Quote of the Day: Terry Francona on Jason Varitek

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Is it too late to take the Rays out of the playoff and put the Red Sox in? Because they’re really depressing to watch at the moment.

Anyway, let’s talk about the Sox some more. Here was Terry Francona today, when asked about roster decisions in general and Jason Varitek, specifically:

“I think there has to be a time when you put your emotions aside and you
talk about your team. Because if you don’t, you’re going to make
mistakes. I don’t want to do that, either. I’ve been around ‘Tek for a
long time, ever since I’ve been here. But I also want to continue to
win.”

That probably hurts if you’re Varitek or one of his many, many fans. But the Red Sox need to prepare for the future, not live in the past. Varitek had a better year than we figured he might at the plate, but he’s not going to be a part of the next championship Red Sox team, and the time for him to go is probably now.

Diamondbacks place Shelby Miller on the 10-day disabled list

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The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that starter Shelby Miller has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. Miller will get a second opinion on his elbow on Tuesday, per MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert. Pitcher Silvino Bracho has been called up from Triple-A Reno to take Miller’s spot on the roster.

Miller, 26, left Sunday’s start with what was described at the time as forearm tightness. Through his first four starts, Miller is carrying a 4.09 ERA with a 20/12 K/BB ratio in 22 innings.

Bracho, 24, has pitched quite well in 6 2/3 innings of relief at Reno. He’s given up just one unearned run on four hits and a walk (intentional) with 12 strikeouts.

Archie Bradley figures to take Miller’s spot in the starting rotation as Bracho will work middle relief.

Eric Thames hit two more homers

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And John Lackey is livid.

The Brewers’ first baseman homered in each of his first two plate appearances against Reds starter Amir Garrett on Monday evening, helping his team to a 6-1 lead after two frames. The first was a solo blast in the first inning, and the second was a two-run shot to the opposite field in the second inning.

According to MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, Thames has tied the Brewers’ record for home runs in April with 10. Carlos Lee also hit 10 homers in April 2006.

Seven of Thames’ 10 home runs have come against the Reds. Including his first two at-bats on Monday night, Thames is hitting .379/.474/.924 with 17 RBI along with the 10 dingers. Not too shabby from a guy the Brewers signed to a three-year, $16 million contract during the offseason.

Lackey and Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio both recently implied Thames is using performance-enhancing drugs, but Thames was tested immediately after last Monday’s game against the Cubs.