08/26/2002 7:17 pm ET
MLBeat: Agbayani joins Boston
Team unsure to which affiliate he will report
By Ian Browne / MLB.com
BOSTON -- Struggling for runs of late, the Red Sox claimed outfielder Benny
Agbayani off waivers with the hope he can increase their bench production.
Agbayani was with the Colorado Rockies' Triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs,
and the Red Sox aren't sure yet when he will report.
They also wouldn't speculate on what roster move will occur to make room for
Agbayani, a native of Honolulu, Hawaii.
Agbayani has spent a good portion of this season with the Rockies and hit .205
with four home runs and 19 RBIs before the demotion.
The 30-year-old is best known for his time with the New York Mets, particularly
the two big postseason hits he had in 2000.
In the 13th inning of Game 3 of the Division Series against the Giants, Agbayani hit a walk-off
homer at Shea Stadium to snap a 1-1 series tie. The Mets
clinched the series the next day.
And in Game 3 of the Subway Series against the Yankees, Agbayani had the game-winning
hit in the bottom of the eighth inning, leading the Mets to their only
victory of the series.
The Red Sox are hoping to get to the playoffs and think Agbayani's experience
in big games can only be a plus.
"He's had a lot of experience in September with a team that's trying to make it
to the playoffs and even into the playoff season," said Red Sox manager Grady
Little. "He's playing good, he's impressed the people we sent out to see him
play. We're glad to have him with us. He'll give us a good right-handed hitter.
I don't know exactly what his role will be until I sit down and talk to him."
Interim GM Mike Port expressed similar sentiments.
"Veteran right-handed bat with power, been in the playoffs, been in pennant
races, it's just a way for us to try to address the run production," Port said.
"We'll see how things go."
Fossum on deck for Yankees opener: In a sign of how much faith the Red
Sox have in 24-year-old left-hander Casey Fossum, he is slated to start Tuesday
night's opener of a two-game series against the Yankees. He is also scheduled to
start the opener of next week's three-game series in the Bronx.
"I think the matchup looks good to us, and this guy has pitched really
competitive baseball and has been impressive," said Little.
Fossum joined the Red Sox's rotation on July 29 and is still looking for his
first victory. However, it is no reflection of the way he has pitched. He has not been given run support, and the bullpen faltered twice when he
left with leads.
"Hopefully my luck will change a little bit and I'll start getting some runs,"
Fossum said. "I just go out there and keep the game close. I don't have any
control over it."
Lowe continues silent treatment: Derek Lowe didn't wish to comment
after his loss to the Angels on Sunday, a game in which he threw a
career-high 121 pitches in 8 1/3 innings. Asked for his thoughts a day later,
Lowe, normally one of the most talkative players in the Red Sox clubhouse, again
didn't wish to express them.
"No talky," Lowe said. "Not until [after] my next start."
Asked if everything was OK, Lowe said, "My vocal chords are fine."
Can't put a finger on it: The enigma that is the Red Sox's offense
continues to perplex Little. Particularly frustrating was the loss on Sunday, when
the Boston bats squandered opportunities against a 27-year-old minor league
callup named Mickey Callaway.
"There are times we have opportunities get away from us when we don't hit the
ball good," said Little. "There are times opportunities get away from us because
we hit the ball good right at somebody. It's hard to pinpoint exactly what the
reason is; it has hovered around us for quite awhile. We have basically the
same lineup that started us at 40-17, and a big reason for that was the timely
hitting we were getting."
Fantasy Edge: The second-half slump of Johnny Damon continues. The speedy
center fielder is 3-for-16 on the homestand, with one RBI. And making matters
worse, Damon has a sore knee and dislocated his right ring finger last Thursday.
Ian Browne, who covers the Red Sox for MLB.com, can be reached at Ian.Browne@mlb.com.
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