August 2, 2011 in Sports

Bedard’s debut set

 
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Erik Bedard is scheduled to make his Boston Red Sox debut Thursday against the Cleveland Indians.
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By the numbers

70: Years since the Atlanta Braves had a pitcher bat in any spot except ninth in the order. Jair Jurrjens batted eighth Monday in a loss to Washington.

13: Wins for Chicago Cubs’ Carlos Zambrano against Pittsburgh. He is tied with San Diego’s Aaron Harang for second place among active pitchers in career wins over the Pirates.

Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Monday that recently acquired left-hander Erik Bedard is scheduled to start Thursday’s series finale against Cleveland.

Bedard, traded from Seattle to Boston in a three-team deal just before the non-waiver trade deadline Sunday, is expected to join the Red Sox today.

In a pair of moves on Sunday, Boston first sent minor league right-handers Stephen Fife and Juan Rodriguez and catcher Tim Federowicz to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for outfielder Trayvon Robinson. The Red Sox then traded Robinson to the Mariners with Double-A outfielder Chih-Hsien Chiang for Bedard and former first-round pick Josh Fields.

Boston had to bolster its starting pitching depth with right-hander Clay Buchholz sidelined with a back injury. The club already lost right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka for the season after he had Tommy John surgery in early June.

Francona said Buchholz saw specialist Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles today, but the team’s medical personnel still need to go over the results.

Jimenez to join Indians Wednesday

Cleveland manager Manny Acta said that Ubaldo Jimenez is scheduled to join the team on Wednesday in Boston and make his first start two days later.

Jimenez, one of the top acquisitions at the non-waiver trade deadline, was acquired Saturday from Colorado for four minor leaguers, including a pair of highly touted pitching prospects.

The deal became official on Sunday after Jimenez passed a physical.

Jimenez will make his Indians debut on Friday at Texas.

Clearing the bases

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that pitcher Barry Zito is headed to the disabled list. Details of his injury weren’t disclosed. … The Washington Nationals unconditionally released Matt Stairs after designating him for assignment last week. … The Kansas City Royals put struggling right-hander Kyle Davies on the DL with what the team called a right shoulder impingement. … The Los Angeles Dodgers put right-hander Rubby De La Rosa on the 15-day DL due to elbow inflammation. … Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco has been suspended six games and fined for throwing at Kansas City’s Billy Butler.


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