Lowrie to be activated Monday


Lowrie to be activated Monday

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs

BOSTON Jed Lowrie came through the Pawtucket rehab assignment with flying colors and hell be flying out with the Red Sox to Minnesota following Sundays series finale with the New York Yankees.

The switch-hitting Lowrie ended his stint with a flourish by smacking three doubles batting right-handed and finished 7-for-17 (.412) with four doubles in five games hitting for the PawSox.

The offensive proof along with a number of defensive plays at shortstop in nine inning games showed the Sox that his left shoulder is completely healthy.

Terry Francona said that Lowrie might not be 100 percent as he jumps back into action with the Sox, but that his offense could be a welcomed addition to a Sox lineup that already leads the AL in most important offensive categories.

I dont think anybody is 100 percent," Francona said. "But hes fine otherwise we wouldnt bring him up. The one thing I know is that he wont be playing every day, and he doesnt have to. But hes been swinging the bat really well. Sometimes when players havent played in a while you just dont know how theyre going to swing the bat.

Carl Crawford missed some time and then came out and got a bunch of hits . . . and then he didnt. Jed has proven that when hes healthy hes a very good hitter. When hes not then thats when he makes outs.

Lowrie told CSNNE.com's Maureen Mullen, "I think Ive proven that time and again that I can get back up after being knocked down. I think having that experience helps.

I feel good. Im here to do whatever I can to help this team go where it needs to go.

Francona wouldnt say what the corresponding roster move would be to activate Lowrie from the DL, but its a good bet that one of the 13 pitchers on the roster wont be making the trip to Minnesota and Seattle. With Andrew Miller slated to start one of the double-header games against the Tampa Bay Rays in two weeks, it leaves lefty Randy Williams as the most likely candidate for roster removal.

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Dee Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Jose Fernandez


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.