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Notes: Matsuzaka returns from meeting surgeon

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Notes: Matsuzaka returns from meeting surgeon

By SeanMcAdam and DannyPicard
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- Daisuke Matsuzaka met with noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lewis Yocum in California Tuesday afternoon and then returned to Boston, where he will huddle with the Red Sox to map out a course of action.

Matsuzaka has been sidelined for two weeks with an elbow strain. He spent last weekend in his native Japan taking care of some business affairs before returning to the U.S. Monday.

The Red Sox medical staff has prescribed rest and rehab for Matsuzaka, hoping that will enable him to return in the second half of the season.

There remains an outside possibility Matsuzaka may require Tommy John surgery, since a sprain in the elbow ligament is actually a small tear.

It's believed Yocum also recommended a course of rest and rehab Tuesday, though the Sox will wait for Matsuzaka to return to Fenway before going through all the options.

The Red Sox made it interesting Tuesday night as thebats came alive in the final two innings of an eventual 10-7 loss to theChicago White Sox.Red Sox manager Terry Francona put Josh Reddick, DrewSutton, and Mike Cameron into the lineup in a 10-1 game in the top of theseventh, replacing Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, and Carl Crawford.Cameron went 0-for-2, but Reddick and Sutton combined forthree RBI and two runs scored in the eighth and ninth. Combine their late-gameproduction at the plate with David Ortiz three-run home run, and the Red Soxwent from being down 10-1, to having the tying run on-deck with Adrian Gonzalezat the plate in the bottom of the ninth.But it was all for naught, as Gonzalez was called out onstrikes to end the game.Its not going to help us in the standings, said Francona,about his teams late offense. But we made them use a couple pitchers. Maybeit will help us on Wednesday. The Red Sox did score one run earlier than the eighthinning on Tuesday night, thanks to Jason Variteks solo home run to lead offthe bottom of the third inning.Varitek who said he was just being aggressive ripped afirst-pitch fastball into the White Sox bullpen, marking both the Red Soxfirst run, and hit, of the game, cutting Chicagos lead to 5-1 at the time.Hes swinging the bat very well, said Francona. He jumpedon the first pitch for a home run, and battled. His other at-bats, he found acouple of holes. Thats always welcome.

Bobby Jenks pitched a scoreless eighth inning in his firstgame back from the disabled list, allowing two hits, but getting Paul Konerkoto line one right back at him, which Jenks turned into a double play to end theinning, and his night.He threw all strikes, which was really good to see, saidFrancona.
The Red Sox announced that Saturdays game againstthe Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park has been moved from 7:10 p.m. to 1:10 p.m.The move was made because Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Bruinsand Vancouver Canucks is on at 8 p.m.

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ALCS: Judge, Sabathia help Yankees beat Astros, 8-1

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ALCS: Judge, Sabathia help Yankees beat Astros, 8-1

NEW YORK - Aaron Judge hit a three-run homer and a made pair of sparkling catches, leading CC Sabathia and the Yankees over the Houston Astros 8-1 Monday night and cutting New York's deficit to 2-1 in the best-of-seven AL Championship Series.

Sabathia allowed three hits over six scoreless innings for his first postseason win in five years. Todd Frazier hit a go-ahead, three-run homer for the Yankees, who stopped a seven-game ALCS losing streak dating to Sabathia's victory over Texas in 2010.

Sonny Gray starts Game 4 Wednesday on 11 days' rest, likely against Brad Peacock or Lance McCullers Jr.

Back in the Bronx after a pair of 2-1 losses in Houston, the Yankees led 8-0 after four innings. Houston scored on a bases-loaded walk in the ninth before postseason star Jose Altuve grounded into a game-ending double play with the bases loaded.

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Brad Ausmus interviews with Red Sox, but Alex Cora appears frontrunner

Brad Ausmus interviews with Red Sox, but Alex Cora appears frontrunner

BOSTON — Brad Ausmus was the second person to interview to replace John Farrell as Red Sox manager, baseball sources confirmed Monday afternoon. The Sox are expected to interview Ron Gardenhire, the Diamondbacks' bench coach, as well.

But the net might not be cast too wide. More and more, it sounds like the Sox already know whom they want.

Astros bench coach Alex Cora, who met with Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski in New York on Sunday, appears the frontrunner to take the reins next year. The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal has reported that to be the case multiple times, and for some inside the Sox organization, that's a growing feeling as well.

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The criteria the Sox value most isn't hard to guess: a strong connection with players, an ability to incorporate data and analytics; and someone who can handle the market.

"I knew Alex for a couple of years before getting a chance to work with him and had tried to recruit him to work a few years ago and he had other options," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Monday in New York, before Game 3 of the American League Championship Series against the Yankees. "To watch him develop relationships with the players, he's all about baseball. He's all about the competition and small advantages within the game, one of the brightest baseball intellects that I've been around. And to see him pass some of that on and transition from player to TV personality to coach, he's had a ton of impact.

"He challenges people. He challenges me. He's someone who's all about winning. And I think to watch our players respond to him, he's got a lot of respect in that clubhouse because of the work he puts in and the attention to detail that he brings. That's why he's the hottest managerial candidate on the planet and deservedly so."

Cora joined the Astros before this season.

Ausmus, whom Dombrowski hired in Detroit ahead of the 2014 season, grew up in Connecticut and went to Dartmouth. The 48-year-old spent 18 seasons as a big-league catcher, the last in 2010. He was working for the Padres before Dombrowski gave him his first shot at managing the Tigers. 

Ausmus went 314-332 in four years managing the Tigers, a more veteran team than might have been ideal for him as a first-time manager.

Ausmus pulled out of the running to interview with the Mets, per Jon Heyman of Fan Rag while Cora was expected to interview with the Mets on Monday or Tuesday, per the New York Post's Mike Puma.

What could change from here? One baseball source indicated a second interview with Cora was expected. Asked if he plans a second round of interviews generally, Dombrowski did not say.

"We have started the interview process," Dombrowski wrote via email. "I do not have any specific time frames at this point. Will wait and evaluate as we go through the process."

The Boston Herald's Chad Jennings first reported Ausmus' interview.

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