NEW YORK -- Marco Scutaro came off the disabled list and the Red Sox wasted no time getting him right back into the starting lineup.
There were, however, extenuating circumstances.
First, Scutaro had a history of success against the Yankees' starting pitcher, Freddy Garcia, having hit .500 (6-for-12) against him in the past.
Second, Jed Lowrie, who had effectively taken the starting shortstop job away from Scutaro even before Scutaro suffered a pulled oblique, was himself banged up.
Lowrie's left shoulder is still sore, more than a week after a collision with teammate Mike Cameron. Lowrie said the pain is a "dull ache,'' and he plans to undergo an MRI soon on the shoulder.
Scutaro said he was unsure of how much playing time he was going to get now that he's healthy again.
"I just work here,'' he said, smiling. "I just show up and see what's cooking.''
"Some of how much Marco plays probably depends on how everybody else is doing,'' said Terry Francona. "Marco's certainly good enough to be an everyday player, but some of his at-bats will be determined on how other guys are doing.''
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Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.
Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.
In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:
Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.
FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal.
Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016.
The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.
More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.