CLEVELAND —After hearing a bone in his right wrist snap, Red Sox rookie
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baseman does not need surgery. “Well see how it goes for a few weeks,”
Middlebrooks said Sunday. “They (doctors) said it should heal just fine without
surgery.” Middlebrooks said he is “not sure” if he will be able to return this
season, however. Middlebrooks hit .288 with 15 homers and 54 RBIs in 75 games.
“I almost felt the crunch, though I dont know if was just the Velcro on my
batting glove,” Middlebrooks said of getting hit by a pitch from Indians
reliever Esmil Rogers in the ninth inning Friday night. “I felt it and heard it.
... I think thats what it was.” The 23-year-old Middlebrooks said he was in a
lot of pain and knew he was in trouble the instant he got drilled by a wayward
fastball. “Ive been hit in the wrist before, but never had it broken,” he said.
“But here we are, trying to win games, get to the playoffs and I cant help.”
Danny Valencia, acquired in a trade from Minnesota on Aug. 5, started at third
Sunday as Boston tried to salvage a split of a four-game series against
Cleveland. Utility man Pedro Ciriaco started there Saturday night. The Red Sox,
losers of eight of 11, have had 25 players go on the disabled list this season.
Manager Bobby Valentine is still uncertain when designated hitter David Ortiz
will return from a heel injury that has sidelined him nearly a month. Ortiz did
some running in the outfield before the game. “They (trainers) tell me if he has
a full workout and doesnt feel pain afterward, hes ready to go,” Valentine said.
“That hasnt happened. Hes done workouts and is sore at that specific spot.”
Valentine said right-handers Andrew Bailey and Daisuke Matsuzaka are progressing
on minor-league rehab assignments. Bailey, out since having right thumb surgery,
is scheduled to pitch an inning at Triple-A Pawtucket. Valentine doesnt know
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Reds and Nationals.CLEVELAND—Anytime Justin Verlander is on the mound with a
lead in the seventh inning, the Detroit Tigers can usually count on a victory.
That pattern changed in stunning fashion Thursday night. Cleveland scored four
times on six hits in the seventh inning against the reigning AL MVP and Cy Young
winner to beat the Tigers 5-3 and knock them out of first place in the AL
Central. Detroit dropped a half-game behind first-place Chicago. The Indians,
who took two of three from the Tigers, are 3 1/2 games out. Verlander (11-6)
took a 4-2 lead and a three-hitter into the seventh. Considering he came in with
a 6-1 record in seven outings since June 14, there was every reason to believe
the game was in good hands. Only this time it didnt happen and Verlander placed
the blame directly on himself. “Horrible execution of pitches,” he said. “Im
extremely disappointed in myself for not going out there with a two-run lead in
the seventh to shut the door and give us that W.” Carlos Santana and
Travis Hafner homered on the first two pitches in the inning to tie the game.
Asdrubal Cabreras single put Cleveland ahead and Jason