Mike Lowell fouled a ball off his right foot on Tuesday and hit one off his left foot last night. X-rays taken at Fenway after he left the game in the eighth inning were negative, but he'll be reexamined in Tampa today. Lowell:
It was throbbing a bit but as the game kept going, it kept getting worse and was kind of spreading to the other side of my foot. ... I can't put any pressure on it.Terry Francona on the AL East/Wild Card race: "It's going to be one of the funnest races in a long time. The way teams are situated, it's going to be a lot of fun to watch." ... And watch he did -- as Josh Beckett gave up seven consecutive hits in the sixth inning last night. At no time did Francona or pitching coach Al Nipper make a trip to the mound. Tito: "It happened so fast."
Javy Lopez is expected to join the Sox in Tampa tonight. (Ken Huckaby was DFA'd after last night's game.) ... An Orioles official said Lopez is "not what he used to be, but for what the Red Sox need him for -- a month or so -- he was the best guy out there for them. ... If he plays every day and starts getting hot, there's no doubt he can carry a lineup. But we haven't seen that for a while."
Keith Foulke pitched one inning made for Pawtucket last night (18 pitches, 10 strikes), striking out two and walking one. Foulke:
We're putting it in high gear right now. We're coming back here on Saturday for two or three innings and to get stretched out a little bit. [Boston] is off on Monday and I will be joining them on Tuesday in Kansas City. ... My control was a little iffy. I threw a couple of curveballs and a lot of splits. I'm satisfied with it. ... I want to get stretched out, because when I go back I want to have the ability to give [Francona] two or three innings if he needs me.Jason Varitek's surgery was successful and he will begin rehabbing immediately. He will miss 4-6 weeks. ... Manny Ramirez's first-inning single extended his hitting streak to 19 games and made him the 45th player to drive in 1,500 runs.
Today's Media Sky Is Falling Sentences: Tony Massarotti, Herald: "Josh Beckett did not merely let down his teammates last night. He pushed them off a sixth-story ledge." ... The Red Sox are 1 game out of first place with 55 to play.