Sox notes: Lowrie out; Jenks to be activated Tuesday


Sox notes: Lowrie out; Jenks to be activated Tuesday

By Danny Picard

BOSTON -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; The Red Sox didnt have on-field batting practice on Monday,prior to their game with the Chicago White Sox. Instead, they hit in the cages.

One of those players that hit in the cage was shortstop JedLowrie, however, he isnt in the starting lineup, thanks to a stiff leftshoulder.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that Lowrie may beavailable to pinch hit on Monday, a day after he collided with Carl Crawford,but continued stiffness forced Francona to play it safe.

Lowrie will return to the lineup on Tuesday. But Drew Suttonwill start at shortstop on Monday night, hitting seventh.

We thought about playing him, said Francona in Mondayspregame press conference at Fenway Park. We kind of went back and forth andsaid, Lets see if this thing loosens up. Then, because were not takingbatting practice on the field, and its a late arrival, I said, You know what,why dont we just let you hit in the cage. As the day progresses, if you feelgood, maybe well pinch hit you. If you dont, then its a good thing we stayedaway.

This is nothing. Hell play tomorrow. And he probably couldcertainly play today. Its just, the more I started talking to him, I thought,well, were going to use our heads here.

Reliever Bobby Jenks (biceps tendinitis) has rejoined theclub, but wont be activated until Tuesday.

Left-hander Franklin Morales (forearm) had an MRI onMonday morning, but the Red Sox were awaiting the results of that MRI, as ofMonday afternoon.

With May coming to an end, warm weather isfinally here, and the Red Sox are back in first place.

Francona said on Monday that hed rather play in warm, humidconditions.

Yesterday, it was hot in Detroit, and humid, saidFrancona. Guys were happy. Its baseball weather. Its a lot easier to playwhen its warm and humid. You get a sweat going. The at-bats carry over. Theball carries.

Francona was also asked to reflect on the first two monthsof the season, and he said all he cares about, is where they end up.

I dont care one bit about May, Francona said. That meansabsolutely nothing to me. I feel better about the way were playing. Thosearbitrary deadlines mean nothing. Were playing better, and thats what we feelgood about.

If you just play the game right, and give yourself achance, youll end up where youre supposed to.

Danny Picard is on Twitter at http:twitter.comDannyPicard.

Sunday's Red Sox-Rays lineups: JBJ sits, Vazquez catches


Sunday's Red Sox-Rays lineups: JBJ sits, Vazquez catches

Jackie Bradley Jr. gets the day off and Christian Vazquez get the start at catcher as the Red Sox look to extend their winning streak to 11 games today against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg. 

Andrew Benintendi replaces Bradley in center, Chris Young is in left and left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (3-7, 4.84 ERA) is on the mound as the Red Sox close in on the A.L. East title. Their magic number to clinch the division is three with seven games left. 

Right-hander Jake Odorizzi (9-6, 3.73) is on the mound for the Rays.

The lineups:  

Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez LF
Travis Shaw 3B
Chris Young LF
Andrew Benintendi CF
Christian Vazquez C
Eduardo Rodriguez LHP 

Logan Forsythe 2B
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Evan Longoria 3B
Brad Miller SS
Mikey Mahtook RF
Corey Dickerson LF
Curt Casali DH
Luke Maile C
Richie Shaffer 1B
Jake Odorizzi RHP 

Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, 24, killed in boating accident


Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, 24, killed in boating accident

MIAMI  — Jose Fernandez, the ace right-hander for the Miami Marlins who escaped Cuba to become one of baseball's brightest stars, was killed in a boating accident early Sunday morning. Fernandez was 24.

Authorities said Fernandez was one of three people killed in a boat crash off Miami Beach.

Chief Petty Officer Nyxolyno Cangemi told The Associated Press that a Coast Guard patrol boat spotted an overturned boat at 3:30 a.m. on a jetty near Government Cut. The bodies were discovered a short time later.

In the statement, the Marlins say they are "devastated by the tragic loss of José Fernández. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time."

"Hands down one of my favorite guys to watch pitch! He brought nothing but intensity and passion," Red Sox pitcher David Price said on Twitter early Sunday.

Because the boat was on a jetty, the Coast Guard notified Miami-Dade police, which turned the investigation over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Fernandez was on a 32-foot vessel that had a "severe impact" with a jetty, said FWC's Lorenzo Veloz.

"We are stunned and devastated," Major League Baseball said in a statement.

City of Miami Fire-Rescue workers were seen carrying bodies, draped and on stretchers, at the Coast Guard station after sunrise Sunday. The names of the other two individuals are being withheld pending notification of relatives, the Coast Guard said.

Fernandez was a two-time All-Star who went 38-17 in his four seasons with the Marlins, winning the NL's Rookie of the Year award in 2013. The native of Santa Clara, Cuba became a U.S. citizen last year and was enormously popular in Miami.

He tried to defect from Cuba at least three times — landing in jail after one of those unsuccessful tries — before eventually getting to the U.S. and going to high school in Tampa, Florida. The Marlins drafted him in 2011 and Fernandez was in the majors two years later.

The Marlins' game Sunday at home against the Atlanta Braves has been cancelled.

"I'm still in shock," former Marlins player Gaby Sanchez said on Twitter. "The world has lost a remarkable person. You will be missed and my heart goes out to the Fernandez family."

© 2016 Associated Press.