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Red Sox add David Carpenter in deal that brings in Farrell

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Red Sox add David Carpenter in deal that brings in Farrell

In addition to acquiring John Farrell from the Blue Jays to be their 46th manager, the Red Sox also acquired righthander David Carpenter from Toronto.

Carpenter, who turned 27 in July, was originally drafted by the Cardinals in 2006 out of West Virginia University as a catcher before converting to pitching in 2008. He was traded to Houston in August 2010, and from Houston to Toronto in July as part of a 10-player deal.

He made his big league debut in 2011. In 67 major league games, spanning 60 innings, all in relief, between the Astros and Jays, Carpenter has posted a combined record of 1-5 with a 5.70 ERA and one save.

In 2012, he made nine major league appearances, eight with the Astros, one with the Jays, posting a combined record of 0-2 with an 8.07 ERA, giving up 29 earned runs in 32 13 innings. He made 23 minor league appearances last season between Houstons and Torontos Triple-A teams, both in the Pacific Coast League, going 1-1, with a 3.08 ERA and four saves, spanning 26 13 innings.

Hes a guy thats got a really good arm, he just doesnt know how to pitch yet, said one evaluator. In the Houston organization, a guy with a good arm, he was rushed through the system. And he just has to learn how to pitch. Hes not that young of a guy but he is to pitching. And hes still learning how to pitch. But, he throws about 94 to 97 mph. So his velocity is alright.

Brad Mills, the former Red Sox bench coach, was the Astros manager while Carpenter was in the organization.

Hes a great kid, hard worker. Hell do anything you want, Mills said. He just needs more time. Hes a guy that has a lot of potential. I like David.

In a conference call Sunday afternoon, Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Carpenter likely would have been taken off their 40-man roster.

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.