Youk gets everything but a win


Youk gets everything but a win

As return engagements go, Kevin Youkilis had a pretty good one.

Returning to Fenway Park as a member of the Chicago White Sox, Youkilis enjoyed an almost perfect night. He was given a standing ovation before his first at-bat in the first inning, then added three hits -- a single and two doubles -- in four plate appearances.

All that was missing was a win, as his present team lost to his former team, 5-1.

"It was a great ovation and a cool thing from the fans,'' said Youkilis of the warm reception. "Theyve been great to me and I cant say thank you enough for the support theyve given me."

To acknowledge the standing ovation, Youkilis took off his helmet and waved to the ballpark from outside the batter's box.

"The place was pretty loud and rocking and it was cool,'' he recounted. "So I said thank you to everyone. I just wish could have ended better and wish we could have won.

Making the night even more special for Youkilis was facing Aaron Cook, whom he's known for years, having both grown up in Cincinnati. He and Cook share the same agent.

All three of Youkilis's hits come off Cook.

"It was cool to face Aaron because since I grew up with him and I faced him a lot,'' said Youkilis. "It was only fitting to have him on the mound. I know hes really mad at me, but (they) got the win, so its a good thing.

Youkilis also flashed some aggressive baserunning. After singling in the first, he took second as Adam Dunn grounded to the right side.

With the Red Sox shifted over on Dunn -- third baseman Will Middlebrooks was over near second base -- Youkilis saw an opportunity to go from second to third.

Adrian Gonzalez tried to lead a throw to Middlebrooks as the rookie scurried to get back in position to tag out Middlebrooks.

Hes got nothing on me,'' said Youkilis of his replacement. "Hes 23 years old. I think I can beat him in race. Thats unbelievable. I was joking with him, yelling at him, come on, Will. He hit that dirt and fell down,

I knew I had him. It was like going in the end zone in a football game.

Robbie Ross Jr. is getting elbow checked out

Robbie Ross Jr. is getting elbow checked out

Red Sox reliever Robbie Ross Jr.'s tough 2017 has reached a potentially scary moment.

Expected to be the team's lead lefty out of the bullpen, Ross has twice been demoted and struggled in the majors. Now, he's on the disabled list at Triple-A Pawtucket with inflammation in his throwing elbow — a health situation that might explain why he wasn't pitching well in the big leagues.

The Red Sox expect to know more about Ross' situation later in the week.

Ross hasn't pitched in game for Pawtucket since he was most recently optioned. If the 27-year-old was indeed hurt in the majors, it's possible he could retroactivley wind up on the major league disabled list. Ross was demoted May 19, and is on the DL retroactive to May 25. 

Per, Ross sat at 93 mph with his fastball on May 12. He dropped down to 92 in the following appearance, and the next two outings were at 91 mph. He averaged 94 mph in 2016.

Ross had a 7.00 ERA in eight major league appearances this year, striking out nine and walking five in nine innings. He posted a 3.25 ERA in a 2016 season where he established himself as a key member of the 'pen.

Ross said he was shocked when he was demoted for the first time this year. 

Robinson Cano, Guillermo Heredia homer in Mariners' 5-0 win over Red Sox


Robinson Cano, Guillermo Heredia homer in Mariners' 5-0 win over Red Sox

BOSTON (AP)  Christian Bergman rebounded from a miserable start with seven shutout innings and the Seattle Mariners halted Boston's season-high six-game winning streak with a 5-0 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday.

Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer and Guillermo Heredia a solo shot for the Mariners, who averted a three-game sweep with just their second win in nine games. Seattle was shut out the first two games.

Bergman (2-2) allowed four hits, walked two and struck out two. He got a lot of help from his infielders when they turned a double play in each of the first four innings.

Three relievers completed the combined five-hitter, with closer Edwin Diaz getting the final three outs despite two errors by infielders.

Bergman was tagged for 14 hits and 10 runs over four innings in a loss his previous start.

Rick Porcello (3-6) gave up 11 hits, but only two runs in 6 1/3 innings.

Seattle finished one off its club record for most double plays turned in a game.

After being shut out for the first 21 innings of the series, the Mariners moved ahead 1-0 in the fourth when Kyle Seager raced home from third after Porcello bounced a pitch that went over catcher Sandy Leon's right shoulder and onto the screen. Seager had doubled leading off and advanced on Danny Valencia's single.

Heredia homered over the Green Monster in the eighth and Cano sent his into the center-field bleachers an inning later.


Mariners: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma, on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, had another bullpen session Sunday because he wasn't happy with one a day earlier.

Red Sox: Manager John Farrell said 3B Pablo Sandoval, out since late April with a sprained right knee, will stay on his rehab assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket to get his "timing going" with more at-bats.


Seattle sent Saturday's losing pitcher, RHP Rob Whalen, to Triple-A Tacoma and brought up RHP Ryne Harper from the same club.

The Red Sox also made moves with pitchers, sending Saturday's winner, lefty Brian Johnson, to Triple-A Pawtucket and promoting RHP Blaine Boyer for a day. Boyer will go back down Monday when ace David Price is activated.

Boyer made his Red Sox debut, retiring the only two batters he faced.


Mariners: RHP Sam Gaviglio (0-1, 1.38 ERA) is set to make his third major-league start when they open a two-game series Monday at Colorado. RHP Tyler Chatwood (4-6, 4.50) is scheduled for the Rockies.

Red Sox: LHP Price makes his season debut Monday in Chicago against the White Sox after being sidelined since early spring training with a strained left elbow.


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