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Decision on Drew comes tomorrow


J.D. Drew, who left the game in the third inning with a right hamstring strain, was not available for comment after the game.

According to Terry Francona, Drew initially told the Red Sox that he felt a pop. But once he got some treatment, that prognosis brightened as his range of motion improved.

The Red Sox will get Drew in the MRI tube today then make a roster decision. The hope is the docs will tell them it’ll be a few days. But history suggests a trip to the disabled list is likely.

The Sox will need an outfielder from the minors and that would likely be Josh Reddick as Ryan Kalish is on the disabled list at Pawtucket. With Mike Cameron limited and Jacoby Ellsbury chillin’ in Arizona, the Red Sox may need to make a trade to create some depth. It would be hard to get away with Mike Cameron four days a week and a bunch of AAA guys for very long.

As for other matters:

* Daisuke Matsuzaka is tentatively scheduled to start Thursday. So this will be a one and done for Felix Doubront. He can leave with his head held high, having picked up a victory. He had his wife, two kids and brother in the crowd today.

“Awesome,” Doubront said. “That was amazing.”

The kid threw strikes with his fastball and changeup, which is good. His curveball needs work. As Francona said, once big league hitters can eliminate a pitch, they feast on young starters.

When the Red Sox sent 12 men to the plate in the fifth, Doubront was in trouble. He had not pitched since June 7 (the Sox shut him down in Pawtucket to limit his innings) and when he came back out, his arm had had enough. Single, double, single, walk and that was that.


But Doubront showed you enough to suggest that he’ll be back and someday he’ll be back to stay. A 6-foot-3 lefty who’s not afraid to throw strikes and can touch 94 is something you can work with.

I talked with Felix a little bit in the clubhouse after his press conference. He struck me as a young man with confidence and the intelligence to know what he needs to work on. “This was a great experience,” he said. “I want to do it again.”

* The Sox are messing with the NL. They’re 8-2 in interleague games, scoring 69 runs. This is making up for those bad losses against Baltimore and Kansas City.

* In case you missed it, the Rays and Yankees lost today. The Sox are 37-19 since April 20 — the best record in baseball — and are now one game out. As I mentioned on Twitter, were the AL East a movie, this would be the scene where the Rays and Yankees turn around and say, “Where did those guys come from?”

* Fenway Park was alive tonight. The return of Manny Ramirez created a buzz and everybody felt it. “This place is cool when it gets like that,” Mike Cameron said. “It gets you going.”

* David Ortiz was walked three times, one intentionally. Teams fear him again. Fifteen home runs and a .946 OPS will do that. That ball he hit in the first inning was hammered. It’s not easy to hit a ball to dead center on a line like that in this park.


* As for Adrian Beltre, those bended-knee home runs are frightening. That ball he hit in the fifth inning landed on the roof of a garage across Lansdowne Street. All he’s doing is hitting .339 with 10 jacks and 48 RBI. He even has a .375 OBP. Not bad for $10 million.


* Matt Kemp is a lucky guy. His girl, Rihanna, was sitting next to the Sox dugout. “My goodness,” said one Red Sox player who shall remain nameless.

* Finally, thanks to everybody for reading and contributing to the blog. We had 10 posts today and something like 300 comments. This is your blog and we want you to make it hum all summer long.

Back at it tomorrow, Dodgers-Sox at 4 p.m. First place?

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