentine and Jameyson, then shooed them back to the dugout.

By the time they came out I was good, Aviles said. I actually didnt want them to come out but they came out.

I got nervous for a split second too because I didnt know what was going on, like Oh, man, dont tell me and then it went away. But its fine. Ill be good. Ill be playing tomorrow. Stayed in there, grabbed the ball, throw, fine, all the same.

But, the next ball he got wasnt any easier a sharply hit ball by Brett Lawrie leading off the fourth which Aviles turned for a groundout. Although, not without leaving his glove hand with a stinger.

And, what would Valentine have done if Aviles had needed to come out of the game?

I would have put Dustin in the game, Valentine said. For a while anyway.

Price struggles in third inning, but otherwise shines in first start

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Price struggles in third inning, but otherwise shines in first start

CHICAGO -- Everything was going smoothly until the No. 9 hitter.

Protecting a 1-0 lead in the third inning Monday in his first start of 2017, David Price walked two straight batters with none on and one out in the third inning. Ninth-place hitter Adam Engel walked, as did leadoff man Tim Anderson -- who had drawn just four walks in 181 plate appearances entering the game.

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Price, whose command was in question coming off just two rehab starts for Triple-A Pawtucket, immediately paid for the consecutive free passes.

Melky Cabrera jumped on Price's first pitch, a middle-in fastball, for a three-run homer and a 3-1 lead.

The Sox got Price two runs back in the top of the fourth inning, giving him something of a fresh slate with a tie game at 3-3. He took advantage of the second chance, striking out two of the three batters he faced in the bottom of the inning and keeping the game tied, and was rewarded when Mookie Betts homered to lead off the fifth and put the Red Sox back on top, 4-3.

He immediately put himself back in hot water by hitting the first two batters in the bottom of the fifth. But two groundballs to the left side -- the second of which, hit by Cabrera, was turned into an inning-ending double play -- got Price and the Sox out of the inning with their lead intact.

Back from an elbow injury, Price was impressive out of the gate in his first major league game since last year's playoffs. He struck out Anderson to begin his season and needed just 14 pitches in a 1-2-3 first inning.

The lefty touched 96 mph on the final pitch of the first inning, which produced an easy groundout to shortstop from first baseman Jose Abreu.

Price was staked to a 1-0 lead before he threw a pitch.

Betts' leadoff double against Chicago's David Holmberg gave way to a run thanks to some great Betts base running. He took third base on Dustin Pedroia's ground out and then scored on a foul pop up that Abreu, the first baseman, snagged in foul territory with a basket catch — a rare sacrifice fly to the first baseman.

Home runs were a big problem for Price last year. So too was the third inning, when he had a 6.03 ERA.

Pedroia lifted in second inning after hurting wrist in collision

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Pedroia lifted in second inning after hurting wrist in collision

CHICAGO -- Injury scares are finding Dustin Pedroia in all the wrong places.

The Red Sox second baseman was pulled in the second inning Monday afternoon against the White Sox because of a left wrist sprain, an injury he seemed to suffer on a collision running to first base in the top of the first inning.

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He and White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu converged on the bag at the same time on a grounder to Abreu, and Pedroia tumbled over Abreu

Pedroia had season-ending surgery on the wrist in September 2014, addressing a tendon issue. Pedroia had surgery on his left knee this year, and missed time after Manny Machado's slide caught him in that leg in April.

Pedroia during the last homestand was pulled as a precaution because of concern for that leg.

Josh Rutledge took over for Pedroia at second base.