BOSTON — Red Sox 1B Adrian Gonzalez and Dodgers 1B James Loney were scratched from their team's starting lineups Friday as the clubs tried to finalize a major trade.
The Red Sox were discussing sending Gonzalez, RHP Josh Beckett, LF Carl Crawford and INF Nick Punto to Los Angeles, the Associated Press reported.
Boston would get RHP Rubby De La Rosa, who made his first appearance in the majors Wednesday after elbow-ligament replacement surgery about 13 months ago, ESPN.com reported. Also included are prospects, INF Ivan De Jesus (infielder) and OF Jerry Sands (outfielder).
In December 2010, Boston traded a pair of top prospects, 1B Anthony Rizzo and P Casey Kelly, to acquire Gonzalez, who is making $21 million this season, the first in the seven-year, $154 million extension he signed in April 2011. Boston signed Crawford, currently out with elbow surgery, away from the Rays after the 2010 season.
If the trade is completed, the Red Sox would be relieved of a huge salary burden, assuming the Dodgers pick up most of what is owed. Gonzalez, Crawford and Beckett are due $261 million from 2013-18.
The deadline is 1:30 p.m. Sunday, when the Dodgers' waiver claim on Gonzalez expires. Beckett, as a player with 10 years in the majors, five with the same team, has the right to refuse to go to Los Angeles.
Astros to watch Clemens: Seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens, who is scheduled to start tonight for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League, dismissed the notion that this is a first step toward a big-league return. "I'm nowhere near major-league-ready, nor have I been training or pitching in that type of mode," he said. Clemens, 50, said he will decide later how much, or if, he pitches again. Astros owner Jim Crane told a TV station the team is open to the idea of adding Clemens and it is sending a scout to the game.
Twin suspended: LHP Scott Diamond was suspended six games and fined an undisclosed amount by MLB for a pitch thrown near the head of Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton on Thursday. Hamilton said he doesn't believe Diamond was trying to hit him.
Votto improving: Reds 1B Joey Votto took ground balls and went through a full workout, suggesting he's close to rejoining the team after two operations since July 17 to repair torn cartilage in his left knee. "I feel I'm not too far off," he said.
Angels: 1B Albert Pujols was not in the starting lineup against Detroit because of an injured right calf. "It is affecting his stance in the batter's box," manager Mike Scioscia said. Pujols hopes to return today.
Brewers: RHP Shaun Marcum (tightness in right elbow) was activated from the DL and the team plans to start him tonight against Pittsburgh.
Orioles: LHP Brian Matusz, who has 68 appearances in the majors, all starts, was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk and assigned to the bullpen.
Tigers: Slugger Miguel Cabrera sported a taped right ankle but was the DH. He hopes to play third base tonight.
Yankees: SS Derek Jeter was hit in the batting helmet with a pitch from Indians rookie Corey Kluber in the second inning but stayed in the game.