Beckett sprains ankle, to be examined Tuesday

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Beckett sprains ankle, to be examined Tuesday

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
TORONTO -- The day began with a strange pratfall in the bullpen. It turned better with 3 23 scoreless innings, during which he recorded six strikeouts.

Then Josh Beckett's day unraveled. Facing Brett Lawrie with two out and a runner on base in the fourth, Beckett suddenly felt some stiffness in his right ankle. After one more pitch, manager Terry Francona and trainer Mike Reinold came to the mound, and after a brief conference, decided that Beckett's day was through.

He was later diagnosed with a sprained right ankle. He'll be examined by Dr. George Theodore in Boston Tuesday morning.

"I've never had it happen before," said Beckett. "I felt in on the second-to-last pitch. It felt a little bit different on the next pitch."

"We really don't know," said Francona. "It was getting stiff and sore, so we got him out of there. Now we'll see what's going on in there."

Beckett revealed that he had previously slipped in the bullpen at Rogers Centre, but didn't think that had anything to do with the ankle soreness that later sent him from the game.

"I didn't feel it between (the bullpen fall and the fourth inning)," he said.

Beckett said an injury such as this is "always concerning . . . it's my power leg."

After the Red Sox' 1-0 loss to Toronto, he described the ankle as "definitely stiff . . . but I don't know what we'll know."

On the last pitch, his 58th of the game, he said it "felt like it was locked up, then, like it popped in and out of the socket or something. There was a definitive feeling through my ankle."

"He just seemed to make a funny face," said catcher Jason Varitek. "He kind of came off the mound funny on that pitch."

Beckett wouldn't put a timetable on how long he might be sidelined.

"I could be out there in six days," he said. "We'll see, let's not put the cart in front of the horse. Let's do our due diligence."

Before the game, Francona said the Sox planned to give Beckett extra rest in September without mentioning any specific injuries. It's unknown at the moment whether the ankle was an issue prior to Monday.

The Sox also announced before the game that Erik Bedard was still suffering from soreness in his knee, an injury that forced him to the disabled list earlier in the year when he was with Seattle, and would miss his next start.

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Yankees beat Blue Jays, Red Sox have chance to clinch AL East on Tuesday

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Yankees beat Blue Jays, Red Sox have chance to clinch AL East on Tuesday

For tonight, the Boston Red Sox can say "thank you" to the New York Yankees.

Despite the Toronto Blue Jays loading the bases with no out in the ninth, the Yankees hold on to beat the Blue Jays, 7-5. The result moves the Red Sox' magic number in the AL East to just one game. 

David Price will take the mound for the Red Sox on Tuesday night against those very Yankees with a chance to clinch the division. 

They can also clinch the AL East with a Toronto loss to the Baltimore Orioles. 

Dee Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Jose Fernandez

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Dee Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Jose Fernandez

MIAMI - Dee Gordon hit an emotional homer in Miami's first at-bat following the death of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez in a boating accident.

Leading off the first inning Monday night against the New York Mets, Gordon pulled a 2-0 pitch from Bartolo Colon over the wall in right for his first homer of the season.

Gordon circled the bases slowly and was crying when he reached home plate. He tapped his chest and waved toward the sky, and then sobbed as teammates hugged him in the dugout.

Gordon took the first pitch batting right-handed, in tribute to the right-handed Fernandez. Gordon then switched to his normal left side.

Fernandez died Sunday morning, prompting the Marlins to cancel their game that day against Atlanta.