MLB notes: Sox scoff at talk of dissension

Boston Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett dismissed claims the team has divisions within the clubhouse....

Boston Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett dismissed claims the team has divisions within the clubhouse. (REUTERS)

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The Boston Red Sox have been known in the past to have beer and chicken wings in their locker room during games, but toxins? No chance.

Red Sox players Tuesday dismissed an ESPN that the team had a "toxic" clubhouse.

"Completely fabricated," Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett told the Boston Globe.

The ESPN story said there was dissension and unrest within the Boston clubhouse.

"I don't know where people get that from," Beckett said. "I think people want that to be the case, and I just don't think it is.

"I think there are certain people, they want it to be that way, so they report it that way.

"This is a great group of guys."

Outfielder Cody Ross said the clubhouse has a "good vibe."

"It was actually comical," Ross said. "This is the Boston Red Sox. We expect this. If we're another team, where we weren't as much in the spotlight, maybe it might hurt our feelings. But this is the Red Sox. This is expected. People are going to say stuff about us.

"But we pay no attention to it."

After the Red Sox collapsed spectacularly late last season, there were reports that some pitchers were enjoying beer and wings in the clubhouse while games were going on.

Alcohol has since been banned from the room.

GALVIS HIT WITH DRUG BAN

Philadelphia Phillies infielder Freddy Galvis was suspended Tuesday for 50 games after testing positive for a metabolite of Clostebol, a performance-enhancing substance that violates MLB's drug program.

The suspension takes effect immediately.

Galvis, who is on the disabled list with a back injury, said in a statement he did not understand how the banned substance got into his body, calling it a "trace amount."

"I have not and never would knowingly use anything illegal to enhance my performance," the 22-year-old said.

"I have always tried to follow the team's strength and conditioning methods, listen to the trainers, work out hard and eat right. Unfortunately, the rules are the rules and I will be suspended."

The Phillies said they endorsed the drug policy and looked forward to Galvis' return "as a productive member of the Phillies as soon as possible."

Galvis is batting .226 with three homers this season.

LONG ROAD AHEAD

Former all-star pitcher Scott Kazmir is hoping to reboot his career with the Texas-based Sugarland Skeeters of the Independent league, FoxSports.com reported Tuesday.

Kazmir, 28, was released by the Los Angeles Angels on June 15, 2011, and hasn't pitched since because of elbow problems. He pitched for several teams during the off-season but apparently didn't get a serious nibble.

Kazmir made all-star appearances for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2006 and 2008 and lead the AL in strikeouts during the 2007 season with 239.

BRIEFLY

A team doctor confirmed Tuesday that Atlanta Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy has a partially torn ligament in his pitching elbow and likely will require Tommy John surgery. He will see Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday. Beachy, 25, has a 5-5 record with a 2.00 earned-run average this season ... The Detroit Tigers have reinstated reliever Octavio Dotel from the 15-day disabled list. The 38-year-old had been sidelined since June 3 with right elbow inflammation. In 21 appearances before the injury Dotel had a 1-2 record with a 4.42 ERA. The Tigers optioned pitcher Thad Weber to triple-A Toledo ... The St. Louis Cardinals have activated Skip Schumaker, 32, off the disabled list. The infielder/outfielder was hitting. 321 with 12 RBI in 29 games before being sidelined in late May with a strained right hamstring. The Cardinals optioned pitcher Maikel Cleto to triple-A Memphis ... The Washington Nationals have signed catcher Koyie Hill, 33, to a minor-league contract. He will report to triple-A Syracuse. Hill hit .179 in 11 games for the Cubs this season.


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