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Valentine calls roster 'weakest'

TORONTO — Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said his team's roster is beyond depleted right now.

Valentine was asked Friday what part of his last-place club would benefit most from extra callups.

"Are you kidding?" he said. "This is the weakest roster we've ever had in September in the history of baseball. It could use help everywhere."

The Red Sox began Friday 17½ games behind Baltimore and New York in the AL East. Boston, 11-29 since Aug. 1, would be eliminated from the division race with a loss Friday and a win by either the Yankees or Orioles.

Boston's roster has been thinned by trades and injuries. Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Nick Punto were dealt to the Dodgers last month, along with injured OF Carl Crawford. Veteran Kevin Youkilis was traded to the White Sox earlier this season.

Injured pitcher visits A's: RHP Brandon McCarthy visited his Oakland teammates just more than a week after getting hit in the head with a line drive and needing two hours of surgery. McCarthy, 29, had suffered an epidural hemorrhage, brain bruise and skull fracture, but he was released from the hospital Tuesday. McCarthy said he hopes to return to the mound.

Mariners: RHP Felix Hernandez, who lost his third straight start Thursday, will get an extra day of rest before his next start. Hernandez has a 9.00 ERA in his past three starts and allowed 21 hits the past two.

Rangers: OF Josh Hamilton was back in the lineup after getting an injection to lubricate his sore left knee. "I had those in spring training, just a little lubrication," Hamilton said. "Get your oil changed. … It feels 90 percent better than it did before." … RHP Yu Darvish recorded the 200th strikeout of his debut season in the majors, becoming the first rookie to reach that mark since Daisuke Matsuzaka struck out 201 for Boston in 2007.

Reds: Closer Aroldis Chapman said his weary left pitching shoulder feels better after a break and expects to pitch in a few days. The team is giving him at least five days off after his velocity and control were subpar Monday against Pittsburgh. He said he doesn't expect to pitch this weekend.

Royals: OF Lorenzo Cain is likely out for the season due to a strained right hamstring.

Tigers: Showing support for manager Jim Leyland, 3B Miguel Cabrera took a "Fire Leyland" sign away from a fan above the dugout in Chicago on Wednesday. Cabrera said it was all in fun but added, "I don't like it, because we're a team."

White Sox: The team reshuffled its rotation to adjust for the rained-out game, deciding to start LHP Francisco Liriano in Minnesota today against his former team. Manager Robin Ventura said LHP Jake Peavy will stay with his scheduled start Sunday and rookie LHP Jose Quintana will pitch Monday in the makeup game against Detroit. All-Star RHP Chris Sale was supposed to start that game, but he was bumped to Friday.

Yankees: Derek Jeter was the DH for the second straight day after injuring his left ankle, and manager Joe Girardi believes it's an injury the 38-year-old shortstop will have to deal with for the remainder of the season. For his part, Jeter refused to acknowledge he was hurt and said he could play short.

Valentine calls roster 'weakest' 09/14/12 [Last modified: Friday, September 14, 2012 10:41pm]
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