Morales, Cook to get starts in Seattle

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Morales, Cook to get starts in Seattle

BOSTON The Red Sox rotation, which had been in some flux with Josh Becketts and Clay Buchholzs time on the disabled list, has been set for the four-game series in Seattle.

Left-hander Franklin Morales will start the first game, on Thursday, followed by Aaron Cook, Josh Beckett, who will be activated from the DL, and Felix Doubront. Beyond that, however, remains to be seen.

Manager Bobby Valentine said before Tuesdays game he would go with a six-man rotation at least through the All-Star break, which begins July 9. Daisuke Matsuzaka started Tuesday night against the Blue Jays, with Jon Lester pitching Wednesday afternoons homestand finale. Either of the two could start Monday, the first of three games in Oakland.

Rather than flying ahead of the team, as is sometimes the case for long flights, Morales, Thursdays starter, will fly with the team after Wednesdays game. With a day game, Valentine was hopeful that the Sox would arrive in Seattle at a decent hour.

Valentine was satisfied with the change Matsuzaka made to his warm-up routine before Tuesdays start:

Yeah I really think they found something there, Valentine said. The first at-bat, those were all quality pitches and we havent seen that. And the second at-bat were quality pitches. There wasnt this let me feel my way through the first inning look to the situation.

Carl Crawford is scheduled to continue his rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League team in Fort Myers on Wednesday. Crawford will play left field.

Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

BOSTON (AP)  Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more during Boston's seven-run seventh inning on Wednesday night and the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 9-4 for their third straight victory.

Chris Sale (5-2) struck out six, falling short in his attempt to become the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to strike out at least 10 batters in nine straight games in one season. He allowed three earned runs, six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings and received more runs of support in the seventh inning alone than in any previous game this season.

Sam Dyson (1-5) faced seven batters in relief of Martin Perez and gave up four hits, three walks - two intentional - and a wild pitch without retiring a batter. Mike Napoli homered for Texas, which has lost three of four to follow a 10-game winning streak.

David Price dodges media after 2nd rough rehab start

David Price dodges media after 2nd rough rehab start

If only David Price could pitch as well as he dodges the media.

The Red Sox lefty bailed on a typical post-start media session with reporters in Pawtucket on Wednesday, after his second minor league rehab outing in Triple-A was another dud.

As Price comes back from a nondescript elbow injury, difficulty retiring minor league hitters doesn't combine well with difficulty facing questions. He sat in the mid-90s in his second rehab start with Pawtucket, but allowed six runs, three earned, in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.

The PawSox were at home at McCoy Stadium against Triple-A Louisville, a Reds affiliate, and Price heard some heckling. Postgame, he wanted to hear nothing, apparently.

Per CSNNE’s Bill Messina, who was on site in Pawtucket, the media was waiting outside the clubhouse for Price, as is standard. 

PawSox media relations told the media to go to the weight room, where Price would meet them. As media headed that way, PR alerted reporters that Price was leaving and did not want to talk. Media saw a car leaving, but there was no interview.

On the mound, Price’s velocity is there, but the command is not. The Red Sox would be unwise to bring back Price before really two more minor league starts — one to show he can do well, another to show he can repeat it.

Price’s ERA in two starts for Pawtucket is 9.53. He’s gone 5 2/3 innings and allowed six earned runs, while striking out eight and walking two overall.