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Red Sox beat Sabathia for sweep, 8-3


Red Sox beat Sabathia for sweep, 8-3

By SeanMcAdam Red SoxInsider Follow@sean_mcadam
NEW YORK -- For six innings, the Red Sox were overmatched by CC Sabathia, collecting just two hits in 19 at-bats against the lefty.

In the seventh inning, however, everything changed. The Sox sent eight hitters to the plate against Sabathia with six getting hits. All six hits -- plus two more against reliever David Robertson -- resulted in seven runs, wiping out a 2-0 Yankee lead and giving the Red Sox a 8-3 victory and a sweep of their three-game series.

The win, which followed a rain delay of nearly three and a half hours, gave the Red Sox a two-game lead in the A.L. East, their largest of the season. The Sox improved to 8-1 against the Yankees this season.

Josh Beckett, who fell behind when he yielded a two-run homer to Curtis Granderson, the second batter of the game for the Yankees, got the win, improving to 5-2. In 21 innings over three starts against the Yankees this season, Beckett has allowed just two runs on 10 hits for an ERA of 0.86.

In the seventh, the key hits included a run-scoring triple into the right field corner by Jed Lowrie, an RBI double to left by Mike Cameron which tied the game, a sharp single to right from Jacoby Ellsbury which gave the Sox their first lead and a booming double to left-center from David Ortiz off reliever David Robertson.

STAR OF THE GAME: Josh Beckett
Beckett's troubles against the Yankees are a thing of the past, apparently.

After allowing a two-run homer to the second hitter of the night, Curtis Granderson, Beckett tossed seven shutout innings and steered the Red Sox to an 8-3 win.

In three starts this year against New York, Beckett is 3-0 with an 0.86 ERA.

Ortiz had two hits in the seventh inning -- a leadoff single which kick-started the rally and a two-run double to left-center which scored the sixth and seventh runs of the inning.

He also became the first Red Sox hitter to have at least one extra-base hit and one RBI in four straight games against the Yankees in the same season since Ted Williams did it in 1948.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Nick Swisher
Swisher was 0-for 3, and also misplayed Jed Lowrie's single in the seventh into a run-scoring triple.

TURNING POINT: In the third inning, the Yankees had the bases loaded and Robinson Cano at the plate.

The way CC Sabathia was going, if Beckett had given up a hit, the Yanks would have doubled their lead and likely put the game out of reach.

Instead, Beckett got Cano on a soft liner to third, stranding three and buying time for the offense to come back later in the game.

BY THE NUMBERS: After starting the season 0-7 on the road, the Red Sox are 17-6 in their 23 away games since.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "I just want to thank you guys for (publicizing) the stat today of me not getting hit by the Yankees. I finally got hit. Hope you (expletive) are happy.''

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Tyler Thornburg wants a normal spring, but don't be surprised if it's bumpy


Tyler Thornburg wants a normal spring, but don't be surprised if it's bumpy

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. — Don’t confuse the goal of a normal spring training with the likelihood one will follow.

Tyler Thornburg’s time with the Red Sox has been an ordeal. He’s optimistic he can have a regular spring training after undergoing surgery to treat thoracic outlet syndrome in June, a surgery that included the removal of a rib which is now on display at his parents’ house. 

He said Saturday, in fact, there’s a “very good chance” of a normal spring. But there’s also a chance his build up to regular-season form runs unevenly. And that would be OK.

“I started throwing Oct. 2, that’s when they kind of gave me the go-ahead to go tossing,” Thornburg said Saturday at Winter Weekend. “So I’ve been building up slowly since then, just trying to make sure we don’t have any setbacks or things like that, and ramp it up at a good pace. I’m throwing at 120-140 feet, so it’s about the pace I’d normally be on, granted I’d know 100 percent before where I was [under normal circumstances]. So things could be a little different."

Consider a few other things Thornburg said Saturday at Foxwoods.

“I don’t really think any of us really know how quick I’m going to bounce back necessarily as far as how quickly the recovery’s going to go in spring training after an outing,” Thornburg said. “But hopefully I mean it’s fantastic, and we can kind of just keep going.”

A bit of natural uncertainty. He missed an entire season, and the reason he missed an entire season is had a lot going on medically. 

What appeared to be a shoulder injury was far from your usual, say, rotator cuff matter. His was a nerve issue.

“Two of the neck muscles were incredibly hypertrophied, like overgrown, and they just started squeezing on the brachial plexus, where all the nerves run down,” Thornburg said. “I’d be sitting there watching a game and just a nerve thing would hit me and I’d almost get knocked over by it. As well as the first rib was getting pulled up and my hand would just turn red some days if I was just standing there, cutting off the blood circulation. Then all the scar tissue and buildup along the nerves they had to go and dissect all that off there.”

So the injury wasn’t simple, and now, the recovery process is really a whole body matter. 

"There’s a lot off things your arm has to get used to between using different muscles, as well as my arm was kind of working through a scenario where it was trying to overcompensate for this and [trying] to relieve that,” Thornburg said. “So just worked a different way. Now your body has to remember how to actually properly work again. It’s a lot of neuromuscular stuff.”

Thornburg noted the possibility too he could be ready to go to start the season but not really ready to go back to back yet. Would the Sox then carry him on the big league roster, or continue to build him up elsewhere? 

Velocity won’t be there right away for Thornburg, he said: “But I mean that’s what spring training is for for most guys anyway.”

There’s a lot of optimism, but naturally, there’s a lot to be seen. 

“The rehab process, it's been a massive rollercoaster,” Thornburg said. “It really has. But I mean, I've been trying to take it week to week which has been a lot easier. There's the good days and bad days, just different kinds.”


Kimbrel's newborn daughter treated in Boston for heart condition


Kimbrel's newborn daughter treated in Boston for heart condition

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. — Coming off a phenomenal season, Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel spent the offseason in Boston. Not to be closer to Fenway Park, but for proximity to something far more important: the city’s first-rate medical community.

Kimbrel’s daughter, Lydia Joy, was born in November with a heart issue.


“It’s been a lot,” Kimbrel said Saturday at Red Sox Winter Weekend at Foxwoods. “My wife and I, we’ve kept it kind of private. But when she was born, she had some heart defects so we decided to stay in Boston and work with Children’s Hospital and just been going through that ordeal and it’s had its ups and downs but she’s doing great right now."

Focusing wasn't always easy in season, but Kimbrel said his daughter's condition has motivated him even more.

“They always say when you have a child, things change and they have," he said. "I’m definitely more focused towards her and her needs and our family needs. It’s just one day at a time and give everything I got. It’s real easy to look at her and understand everything I’m doing is for her and it makes it a lot easier.”

Kimbrel and his wife, Ashley, found out early in the 2017 season that they would be staying in Boston for the winter and were preparing.

“Everything has kind of gone as planned so far,” Kimbrel said. “She’ll have another surgery during spring training, so I’ll come back to Boston for a week and do that, but it’s been good. It’s definitely been tough, but one of the happiest, joyful times of our life.”

"Being in Boston, we feel blessed, because the doctors are the best in the world. Being able to work with them has been great.”

Kimbrel said his wife has stayed in touch with Travis Shaw’s wife. The Shaw family has had a similar experience, Kimbrel said.

“It seems like they’re doing pretty good,” Kimbrel said. “It’s been very encouraging to see.”