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Bedard to get the call Thursday

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By Michael Vega
Globe Staff / August 2, 2011

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Although Erik Bedard will not report to the Red Sox until today, manager Terry Francona said last night that the 32-year-old lefthander, who was acquired from the Mariners Sunday, will make his debut Thursday night against the Indians at Fenway Park.

The move pushes Jon Lester to Friday night’s opener of a three-game series against the Yankees, with John Lackey going Saturday and Josh Beckett Sunday vs. the Yankees, who pulled within one game of the Red Sox in the American League East after Boston’s 9-6 loss to the Indians last night.

“We don’t have a day off until we leave to go to Seattle, so up to that point, we’ll kind of stick with six starters,’’ said Francona, who indicated Andrew Miller will be in the bullpen for Thursday’s game as a backup to Bedard.

Bedard, who came off the disabled list last week (sprained left knee), allowed five runs on three hits and four walks in 1 1/3 innings against the Rays Friday in his first game back.

“Bedard threw 57 pitches, I think, in an inning and [a third],’’ Francona said. “He hadn’t pitched in a month. The way we interpreted it from the Seattle guys is if he’d have pitched for them [tomorrow], they were going to hold him to about 75 or 80 [pitches], so we probably need to somewhat stick close to that also.’’

Francona spoke with Bedard before departing Chicago after Sunday’s 5-3 victory over the White Sox.

“We’re looking forward to getting him going,’’ Francona said. “I think the one thing we have to recognize is he hasn’t pitched a lot in the last month, so we’ve got to kind of want to get him ramped up so we can get the most out of him. We’ll keep an eye on that.’’

Miller bides time Francona said Miller’s next start could depend on whether or not he pitches out of the bullpen Thursday.

“If he doesn’t pitch in that game, he’ll take his normal turn Monday in Minnesota,’’ Francona said. “If he does, he’ll pitch Tuesday in Minnesota.’’

Miller said he’s not concerned about when he’ll pitch next.

“All I know is that I just have to be out there and if something happens, I’m available, so I’ll be ready for it,’’ he said. “It’s part of the job.

“Tito kind of explained it to me, depending whether I pitched or not, where I’ll fit back in. I’m happy to be here and trying to carry my weight.’’

Scutaro leaves early Marco Scutaro departed in the fourth inning because of dizziness and an elevated heart rate. The Sox shortstop was replaced by Mike Aviles, who was acquired over the weekend from the Royals.

“I felt kind of dizzy and my heartbeat was kind of fast and I was shaking,’’ Scutaro said. “Now, I’m good. I calmed down and I should be all right.’’

Francona said Scutaro was examined at the ballpark last night and “checked out fine,’’ he said. “But we’ll get him checked out a little more [today]. That’s not something to play with.’’

Appealing decision Cleveland righthander Carlos Carrasco will appeal a six-game suspension and an undisclosed fine and make his next scheduled start tomorrow.

Carrasco was disciplined for throwing at the head of Kansas City’s Billy Butler Friday. Crawford had given up a grand slam earlier to Melky Cabrera.

“It’s standard when that happens,’’ Indians manager Manny Acta said. “He’s appealing and he’s going to pitch here.’’

Acta also indicated that Ubaldo Jimenez, who was acquired from the Rockies Saturday, was scheduled to join the team here tomorrow. Jimenez will make his Cleveland debut Friday at Texas.

Lowrie goes hitless Jed Lowrie, on the disabled list since June 17 with a left shoulder strain, made his first rehab start in Pawtucket last night, going 0 for 2 while playing the first three innings at shortstop. Francona said Lowrie will DH today for the PawSox. “Everything was fine, physically,’’ Francona said . . . Adrian Gonzalez’s third-inning single to left extended his hitting streak to 11 games, tying a streak he had from April 23-May 4. He is batting .511 with three doubles, a homer, 12 RBIs, and 10 runs during the streak . . . Tim Wakefield, who turns 45 today, goes for a second attempt at his 200th career victory tomorrow.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. Michael Vega can be reached at vegaglobe.com.

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