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Notes: Red Sox plan to throw Bedard Tuesday

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Notes: Red Sox plan to throw Bedard Tuesday

By Maureen Mullen
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BOSTON Red Sox manager Terry Francona has announced his rotation for the four-game series against the Orioles, starting Monday with a doubleheader. Right-handers Kyle Weiland will pitch the first game, followed by John Lackey on Monday. Lefty Erik Bedard will start Tuesday, and Josh Beckett gets the series finale on Wednesday.

Weiland started Thursday against the Rays, but went just three innings, throwing 61 pitches. Bedard, who is 1-2 with a 3.66 ERA in six starts with the Sox, hasnt pitched since Sept. 3, when he earned the win over the Rangers. He has been sidelined by back and knee ailments.

Asked if it would be a normal start for Bedard, Francona replied:

Normal as in getting people out, I hope. I dont know about staying out there for 100 pitches. I dont know. Well have to see. That may be a little bit of a reach.

The one thing we need to do, and we told Erik this, we need to respect our guys health and things like that, and we will.

Lackey and Beckett will be on normal rest. With Thursday a day off, Francona is uncertain if the starters will stay in a normal rotation after that.

I really dont know, he said. A little bit more to see if another day after throwing that side will be to his benefit, which he thought it was, so thats kind of why we were waiting.

Before Sunday's game Francona was asked about Adrian Gonzalezs shoulder, on which the first baseman had surgery last fall. During the broadcast of Saturdays game it was reported that Gonzalez has felt some fatigue in the shoulder.

Thats a little hard for me because Gonzies been taking BP every other day . . . for about a month-and-a-half, Francona said. So when Fox comes in and announces that, they couldve announced it in July. And then I have to answer that. Thats not entirely a big surprise. Hes backed off for a long time.

Maybe the shoulder is sore. I dont know. I dont feel the need to announce every bump or bruise or inadequacy we have. Thats not going to help us win at all."

Gonzalez would not answer questions about his shoulder after Saturdays loss, but acknowledged hes been swinging at pitches outside of the strike zone.

Sometimes when you get down early you have to fight that, Francona said. Thats why when you get down early its so nice when you come back right away. The other day with James Shields we scored the two right away. Because its so easy, especially with good pitching, to get greedy. Its not a lack of concentration, youre just trying so hard to do more and you play right into their hand. You see it happen all the time.

Clay Buchholz is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Tuesday. Pitching coach Curt Young said Buchholz will throw 15 pitches in the first inning, rest for about 10 minutes, and throw another 15 pitches in the second. If all goes well, Buchholz will throw again on Thursday.

Wakefield, who is 1-4 in his last nine starts with a 4.97 ERA, reached the 3,000-inning plateau as a member of the Red Sox with a scoreless third on Sunday. Of the original 16 teams, only Cincinnati has not had a pitcher reach that milestone.

Darnell McDonald had a two-run double off David Price in the fourth inning, and is now batting .350 (7-for-20) off him in his career, the third-best career mark for any hitter against Price (with a minimum of 20 at-bats), behind Nick Swisher at .429 and Jose Bautista at .360.

Mike Aviles went 2-for-5 with a home run, a double and three RBI. In his last six games he is hitting .529 (9-for-17) with five RBI and 4 runs scored. In his last 15 games with a plate appearance he is batting.419 (18-for-43).

Carl Crawfords eighth-inning double was his second career pinch-hit. The other was an RBI single on June 20, 2007, while with the Rays in Arizona.

Jarrod Saltalamacchias career-high four passed balls were the most in a game by Sox catcher since Josh Bards four on April 26, 2006. It was the fifth time the sox have allowed four or more passed balls in a game since Wakefield joined the team in 1995. The knuckleballer pitched in all five of those games.

Rays lefty David Price left the game after four innings after getting hit in the upper right chest by Aviles line drive that went for a 1-5-3 out in the third inning. Price underwent several tests at Mass. General and all came back negative. He was expected to join the Rays as they travel to New York by train for their series against the Yankees.

Former Sox Johnny Damon played in his 140th game of the season, the 16th consecutive season in which he has played at least 140 games. That streak matches those of Hank Aaron from 1955-70, Brooks Robinson (1960-75), and Pete Rose (1965-80) as the longest in major league history.

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A's Maxwell becomes first MLB player to kneel during anthem

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A's Maxwell becomes first MLB player to kneel during anthem

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Bruce Maxwell of the Oakland Athletics became the first major league baseball player to kneel during the national anthem Saturday, pulling the sport into a polarizing protest movement that has been criticized harshly by President Donald Trump.

Before a home game against the Texas Rangers, Maxwell dropped to a knee just outside Oakland's dugout, adopting a protest started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in response to police treatment of blacks. The 26-year-old rookie catcher pressed his right hand against his heart, and teammates stood in a line next to him. Teammate Mark Canha, who is white, put his right hand on one of Maxwell's shoulders, and the two hugged after the anthem finished.

"Everybody watches sports and so everybody loves sports, so I felt this was the right thing for me to do personally," Maxwell said.

Maxwell's protest comes after Trump blasted football players and rescinded a White House invitation for NBA champion Stephen Curry in a two-day rant that targeted top professional athletes.

"That's a total disrespect of everything that we stand for," Trump said of kneeling through the anthem. He added, "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you'd say, `Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He's fired."

Maxwell informed A's manager Bob Melvin and general manager David Forst of his intention to kneel before Saturday's game. He also held a team meeting in which he addressed questions from teammates. Maxwell did not play in Oakland's 1-0 win.

Canha approached Maxwell after the meeting to offer his support.

"I could tell he was getting kind of choked up and emotional about his beliefs and how he feels about the racial discrimination that's going on in this country right now," Canha said. "I felt like every fiber in my being was telling me that he needed a brother today."

The Athletics released a statement on Twitter shortly after the anthem, saying they "respect and support all of our players' constitutional rights and freedom of expression" and "pride ourselves on being inclusive."

The league also issued a statement: "Major League Baseball has a longstanding tradition of honoring our nation prior to the start of our games. We also respect that each of our players is an individual with his own background, perspectives and opinions. We believe that our game will continue to bring our fans, their communities and our players together."

Maxwell was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, while his father was stationed there in the Army, but he grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, which is where Trump made his statements at a rally Friday.

"The racism in the South is disgusting," Maxwell said. "It bothers me, and it hits home for me because that's where I'm from. The racism in the South is pretty aggressive, and I dealt with it all the way through my childhood, and my sister went through it. I feel that that's something that needs to be addressed and that needs to be changed."

League executives and star players alike condemned Trump's words on Saturday, and Maxwell predicted on Twitter that athletes would begin kneeling in other sports following "comments like that coming from our president."

A few hours later, he followed through.

"This now has gone from just a BlackLives Matter topic to just complete inequality of any man or woman that wants to stand for Their rights!" Maxwell wrote.

Maxwell is decidedly patriotic and comes from a military family. His agent, Matt Sosnick, told The Associated Press that "the Maxwells' love and appreciation for our country is indisputable."

"Bruce has made it clear that he is taking a stand about what he perceives as racial injustices in this country, and his personal disappointment with President Trump's response to a number of professional athletes' totally peaceful, non-violent protests.

"Bruce has shared with both me and his teammates that his feelings have nothing to do with a lack of patriotism or a hatred of any man, but rather everything to do with equality for men, women and children regardless of race or religion."

Red Sox move closer to A.L. East title with 5-0 win over Reds

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Red Sox move closer to A.L. East title with 5-0 win over Reds

CINCINNATI -- The Red Sox took another step toward a division title, putting up another shutout that ended with a feel-good moment for their manager.

Mitch Moreland ended his long slump with a three-run homer, Eduardo Rodriguez pitched three-hit ball into the eighth inning, and Boston beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-0 on Saturday.

Boston has won 13 of 16, holding a four-game lead over the Yankees with eight to play. The Red Sox are trying to win back-to-back AL East titles for the first time since divisional realignment in 1969. They've got their best record of the season at 90-64, reaching 90 wins for the second year in a row.

It ended with a ninth inning that was unlike anything manager John Farrell has experienced. His son, Luke, relieved for the Reds, giving them a special moment in a competitive situation.

"It was somewhat surreal," he said. "Very proud. You're standing there looking through a netting in the dugout and you think you're maybe watching him throw back in Little League, in high school. To see it happen on a major league mound -- a special day, a special inning."

The reliever walked two in a scoreless inning and glanced back at the Boston dugout, momentarily removing his cap, as he headed for the Reds dugout.

"There was a little added pressure for me," said Luke Farrell, who like his father wears No. 52. "That's the first time we've been on the same field together. You want to do well for your team."

The last time a manager faced his son as an opposing player was 2004, when the Giants' Felipe Alou went against his son Moises of the Cubs.

"There's a major conflict going on inside," John Farrell said. "You're always pulling for your guys, but that's a unique arrangement there."

The Red Sox got what they wanted, closing in on a title with an offense that's an anomaly in the homer-heavy major leagues. Moreland's shot off Robert Stephenson (5-6) was the 160th by a Red Sox, fewest in the American League.

"That gives us a little breathing room," said Moreland, who broke an 0-for-19 slump with only his second homer in September. "That was nice."

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, making sure he'll be in the conversation for a prominent postseason role.

He would love a chance to start a playoff game.

"That's going to be the best feeling in the world," he said. "That's what people who have started in the playoffs tell me."

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.

HOMECOMING

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.

INTERLEAGUE

The Red Sox are 11-1 against the Reds all-time in their interleague series. The Reds beat the Red Sox in seven games for the 1975 World Series championship. Overall, Boston is 15-4 in interleague play this season. The Reds are 5-14.

RED TO GREEN

The Reds wore green jerseys and caps as part of their day honoring Irish heritage.

GOODBYE BRONSON

The Reds and Red Sox honored pitcher Bronson Arroyo , who is retiring at age 40. He came back from several years of arm problems and made 14 starts for Cincinnati this season before ending his comeback. Tributes on the videoboard included one from Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam. Among his gifts were a customized guitar and guitar case. He performed with a band on the field after the game.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: RF Mookie Betts was scratched from the lineup to get treatment on his left foot. He fouled a pitch off it during his second at-bat on Friday night but stayed in the game. It bothered him running on Saturday pregame. ... INF Eduardo Nunez plans to run on Sunday, the next test as he recovers from a sprained knee,

Reds: CF Billy Hamilton broke his left thumb while bunting on Sept. 6 and returned Friday night, getting two hits. He was out of the lineup on Saturday as the Reds ease him back into playing.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: Doug Fister (5-8) is 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA in three career starts against the Reds.

Reds: Rookie Jackson Stephens (2-0) makes his third career start. He gave up five runs in 3 2/3 innings of an 8-7 loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday.

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