Kevin Youkilis has been staying as sharp as possible during his five-game suspension, mixing in some batting practice and fielding practice with having to watch his teammates struggle to a 2-3 record without him.
The Red Sox’ first and third baseman was suspended last Tuesday night for charging the mound after Detroit’s rookie hurler Rick Porcello drilled him in the back with what Youk felt to be an intentional beaning.
Youk watched the Sox drop a pair of games to the Rangers — including a 4-3 loss in the series finale — and a 2-0 defeat to Justin Verlander and the Tigers at Fenway Park. Needless to say, Boston could have used his big bat in the meat of the order during this battle for the wild card.
In the 12 games leading up to his suspension, Youkilis was hitting .442 (19-for-43) with two doubles, three homers and seven RBIs to go with a 1.245 OPS.
The Red Sox cleanup hitter caught up with NESN’s Heidi Watney before the Red Sox’ first game of a three-game set against the Blue Jays north of the border:
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