Pregame notes: Scutaro cleared to work out


Pregame notes: Scutaro cleared to work out

By Danny Picard

BOSTON -- Marco Scutaro hasnt played since May 7 because of a strained oblique. But manager Terry Francona said Tuesday thatthe Red Sox shortstop has officially received the OK to do all baseball activities."

Hell be out on the field today, and well see where thattakes him and when, said Francona in Tuesdays pregame press conference. Itcould be as early as this weekend, maybe playing. Well see. Its just going tohave to go on completely on how hes doing.

Daisuke Matsuzaka had his right elbow examined by Dr.Lewis Yocum Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles, and Francona is waiting to hear the results.

I would imagine, pretty soon well be getting a phonecall, said the Red Sox manager.

The plan for Matsuzaka is for him torejoin the team in Boston on Wednesday, with the only real question being anexact timetable for a return to the mound.

In the meantime, with John Lackey returning to the rotationthis weekend, Francona gave his rotation for the Yankees series in New Yorknext week. Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz and Josh Beckett will get the call.

As for the fifth starter, Francona said on Tuesday that hesthinking of possibly mixing and matching Tim Wakefield and Alfredo Aceves.

Left-hander Franklin Morales had an MRI on his strainedleft forearm, and Francona was pleased that the results came backstructurally, very sound. Francona said Morales may even throw prior toTuesdays game with the White Sox.

Theres some swelling in his flexor mass, which Im sure iscausing him a little bit of what hes feeling, said Francona. But thats goodnews. He actually felt way better yesterday, than he did the day before, sothats good news.

We just want him to be able to go out and pitch like hecan. Its hard, especially a guy like him. He throws hard. And he reaches backand lets it go. Hes not a real finesse guy. We want to let him be able to dothat.

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Andrelton Simmons slugs Angels to 7-3 win over Red Sox


Andrelton Simmons slugs Angels to 7-3 win over Red Sox

Andrelton Simmons drove in three runs, including a go-ahead two-run homer, Albert Pujols went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and the Los Angeles Angels rallied for a 7-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night.

Simmons hit his 10th homer of the season to left and put the Angels ahead 4-3 in the third inning after falling behind early. Pujols doubled to score Yunel Escobar and Mike Trout to start the four-run outburst.

Pujols became the 26th player to score 1,700 runs when he touched home plate after Simmons went deep. Pujols joins Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Alex Rodriguez and Willie Mays in amassing at least 600 home runs and 1,700 runs.

JC Ramirez (9-8) recorded his second win at home in 11 starts, striking out six while allowing one earned run and five hits in six innings.

David Price (5-3) gave up five earned runs and seven hits in five innings, allowing more than three earned runs for only the second time this year.

The Red Sox got off to another fast start after scoring five runs in the first inning on Friday. Hanley Ramirez had an RBI single to start the game, and the Red Sox got two runs in the second after the Angels' franchise-record streak of 14 games without an error ended when Ramirez couldn't make the catch to complete a double play while covering first. Mookie Betts hit his 31st double to knock in a run and then was driven in by Andrew Benintendi for a 3-0 lead.

However, the Angels were able to respond after dropping the series opener. They added two runs in the fifth when Simmons singled, again bringing home Pujols, and he scored on a throwing error by shortstop Xander Bogaerts.

Trout picked up an RBI in the sixth, giving him five in seven games this home stand.


Red Sox: INF Josh Rutledge (concussion) is likely to come off the disabled list on Monday. . Mitch Moreland was in the starting lineup at DH for the first time this season.

Angels: LHP Tyler Skaggs (strained oblique) pitched four innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Salt Lake, giving up three earned runs and six hits.


Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (4-12, 4.60 ERA) has just one win in his last 10 starts, but it came against the Angels last month. Porcello has allowed two earned runs in 14 innings over his last two starts, striking out 13 without allowing a walk in that span, and still took the loss in both outings.

Angels: RHP Parker Bridwell (3-1, 3.18 ERA) went a career-high 6 2/3 innings to pick up the win against the Red Sox last month. Bridwell has held opponents to two earned runs or fewer in five of his last six starts.


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