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Mookie Betts confident he'll return for Game 3 after being pulled in Game 2


Mookie Betts confident he'll return for Game 3 after being pulled in Game 2

HOUSTON — It’s hard to stay afloat, or make a comeback, when key pieces of the lineup are dealing with persistent injuries. 

Eduardo Nunez is off the roster. Dustin Pedroia was removed from Friday’s 8-2 Red Sox loss to the Astros in Game 2 of the Division Series early, dealing with his continuously bothersome left knee. And Mookie Betts was pulled as well, because his his left wrist flared up. 

He’s confident he’ll be able to return for Game 3 on Sunday, when the Sox will try to avoid a sweep. He said he'd be able to play Saturday, if the Sox had a game.

“It’s just one of those things, it’s going to take time to heal,” Betts said. “It can’t get worse. But like I said, it’s going to take time to heal. We don’t have that kind of time right now.”

Betts flied out to left in the top of the eighth inning and was visited by a Red Sox trainer during the at-bat. He did not take the field for the bottom of the eighth, with Rajai Davis taking his place. 

“It was just a swing,” Betts said. “It happened so fast, I’m not exactly sure why or makes it happen. Just a little twist to my wrist. Honestly, I don’t know. I just know certain pitches, certain swings trigger it.”

Betts said he went for a cortisone shot on the left wrist recently. Betts has had trouble with both his right and left hand areas, dealing with a bone bruise on the right.

Per the Boston Globe's Alex Speier, Betts recently received a shot in the area to dull pain he was experiencing.


Porcello struggles, Red Sox lose series finale to Rays, 6-3

Porcello struggles, Red Sox lose series finale to Rays, 6-3

ST. PETERBURG - Blake Snell threw six scoreless innings, Wilson Ramos drove in two runs, and the Tampa Bay Rays avoided a three-game sweep by beating the Boston Red Sox 6-3 on Thursday night.

Snell (6-3) allowed three hits, walked two and struck out eight. The left-hander is 2-0 in three starts against Boston this season, giving up two runs and 11 hits in 19 innings.

Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer and Rafael Devers had an RBI double off Matt Andriese in the ninth as Boston got within three runs. But, Alex Colome retired Sandy Leon on a two-out grounder with Devers on second to get his 11th save.

Red Sox starter Rick Porcello (6-2) last just 3 2/3 innings, allowing six runs - four earned - and eight hits. He threw 92 pitches.

Boston (34-16) dropped to 9-4 against the Rays this year.

The Rays took a 5-0 lead after two innings, helped by a pair of Boston miscues.

Denard Span scored the first of two runs during the first when Leon was charged with an error for dropping Porcello's throw home on Ramos' bases-loaded comebacker. Brad Miller added a sacrifice fly.

Ramos had a bases-loaded two-run single in second that also saw Matt Duffy score a third run from first base when right fielder Mookie Betts picked up an error for an errant throw back to the infield.

Duffy put Tampa Bay up 6-0 on a third-inning RBI single.


Youk, Tom Brady's brother-in-law: 'He's going to be the most prepared guy out there'

Youk, Tom Brady's brother-in-law: 'He's going to be the most prepared guy out there'


BOSTON — Kevin Youkilis hasn't been following the hoopla surrounding his brother-in-law's absence from the Patriots' voluntary OTAs. 

The Greek God of Walks was honored at a gala on Thursday night in Boston as one of this year's Red Sox Hall of Fame inductees. Brady, whose sister Julie is married to Youkilis, wasn't on hand.

"Tom’s not going to be here tonight. He has an engagement where he can’t make it," Youkilis said. "But he’s super excited and proud and he’s just, you know, we’re all one big family and all root for each other. And he couldn’t be more proud."

Youkilis said he and Brady text back and forth, to check in on how their respective children are doing, but that's about the extent of their communication. If Youk's been following every twist and turn of Brady's offseason — and now, Brady's absence from OTAs — he didn't let on.

He did bring a little sarcasm, though.

"I don’t even know, like honestly, I have no idea what’s going on," Youk said. "Like to be honest. I’ve been so bogged down with the brewery [I own in California] that I haven’t even watched football yet. It’s too early, right? To worry about football? I guess here in New England it’s always a topic of conversation. Everything will work out. I think Tom knows what he’s doing and he’s going to get out there and who knows, he might lead you to another Super Bowl. 

"I mean, that might be an odd thing to say, right, this early?"

Wink wink.

Asked if Brady's passion for the game is still strong, Youkilis did not hesitate.

"Oh yeah. Oh yeah," Youkilis said. "Tom is a competitor and he’s going to go out there and play as hard as he can every single time he gets out there. He’s going to be the most prepared guy out there on the field, I can tell you that much."