Friday April 27, 2012

CHICAGO (AP) -- Kevin Youkilis hit a grand slam, Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered twice and the Boston Red Sox roughed up Philip Humber in a 10-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night.

Youkilis, mired in an early-season slump, hit his second career slam into the right-field bullpen during a five-run third inning against Humber, who was making his first start since pitching a perfect game in a 4-0 victory at Seattle on Saturday.

There was no such suspense Thursday. Humber walked leadoff batter Mike Aviles in the first, snapping his streak of 29 straight batters retired.

One out later, the right-hander allowed a single to Dustin Pedroia, a dribbler up the third-base line that was the first hit off Humber since Nick Markakis' one-out double for Baltimore in the fifth inning of the Orioles' 10-4 victory at Chicago on April 16.

Meanwhile, Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford has a sprained ligament in his throwing elbow and he will remain sidelined for a while.

The team released a statement Thursday night saying Crawford's diagnosis was made by the Red Sox medical staff and confirmed by Dr. James Andrews. Crawford received a Platelet Rich Plasma injection and will be shut down from baseball activity "during the initial phase of his treatment.


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The club did not announce a timetable for Crawford's return, but he is expected to miss at least another month or two -- maybe more.

The Red Sox were already short-handed in the outfield because of an injury to All-Star center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Ellsbury is expected to be out until June because of a right shoulder injury sustained against Tampa Bay on April 13.

Boston acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd from the Cubs on Saturday to help fill the void. Byrd hit just .070 (3 for 43) with Chicago, but collected his fifth hit in four games for the Red Sox on Thursday night against the White Sox.

Crawford was largely viewed as a disappointment last year when he hit .255 with 11 homers, 56 RBI and 18 stolen bases in his first season with Boston after signing a $142 million, seven-year contract as a free agent. He has yet to play in the big leagues this season.