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Cameron OK; Beckett to rest 10 days

Mixed bag of news at Fenway. For one, Mike Cameron saw a specialist at Mass General this morning after feeling soreness the last couple of days on the opposite side of where he’s been recuperating from a lower abdominal strain. The exam indicated no new issue, according to Terry Francona.

Cameron won’t play tonight and will probably sit out tomorrow, but he could be ready for the weekend in Baltimore.

“It’s a good update,” Francona said. “They ruled out anything that happened on the other side. There’s certainly some inflammation, but it’s kind of neat because I think Cam feels a lot better that when this subsides, which it already is, he can do everything he wants. I think already you can see a little different look in his eyes. So that was really good news. When he is ready to play we’ll keep an eye on him.

“I think he just wanted to know that he wasn’t going to hurt himself. It’s been troubling for him. At times he thought he couldn’t do some things physically.”

Francona said he and pitching coach John Farrell sat down with Josh Beckett, who is on the DL with a lower back strain, and decided, “We’re going to slow him down a little bit. I don’t know if I have a firm timetable, but about 10 days. What we talked about the other day in the bullpen – the inconsistency in his delivery … we lean on this guy too much. Until we can get to where he can get through his delivery, we’re going to make him take it easy. I think he realizes that this is in his best interest and so we’re going to be pretty firm on this one.”


Francona said Beckett is still able to do other non-throwing activities.

Victor Martinez may be on an incredible 16-for-31 tear, but he’s sitting out tonight so he’s not on overload with a sore toe.

“We have a day game tomorrow and Wake is pitching so (Martinez) has to catch that game,” said Francona. “I saw the way he swung the bat and that’s great, but I’m not sure playing three games in less than three days is gonna work.”

David Ortiz and Jon Lester were named AL player and pitcher of the month.

They are the first teammates to receive the honor since Joe Mauer and Johan Santana in June of 2006.

Nomar Garciaparra and Pedro Martinez won it in May of 1999 and Dwight Evans and Mark Clear won it in May of 1981. They were the only two Sox pairs who have won it before today’s announcement.

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