Sox notes: Lowrie out; Jenks to be activated Tuesday


Sox notes: Lowrie out; Jenks to be activated Tuesday

By Danny Picard

BOSTON -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; The Red Sox didnt have on-field batting practice on Monday,prior to their game with the Chicago White Sox. Instead, they hit in the cages.

One of those players that hit in the cage was shortstop JedLowrie, however, he isnt in the starting lineup, thanks to a stiff leftshoulder.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that Lowrie may beavailable to pinch hit on Monday, a day after he collided with Carl Crawford,but continued stiffness forced Francona to play it safe.

Lowrie will return to the lineup on Tuesday. But Drew Suttonwill start at shortstop on Monday night, hitting seventh.

We thought about playing him, said Francona in Mondayspregame press conference at Fenway Park. We kind of went back and forth andsaid, Lets see if this thing loosens up. Then, because were not takingbatting practice on the field, and its a late arrival, I said, You know what,why dont we just let you hit in the cage. As the day progresses, if you feelgood, maybe well pinch hit you. If you dont, then its a good thing we stayedaway.

This is nothing. Hell play tomorrow. And he probably couldcertainly play today. Its just, the more I started talking to him, I thought,well, were going to use our heads here.

Reliever Bobby Jenks (biceps tendinitis) has rejoined theclub, but wont be activated until Tuesday.

Left-hander Franklin Morales (forearm) had an MRI onMonday morning, but the Red Sox were awaiting the results of that MRI, as ofMonday afternoon.

With May coming to an end, warm weather isfinally here, and the Red Sox are back in first place.

Francona said on Monday that hed rather play in warm, humidconditions.

Yesterday, it was hot in Detroit, and humid, saidFrancona. Guys were happy. Its baseball weather. Its a lot easier to playwhen its warm and humid. You get a sweat going. The at-bats carry over. Theball carries.

Francona was also asked to reflect on the first two monthsof the season, and he said all he cares about, is where they end up.

I dont care one bit about May, Francona said. That meansabsolutely nothing to me. I feel better about the way were playing. Thosearbitrary deadlines mean nothing. Were playing better, and thats what we feelgood about.

If you just play the game right, and give yourself achance, youll end up where youre supposed to.

Danny Picard is on Twitter at http:twitter.comDannyPicard.

David Price improves command, indicates he's pitching through ailment


David Price improves command, indicates he's pitching through ailment

BOSTON — David Price and Rick Porcello showed improvement on back-to-back nights Friday and Saturday, important signs for the Red Sox after a difficult month for both pitchers prior to this homestand.

Price on Saturday night went six innings and allowed three runs, two earned, in a 6-3 loss to the Angels. He fanned five and his velocity has been consistently better this year than last year.

But the most important number was his walk total: one. He walked three batters in his previous start, and four in both of his starts prior.

“Two outings ago, the first start here in Fenway,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “There was better timing in his delivery and overall better separation over the rubber. And he carried that through I thought, even though there's a higher pitch count in Houston, and has been able to maintain it here. I can't say there was one specific thing. It's been more the timing over the rubber. And you're seeing him pitch out of the stretch exclusively. Just less moving parts in a better position to repeat it.”

After Price’s final inning, the telecast captured Price calling pitching coach Carl Willis into the tunnel. Neither Farrell nor Price detailed the conversation. 

“Yeah, everything was fine,” Farrell said of the conversation. “Everything is OK there.”

Price made it sound like he’s dealing with some sort of physical ailment, but was vague.

“There's a lot of stuff going on right now,” the pitcher said when asked about the desire to stay out there. “You don't want it to linger into the next start, or two or three weeks from now, and that's why we did what we did.”

Asked to elaborate, Price reinforced that the decision was to save his body for another day.

“You never want to come out of a game. But you have to look forward at the time,” Price said. “You don’t want today to cost you your next start or you know, the start after that. So that’s what happened.

“It has nothing to do with my elbow or anything like that. This is — you get past one thing and there’s another So that’s what it is.”

Price in New York in early June felt a blister develop on his ring finger. He missed an in-between start bullpen because of it.

Asked about the blister Saturday, Price said, “That one’s gone.”

Farrell indicated the blister was diminished, if not entirely gone.

“He's been dealing with that,” Farrell said. “I think while it's still present and maybe not as severe as it was when it first happened, I'm sure he's going to check on it occasionally."

Red Sox threaten late, but can't come back in 6-3 loss to Angels


Red Sox threaten late, but can't come back in 6-3 loss to Angels

BOSTON - JC Ramirez rebounded from his shortest career start with six solid innings, Cameron Maybin doubled home a run and scored another and the Los Angeles Angels held off the Boston Red Sox 6-3 on Saturday night.

The Angels look for their fifth series win in their last six on Sunday.

Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer for the Red Sox, who lost for only the third time in their last 13 home games.

Ramirez (7-5) allowed one run and four hits with five strikeouts after lasting just three innings and giving up five runs in his previous start.

Blake Parker struck out pinch-hitter Chris Young with the bases loaded for the final out for his first save of the season after Boston scored twice in the ninth.

Red Sox manager John Farrell was ejected by third-base umpire and crew chief Bill Miller after Fernando Abad was called for a balk, scoring a run that made it 5-1 in the seventh.