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Red Sox notes: Dice-K not worried by elbow

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Red Sox notes: Dice-K not worried by elbow

By Jessica Camerato
CSNNE.com

BOSTON - For all those worried by Daisuke Matsuzakas departure from Fridays game against the Seattle Mariners in the fifth inning with right elbow tightness, the pitcher himself isnt overly concerned.

I have an idea whats going on on my elbow right now, so Im not worried too much about it, he said following the Red Sox 5-4 loss.

Matsuzaka estimates he began feeling stiffness in the third inning. He entered the fifth having recorded four strikeouts, three hits, one earned run, and four walks, helping the Red Sox maintain a 4-2 lead.

But after giving up a single to the first batter of the inning, Ichiro Suzuki, Jason Varitek was noticing a change in Matsuzakas delivery. The Red Sox wanted to be cautious and approached the mound with team trainers.

When the game started I started to feel stiffness on my elbow and I could have continued throw, Matsuzaka said. I didnt really feel that I needed to pull off from the mound. But I left all the judgments up to Titos. So that was his decision to come off from the mound.

Francona thinks he will be able to make his next start. Just as he did on Friday night, Matsuzaka will listen to the team.

Its not really my decision for the next game, he said. But I will see how I feel overnight and I will get checked out tomorrow again.

Mike Cameron hit his first home run of the 2011 season in the second inning off Jason Vargas. Then he doubled his total with another one in the fourth.

The first one I kind of got lucky due to the elements in the park, he said, referencing the wind. The second one, I just put a good swing on it. That was it. The ball was hit pretty good.

The offensive burst is a momentum builder for Cameron, who has had 27 at-bats in nine games this season.

You just keep working when youre not in there, working on the basic things, he said. After that, its just timing. I was able to be aggressive and put some good swings on some balls tonight. Even the ones I wasnt able to hit too well, I was able to be aggressive and put some good swings on it. I feel good about that. The results werent there that I like, but at the same time, its a good feeling.

Prior to Fridays game, Camerons last home run had come on July 18, 2010. His previous two-homer game was September 21, 2009 as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Three Red Sox extended hitting streaks of note on Friday:

Jacoby Ellsbury (1-4) - 8-game hitting streak, .389 BA during streak

David Ortiz (1-4, RBI) - 8-game hitting streak, .348 BA during streak

Adrian Gonzlaez (2-4) - 6-game hitting streak, .444 BA during streak

The Red Sox ended their streak of eight errorless games with two errors against the Mariners. The stretch was snapped in the first inning when Darnell McDonald was charged with an error in left field.

The Red Sox lost their first game of the season when leading after six innings. Bobby Jenks entered the game with a 4-3 lead and gave up two earned runs in the seventh inning. The Red Sox had been 9-0 when ahead after six.

Jessica Camerato is on Twitter at http:twitter.comjcameratonba

Astros beat Yankees in Game 7 to advance to World Series, 4-0

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Astros beat Yankees in Game 7 to advance to World Series, 4-0

HOUSTON - Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers combined on a three-hitter, Jose Altuve and Evan Gattis homered and the Houston Astros reached the World Series, blanking the New York Yankees 4-0 Saturday night in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series.

Just four years removed from their third straight 100-loss season in 2013, the Astros shut down the Yankees for two straight games after dropping three in a row in the Bronx.

Next up for the Astros: Game 1 of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night. Houston aces Dallas Keuchel and ALCS MVP Justin Verlander will have plenty of rest, too, before the matchup begins at Dodger Stadium.

Houston has never won even a single World Series game. The only previous time the Astros made it this far, they were a National League team when they were swept by the Chicago White Sox in 2005.

Now, manager A.J. Hinch's club has a chance to win that elusive first title, while trying to boost a region still recovering from Hurricane Harvey.

Houston improved to 6-0 at Minute Maid Park in these playoffs and became the fifth team in major league history to win a seven-game postseason series by winning all four of its home games.

Morton bounced back from a loss in Game 3 to allow two hits over five scoreless innings. Starter-turned-postseason reliever McCullers limited the Yankees to just one hit while fanning six over the next four.

Combined, they throttled the Yankees one last time in Houston. Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and their New York teammates totaled just three runs in the four road games.

CC Sabathia entered the game 10-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 13 starts this season after a Yankees loss. But he struggled with command and was gone with one out in the fourth inning.

Houston was up 2-0 in fifth when former Yankees star Brian McCann came through for the second straight game by hitting a two-run double after snapping an 0-for-20 skid with an ground-rule RBI double to give Houston its first run on Friday night.

The Yankees, trying to reach the World Series for the first time since 2009, lost an elimination game for the first time this season after winning their first four in these playoffs. New York struggled on the road this postseason, with this loss dropping the team to 1-6.

Red Sox reportedly make offer to Cora

Red Sox reportedly make offer to Cora

UPDATE: The deal is for three years, per Ken Rosenthal.

BOSTON — We’re just waiting on an announcement now.

A pair of national reports on Saturday afternoon, one from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal... 

...And another from MLB Network and FanRagSports.com's Jon Heyman...

have firmed up Alex Cora’s expected hiring as Red Sox manager. Both reported that Cora, the Astros bench coach, is expected to take the job once Houston's season ends, which could come as soon as Saturday night after Game 7 of the American League Championship Series. 

Heyman reported a contract offer has already been made to Cora. 

A baseball source said this week that there was “not a doubt” Cora, the Astros bench coach, would wind up with the Red Sox gig. It’s unclear when exactly the offer was made to him, but one had not been made as of midday Wednesday, the source said. 

Cora, 41, a former Red Sox infielder (2005-08) who's also worked in the media and is the most sought-after managerial candidate at the moment, appeared the front-runner since the outset of what proved a small search for the Red Sox.

Earlier, Boston Globe reported that the Washington Nationals were interested in Cora after they fired Dusty Baker on Friday.