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Gonzalez declines comment on right shoulder fatigue

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Gonzalez declines comment on right shoulder fatigue

By Maureen Mullen
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BOSTON Adrian Gonzalez went 0-for-2 with two walks and two strikeouts in Saturdays loss to the Rays. In the first three games of the four-game series, he is 0-for-8 with three walks, an RBI, and four strikeouts. In the last eight games, going back to Sept. 9 in Tampa Bay, Gonzalez is 4-for-24 (.167) with two home runs, five RBI, seven walks, and six strikeouts.

During the broadcast of Saturdays game it was reported that Gonzalez is feeling fatigue in his right shoulder, on which he had surgery last November after injuring the shoulder in May 2010 playing with the Padres diving for a foul ball in Houston.

Gonzalezs response:

Im not talking about that, he said.

Asked how he feels, he replied:

Fine. Its the end of the year.

But, his production against the Rays this season has been well below his overall performance. He's batting just .140 (8-for-57) in 17 games against the Rays, his second-lowest mark against any American League team this year, better than only his .130 (3-for-23) in six games against the Tigers. Against the Rays, he has scored just four runs, with five RBI, two home runs, 14 walks, and 12 strikeouts. He is just two for his last 41 against the Rays.

His first strikeout Saturday, swinging at a slider, ended the first inning. His second strikeout, swinging at a 97-mph fastball from Rays heralded rookie left-hander Matt Moore, opened the eighth inning.

Personally, Im swinging at pitches I shouldnt be swinging at, Gonzalez said. Im not mechanically right and chasing pitches down. I couldve walked every at-bat the series so far. Just trying to be too aggressive and trying to make things happen instead of just taking walks.

If I was mechanically right, Id be walking every at-bat.

Gonzalez faced Moore twice. He walked in the sixth, before his eighth-inning strikeout.

Hes got a good fastball, Gonzalez said. Hes got good stuff. Hes young. Theres a lot of young kids in the league now that throw hard from the left side with good off-speed pitches. Hes not anything different than a lot of the guys that we face throughout the year.

Saw some pitches for future reference. But today he struck me out.

The Sox had just seven hits in the game. Gonzalez is hopeful tomorrows starter for the Rays, left-hander David Price, will give the Sox better offerings.

Were going after pitches out of the zone, Gonzalez said. We could've walked 20 times a game if we wanted to. Were being overaggressive. Imtalking about more personally than as a team, but I think tomorrow its different because its Price and hes more aggressive in the strike zone.

Maureen Mullen is on Twitter at http:twitter.commaureenamullen.

Red Sox move closer to AL East title with 5-0 win over Reds

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Red Sox move closer to AL East title with 5-0 win over Reds

CINCINNATI - Mitch Moreland ended his long slump with a three-run homer, Eduardo Rodriguez pitched three-hit ball into the eighth inning, and the Boston Red Sox took another step toward a second straight AL East title, beating the Cincinnati Reds 5-0 on Saturday.

Boston has won 13 of 16, holding off the Yankees as it tries to win back-to-back East titles for the first time since divisional realignment in 1969. The Red Sox have their best record of the season at 90-64, reaching 90 wins for the second year in a row.

They remain four games in front of the Yankees, who beat Toronto 5-1.

Moreland was in an 0-for-19 slump when he connected off Robert Stephenson (5-6) in the sixth inning, his 20th homer of the season but only his second in September. The Red Sox are last in the AL with 160 homers.

Rodriguez (6-6) has given up two or fewer earned runs in each of his last four starts, the best stretch of his career. The left-hander gave up three singles and two walks in 7 2/3 innings, his longest outing since May 21.

The Red Sox have shutout victories in three of their last four games, including two at Baltimore. They are 7-1 on a trip that ends Sunday. Boston wraps up the regular season at Fenway Park with three games against Toronto and four against Houston.

Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who grew up in suburban Madeira and had hundreds of relatives and friends in the stands for the series, singled home a run in the seventh at the ballpark where he regularly attended games as a youth.

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Betts (foot), Pedroia (knee) out of Red Sox lineup

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Betts (foot), Pedroia (knee) out of Red Sox lineup

Mookie Betts, who fouled a ball off his left foot Friday night, and Dustin Pedroia, who has been bothered by a knee injury almost all season, were out of the Red Sox lineup Saturday against the Reds in Cincinnati.

Chris Young started in right field for Betts and Brock Holt at second base for Pedroia.

Betts was scratched from the original lineup but was a late scratch. Pedroia, who had been getting intermittent days off to rest his knee was originally expected to play but needed treatement and hopes to be able to play Sunday, according to Scott Lauber of ESPN. 

Manager John Farrell told reporters, including Christopher Smith of MassLive.com, that Betts "was hindered by it last night in the second half of that game. [He] woke up a little bit more sore. Went through treatment. But felt it was best to give him a day to fully recover and get some additional treatment."

The manager added that Betts was available to pinch hit Saturday and did not have X-rays, but that step could be taken if there's no improvement in the next 24 hours.