Sox recall Iglesias, send out Tazawa; is Cook next?


Sox recall Iglesias, send out Tazawa; is Cook next?

BOSTON -- The appearance of shortstop Jose Iglesias in the Red Sox clubhouse this afternoon was something of a surprise, though it's possible that his visit to the big leagues could be a short-term one.
The Sox brought up Iglesias Tuesday and optioned pitcher Junichi Tazawa to make room for him on the roster.
"Kevin Youkilis is stiff again, his back is stiff,'' explained Bobby Valentine. "With the rainy, wet and cold playing conditions and the roster situation, I didn't think it was fair for the team to play so short in the infield. So we have a backup in case we need it.''
Youkilis has missed the last three games with soreness in his lower back, with Nick Punto playing third base all three games.
"I was with him in the training room and there are times when it's pretty sore,'' said Valentine. "Different movements. He's doing everything he can in the training room. He's doing everything he can. Other opinions, or any of that stuff, I'm not sure where we are on that.
"It seems like he has a situation that we just have to get over.''
That would seem to indicate that Youkilis might be headed to the DL. That could happen later Tuesday or sometime in the next day or so, should the Red Sox -- as has been widely speculated -- add Aaron Cook to the major league roster.
Asked of Youkilis might be a candidate for the DL soon, Valentine answered: "I can't tell.''
As for how long Iglesias might remain with the club, Valentine said: "It's a funny thing. When you get to the big leagues, it's not always how you plan for guys to be used. Sometimes guys get in and they never leave. Sometimes guys plan to stay forever and they're gone in two weeks.
"Let's say he's here and we'll use him. But it could be short.''
Meanwhile, Valentine emphasized that Tazawa's option to Pawtucket was not a relfection of how he'd pitched, but rather, the fact that he has options remaining.
"This is not a situation based on performance,'' he said. "This is based on his contract.''

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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