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Mookie Betts' availability Friday unclear after knee injury

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Mookie Betts' availability Friday unclear after knee injury

CLEVELAND — It’s wait and see on the knee.

Mookie Betts twice hit his right knee in the same spot while playing right field Thursday night at Progressive Field, leading to his seventh-inning exit in a 13-6 Red Sox loss to the Indians.

“I think initially it was going back when I ran into the wall, and then you know I kind of hit it there, but I was fine. I was able to kind of play through it,” Betts said. “Then when I jumped on that ball going back, I came down and I landed on that same spot and that’s when it got pretty tough to — well, pretty tender.

“There was no twist or anything, I think it was just impact.”

Betts is considered day-to-day and manager John Farrell said after the game no MRI had been planned. 

It’s an area where Betts has had trouble before. He underwent surgery on the knee in October: arthroscopy, chondroplasty, and a loose body removal, per the team’s announcement at the time. But Farrell said there was no extra concern at this point because of the past operation.

Betts’ status for Friday’s game was not stated, but he did appear to have a slight limp in the clubhouse afterward.

“Come in tomorrow and kind of see,” Betts said. “I'm not going to say I can't play tomorrow or say I can. I'll just come in and see and hope I'll be ready to go.”

In the sixth inning, Betts banged both knees into the wall going after Yandy Diaz’s triple. In the seventh, he didn’t come down with a Jose Ramirez double that was roped to right, planting on the right knee and then falling to the ground. (There seemed to be more impact for the knee upon planting than he wound up on the ground.)

Betts stayed in for one more batter after Ramirez’s double.

Report: Red Sox aiming to sign both J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer

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Report: Red Sox aiming to sign both J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer

While the Red Sox’ interest in free agents J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer has been well-documented, it may not be a one-or-the-other situation. 

According to the Boston Herald’s Michael Silverman, Boston’s intention is to sign both Martinez and Hosmer in an effort to strengthen an offense that finished last in the American League in home runs in 2016. Though Dave Dombrowski declined to comment on any and all free agent discussions, Silverman wrote that the team’s “goal is to sign them both.” 

Martinez, 30, has seen his power numbers fluctuate throughout his career. He belted 29 homers in 62 games after getting traded to the Diamondbacks last season to finish the campaign with a career-best 45 homers between Detroit and Arizona. His previous career-high in home runs was 38, which he hit in 2015 with the Tigers. 

The 28-year-old Hosmer, who has played his entire career with the Royals since being drafted third overall by them in 2008, hit .318/.385/.498 last season with 25 homers and 94 RBI. He’s hit 25 home runs in back-to-back seasons; they are the only two seasons of his seven-year career in which he’s hit 20 or more.
 
Silverman estimates that signing both players could cost as much as a combined $450 million. 

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Will Red Sox' patient approach pay off?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Will Red Sox' patient approach pay off?

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0:41 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins from the TD Garden to discuss the Celtics getting the win over the Nuggets, Kyrie Irving taking advantage of his matchup, Shane Larkin’s performance off the bench, and if Gordon Hayward will return this season.

5:18 - Michael Holley, Tom Curran, Michael Hurley, and DJ Bean discuss Tom Brady’s success in his career against the Pittsburgh Steelers and if that success will continue on Sunday. 

9:34 - Evan Drellich joins from the MLB Winter Meetings to talk about the Red Sox needing to stay disciplined with their roster flexibility, and the latest on J.D. Martinez. 

15:09 - Holley, Curran, Hurley, and Bean discuss Malcolm Butler’s now deleted retweet about Jay Cutler’s success against the Patriots when facing a blitz.