Notes: Matsuzaka returns from meeting surgeon

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Notes: Matsuzaka returns from meeting surgeon

By SeanMcAdam and DannyPicard
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- Daisuke Matsuzaka met with noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lewis Yocum in California Tuesday afternoon and then returned to Boston, where he will huddle with the Red Sox to map out a course of action.

Matsuzaka has been sidelined for two weeks with an elbow strain. He spent last weekend in his native Japan taking care of some business affairs before returning to the U.S. Monday.

The Red Sox medical staff has prescribed rest and rehab for Matsuzaka, hoping that will enable him to return in the second half of the season.

There remains an outside possibility Matsuzaka may require Tommy John surgery, since a sprain in the elbow ligament is actually a small tear.

It's believed Yocum also recommended a course of rest and rehab Tuesday, though the Sox will wait for Matsuzaka to return to Fenway before going through all the options.

The Red Sox made it interesting Tuesday night as thebats came alive in the final two innings of an eventual 10-7 loss to theChicago White Sox.Red Sox manager Terry Francona put Josh Reddick, DrewSutton, and Mike Cameron into the lineup in a 10-1 game in the top of theseventh, replacing Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, and Carl Crawford.Cameron went 0-for-2, but Reddick and Sutton combined forthree RBI and two runs scored in the eighth and ninth. Combine their late-gameproduction at the plate with David Ortiz three-run home run, and the Red Soxwent from being down 10-1, to having the tying run on-deck with Adrian Gonzalezat the plate in the bottom of the ninth.But it was all for naught, as Gonzalez was called out onstrikes to end the game.Its not going to help us in the standings, said Francona,about his teams late offense. But we made them use a couple pitchers. Maybeit will help us on Wednesday. The Red Sox did score one run earlier than the eighthinning on Tuesday night, thanks to Jason Variteks solo home run to lead offthe bottom of the third inning.Varitek who said he was just being aggressive ripped afirst-pitch fastball into the White Sox bullpen, marking both the Red Soxfirst run, and hit, of the game, cutting Chicagos lead to 5-1 at the time.Hes swinging the bat very well, said Francona. He jumpedon the first pitch for a home run, and battled. His other at-bats, he found acouple of holes. Thats always welcome.

Bobby Jenks pitched a scoreless eighth inning in his firstgame back from the disabled list, allowing two hits, but getting Paul Konerkoto line one right back at him, which Jenks turned into a double play to end theinning, and his night.He threw all strikes, which was really good to see, saidFrancona.
The Red Sox announced that Saturdays game againstthe Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park has been moved from 7:10 p.m. to 1:10 p.m.The move was made because Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Bruinsand Vancouver Canucks is on at 8 p.m.

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Red Sox secure playoff with 6-4 win over Rays

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Red Sox secure playoff with 6-4 win over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Dustin Pedroia hit his fourth career grand slam to help Rick Porcello get his major league-leading 22nd win, and the Boston Red Sox clinched a playoff berth by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4 Saturday night for their 10th consecutive win.

Boston maintained a 5 1/2-game lead over Toronto for the division title and ensured no worse than the AL's second wild card. While the Red Sox technically have a magic number of one, the Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles play each other three times in the season's final week - meaning only one of them can win match Boston's 91 wins.

Among the other wild-card contenders, only Detroit can reach 91 victories.

Pedroia stopped an 0-for-17 skid with a single in the sixth and gave Boston a 6-3 lead with a seventh-inning drive off Danny Farquhar.

Porcello (22-4) gave up three runs, eight hits and struck out nine over 6 1/3 innings. He just missed getting his 12th consecutive start of seven or more innings and three runs or fewer, which would have moved him past Cy Young (1904) and Pedro Martinez (2000) for the longest stretch during the same season in franchise history.

Craig Kimbrel, the fifth Boston reliever, reached 30 saves for the sixth straight season despite allowing Logan Forsythe's solo homer in the ninth.

Brad Miller hit a two-run double in a three-run second that put Tampa Bay up 3-1 and gave him 80 RBIs.

Tampa Bay threatened in the second but failed to score due to two nice defensive plays. Pedroia made a throw from just in front of the outfield grass at second base on Mikie Mahtook's grounder to get Corey Dickerson at the plate. Third baseman Brock Holt made a solid play along the line on Alexei Ramirez's grounder and threw him out at first to end the inning.

Farrell: Sandoval could possibly return to Red Sox for postseason

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Farrell: Sandoval could possibly return to Red Sox for postseason

Thought to be lost for the season after shoulder surgery this past spring, Pablo Sandoval could possibly return to the Red Sox for the postseason, Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters Saturday.

Sandoval joined the team in St. Petersburg, where the Red Sox are playing the Tampa Bay Rays. Farrell said Sandoval had played in instructional league games in Florida and was "well ahead of schedule."

He could be an option to be activated if another player is injured. 

“One of the things I put in my mind that I have to work,” Sandoval told Boston Herald. “I learned a lot of things about this surgery so I had to work hard to be on the field as soon as possible.

“There are a lot of things I’ve been doing, working out, doing things so I can get better and better everyday.”

Sandoval, 30, is in the second year of a five-year, $95 contract. He lost his starting third base job to Travis Shaw in spring training and in April an MRI revealed he needed surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder, which was to have ended his season.

He appeared in only three games this season and hit .245 with 10 homers and 47 RBI in 126 games in 2015.