Red Sox activate Clay Buchholz and Jed Lowrie from DL

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Boston’s lengthy list of injuries will get a little shorter tonight, as the Red Sox welcome both Clay Buchholz and Jed Lowrie back from the disabled list.
After missing nearly a month with a strained hamstring Buchholz will start against the A’s despite an underwhelming rehab outing at Triple-A last week. He was 10-4 with a 2.45 ERA in 15 starts before the injury to make his first All-Star team.
Lowrie hasn’t played for the Red Sox yet this season and hasn’t been healthy and effective since 2008, yet manager Terry Francona has him in the starting lineup tonight against left-hander Gio Gonzalez. Lowrie will start at shortstop, giving Marco Scutaro his first break since June 15.
Lowrie went 11-for-30 (.367) with a homer and four doubles in 10 rehab games split between Single-A and Triple-A, likely speeding up his initial return timetable by hitting so well. He’s highly unlikely to supplant Scutaro as the Red Sox’s everyday shortstop, but even claiming a utility man role would be a victory for Lowrie after two injury wrecked years.

Report: Brewers have made formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

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Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.

Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.

The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.

Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.