Notes: Lowrie on track to be activated Monday

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Notes: Lowrie on track to be activated Monday

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
BOSTON The long wait for some new Legend of Jed Lowrie Twitter fodder may soon be over.

The Red Sox shortstop has come through his current rehab stint from a shoulder injury with flying colors, and continued that with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate on Thursday night for Pawtucket in seven innings of work. Lowrie hit a double, drew a walk and knocked in two runs during the 10-inning loss for the PawSox, and is now 3-for-8 in three rehab games.

He looked really good. He hit a double and made a diving play on that shoulder. He did fine. Weve just started pushing him a little bit and we want to make sure hes okay... just getting out there and playing. He hasnt played a lot, so playing him nine innings in three or four days is pushing it. Well give him the weekend, so hes got a chance and we feel better about it too.

Sox manager Terry Francona said that Lowrie will DH tonight for Pawtucket and play shortstop for nine innings on Saturday, and then will get a day of rest on Sunday before potentially rejoining the team for a road trip through Minnesota and Seattle.

Francona confirmed that Lowrie will be activated by the Sox on Monday barring any setbacks with a shoulder that appears to have fully healed.

Hell DH tonight, play shortstop tomorrow, take Sunday off and then hopefully if everything is okay hell go with us and be activated on Monday, said Francona. We just felt like we might have been pushing him a little bit.

The Sox may decide to keep Mike Aviles, Jed Lowrie and Marco Scutaro together as a great deal of middle infield depth with Aviles ability to play some outfield, but one has to wonder if theres a move forthcoming with one of the three when Lowrie gets activated on Monday.

Bobby Jenks also appears to be moving forward from back tightness, and will throw a bullpen session on Sunday at Fenway Park. If all goes well Jenks will travel to the teams Ft. Myers training facility to continue rehabbing the injury and building up arm strength while the team heads on the road.

Hell throw some pens and get into some simulated games before hed head to Pawtucket, said Francona. Well map that out, but the most important thing is that he feels good in the bullpen on Sunday.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs.

Flubbed popup opens floodgates, helps Blue Jays beat Red Sox, 8-6

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Flubbed popup opens floodgates, helps Blue Jays beat Red Sox, 8-6

BOSTON -- Justin Smoak hit a pair of homers and Steve Pearce drove in two runs when Boston second baseman Brock Holt lost his popup in the sun, and the Toronto Blue Jays held on to beat the Red Sox 8-6 on Thursday.

The teams split the four-game series. Including the 15-inning game on Tuesday with Toronto, the AL East-leading Red Sox played 76 innings in about 144 hours - the equivalent of 8 1/2 games in six days.

Dominic Leone (2-0) earned the win. Starter Francisco Liriano got just five outs, allowing three runs in the second, but Toronto came back with four in the third to take a 5-3 lead against Doug Fister (0-4).

Roberto Osuna pitched the ninth for his 24th save.

Smoak has 26 homers this season. His previous career high was 20, in 2013.

It was 7-3 in the seventh when Dustin Pedroia, in the lineup at designated hitter after the long week, hit a three-run homer - his third hit of the day and his fourth homer in 11 games.

Smoak, who also had an RBI single, added his second homer of the game in the ninth.

Farrell says Red Sox clubhouse anticipating trade

Farrell says Red Sox clubhouse anticipating trade

BOSTON — John Farrell might have stopped short of actually stumping for a deal. Still, the Red Sox manager on Thursday morning spoke highly of the potential impact of a trade and indicated his players are waiting to see what this front office can add to a first-place team.

From a morale perspective, Farrell sees a potential boon in an acquisition.

“I think it’s always a plus,” Farrell said. “It’s a strong sign that everyone is aligned to support, add to, fortify — however you want to describe it — an area of need. And I think there’s a lot that goes into — there’s almost an injection of maybe that support or, further momentum that, OK, this is going to better equip us to go deep into the season.”

The players, Farrell said, have an anticipation for the possibility of a trade as well.

“I think there is. I think players carry that,” Farrell said. “They’re well in tune. Maybe some of them might be wondering OK, am I out?...So there’s a tentative period of time that we’ll go through here in the next 10-14 days. But adding to [the team] I think is always a positive.”

A day earlier, Farrell noted the improvement the Yankees made in their trade for Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle.